In the evening I nearly broke the bread machine by putting on the paddles backwards, and got dinner rolls ready for today, minus the final rise. I also made a potato dish Andy adores: Amy's potatoes. Both seemed to go over well today. All of Andy's maternal side of the family, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, were here. Andy gave a scaled down talk about his dissertation which was well-received, though I'm happy to note that I'm not the only one whose eyes glazed over. Sometimes it's hard to imagine why someone so brilliant got stuck with me. There really weren't gifts exchanged except some randomly handed-out gag gifts from Bruce and Judy. I got a candle which Andy likes; he fared somewhat worse: a journal of his faith, complete with a pink cover and exercises such as writing a letter to God. I have a feeling that a 27 year-old guy was not the target audience.
After everyone left and we'd cleaned up, Erin mentioned that she'd been cornered and lectured on the joys of marriage. She and Owen have no plans marriage-wise, and we had an interesting discussion with regards to marriage and living together beforehand. I like Owen a lot; he's a neat guy. He's four years older than I am (so both Andy and Erin robbed the rocking chair) and a carpenter who majored in theater in college. He's from Barbados but a US citizen, and he met Erin at an orphan Thanksgiving.
Tony, the best man from our wedding, called several times, but due to a glitch in one of the phones, no one could hear him. Finally someone picked up a different phone, so he and Andy hooked up and began the arduous task of finding a day when both of them had some time. It looks like we'll be meeting on Saturday, watching LoTR on Tom and Emily's huge plasma screen, then heading out to see TTT again. We don't know what effect this will have on our mental states, but if I start posting in Quenya, you know why.
This also means we might get to visit our friends Sherry and Dave near Chicago. Sherry was one of my bridesmaids and Dave was our music-wizard-who-saved-the-day-multiple-t
Both Andy and Erin can only stand so much noise and bustle before withdrawing and being unhappy. There was a bit too much going on for somewhat too long today for Andy. After I post this we'll be going to a nice dark quiet room and cuddling for a while. See me complain.