Highway to Happiness: A Moment of Calm

Friday morning arrived with gray-tinged clouds overhead, but there was nothing we could do but hope whatever it was moved on quickly.

And speaking of getting a move on, I had a cake to frost and then some pampering to get to!

This was one of those times I thought it would be a bit of a downer to have skipped having bridesmaids. I had opened the door to having others join me for my mani/pedi appointment, but everyone was either already occupied or already had their own appointments made. Turned out that the alone time was a blessing, not a curse, and that I enjoyed not feeling like I had to constantly answer questions about the wedding or anything else aside from what color I wanted on my fingers and toes, and what I wanted to drink.

I decided to keep things simple and just went for a soft pink polish. | All pictures by Pink Shutterbug Photography (but cropped by me)

I decided to keep things simple and just went for a soft pink polish. | All pictures by Pink Shutterbug Photography (but cropped by me)

I had opted for gel-polish nails for the wedding and, on the recommendation of Mrs. Bicycle, went to one of her favorite local salons: Royal Nails. They’ve got quite a nice setup, and the gel polish really does look nice once it’s finished. I’d done a trial run two weeks before, and I’m so glad I did as it had the added benefit of keeping my nails from breaking right before the wedding.

Before heading home it was time to pick up our delectable cupcakes from Lucy & Leo’s. I think ours was the only order not decorated in FSU’s garnet & gold, and every flat surface in the shop was covered in pre-orders for folks celebrating the big FSU vs. Miami game on Saturday; I was never so happy to be getting out of town on a game weekend as I was that day!

Roadie's keepsake box, finished in the nick of time!

Roadie’s keepsake box, finished in the nick of time!

And what was Roadie doing while I was enjoying a bit of peace and quiet? Finishing his project list by putting together the box for the handfasting cord!

He’d run into a couple of snags (and a lot of delays—mostly in the form of late hours at work—but also finding out that the stain + polyurethane products do not make life easier), so this project came right down to the wire. Roadie’s also a bit of a perfectionist and has said more than once he can see the flaws in it and wants to remake it, but I think it’s fabulous (but, then, I’m obviously biased, and was just thrilled it gone done in time). He also realized he didn’t own a brown belt and thought he’d need one (spoiler: He didn’t, but he has one now!), so he ran out for that last errand while I played a bit of Trunk Tetris to get as much of the decorations and supplies loaded up. Everything but the aisle decorations and dessert stands fit into my car, so mission accomplished!

The goal was for our little convoy of two to leave no later than 2:00 PM, putting us at the venue at 3:00 PM—an hour should be enough to unload the supplies and settle into our room before the rehearsal at four o’clock, right?


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November 2013
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  1. jetsetter Member
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 6:22 am

    That keepsake box is beautiful!! :)

  2. campfire Member
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:41 am

    That soft pink is gorgeous!

  3. Member
    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 12:13 pm

    Alone time is awesome! Good thing you got to have some 😀

  4. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:22 am

    I also enjoyed the quiet time alone on the day of the wedding.

    I love your bracelet. Seriously, mail it to Japan for me! Haha.

  5. roadtrip Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 3:58 pm

    @melizabe: Haha, you caught that, huh?

    @Mrs. Bicycle: I love their set-up–thanks for the recommendation!

    @Miss Pyramid: I wanted to make sure I liked the process rather than just jump in last minute :)

    @Miss Wellies: Thanks!

    @Mrs. Palm Tree: Peace and quiet is so helpful!

    @Miss Parisian: I’ll be sure to pass the compliments onto Roadie!

    @Miss Filly: The first try lasted about a week and a half before the first chip appeared, but the bridal polish didn’t last a full week–it was pretty until then, though!

  6. roadtrip Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 4:04 pm

    @Mrs. Bighorn Sheep: What a coincidence: my polish also had some shimmer to it–might have been the same one (small world and all that).

    @Miss Phone Booth: I highly recommend it!

    @Mrs. Rucksack: @cosmo_gmr: Yay for a bit of quiet, right?

    @Mrs. Jet Setter: @Mrs. Campfire: Thank you!

    @Mrs. Gondola: Thanks–it was a last-minute find at Belk!

  7. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:09 am

    I love the keepsake box, and I can’t see why Roadie would want to remake it, I think it’s perfect just the way it is!

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