I'm not sure if another weekend could ever pack all the emotions and events we experienced the past three days.
In 72 hours, we:
- chose the Royal Wedding over sleep
- attended an emotional funeral, viewing and burial
- celebrated the birth of a new baby (his parents went from the family lunch after the burial straight to the hospital so, really, they deserve the trophy for most extreme emotions)
- rejoiced (and I cried, of course) as 246 people responded to open baptism at church
- raptly watched every minute of Celebrity Apprentice until it was interrupted (Good night NeNe!)
- and then raptly watched every minute before, during and after the President announced the death of Osama bin Laden.
You know how last week some people were like, "Who cares so much about the Royal Wedding? Who will actually get up and watch it? Quit putting Kate on every magazine cover! Quit running Datelines on the wedding!"
Yeah, I was not one of those people.
For those of you who know me on Facebook, yes, the rumors are true. I attended a Royal Wedding slumber party. Since all my sister-in-laws were in town for the funeral, we spent the night at my in-laws on Thursday night. I woke up at 3:55 a.m. and since my eyes could barely open, I had to feel my way to the basement. But once I heard Diane Sawyer's melodious voice and took a bite of The Pioneer Woman's amazing vanilla scones, I woke up completely to take in the vision that was trees in Westminster Abbey and a tiny waist I can only dream about.
I know Joe still thinks I was crazy for not recording the wedding and watching it with the sun and all other awake living creatures. but I absolutely loved every minute, knowing my friends Will and Kate were in the Abbey at that exact moment.
Okay, so maybe that does look obsessive and slightly insane when written out but I truly did not regret it, even though we had a long day ahead of us.
Also, it's in my blood since my mom called me at 5:57 a.m. just to say, "CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING? SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL! THIS IS JUST LIKE CHARLES AND DIANA! SHE IS REALLY GOING TO BE A REAL PRINCESS!"
Clearly I have no other destiny than to get giddy over royal vows. It's my genes. And I am in no way making fun of my mom or another else who made such statements since I was saying them too when she called.
(And I woke Madeline up at 5:49 a.m., right before Kate got in the car. Does that put me over the edge?)
Since this deserves more than just a blip on this super-serious news blog, I have to discuss the end of bin Laden. While so many people were thinking of the funniest Facebook statuses and tweets, all I could think was, "OH MY WORD OH MY WORD OH MY WORD THIS IS AMAZING."
But if there was ever a moment to be thankful for social media, it was at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night. Joe was in charge of Facebook and CNN and I handled Twitter. We read the latest updates and best lines to each other.
My favorite ones were:
- Got Bin Laden AND interrupted Celebrity Apprentice? Win for Obama all around.
- USA to Britain: we see your royal wedding and we raise you bin Laden.
- Obama: You know it, I know it, Chuck Norris did it.
- Rethinking many aspects of my life after realizing I found out Bin Laden was dead via Kim Kardashian's twitter feed.
It's been fun, ya'll but I'm kinda ready for some mediocre emotions, chips and salsa and Whale Wars.
Also, Madeline finally settled on a birthday party theme. And the heavens opened, clouds parted and I heard angels singing. Just thought you'd want to know.