Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Who Am I? Where Am I?

Sorry I didn't post yesterday, but I decided to take a half-day off, so I could clean up from the shower, etc. The weekend went very well! I actually managed to do everything I said I was going to do in Friday's post. I probably shouldn't have! LOL

As soon as I got off work Friday, I immediately started running around to get some last minute things. After leaving the first place I had stopped, I get out in the parking lot and my car won't start. After sitting there for an hour and a half, I finally got a jump and had to drive straight to Auto Zone and pay for a new battery (with money I didn't have)! After wasting all that time sitting around, I was way behind schedule. Long story short, I didn't get to bed until about 3:30 a.m., and had to get up at 8:00 a.m. After waking up, I had to drop my dog off at the "sitter's", and pick up the balloons. My friend, Jen, was supposed to show up at about 12:30 to help me decorate. First she overslept and then on her way to pick up the cake, her car dies! What are the chances of that? Anyway, she didn't show up until 10 minutes before everyone else, so I was running around like a mad woman trying to decorate and pull everything together before the guests arrived. Geeezzzzz.
I think my sister was very happy with the turnout and she got alot of really nice gifts. I was pleased with the way it all turned out, except for the fact that I'm dead broke! Having Mother's Day, my sister's birthday, and this shower all in the same week has totally bled me dry!

This was the food table. I thought the little decorations were cute!

I had a few of these hanging from the tree in my front yard, along with some pink wind diva's (at least that's what we call them here - hope you know what I mean). It gave it a nice whimsical feel. I had the shower on my front porch - which is large and screened in. The weather was awesome and it was nice to sit on the porch and watch these floating in the breeze.

Here was some of the loot!!! She also got a stroller/car seat combo too, which was really cool!
Here's Melly taking part in some of the games we played. She just loves her new short haircut!
Here's me, Em and Melly!! She was having a great time!
Em, Mom and Me!! It was so cute.....Mom, Em and Melly all showed up color coordinated...I was thankful that I had decided to wear the same color tank top underneath my pink shirt!! Weird!!!
Here is Melly showing off the card she made for her Mommy! How cute is that?
This is a special surprise that I had for my sister! I took her latest ultrasound picture, bought a signature matte frame and had all of the guests secretly sign it for her. She seemed very touched!!
The shower ended around 6:30 p.m. - it was a pretty long one! I didn't take my buddy, Scott's, advice and take a nap. I immediately left and picked up my dog from the "sitter's", brought her home, changed clothes and headed out for Karaoke. Even though I was dead tired, I was determined to have some fun! As you all know, I haven't been in the best spirits lately, and with all the planning and stress of making the shower perfect, on top of work and everything else, I just wanted to blow off some steam. Boy, did I ever!!
The picture that follows was taken at about 2:30 a.m. of me and my friend,(and Karaoke partner), Robyn. I can't beleive I'm even posting this. We were absolutely hammered!!!
Robyn is separated from her husband too, so we're just trying to get by right now! She is the friend that invited me to go to the track on Sunday. Needless to say, we both felt awful the next day, but we got up and made it to "meeting point" on time.
Hey - I don't look too bad with a hangover - at least my eyes are open!! LOL
Here was our ride to and from the track!!
The band of misfits! In the pink shirt is my friend, Stephanie, who is Robyn's sister. (She doesn't look hungover either, does she?) The gentleman in the shades is Joe, a fellow Tammer; Me; Robyn, and the silver-haired fox - Robyn and Steph's dad!! We had to take our group in three shifts in the limo! There were 24 of us!!
So, when we finally got to the track, we were escorted up to Millionaire's Row! I had no idea what to expect when I decided to go, but it wasn't that! We were all in heaven!! It must be extremely nice to be rich - we were treated like royalty. Us, simple folk, aren't used to such luxuries!
This was our suite. It came with a completely stocked bar, along with our own bartender, and some of the best food I've ever eaten. It also had a betting machine, so that we didn't have to mingle with the common-folk, and a spectacular view of the track. This is where the celebs watch the Derby!!! I was so impressed.
This was the view from our private balcony!! You could see the entire track, which is unbelievable!!!
The other side of our balcony was right next to the twin spires - which, as I mentioned in my Derby post, are the most famous thing about Churchill Downs. It was really special for all of us!! And, NO, that's not a beer in my hand! OK - I'm lying! Hair of the dog, baby!!!
Now, remember, my day didn't end here - I still had to go watch my dad play. So, after the limo ride back, we split up so that I could go home and let my dogs out, and Robyn and Steph wanted to change. So, after driving all the way home, I turned around and drove all the way back to pick up the girls and head down to the river. By this time I was an absolute zombie - to be honest - I think we all were!! But, we're Southern Girls - we're used to it!!
This was the best picture I could get at Captain's Quarters. The place was absolutely packed. My Dad is right below the ceiling fan. Anyway, we stayed about two hours and had a blast. The weather was great, the breeze from the river was amazing, but I was dead tired!!!
This is the sunset we saw on the way home. Two days in a row of seeing sunrises and sunsets, with hardly any sleep in between, was enough for me. At least for a week anyway! This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, and that always means a blowout at the lake!!! God help us all!


