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Waking Up In Orlando

by Meghann on July 15, 2012

Friday night I fell asleep on the 9:45 red-eye out of Seattle… 5 hours later I woke up Saturday morning in Orlando.

They weren’t the best 5 hours of sleep I’ve ever had, but they certainly weren’t the worst either. I lucked out with an entire row to myself, which gave me enough room to curl up in a little ball and pass out. I also made the smartest move of my traveling career by changing into a comfy sweater, leggings, and Toms right before the flight. Not only was I incredibly comfortable, but the change of clothes kept me a little warmer on the FREEZING plane. Can’t even imagine how cold I would have been without them. I can also see why people pay $10 for a blanket and pillow on flights. If our crew would have offered them, I would have happily handed over my credit card with a smile. Next time I have a red-eye, I’m determined to find a way to sneak a pillow and blanket on the flight. ;)

As soon as we landed, I hopped in my car and headed across town to meet with a potential hair person for my wedding. I arrived early and ran into Publix for a parfait. I was hoping to find a cute little cafe to eat at, but there really wasn’t much around – Publix had to do.

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We met at Barnie’s at 8, and I had my first large coffee of the day.

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The meeting went great. It was with the same girl who did our hair for my sister’s wedding, so it wasn’t too hard of a sell. I’ve already seen her work, she’s done my hair before (and I loved the results!), and she was able to cut me a good deal – I signed the contract of the spot! I’ll fill in more details on the wedding page sometime in the coming week, but I will say it feels good to have one more thing crossed off the list!

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After the coffee date, I headed back across town to help some friends move. I’m not saying I was much help with less than 5 hours of broken sleep, but I wanted to at least drop in and say hi. It was the first time seeing my friend in all her pregnant glory (she’s just over 6 months now), so when the invite came in on Facebook, I couldn’t say no!

Unfortunately, I could only stay for an hour or so before I had to meet Derek and Maddie at my parents. I had some nuts on my way.

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Back at my parents’ place, I finally had a chance to change out of my flying clothes (and shower!). A family friend was getting married and I wanted to look (and smell) my best.

We stopped for gas on the way to the wedding and I grabbed a veggie breakfast burrito from the Dunkin Donuts.

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Unfortunately I didn’t realize how tiny the burrito was until we were back on the road. If I had known, I would have ordered two.

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I also had my second coffee of the day. The lack of sleep was catching up to me and I took a nap on the way to church.

The wedding was gorgeous.

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Carissa was a stunning bride. Everything from her dress, to her flowers, to her signature smile was perfect.

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It was an honor to see a couple who are so perfect for each other seal their love in matrimony.

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Congrats, Carissa and Shawn!!!

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We had a couple of hours to kill between the ceremony and the reception. Luckily we found a bar across the street from the reception to relax in.

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A trio dip was ordered and split among the group.

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Then it was reception time.

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I LOVED their choice of venue. The History Center was so unique and fun. Loved it.

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Feed your guests and educate them at the same time… What’s not to love?

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The passed apps were hot and delicious. Loved the mini crab cakes.

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Buffet dinner.

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Candy bar!

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(the candy went fast! these bars are always a huge hit.)

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Dance time!

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They had a killer DJ! Definitely made sure to grab his business card before the night was over.

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Should I be worried that Derek held baby Jake more than I did?

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Cupcakes!!

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Cinnamon cupcake – AMAZING!

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I’ve known Carissa for 15+ years. Growing up she was my best friend’s cousin, but over the years she’s become an extended member of the family. I love her to pieces and can say without a doubt that she has truly found her perfect match in Shawn. They are absolutely perfect for each other. I wish them nothing but many years of happiness in the future.

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Congrats, again, Carissa and Shawn!

Man, that was a long day. I crashed as soon as we got home and enjoyed 9 hours of blissful sleep. I felt so much better after that. :)

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kashi @ Cape Island Runners July 15, 2012 at 11:11 am

Oh my gosh, that was truly insane! Wowies, great job on staying up and looking so good – I’d have looked like death by the end of that, lol! My hubby and I also went to a wedding yesterday and it was the first one we have been to sin ce tyong the knot. It gave me a little charge to see our names as “Mr. and Mrs.” on the escort cards. It is also really cool attending a ceremony when you have memories of your own. Def cried a little more than normal!

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2 Army Amy* July 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

The airline makes people pay for blankies? Lame! And how did I not know this? I just took a trip where I flew Quantas, and they are amazing. (We had pillows, blankets, headphones, so much food, even ice cream!) I wish they flew domestically here in the states.*
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3 Meghann July 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Only a couple of airlines do. And every time I fly internationally I’m always super impressed by all the airlines out there. They really do step it up a notch!

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4 Cait's Plate July 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Dunkin does veggie burritos now?! Where have I been? Good to know they’re super tiny.

Also that cinnamon cupcake? YUM. Glad you’re home safe and sound! Nothing like a good night’s sleep in your own bed!
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5 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

looks like an eventful and exhausting 24 hours!!! I hope you slept in plenty today!
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6 Laura @ May Your Bobbin Always Be Full July 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Oh my gosh that was a crazy day you had! But it seems like you had a fabulous time and got so much done despite the lack of sleep.
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7 Sana July 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Does Derek have baby fever???
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8 Meghann July 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

haha I don’t think so. I think he just loves babies, but he’s happy to wait a couple of years for one.

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9 Tiffany July 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

In the past, none of the airlines I’ve used charged for blankets. Not sure if that’s the case nowadays, but if I’m on a long flight, I always bring my own blanket. I never have to “sneak it on”. I usually just carry it in my arms. I use my own blanket mostly b/c I’ve heard questionable things about how clean the airline blankets are. Would rather play it safe and use my own!

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10 Meghann July 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Not all airlines charge for blankets, but I have been on a couple that do. I was only kidding about “sneaking” the blanket on, people are free to walk on with their own blankets and pillows. :)

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11 Emma July 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

The history museum is such an awesome idea for the reception! If I could pick any place in the world for a wedding reception I’d go with the Baltimore Aquarium. How cool would that be?? Glad you had a good time!
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12 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama July 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Wowza! I don’t think I could have lasted that long. I would’ve done a face plant in my cupcake!
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13 jessie July 16, 2012 at 12:40 am

I wish I could still look that good after running on barely any sleep!! I too had a terrible nights rest Saturday into Sunday.. like I only slept from 9pm-11pm, and than couldn’t fall back asleep until 9 last night! I’m not sure how I was even able to function all day yesterday.

Anyways… what a beautiful wedding! Those cupcakes look absolutely delicious! Glad you all had such a great time <3
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14 Sara@RunningInPinkProject July 16, 2012 at 6:56 am

I always envy people who can sleep soundly on planes. No matter how tired I am I always end up WIDE awake once the plane takes off. Flying jitters. :(
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15 Sarah July 16, 2012 at 7:20 am

wow, I don’t think you could have fit anything else into your day if you tried! BUSY GIRL! Glad you still managed to get so much done!
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16 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I love candy bars at weddings – best way to keep yourself going when you’re dancing all night and makes a perfect souvenir to take home :-)
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