Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What to do?

Late Saturday night, we got back from a week at the cottage that we rent up north. It was a fantastic week, with hot, almost-perfect weather (we had one afternoon of rain). The kids ran themselves ragged playing outside all day (meaning they slept until 8 or later almost every morning) and Ryan and I had a chance to relax and detach ourselves from the rest of the world.

In a word, it was perfect.

When we got home, our lives became a frenzy of unpacking, doing laundry, cutting the grass and getting caught up at work, because not four days after walking in the door, we're planning on walking back out on another vacation. This time, on Thursday morning, the kids are going to my parents house for four days and Ryan and I are going to Chicago for a wedding.

Now there's one small problem with this frenzied plan. Yesterday afternoon, the wedding was cancelled. I found out by e-mail and that's all I know as, in her e-mail, my friend specifically told everyone she didn't much feel like talking on the phone. I sent her an e-mail just to say I was thinking of her; she sent me a short message back to say she's doing ok and has left Chicago for a little while to sort out what to do with her life.

I feel for her. I don't know what's going on, but I feel sick just thinking about it. Calling off your wedding just 6 days before the date is surely not a decision that a couple comes to lightly.

But, if I can be selfish for a minute, Ryan and I are left with the dilemma of what to do. We have non-refundable airline tickets to Chicago for Thursday afternoon. Do we cancel our trip and lose the money from the flights or say to hell with it and go off on a romantic weekend anyway?


Adam said...

Holy FSM! How are there not a million comments here already telling you to go away?!? Go Away! All the wedding provided was one free dinner. If you've already budgeted the money for the trip, take advantage of it. How often do you guys get the chance to go away like that? Go to Chicago!

Sara...noH said...

Ummmm????? Really? This is a dilemma? ;-) Go. Have fun! Lots of it!!

Alison said...

Have a great trip!!!! Chicago is a fab city. Go to the Art Institute. I bet Eric can recommend great restaurants. (I think my position here is clear).

I'm sorry to hear about the wedding, though. How awful. :(

Nancy Downard said...

The dilemma????? Are you two nuts??? GO! ENJOY! and don't look back!

Sera said...

May your newly found romantic vacation be wonderful and may your friend find solace in family and the knowledge of the love of friends.

Carole said...

Go! Enjoy!

(Well, since you are already gone, I will tell you that the kids are fine and that they recovered from their sad goodbyes in about 15 seconds - that was purely for your benefit and once you were really gone, there was no point in carrying on!)

I'm very sorry to hear about your friend's situation. I hope that all will be well with her.