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Wedding Shrapnel

Friday, July 19, 2013

My cousin is getting married tomorrow! An exciting day, for sure – but the ceremony is at noon and the reception isn’t until 6pm.

The good news? It’s local, so I can come home in between the festivities.

The bad news? Everyone else in the family is coming from further away.

The impact? Potentially a house full of extended family and friends as people look for something to do for four hours.

I really have no idea how many people might end up here tomorrow, as there was some talk amongst family members about not going to the ceremony but coming for the reception. (That’s what prompted me to offer up my house – the bride deserves to have her family present). Yet nobody has told me whether they are coming or not, so I still put in the work tonight to get ready. It was a planned day off from the gym this evening anyway – totally important as I’m suffering some burnout there ( wp.me/p1N36Q-dL ) – yet I still must have chalked up some significant calorie burn mowing the lawn, cleaning floors, and otherwise prepping to have a house full.

The one thing I didn’t do? Buy snacks. That’s a job for tomorrow morning after I get my 7 mile run in, and before the wedding at noon. But I’m not going to go overboard – perhaps some veggies and hummus. Nuts. I’m not sure what else, but I’m committed to not bringing anything into my home that I wouldn’t otherwise eat. If it turns out there are a lot of people coming, and we need something more substantial than snacks, I’ll order everyone some pizzas or a sandwich tray – and a salad for myself or anybody else who wants one.

I also have the “Special K Treats” I made a few nights ago to help stop me from polishing off the marshmallows and cereal ( wp.me/p1N36Q-dG ). There weren’t enough marshmallows to really make a full batch, but it will have to do.

If I had a little more time, I’d scan the Wheat Belly Cookbook I picked up from the library today and pick out a few additional snacks to make for everyone. (It doesn’t have a six month waiting period like the Wheat Belly book had). Speaking of, I did finally finish the Wheat Belly book last night – I have to go back through my “bookmarks” and gather my thoughts – a little bit harder to do on the Nook than via paper – so more on that tomorrow.

I’m a little nervous about the reception tomorrow night, as I didn’t get to select my meal. Is there any breach of etiquette if I call the banquet facility ahead of time to find out if wheat is used in any of the food they are serving tomorrow? I would not ask for a special meal or anything like that – I just feel like it would be good to know in advance so I know whether I should eat before going. I just need to have a plan – thinking that I’ll bring a protein bar to have while I’m there, and will be the designated driver so I don’t overdo it on drinks.
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    I would call the caterer. Better safe than sorry. I hope everything goes well tomorrow.
    1739 days ago
    You should call and find out either through the cousin or the people who are making the food. It is your health that is at stake!
    1740 days ago
    Hope everything goes smoothly!!
    Those pizza places sometimes have sandwiches, I order them when my daughter drops by and orders pizza for lunch. Then I only eat the cheese-meat-veggie insides.
    Ordering food is a fantastic idea! And bag them up the left overs! emoticon
    1740 days ago
    Ditto on that. If they're even remotely reputable it will be no big deal. Keep planning and following through and you'll have a wonderful day!
    1740 days ago
    emoticon to your cousin! and there's nothing wrong with calling about the food - your health is important and it's not any kind of inconvenience for anyone.
    1740 days ago
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