Monday, June 16, 2008

It's the Time of the Season

I picked the word this week for the Saturday Scavenger Hunt and I chose the word season. Apparently, this year, Spring is the season for flooding. Although the rivers are finally receding, we still don't know if the creek across the street from me will go out of its banks and we might have to relocate.

Right now, I walk across to check it out a couple times a day. I'm also watching the news closely, because if they start talking about Ralston Creek, I'm going to have to start moving my shit out. I have a bunch of friends on stand-by who are willing to help me get it out and my amazing neighbors on Hotz Street have offered up their garage to store said shit. Wish me luck.

This is also the season for weddings. There were some who considered not attending my friend Rory and Erika's wedding because they weren't really in the right space with all the flooding, but some of those same people went anyway, and had a great time. This being my second natural disaster in a couple of years, I'm discovering that it's not always a bad idea to blow off some steam here and there. And that's what I did. I figure I'll have plenty of time to stress out about whether that stupid creek across the street will rise or not.

So, I went to the wedding and my date showed up after driving for nine hours to get here. It normally takes him five hours, but with all the detours, it almost took him twice as long.

He was a great date. He only knew a few people, but I didn't feel like I had to babysit him at all. We ate, we drank, we danced, and had a great time. He was good at walking that line of meeting new people and being autonomous without ignoring me, but also being attentive to me at other times, without hovering. That's always kind of tricky when you don't know someone that well and you're suddenly surrounded by all of their friends.

The only annoyance for me was my dress. It didn't fit quite right, but I loved it, so I wore it anyway. My girl crush was awesome about helping me with safety pins, but duct tape might have worked better.

Another friend of mine stood behind me and held it up at one point so I was free to dance with wild abandon. I seriously have the best friends ever.

Okay. I guess there were two annoyances. Earlier, the weather got sucky again. My daughter called to tell me there were funnel clouds above the Old Capital and they were headed our way next. As you can see, the bad clouds found us, and got a little scary, but after the downpour, it cleared up and got nice again.

By the end of the night, everyone was out on the dance floor having a great time.

And the storm actually left a beautiful rainbow in its wake. Of course, I still never saw a unicorn, but maybe they're out of season right now.


Mr Atrocity said...

Looks like a very merry wedding, well done for having a good date and a fun time.

Good luck with the weather.

Remiman said...

You're so great at making lemonade out of lemons!

evil-e said...

Almost a wardrobe malfunction eh?

Looks like a good time was has by all and I am glad the date was attentive but not obsessive...that can be a fine line to walk. Seems he done well.

Good use of the word this week (that you chose). You are becoming a seasoned veteran of bad weather...

Who is our next word person?

fringes said...

What a cute date and a pretty dress. Stay safe!

Minyo said...

It's important to take a break from the reality of everything and have fun! You did a good job of that.

Here's hoping you stay dry at your home and don't have to make that decision to move all your stuff.

My favorite site lately? BLUE SKY! Beautiful, isn't it?

Tara said...

I wish you tons of luck that you will not have to relocate. Ugh, no thank you! Thankfully you do have options just in case, though. Just the thought of the idea must be very stressful for you, though.

What a beautiful rainbow! Maybe that's a sign that things will start getting better.

Margaret said...

hot dress, i'm watching CNN and am quite worried about your creek... and apartment

NoRegrets said...

Why didn't your date hold up your dress? Oh, wait, never mind.

I'm crossing all my fingers and toes for you that the creek stays down. Down boy.

Brando said...

Good for you for celebrating. After all, what the hell else can you do?

Hope the creek stays down. Maybe you should go give it a George W. Bush steely-eyed squint.

.j.william. said...

strapless dresses just don't play nice with dancing (katie had to make an emergency change-of-clothes at a wedding a few weeks ago).

AlienCG said...

I do hope you do not have to relocate for any period of time. I am flying into Cedar Rapids this afternoon and I hope to have a fairly smooth trip to New Hampton.

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

I thought it was a "pot of gold" at the end of the rainbow.. Looks like you have some really amazing friends to help you out no matter the situation.. I really am praying that the shit don't hit the fan near your house...

booda baby said...

What a great GREAT wedding!! You have to be the perfect wedding guest - all pretty and fun and wild and wonderful. And you obviously know how to bring good date.

Are they lying?! The Pentacrest?! Oh please. Is that possible?

Susan said...

You looked smashing!! It also looked like you had a pretty good time. I think we need events like those to remind us of the good in life when all the bad is surrounding us.

I'll keep you in my thoughts and try "willing" the creek to stay down.

laura b. said...

Couldn't be a more exciting use of the word of the week! Floods and weddings!
Looks like a great party...and to me that is the most important part of the whole wedding day. Your date sounds like a cool guy.
I am going to take that rainbow as a positive sign...your river will NOT rise out of its bed. It will sleep.

Poptart said...

Fun! Cute dress! Strapless + dancing = give 'em a thrill!

Good luck with Ralston creek. It's like a battle of the wills at this point. When you go out to check on it, so you threaten it, like, "You better quit rising, bitch! Don't *make* me pack up my stuff..."

Poptart said...

I meant Do you threaten it, not "so you threaten it. BTW, I can't type.

minijonb said...

glad to hear you haven't floated away yet! i'm not much a fan of wedding season, so i'm glad i only have one to go to this summer.

dmarks said...

Awesome rainbow picture too!

Churlita said...

Mr Atrocity,

It was just what the doctor ordered.


There just seem to be an overwhelming amount of lemons in Iowa lately. And we're not even a citrus state.


He was about the best wedding date a girl could ask for.


Thanks. I think I might be out of the water so to speak now.


I know. It's so nice to see the weather cooperating finally.


The rainbow was a good sign.


Thanks. Don't you worry your pretty little head about things. Now it looks like we just have a lot of cleaning up to do.


I'm sure he would have, if I had asked him, but most boys seem to root for the dress to fall down, don't they?


I did just that and I reminded the creek that I was the decider and I decided it needed to stay in its banks.


If only I had been smart enough to bring another dress to change into...

Alien CG,

How did your trip go? What's CR looking like these days?


My friends really are wonderful and helpful.


It never got that high but it did fuck up 16 other buildings on campus and the electricity was out all over campus most of the weekend.


It was much needed fun time, for sure.


Thanks. My date was really cool.


I didn't call the creek a bitch, because i didn't want to piss it off too much. I did think it, though.


I think it depends on the people getting married. This couple is super relaxed, so it was just free dancing, drinks and food. What's not to like?



Anonymous said...

I love more casual weddings, it's great that you went!

And you do seem to have bestest friends ever :) Not to mention some of the greatest dance moves!