Friday, March 25, 2011

Party time, Goodbyes, and an awesome surprise

Craziness. This week has been craziness. We managed to finish all of the home projects and get cleaned up and make a ton of food by Saturday. My party was a huge success. My coffee table survived some intense dancing by about half a dozen people. We had over 50 people crammed in our little house and 15 people camping out overnight in various rooms and on the floor. I got to see a lot of people that I haven't seen in a long time, and say a lot of goodbyes. Luckily, the drinks were flowing and I was happy instead of weepy. My aunt and uncle flew in from Florida for the party and Colin's aunt and uncle and cousin/fiance came from Syracuse, along with his grandma from Binghamton. Caitlin and Mike came in from NY, and so did Jason. All of my college girlfriends made it, too, the first time we have all been together since Kelly's wedding in 2008. It was awesome. Lauren and Craig brought an amazing breakfast spread the next day, including my favorite, Wegman's breakfast pizza, and they also picked up my mother-in-law's famous cinnamon twists. Can you tell that this party was mostly about food? There was an unbelievable amount left over. I'm still eating carrot cake for breakfast.  
 Me with cheese balls.  Because I love cheese balls. 
 Some of my family-of-choice.  Neighbors and friends for 20+ years!
 Most delicious carrot cake on earth, Cheesy Eddies.  It reads, "I will miss you all, but only slightly more than this carrot cake!"  True statement.
 Me and my girlfriends from high school, April, Lauren, Sally, and Marie
Colin and I
 Sally, Craig, Lauren, Jason, and Marie
 Lil and Jessica, friends from college who drove 10 hours or something to get here
 Me and my BFF for the night, champagne
 My mom and me
 My lovely loves from college, Lil, Annette, Jessica, Kris, Sarah, Yel, and Kelly
 Lauren and I Rock Banding together
 Kristin and Kelly impersonating pirates (or at least that's what they tell me now)
 Kristin and I getting down with our bad selves
 Dancing on the coffee table
 BREAKFAST! The next day
 Everyone looks so chipper
 Caitlin, the best sister-in-law in the world, with Ev, my favorite 3 year old.
 Colin and my dad
 Tom and Michelle
 My aunt and uncle and I
Col and I doing a self-pic

So lately, Colin has been asking me to wake him up (what am I, his mother?) early so that he can get to work early and come home early to hang out with me. This works out about .001% of the time. Typically, I'll set my alarm for some ungodly hour, I'll wake him up, and then he asks me to hit snooze about a dozen times before I give up and let him sleep until late. This results in him coming home from work late. He asked me to do it again this morning, and shockingly, the man got himself out of bed like a grown up, so I got up with him and made coffee like a good wife. My sister, in Korea, is usually terrified of calling me in the morning (her night time), but sometimes braves Angry Sleep Tracy in order to talk to me before she goes to bed. This morning was one of those times, but I happened to be awake.  She Skyped my phone and then we got disconnected so I Skyped her by computer. She sounded weird and like she was outside because it was windy, but when I asked her what she was doing, she said, "I just got up." And I was like, "?",  and she said, "I mean I'm getting ready for bed."  I'm stupid in the morning so I just thought she had a long day or something and when she was little she used to mix up salt and sugar and yesterday and tomorrow so I assumed all was normal. Then, there was a knock on the door and I told Colin to get it for me because I wasn't dressed. I kept talking to Kate on Skype and then I heard an echo- my voice from the front door. Kate had flown in from Korea to surprise me and everyone had managed to keep it a secret! I was shocked. I absolutely had NO idea.  So cool. She has a TDY assignment in Dayton, OH for the next two weeks but convinced them to give her leave early so that she could see me this weekend and then drive to Dayton on Sunday. Miraculously, it worked out. I tend to think that this is because she is in the Air Force and they are slightly better organized than the Army. Anyway, she's giving a brief to her old AF ROTC detachment at RIT right now and I'm just waiting for her to be done so that we can have more fun. 

This week has been a series of goodbyes. It's really strange and I just haven't allowed myself to think about it too much because I know that if I do, I'll have a really difficult time walking myself onto that plane on Thursday. I'm mostly packed and hoping that I'm not forgetting anything super important like underpants (btw, is anyone else partial to the word underpants vs. underwear? Underpants just makes me laugh). 

There's been a lot of activity on the Bots 10 FB page. I think most of us are feeling a little antsy/anxious/excited/nervous/etc. It's nice to know that I'm not alone, but sometimes it stresses me out to think about other people being nervous, too, especially when they ask packing questions that I haven't even considered and then I think I'm screwing things up majorly. Sometimes I feel very prepared and sometimes I feel totally unprepared. 

That's all for now! I'm off to say another goodbye. 


  1. That is so awesome that you got to see your sister!! and the party looked fantastically fun!
    Good luck packing!!

  2. Thanks, Kelly! Good luck packing in a few months! My only recommendation is to start early because you'll probably have to do it a few times. Also, be patient and flexible ;)