Bill is a swine.
Last night we were at the office and Bill said he’d have to work late that evening. I was a bit miffed as I’d been hoping to get down the YMCA again and it was going to be another missed opportunity resulting in good intentions but no exercise. I had my quilt with me so I decided to make the best of it and finish off the bias binding, meanwhile hoping to myself that we might still get home in time for a trip to the gym.
Bill finished up and just as I perked up at the thought I might still make it to the YMCA he declared that he had to run an errand and go pick up a prop from Ashley’s house. Drat! Oh well, maybe I could convince him to take us past Hancock’s Fabrics so I could have a mosey and see if I could spot some nice fabric there with which to fashion a wrap to match my dress? (Can’t be too hard to sew two rectangles of fabric together! …surely?) Anyway, I hoped that at least the evening would be put to some good use.
So off we went in the truck, Bill following directions on a scrap of paper and talking about the toy tractor he needed to borrow for something he was working on. Ok, whatever.
We found the house and navigated our way up a road crammed full of cars. Ashley lives up a dead end road and I was most impressed to find a nice turning roundabout at the end of it and enjoyed going around that one. Wheee! Bill parked and I was all set to just wait in the truck while he dashed in and picked the prop up, but he wouldn’t let me. I had to accompany him to the door, and I gladly went as suddenly I felt that sitting in the truck on my own in the dark was a bit spooky.
Saw Ashley spot us as we walked up her driveway and she ushered us in. Explaining that she had company she led us through to collect this stupid tractor. I followed Bill past a pretty Christmas Tree and into the front room and then almost died as a huge outburst of “SURPRISE!!” hit me. Took a while to register that the room was full of all the ladies from BrightHouse, that they were all grinning madly and that this was a surprise bridal shower…for me! I almost burst into full scale tears. Had to bury myself in Bill’s coat for a while before he hastily departed, leaving me with a big grin, a hug and a kiss. I was so shocked.
Definitely needed the huge shot (or three) of Raspberry Stolli I was handed in a glass adorned with a pretty pink bow. Blimey.
What followed next was just great. We had a wonderful spread of pasta and salad to eat, and when I adjourned to the living room I found I had my own special chair reserved just for me and bedecked with gorgeous pink and purple helium balloons and ribbons. Cool. With everyone else sat around in a big circle we talked and ate until I was presented with a really touching little notebook in which each of the girls had written a snippet of relationship or marriage advice. I was required to, and happily did, read each one out loud. For some strange reason people seem to like my English accent. Giggled at Michelle’s proffered wisdom which was cribbed off a fortune cookie, blinked when I got to the one that told me to “never stop dating” (apparently it just reads wrong!) and blushed as I read the last one which declared “Keep the sex fresh!” .o0(thanks Roseann)
Certainly wasn’t expecting anything more and was amazed when some more gifts were suddenly produced from nowhere. Michelle is such a wonder sneak too! You see, she was a star and took me shopping at the weekend and we trawled the malls together looking for lingerie to make Bill flip out. Heh. Well, while we were browsing Victoria’s Secret we’d both been admiring these beautiful kimono’s but I’d been trying to focus on what I needed for the wedding and not get too distracted. You can imagine my surprise and delight when I opened a gift from her and found the very same delicious flowery pink kimono that I’d been stroking in the shop all delicately wrapped up in pink tissue and MINE!!! I just felt so lucky and special.
Alongside this gift was a big heavy box which was presented to me as being the opposite companion to the kimono robe. .o0(a pair of matching bottoms?!! Surely my bum’s not that big?!!) Upon opening it though it turned out to be the set of pyrex dishes from the wedding registry. Hoorah! I’d been really hoping that someone would be kind enough to get that for us as we don’t have a great deal of cooking equipment and I’ve really been trying to make do. It’s going to be insanely useful and very much appreciated.
There was more too! I opened the group card from the “Brighthouse Lasses” and another unexpected gift fell out…a charged visa gift card with a really generous amount of cash on it!! I can apparently use it anywhere that accepts visa, including when I go to get my hair cut and coloured tomorrow. Crikey! That’s just too much! Thanks so much everyone!
During all of this my vodka kept getting topped up (oh and I even got to take the rest of the bottle home with me! yay!) and a huge marbled chocolate cake was produced. I had to cut this while posing for the camera. Yikes. In pink icing on the top it read something like “Cheers! Bill and Kay” (think that was fairly accurate though I had been on the vodka, and it has now been greedily demolished so I can’t go check!) I’ve nabbed all the adornments from it to either help decorate the wedding cake or just keep as trinkets.
I was so touched. Never had a surprise party in my honour, and certainly never thought I would either! Everyone is just far too nice. I’d like to bounce lots and scream out a big “THANKYOU!” to everyone involved in that tremendous secret!