Planning is already in the works for the 4th of July. My man and his band are going to perform in a parade. It's all very exciting. This construction company is lending their flatbed truck, generator and they are going full tilt decorating it in a patriotic theme.
I just stopped in at band practice (read: in the garage) to get the skinny on the whole thing. Not surprising is the fact that they have FEW details.
I am a detail person. Not knowing the details is STRESSFUL to me. I did some research on line trying to see if there is a map of the parade route, or where the FUCK to park. I need to worry well in advance about this stuff.
Yes it is great fun to be me.
My daughter wants to be a true groupie and follow the band so she can dance and sing as she goes along. I was thinking that would be a good idea and I'd do the same (minus the dancing and singing; plus a baby and carriage).
The drummer? The one whose real estates office is sponsoring this whole thing? Nixed that idea. His real estate people will be wearing their real estate themed shirts following the band as they plan, handing out real estate logo balloons and candy.
He did offer to let me and the kids set up camp in his office's parking lot, which is in the parade route (I think). So that's a plus. Parking - check. Location to sit and watch parade - check.
I'm feeling better about it than I was a couple hours ago. Heck I'm feeling better about than I did a few days ago even.
For the band, they have two gigs in one day. Parade at 9:30 AM and 4th of July party at the bassist's sister house. The bassist? She's a great gal and she just put me right on the spot during my quick visit to get details.
"You are coming to my sister's party right?" (insert piercing stare here)
"Huh?" (me pretending like I have no clue what the heck she is talking about while considering pinching my own child as a distraction)
"My sister's party is right after the parade, you and the kids HAVE to come, it's on the beach, there will be a ton of food and everyone will LOVE to see the bahbee!"
"Oh well that sounds like fun (lies all lies), I plan on packing us all up for the day and traveling around with you guys anyway, WE WILL SO BE THERE"
What is my problem? Why can I not just look at this as a fun day out for us all. Why do I have look at it from the stress point of view? (by stress I mean planning drinks, snacks, clothing changes and how nap time will happen as we do all this) 4th of July last year we were invited to two parties, we went to neither of them. I took the kids to the mall, where it was totally dead and I loved every minute of it.
Every 4th of July doesn't have to be that. dull. This one should be fun. I mean who cares that it will probably be a balmy 90 degrees. We get to see a popular parade that my man and his BAND are playing in and then FREE FOOD and swimming at a beach afterwards. I know the baby will be only as good as my attitude is.
So I better find a good attitude or I am fucked!