I’m teleworking today and, since the weather is unsettled, I decided to take a half hour at lunchtime and go to the pool to swim laps before it started storming. It felt harder today than usual. My shoulders are tired, and I tried to get more power out of my legs when I’m used to letting them be a little lazy with kicking. You’d think that with all the upper-body work I’ve been doing, swimming would get easier and more fun. That hasn’t been the case so far this summer.
Meanwhile, I’m trying to pin down the last chunks of wedding stuff. Fitting #2 is next week. I’ve got the final RSVPs (so happy, I don’t have to chase anyone down) and a date for my partner’s dad to take us booze-buying*, so it was time to estimate how much we’d need. We’re doing just beer and wine, and I figured 1 drink per adult guest per hour, 50% beer/50% wine drinkers (with 1/3 red and 2/3 white; it’ll be hot). And since kegs are enormous and I want to get 2 different varieties from a local microbrewery, it’ll be 2 kegs, 15 bottles of red wine and 3o bottles of white (assuming 750mL bottles) and at least 15 bottles of sparkling wine for toasts. We’ll probably have leftovers, especially since quite a few guests don’t drink. Leftover booze. Shrug!
Then I need to figure out the number for the rehearsal dinner and start calling up places to see if anyone can accommodate the party. My mom has really been trying to make some suggestions, but there’s a big difference between what passes for “nice” in rural Michigan and what’s “nice” on the fancy-schmancy east coast where my partner’s family is from (and they are hosting this party). “How about this golf club nearby? They have a great all-you-can-eat fish fry on Fridays.” Umm, not really… What is the etiquette for rehearsal dinners, anyway? I always thought they were bride and groom’s family, attendants, and out-of-town guests. Which is basically half of the wedding guests (even considering that we have no attendants). I hate to leave the out-of-town folks to fend for themselves, though!
* This actually has amusing details, but I don’t want to put it in the post– if you want to hear about it, I’ll talk about it in comments!