The weekend before last I drove to Kansas City with some friends for the wedding that we now call “Lovefest 2008”, otherwise known as Andrew & Erin’s wedding. Here are some things that I learned:
– You can’t rent a car without a credit card, and the person with the credit card has to be the main driver. This was discovered on the morning that we were to leave. Luckily we were saved by a friend and made it to the wedding.
– It was confirmed that Iowa is still full of corn. Hasn’t changed since the last time I drove through it.
– We got a lot of attention at a gas station in Missouri. Apparently the attendents were extremely bored. We also bought Amish-made goods from a very sweet Amish family.
– Cracker Barrel has nearly nothing for gluten-intolerant or vegetarian individuals. You should have seen our faces when we looked at the menu.
– My friends are amazing, rare individuals and it is very sad that we all live so far away from each other. 🙁
– Even though I am allergic to cats, and don’t like them very much anyway (more of a dog person), cats LOVE me. I’m like the cat whisperer. It is really weird.
– I love, love, love weddings. Having the opportunity to read at this wedding was such a blessing, and I was honored to be a small part of it. They are such a beautiful couple and I’m so happy for them!
This past weekend I had a lot of family in town from my mother’s side, and it was also the Conference of the Association of Friends of Persian Culture. Here are a few tidbits from that time:
– My family is great, and every time I hang out with them I see more of where I come from. It is so strange and wonderful to find out things about myself and my history, and I know these opportunities are rare.
– I actually enjoyed going to most of the sessions, there were some highly academic talks and I really missed being in that atmosphere.
– I got very little sleep, as is normal for a conference, and stayed up late with friends, talking about the good old days and laughing. Much needed.