Next weekend, we will be traveling to the picturesque town of Asheville, North Carolina. The primary reason behind our travels will be to attend what will, no doubt, be the most beautiful, heartfelt, touching, and rocking wedding Asheville has ever seen, well, at least this year. I tend to sweat the details of traveling, but it seems that weddings call for even more coordination, just for attendees. There is the securing of the full on outfit (pressed, tried on to insure fit, accessories, appropriate undergarments, etc), printing of maps so one doesn't get counted as a no-show because you were circling the same block for 45 minutes, and the purchasing of gifts.
One of the real perks of the interwebs is that registries have gone on-line. No more driving an hour from the boondocks to the nearest store, hoping their registry terminal was working, and printing a copy . . . only to learn after the wedding that the employees of the store failed to update the registry when items were purchased and the happy couple received 14 large serving spoons and 4 toaster ovens.
But, the technology isn't perfect. After figuring out an appropriate cluster of gifts that both fit a theme but also the price range we were looking for, we found that the store didn't actually have their registry in their files. Sigh. Insanely expensive napkin rings it is, then.
I know, first world problems.