I have had a lot of great things happen to me in March, upon our return to Washington, and some not so good.
I started out the day we pulled back in, by going and retrieving my car back from where I had it in storage. After filling the tires a little, washing her, and topping the fluids....I was on my way. I then proceeded to go pick up a friend from the base, and take him around on his errands. I drove all around three different towns, for the afternoon, and then ran out of gas. You see, the car was low on gas when I picked it up, and I neglected to get gas before it was all gone. :( So, a cop came along and pushed my car into the nearby parking lot, and I went to a nearby gas station. They let me borrow a gas can, and then I filled it and went back to my car. The whole ordeal taught me a few important things. (1) I (and anyone else) should not be neglectful enough to run out of gas -- it's just really ridiculous. (2) You should know some gas station attendants are bad people, and won't let you borrow a gas can. Some sad people make you buy the gas can. (3) I think there was something else I was thinking of, but it slipped my mind.
After the homecoming day, I made my way HOME HOME. I went to the airport that night, and stayed at the USO there. Then, I flew out at 7 am the next morning. I was going home to be home again, as well as to be there for my sister's wedding. The wedding business was in full-swing when I got home. Since the boys of the family were invited to the end of my sister's wedding shower that day, we went there straight from the airport. That was fun to immediately get home and run into all these people -- my grandparents, other relatives, and family friends from church.
The rest of that weekend, my sister, now husband, and his sister stayed at the house. We went shopping for wedding items both Saturday and Sunday. We got belts, ties, and socks on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we went to get my suit. I was not able to wear the suit that I bought, so I had to buy one in their chosen color scheme. The wedding suit was/is an olive green color, and I like it a lot.
Mos of the next week was pretty tame. I spent some good time with my little sister (not the one that got married), and then took a road trip mid-week. I went down to southern IL...Champaign and Carbondale to see friends that I haven't seen in a year or so. That was good fun, yet done quick. From there, I drove home Thursday morning/afternoon, stopped home for an hour, and then rushed to Michigan for the batchelor party. Over the course of the trip in IL, I ran into snow, rain, and hail. Then, as I made my way to Michigan, I ran into even more snow.
I was so excited to do/be a part of the whole wedding. It was a great and fun time. All the involved siblings on both sides of the marriage stood up in the wedding. My little sister is the same age as Noah's (the new husband) little brother, and that's the same for me and Noah's little sister. So we processed in, in those pairs, and also sat up at the table during the reception. The wedding was simple and ceremonial...nothing really noteworthy, just a nice, sweet ceremony. It was 45-50 minutes long, I think.
The reception was held at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. This was a nice place, with a nice banquet room. The room was large, and in the front center, had a moderately sized dance floor. I enjoyed dancing, even though I don't do it well, with both my sisters and my mom. In place of a cake, there were two chocolate fountains -- one milk chocolate (I believe), and one white chocolate. That was a really neat idea...you would take sticks of cookies, strawberries, and more, and let the chocolate run down over it to coat it. In the midst of the reception, guests could go walk through a butterfly garden, which was really interesting. Some pictures were also taken in there.
Over the course of that weekend, I enjoyed meeting friends of my older sister, that I hadn't met before. I talked to one about experiences in Europe. She gave me some good ideas and recommendations based on where she had been before, and what she had done.
After the wedding, I had just a couple more days at home. I flew back to Washington the Tuesday after the wedding. However, I ran into some trouble with the law before I was gone. On Sunday night, I drove out to see a friend of mine. He had just moved out to a new house out in the country while I was home. I went there and hung out with him, had a pizza, and then came back. As I was driving back however, I took the highway in the wrong direction. As I was doing so, I was also speeding (63 in a 45 mph zone), and was pulled over for such. I got a speeding ticket and proof of insurance ticket. The proof of insurance ticket was due to my dad having the wrong car's insurance card in his car. :( I would have had to go to court for all that, if I didn't do what I did. The next day, I drove back out to the country, to go to the county's courthouse. I brought the insurance card, to have that dropped, and paid off the ticket ($75). However the one problem was that the cop took my driver's license (in place of bond...for the insurance deal). So, I got everything taken care of, but had to have my license mailed to me in Washington. I was able to drive, however, if I kept the ticket with me. Then, my license arrived about a week or week and a half ago.
That's it for now folks. I will post again as soon as I possible can, about my new place!!