Jay and I got up before seven today - yep, on Saturday! And there wasn't even a race. We got up to scope out some wedding reception locations! Yes, to anyone not into the slightly girly stuff, feel free to scroll down to the tree pics - it gets back to racing there. hehehe
Really, I've considered starting up a second blog just for the wedding, but that requires even more attention that I rarely can spare. Maybe once the racing season has ended. Until then, this wedding's an adventure so it easily fits in with the theme of this blog, right? At least it has been so far. Oi, I never knew there were so many details one had to attend to.
We hit Isanti at 8:30 this morning to check out a barn for a possible "barn-bash" style wedding. Quickly summarized: it sounded better than it turned out to be. Super cute and a fun idea, but when it comes down to it, I'm not peeing in a port-a-potty in my wedding dress. I don't think indoor plumbing is really too much to ask. Next!
Jay had a 1:00 appointment at Basset Creek to finish planning the State Cross race course, so we headed back to the cities. On the way, we were discussing ideas and Jay said he "had something up his sleeve", navigating me around until we found the parking lot he was looking for. We pulled up to the Theodore Wirth Golf Club and took a look around - maybe a future ceremony site?? Who knows?
Then, we took the parkway over to the Metropolitan. I'd never seen it before, but I am assuming some of you may recognize it from a former MCF banquet....
To make a long story short, some of my family members have been pretty anxious about us not having the reception hall booked and the date picked - it's been quite stressful. So much so, that I've barely gotten in to the reception site touring....Until now. Oh, I was so blown away by this place! I felt giddy and silly and my mind raced with ideas! So, now we just have to see if we can do it. Heck, the MCF partied there, we should surely be able to pull it off, eh?
So, after Jay dragged me out of there against my will, we headed out to get the race course laid out. We grabbed Timmer and met up with Harddog, Margot, Scotty Rob, and Roundtree on top of the hill to see what they could come up with. I wasn't part of the planning crew - I was just supposed to ride my bike on it. I guess if if a noob like me can do it, it must be safe enough for everyone. But I was too hopped up on the Metro and too freakin' numb from the cold to get into my lycra, so I just hung out and watched the spectacle.
Surprisingly, it didn't take as long as it seemed it would. At the start, it was like a bunch of kids were trying to figure out if GI Joe's base camp would be better under the slide or in the wood pile. Luckily though, after some riding, testing, and plotting, GI Joe gets to storm through paths like this.....
The final product still has a week before being revealed, but you know it wouldn't be Basset Creek without a little bit of this....
I expect to see a lot of hecklers up there with primes for the C race! Where's the love?!
As for tonight, it's warmth and relaxation to ready ourselves for Milaca tomorrow. It should be a blast!