Reynolds & Rock – the view from Westgrand Studios
I didn’t leave myself time to blog for #NaBloPoMo yesterday, and so I woke up this morning feeling all contrite. Also slightly dazed and feeling hungover after Eddie and Lisa’s wedding last night.
My bedside lamp was still on this morning. I didn’t wash off all my makeup. I was able to remove my contacts but that was all I could manage before visions of white gowns and twinkly lights (the loft where the wedding and reception took place was decorated in just white candles and lights and it was GORGEOUS) danced in my head. Keep in mind, I didn’t drink but one glass of white wine. But I had quite a bit of regular Coke to drink instead of diet, and a piece of wedding cake. I bet my pancreas just loved that.
But seriously, the wedding was wonderful. It was great to see Jan, Rob, Erin, and Stef, my reception pals. The ceremony itself was short but lovely, and the reception afterwards was great. It was a chic cocktail party with insanely fun dancing. Every time I thought I couldn’t dance anymore, another great song would come on and I was compelled. COMPELLED.
After the day I had, I should have taken a nap. It wasn’t a bad day, but I didn’t give myself enough time at home rebooting. I went to voice class, went to Crate & Barrel to buy Eddie and Lisa a gift from their registry (and ended up buying a gift card because that’s what happens when you procrastinate), and then got my nails done. It was a wonderful day, actually, my favorite kind of weekend day. But I had no rest.
In voice class, we talked mostly about last weekend’s Halloween recitals. Every show was great, and now our teacher Gwen is working on the DVD. Gwen said the next recital is in February, and will have a 60s theme. One of the songs we got to sing was “Happy Together”, a sweet and recital-appropriate song. My favorite, though, was “Hard Candy Christmas” from “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, a movie I’ve been meaning to see for ages. Not a Christmas song, as Gwen pointed out (it’s all the girls singing about how they’re sad about the whorehouse closing), but still something she likes to sing during the holidays. So there was that, as well as “A Kiss to Build A Dream On” and “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” I think class is going to be fun (again).
But was that all exhausting? Not so much. I guess taking the bus from Lincoln Square to Lincoln Park for my other errands took a lot out of me. On an empty stomach, too? Less than fun. I meant to find a place to eat lunch after class but I was worried about time so of course I didn’t eat and that’s why I found myself devouring a burger at the Golden Nugget at 3:00 in the afternoon. When I’m hungry and I feel like my blood sugar is down in the dumps? Not the best time for me to be ordering food because, well, my instincts are not so healthy. Boo.
But I want to end on a happy note. The wedding was lovely, Lisa and Eddie looked so happy, and I looked adorable. Seriously. I found this dress at Macy’s that was $34 (marked down from $148!) and I looked cute as hell. I recently discovered the awesomeness of the costume jewelry at Forever 21, so I had these cute rhine barrettes in my hair and I think it worked rather nicely. I think maybe I should have remembered to spray on some perfume, especially since I took the bus and somebody on the Grand Avenue bus smelled like, well, ass and I should have remembered that when going in for hugs at the reception.
Also, those Westgrand Studios are awesome but it was dark when I arrived and so of course following the people and the music I almost attended the wrong wedding. Whoops. It didn’t take me very long to find the right one, as Eddie and Lisa’s was just down the block on the corner. I made my way up the stairs to the huge loft on the third floor, wondering if the other floors were occupied by businesses or residents (I can’t imagine living underneath an event space). After signing the guest book, I wandered in and sighed when I didn’t see anyone I recognized. I happened to find Jan at the gift table and after we hugged hello she led me over to Rob. They were going to stand, and I liked that. Not only because there weren’t enough chairs for everyone to sit, but because it felt appropriate for a ceremony.
Erin and Stef came in just before we got started. I feel like I should also say we all looked great, so I will. We all looked great. We caught up while drinking wine and eating Chex mix. I was actually holding a bowl of party mix when the ceremony started, but I put that down almost as soon as the officiant said a brief prayer. It was the least I could do.