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A few more stories from Maryland
I remembered a couple of anecdotes from my cousin's wedding reception in Maryland. Always good to write these down before I forget them again....

The dress
I'd been wanting to go shopping for weeks prior to my trips, since I had the two receptions to attend, and nothing worth wearing to either. Everything was either too big, already worn at too many family events, or the wrong style. I just couldn't seem to make it out to the mall or anything though; I was always busy. At one point, A loaned me three dresses of hers to try, figuring it'd be better than nothing.

So I went to MD with 3 different dresses, two of hers and one of mine, still completely undecided. My sister had forgotten to bring nylons, so we went to the mall the morning of the reception to buy her some. To get to the nylons, I walked right by the petite section. "hmmm...", I thought! Right at the end of the petites, by the stockings, was a clearance rack. While sis' browsed for nylons, I started thumbing through the clearance rack.

You guessed it, I found a dress! I pulled it out thinking, "This is a nice-looking neckline." And it was my size, the only one on the rack! I wasn't certain I liked the fabric, but I really liked the cut and style, so I decided to try it on anyway. Once I'd tried it on, I was still debating. But my sister and mum both agreed that I needed to buy it. It was still $60, even on sale, but I figured what the heck, so I did! Even when I got it back to the hotel, I wasn't convinced I wanted to keep it. I just wasn't sure if I liked the fabric enough, it seemed a little too tapestry-like. But it was nice and fancy, and I really liked the neckline, plus the way it fit me. So I ended up wearing it anyway, and I got tons of compliments all night....so it worked out perfectly!

Erin is the daughter of my aunt's best friend from high school. My aunt being the mother of the groom. Got that? She's around my age, and didn't know a whole lot of people at the reception. My sister and I were introduced to her and her mom (by my dad I think), then we all decided we were hungry. We made our way to the buffet, then found ourselves a table. She ended up sitting with me, my sister, my brother, and our cousin to eat, and we chatted for a bit. We were also sharing the table with some people we didn't know, family friends of the groom's parents maybe, but we introduced ourselves to them. Each time somebody they knew came by, they would introduce us as as a unit saying, "These are the groom's cousins!" Erin decided it wasn't worth trying to explain that she wasn't actually related, so she became an honorary cousin. Especially when we learned she had no cousins of her own. So of course I had to take a picture of her, to remember her!
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: September 10th, 2002 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok, in the photos, which one was Erin? I can figure out "The dress".
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 10th, 2002 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Actually, she didn't make the "first cut". She's in there now.
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: September 10th, 2002 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Erin the one with frizzy hair? If so she is also cute. You USA chicks are pretty hot.

I think $60 dollars is about £40 and if so that is bargain. Posh dresses in the UK seem very expensive. It looks nice and the fabric sort of shines in a pretty cool way. And it goes with your somewhat lighter than it used to be hair.
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: September 10th, 2002 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
You look quite sporty in the bottom picture, I reckon it is to do with your hair.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 11th, 2002 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I had it tied back, because of the wind.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 11th, 2002 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, that's her...although she'd probably prefer the word "curly" to "frizzy"! (:

I am pleased with the dress now. Just took me some time to decide so! (I'm like that sometimes. Remember the flowery pants?)
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: September 11th, 2002 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember them, although we call them trousers in the UK.
dreamattack329 From: dreamattack329 Date: September 10th, 2002 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hello. I am a friend of MrDisco99's. I have been reading your LJ, since you are on his friend's page. You always have such interesting and thoughtful posts. I'm from MD, so I was just wondering where your cousin's reception was and if you enjoyed your visit.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 11th, 2002 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hi there! Thank you very much, it's nice to hear from you. Yes, I had a great time in Maryland. The reception was at my aunt's home in Columbia, and we also spent some time seeing Baltimore (the inner harbor, and Fells Point, and Ford McHenry). It was pretty cool. Since you seem like a nice person, I've gone ahead and added you to my friends list, so you can read the entry I wrote more about my trip, plus see some pictures I took. (I always protect any entry with pictures, just because I'm a little shy.) Here's the entry:
dreamattack329 From: dreamattack329 Date: September 12th, 2002 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'm going to add you to my friends list as well. I live very close to all of the places you mentioned. I used to live in Ellicott City, which is adjacent to Columbia. I grew up in Annapolis, famous for its crabs. I work at UMBC, which is very close to Fell's Point. In fact, Fell's Point was our main college hangout!

BTW- The dress is fabulous!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 13th, 2002 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)



Actually, we drove through Ellicott City, although we didn't actually get out and walk around. Very cute little town, I thought. Positively swimming in charm! Then we took a back road somehwhere or the other, to get back to the main road, and it was very scenic. Fells Point was neat too. We took one of those water taxis to get there, which was cool.

Thanks...I really like the dress (now)!!!
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: September 11th, 2002 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)

fun! see, and i guess that that cute dress was fate...
and some of the most fun times are to be had when you reach out and meet strangers who you'd normally never say hi to..... :-)
glad to hear that you all had a fun time (and helped an 'outsider' Erin have a fun time to-boot!)
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