Blogger SkyeBlue2U Opined...

What fun! phew, I'm exhausted just from reading all that, LOL! :)

May 23, 2006 11:13 AM  
Blogger Jinsane Opined...

Sag Sis: No doubt! It was exhausting just typing it, let alone living it!! LOL

May 23, 2006 11:22 AM  
Blogger Scott Opined...

All right now get some rest kid.


May 23, 2006 11:40 AM  
Blogger nelle Opined...

Damn girl! Sounds you had a well deserved fabulous weekend!

May 23, 2006 12:20 PM  
Blogger Jinsane Opined...

Scott: Don't be mad at me!! LOL

Ellen: It was very nice - but VERY exhausting!

May 23, 2006 12:41 PM  
Blogger xfilipponex Opined...

i did not even notice that me, mom and melly were all color coordinated. it was not on purpose!

May 23, 2006 3:26 PM  
Blogger Jinsane Opined...

XFX: Well then, that's even weirder? Is that a word? Anyway, I just thought it was funny that we all ended up having the same color on somewhere in our clothing, but I was the only one wearing pink - go figure!

May 23, 2006 3:33 PM  
Blogger Ellen Opined...

Oh how nice to have a shower on the "veranda".... see, you didn't need my help at all, you did a wonderful job with everything, and the veranda is always a perfect setting. Love the wind divas... nice touch!

You did have a busy weekend, but it sounded a lot more like fun, and I'm glad to hear you had a great weekend overall. Also glad to see that Em did well in the baby booty department. Nothing like a party where there's lots of presents! Good for her!

Also loved the pictures of Melly's new hair cut.... Too Cute!

May 23, 2006 4:39 PM  
Blogger Jinsane Opined...

Ellen: It was a pretty good weekend, but VERY tiring. I'm actually just glad it's over. If I would have had some money to bet at the track on Sunday it would have been a little more exciting for me, but I had a good time nonetheless!

May 23, 2006 5:11 PM  
Blogger Kelso Opined...

I've only been to a track a handful of times, mainly for the buffet. Not much of a gambler since I tend to lose! I'm jealous of all the fun you had!!!

May 24, 2006 7:29 AM  
Blogger TwistedPain Opined...

Woo lovey, sounds like something I would avoid due to lack of energy and pure laziness but I'm glad you had fun. Its nice to hear about you having fun and enjoying life for a change. I know it changes back and forth daily, hourly and per le momente but... I like to see you enjoying yourself. Cheers.


May 24, 2006 9:45 AM  
Blogger Jinsane Opined...

Kelso: It was tons of fun - but very exhausting.

Twisty: It's nice to have a good time, if only for a BRIEF moment.

May 24, 2006 9:49 AM  
Blogger Snaggle Tooth Opined...

So many parties, so little sleep for Jen! You get out more in one week-end than I do all year...
Good Job!

May 25, 2006 12:15 AM  
Blogger Jinsane Opined...

Snags: Believe me, every bone in my body feels it too!! LOL

May 26, 2006 9:41 AM  

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