Nine more days until Amanda and Tim are married!
So Sunday was Amanda’s Bachelorette Party (of sorts). Bear with me, because I am not made out of money, so I didn’t have much to work off of. Like I said last week, I planned on doing a Paint Nite involving Amanda (best friend/bride), Kaylin (friend from high school/bridesmaid), and myself (comedic relief/maid of honor). My sister, Brianna, ended up buying herself a ticket as well, and tagged along either for the ride or the memories—I’m not really sure which.
We kind of have beef because she’s been saying for the last year or so that she’s the real maid of honor, and I’m just a decoy. I don’t know what to tell you, she’s psycho.
So the four of us went to do the Paint Nite event, which ended up being at the Applebee’s right off the Long Island Expressway, outside on the patio. (Can I just mention for a quick second how lucky we were that it was nice out, but not so hot that I was melting? I really appreciated it.) Two of Brianna’s closest friends work at that location of Applebee’s, and one of them was specifically working for the event, so that was really nice to see them judge my sister’s lack of painting skills.
It was really funny.
We ordered drinks and waited for our instructor—also named Amanda, by the way—to get started, and she was an interesting character. You know how teachers used to put their own twist in their lessons to help students learn in a simpler way, before common core became a thing? That’s how she was, and it was pretty entertaining. She even made us oath at the beginning that we weren’t going to say things like:
- I can’t do this
- Mine is ugly
- Can you just do it for me?
- Can we switch?
She dropped a couple dad jokes around, too, so I clearly enjoyed her as our instructor. She was directing us to paint a scene on an island with a palm tree looking out towards the ocean, and I think they came out pretty nice.
I didn’t get to bring the one I made home, because Brianna gave the one I made to some random waitress that she knew.
But I didn’t lose out though, because the painting I got out of it is so much prettier than the one I did myself. It’s actually right over my bed right now, because I replaced the painting I made at my last Paint Nite event with it. I didn’t take a picture of it, but it was another beach-y sunset with the Robert Moses Bridge as the main focus. I love it so much.
After Applebee’s, we ended up going to Main Street in Bay Shore, and ate dinner at some sushi place. Honestly, I couldn’t tell you the name of it. Not that I can’t pronounce it…I just didn’t look at the name of the place. Brianna and Kaylin chose the spot. I am not a fan of sushi.
As the great, big Bruce once said, “Fish are friends, not food.” So I ended up sharing some dumplings with Amanda for an appetizer, and then something called chicken teriyaki tempura. It was okay.
Following that, we walked through the street fair that was going on down Main Street, and went back to my place, where we met up with Kaylin earlier on that day. We were greeted by an angry Caitlyn with a broken phone screen, and Kaylin went home.
After a little waiting at my house so Cait could get some dinner to eat, Amanda, Brianna, Caitlyn, and I ended up going to the beach for a little bit, so that was exciting. The hangry Caitlyn was finally satisfied after eating some ribs my dad made on the grill, and Brianna and Amanda got their beach fix. I finally got to read some of the new book I purchased last week, and relax in the brisk, salty air that I knew so well. So the day ended on a high note.
That is, until I remembered I had work the next day.
Also, if you’re interested in experiencing some fun with some friends, I highly recommend trying out Paint Nite. You get to choose what you want to paint and when, and there’s always a sale on tickets!