The good news is everything was perfect weather-wise for Kelly’s wedding on Saturday. The boys had enough sun to golf in the morning, Kelly got the outdoor wedding ceremony of her dreams, and not a single umbrella was needed for photos (though we did stock up “just in case”).
The bad news is, the weather gods can only work their powers for so long. They waited until the final wedding guest found their way home to the hotel and then – BAM! – they didn’t just let it rain, they let it pour.
Hello, Tropical Storm Debby (aka Debby Downer)
And while we were playing clean-up in Port Orange on Sunday, THIS was happening in Tampa.
That, my friends, is Bayshore Blvd. It’s one of my favorite roads to run on in Tampa and where one of my favorite races (Gasparilla) takes place every February. It’s currently under a couple of feet of water and has thrown the whole city for a loop. Bayshore isn’t the only street that has flooded, but it’s probably the worst of the bunch. TS Debby has packed quite a punch on the west coast of Florida. Rain, rain, and nothing, but rain. Ugh.
I’m not sure it got quite as bad on the east coast, but it did rain and that rain seemed to follow and torment us from that point forward.
Saturday night the whole gang stayed at the official wedding hotel and on Sunday morning we started the day with the hotel’s free breakfast.
Oatmeal and eggs, my new favorite hangover food.
The newlyweds eventually joined us. We swapped stories from the night before and went through the 700+ (!)photos that found their way on my camera the day before.
I <3 my family.
Then we headed over for clean-up duty at the country club.
Cleaning up isn’t nearly as much fun as decorating, but it did go quicker.
And – BONUS!!! – there was leftover wedding cake!
I didn’t get a piece of the main cake the night before (I had a slice of carrot cake instead), so I missed out on how incredible this cake was. Fluffy vanilla cake with rich buttercream icing – delicious!
Once everything was packed up, we had one final lunch at Red Robin before heading home.
I had the Southwest Chicken Salad, which was surprisingly tasty. This was my first time eating at a Red Robin – and I wasn’t expecting much – but I was pretty impressed. The food was fresh, tasty, and served hot.
After lunch we wished the newlyweds luck and sent them on their way. Last I heard they had landed safely in San Francisco sometime yesterday evening and were already enjoying their first vacation as husband and wife.
Derek and I were too tired to make the drive back to Tampa Sunday night, so we opted to stay at my parents and spent the afternoon napping and recovering.
Dinner was delivered at 7:00pm and came from a box.
You can never go wrong with pizza on a lazy, rainy day.
I’m not sure how, but Adena and I were somehow able to talk my brother, dad, and Derek into seeing Rock of Ages Sunday night. I’m not sure they knew exactly what they were getting themselves into. I guess we forgot to mention it was a musical? Must have slipped our minds. Oops.
Unfortunately, Rock of Ages was just okay. I’ve never seen the broadway show before, but Adena has and she told me the broadway version is much better. I think the movie was missing the energy that usually radiates from live performances. Oh, well.
After the movie we went home and crashed. We had an early wake-up call and a long day ahead of us for Monday. A day so long, that I’ll have to wait to recap that one until later. Let’s just say TS Debby has really lived up to her Downer Debby nickname. :/