So, I'm only a little obsessed with the royal family in England. Forgive me if this offends you. It's been eye-opening to discover that neither of our English au pairs give a fig about the royals at all. Still, I find it romantic and very much a fairy tale. So, when I received this invitation in the mail to go to a Royal Wedding Pajama party at a local restaurant at 3:00 a.m., I was thrilled and started casually shopping around for someone to go with me. Well, no one ever stepped up to the plate. Chuck, who had purchased the book "William and Kate" for me for Christmas, was well aware that I was fully planning to watch the royal wedding and asked me yesterday if I was going to go to Ruffinos to watch it. I sighed and said, "I'd love to, but I don't have anyone to go with." And then . . . Chuck made a mistake . . . he said, "I'll go with you." And so I made reservations for the two of us to attend. Sucker!!!
Last night we went to bed at 9:00 (and I easily fell asleep) and our alarm went off at 3:00 a.m., I blinked, leaned up on my elbows, considered whether it was really worth getting out of bed, and then hopped up and put on my fancy pajamas for the party. Chuck rolled out of bed and turned on the TV (which was already recording coverage of the wedding). Just seeing the TV motivated me to get moving. This was totally worth it!
So we tiptoed out of the house (while Rosie "watched" the kids while she slept) and we drove over to Ruffino's where the place was packed! There were groups of ladies dressed up in pajamas and English-style hats with brims wide and tall. The restaurant was bustling around - clearly their first time to hose a Royal Wedding Watching party at 3:00 a.m. We got a seat, but it didn't take long to realize it wasn't going to work out for me because this was my view of the TV.
Chuck bemoaned the fact that he was the only guy in attendance. I pointed out that there were plenty of male waitstaff and at least three or four gay men in attendance too. For some reason, that didn't keep him from feeling out of place. Still, he was a good sport and even let me take a picture of him.
So, the point of the entire thing was to watch the wedding and since my view of the wedding was completely blocked by women wearing outlandish hats, I decided it wasn't worth the $50 a head to stay, so we left and I ended up enjoying the entire thing from the comfort of my bed, after Chuck brought me orange juice in a champagne flute. Yes, he's fantastic. And yes, he's patient. But remember, so am I. *wink, wink*
Cheers to the new royal couple! I was quite impressed with their humor and beauty. My favorite part was all their smiles, and when Prince William whispered to Kate's father at the alter, "We were supposed to have just a small family affair." What good humor. I hope they will continue to laugh.