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November 9, 2010
See that? That was the banner that my friend Colleen designed for me that was supposed to be hanging in the party bus that we were supposed to be on this Saturday night. You see, I had this great surprise party planned for my husband's 40th birthday that is coming up this weekend. Unfortunately, all of my plans went to hell last week.
I had been planning this party for months. It took me a while to come up with a fun idea, but I think it ended up being pretty cool. We were going to have dinner and then take a party bus to the Hard Rock in Tampa. After we got back we were going to stay in a hotel. It was going to be a great night out!
Before I even had a plan nailed down, I contacted one of Brian's old friends from high school and asked him if he could make the trip to join us. He sounded really excited about it and said to count him in. Once I figured out what we would be doing I contacted Brian's other friends and let them know about the party. Brian has a small group of close friends, so there wouldn't have been that many people anyway, but at least seven of the guys I contacted said to count them in, along with two of our couple friends.
So I set the wheels in motion. Brian's cousin works for Hilton and she got us a great deal on hotel rooms and helped to reserve a block for us. I found a party bus company and rented a really cool bus for the evening. I had to pay a $400 non-refundable deposit for the bus, but that was OK because there would be no reason for me to cancel. HA!
When I sent out the Evite, though, only three of his friends replied with a "yes". And his friend from high school? I never heard back from him, even after several attempts to contact him. That was fine, though. With the three that did respond and our two other friends, there still would have been a decent crowd. Then last week, two of the three cancelled on me. I was so upset. I just didn't think it was worth all of the money I was going to spend for just a few of us to take this $1,400 party bus out for the night. So I cancelled it.
I'm really upset about this. My husband is one of the most wonderful men you will ever meet. He does so much for us, and never really gets anything good for himself. I REALLY wanted to do something awesome for him for his 40th birthday. And now it is going to suck. Oh, and I'm out $400 too. Nice.
Since my parents were coming up for the weekend to stay with the kids while we were out, we are going to take advantage of the free babysitting and have an adult day at Universal, followed by a nice dinner. We have annual passes to Universal, but we don't often get the chance to go without kids. This way we can ride all the rides and don't have to spend all day riding Cat In The Hat and One Fish Two Fish. We'll have fun, and we'll have a nice day together. I just wanted more.