We finally made it to Ro’s, packed up her car and left. The drive to Bloomington was uneventful, thank the Lord. We arrived at the Super 8 Motel (which I later dubbed the Super Ghetto Motel) and got checked in. Then we took the luggage cart out and loaded it up so we wouldn’t have to make more than one trip. We head back to find the elevator only to find there is none. So we went back to the front desk to request a room change. We got the different key cards and went off down the hall. On the way we passed a soda machine that had soda bottles that were completely sucked in in the middle. That made us rather leery of the vending machines. Then we passed the pool where we could see a thin layer of film covering it. We decided we wouldn’t be swimming that evening unless the boys had a better pool. (They were in the Quality Inn that was literally right next door.)

We got settled in by yanking the comforters off the beds, inspecting for bed bugs, admiring the lovely caulking job in the bathroom and discovering that our window opened a whopping 2 inches. Ro got started on her hair, Nicole was touching up her nails and I was scrubbing at the rough skin on my feet when Ro commented, “If only the boys could see us now.” The things we do to look good, I tell you. 😉 Sometime during all this, Shane called me to let me know that he had arrived and was at his hotel and told us to call him when we went to dinner. 45 minutes later, we had decided on Jimmy Johns with plans for Ritters afterward. We called Shane and managed to find him despite Bloomington’s fascination with one-way streets and not using street signs.

We had a great time at Jimmy Johns and then asked the guys who worked there if they knew where the Ritters was. They said that they didn’t think there was a Ritters (which was dumb because they had one listed in our motel book) but there was a ColdStone down the street. We decided to settle for that and took off walking. We walked all over and the people we saw fit into 3 categories: hippies, preppies and skaters. We were the odd people out. (I didn’t look as hippie as I usually do.) Apparently what that town does for fun is give bad directions to tourists. I don’t think we got good directions from anyone. The ColdStone ended up being right down the street from Jimmy Johns but we didn’t discover this until we had walked to the other side of the town. Luckily it was nice out and we had time to kill anyway so we didn’t mind. It completely amused us that no one could give us proper directions.

We finally found the place and each of us spent about $5 on ice cream. It was tasty though. We continued walking and right across the street was the IU campus so we walked over there while we ate. There was a building with some quote on it but a tree was hiding the last bit of it so we all walked over trying to read the darn thing and then it didn’t even make sense when we figured out what it said. We sat down on a bench and just talked about everything. This is where it got *really* fun. (Sarcasm.)

Nicole called Jenn to find out if they were on their way yet. Andy and Chris were driving up together and Jenn was picking up Tami and bringing her after dropping Eli off with Pati, Jenn’s mom. She was supposed to take Eli for the night and bring him up the next day. Come to find out that Andy’s truck had run out of gas and Jenn had his credit card so he and Chris were stuck in Greenwood waiting for Jenn. Meanwhile, Jenn was having a crisis of her own. Her mother decided at the last minute that she didn’t want to take Eli and that she was going to go hang out with some family members instead. So Jenn had been running all over trying to find her mother, who hadn’t called to tell her any of this and who wasn’t answering any phone calls. When Nicole talked to Jenn, she was completely stressed out. This made all four of us furious with Pati. Of all the selfish, idiotic things to pull right before your daughter’s wedding so that she’s even more stressed out. So they had to bring him with them. This resulted in him being up until 2:00 in the morning instead of getting a good night’s sleep like he should have.

We decided that Jenn was going to need lots of love, chocolate and alcohol by the time she got to our motel so we went in search of an liquor store. (More funky directions from some preps.) We got to the store and Nicole and I both had to use the restroom. They didn’t have one for public use so we ran down the street to the Waffle House. Inside we were met with a sight that about made us pee in our pants. There were two toilets but the only thing seperating them was a wall that didn’t even reach the end of the toilets. We both bust out laughing and just said, “Ok, you don’t look and neither will I.” Of course, this didn’t stop Nicole from looking over once we were seated and saying, “You have tan lines!” lol. We walked back to the car (got honked at by guys about 3 or 4 times in the very short distance *eye roll*) and showed Shane and Ro the picture I had taken with my phone. (Of the toilets, not us on them. Sickos. 😉 ) We dropped Shane back at his hotel and then went to Marsh for chocolate (the state of the bottles in the pop machine gave us pause over the condition of the snack machine as well) and a funny card. We finally picked one about ways to relieve stress. Seemed appropo.

On the way to the Marsh, I called my mom to tell her that I loved her. When she bewilderly asked why, I said “Because I know that if I had a kid and was getting married and you had agreed to watch him, you would never decide at the last minute to ditch him and stress me out even more.” I then explained what was going on. Ro, Nicole and I were still having random outbursts of anger and just generally wanting to call and cuss Pati out. (Nothing makes me cuss like insane selfish people. 😉 ) So to relieve stress, when we got back to the hotel, we played the song ‘Whip It’ and danced around the car in the parking lot. I have no idea if people saw us but we were laughing at ourselves. Especially when I placed special emphasis on the “step on a crack, break your mother’s back” lines and started jumping on a crack. We had parked around back instead of the front and walked to the side where a door was. At first we didn’t see the door because there was a huge wall in front of us that we thought we’d have to climb. I told Nicole to “spiderman her way up”. Luckily we saw the door before anyone got seriously injured. We went inside and signed the card. Nicole and I made a heart out of the candy we had bought and made Jenn’s name next to it. Then we started in with the showers so we wouldn’t have to worry about it in the morning.

Everyone finally arrived awhile later. Andy and the guys were wonderful and took Eli with them for the night. We ended up going over to put our legs in the hot tub and relax in the non-filmy pool. Chris and Kaleb both went swimming and Chris got it in his head to pick me up and throw me in the pool. Lucky for him he didn’t actually go through with it but I still ended up pretty wet since he had already dived in. Since I was already in my pjs, I ended up sleeping in a t-shirt and underwear. This lead to Tami giving me the nickname Undies. *shrug* I’ve been called worse. 🙂 The girls had a giggle fest and we didn’t get to sleep until around 2:30.

Look for Part 3, or Why Hippies Shouldn’t Plan Weddings