No, not that kind of Boston Bound. I spent the past weekend in New England celebrating Coach BFF Ultra Vera’s wedding.

It started on Wednesday, when we boarded a plane in Chicago, bound for Detroit. Unfortunately, there was a brief groundstop in Chicago due to weather, and we just missed our connection in Detriot. More unfortunately, even though it was only 4pm, Delta said they couldn’t get us on a flight that day, but could get us on a flight the following morning.

Rather than stay the night in Detroit, we made the wise decision to rent a car and drive, instead of hanging out in Detroit for 15 extra hours. That is an 800-mile drive. If we had our passports, we could have gone through Canda and saved 100 miles.

You might be thinking “that sounds like a dumb decision,” and well before we even made it to Cleveland (only 170 miles into the trip), that’s pretty much what we were thinking. But it was too late. We had to drive. We looked for a cheap hotel so that we could at least be well-rested and make the drive during daylight. (Which, at this point … yeah, staying a night in Detroit doesn’t look so bad.)

But, it was a lovely drive. We’ve always wanted to take a roadtrip through New England in the fall, and now we have.

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However, it’s hard to get a good picture from a moving car, and we didn’t have time to stop. Even though we came really close to Niagra Falls and Seneca Falls, home of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Thankfully, we made it to Boston in time to head straight to Night Shift Brewing for the welcome party. Sadly, we missed out on a day of sight-seeing in Boston (or Marblehead and Salem, which was our loose plan).

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Man of Honor, Bride, Maid of Honor

Friday morning started with a workout with the Bride at her favorite – Barry’s Bootcamp. Then I had to head to a UPS store to get my dress, then shower, check out of our hotel, and eat, which left my husband and I with not that much time for sightseeing since we had to be at the rehearsal, in Providence, RI, by 5:45pm.

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We spent a little bit of time in the Public Garden

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And stopped by Quincy, MA, to “look at the ocean.”

We were staying at an AirBnB in Providence which was quaint and on a very cute street near Brown University. I wish we had more time to explore.

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Saturday (yes, Halloween) was the big day! Apparently it was raining in Chicago, but we had gorgeous weather on the east coast. The bride started her day at 6:45am with a fun run. I opted to skip it and get some extra sleep so I would be able to make it to the end of the day. She might be able to power through with love and adrenaline … me, not so much. My day started with make-up and then hair at 9:45am. By 2pm, everyone on the bride’s side of the wedding party was gussied up and ready to head to the Providence Public Library for photos, and then the ceremony and reception.

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The ceremony was beautiful and heart-felt. I held it together and came close to crying, but didn’t. Vera looked gorgeous!! The metallic theme for the bridesmaids’ dresses looked really awesome.

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The PPL was a beautiful site for a wedding. The pics I’ve seen so far from her photographer are great.

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Vera had a great time and it seems that the day (well, weekend) was everything she wanted! I wish I could have contributed more, but being almost a thousand miles away makes that hard.

Sunday morning was a brunch for wedding guests, and then we flew home. Thankfully, our flights were booked as two one-way trips, so missing part of our flight there had no impact on our flight home. And our flight home went smoothly, minus the fact that I discovered yesterday that I probably left my library book on the plane at Midway. Oopsie.

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And in case you were worried, Olive spent the weekend with my brother and sis-in-law, and their 2 cats, 2 dogs and the additional cat and dog they are fostering for a friend. She started getting comfortable (sort of) by the time I picked her up on Sunday night.

So, lessons learned:

  • Always book direct flights. They are usually worth any additional costs.
  • Don’t assume you can just up and drive for 12 hours on a whim.
  • Take the rescheduled flight.
  • New England in October is beautiful.
  • Rent the Runway is awesome.
  • Driving in New England cities is borderline terrifying. I was so thankful to return to Chicago and the grid system.
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