A Close Second!

I should have known better than to think that the road trip I had planned a month in advance to find my wedding gown, with my mother, mother-in-law (to be) and best friend, would be nothing less than an adventure.

My increased depression, med trials, and flu bug had stripped me of my energy and I wasn’t feeling the excitement that the brides on “Say Yes To The Dress” appear to have as they skip into the salon, binder full of dresses in hand, and unlimited budget at their disposal.

We stacked five of us in my VW Golf for the trip to my in-law’s house where we would pick up his mother and drop off Brian and my daughter. To stay hydrated and suppress my cough I chugged prescription cough medicine from the bottle in the front seat, while we planned our day.

It wasn’t until a half an hour later, when I realized I had been staring at my iphone screen without blinking for 10 minutes that I was high.

I attempted to warn all occupants in the vehicle that we were not traveling through the atmosphere, even though I felt like we were, and that I was not feeling very well, however, they did not want to participate in my antics. They wanted to squash my good time and insisted I rest.


I’d rather eat!

One quick stop at the rest area for a bagel, a coffee, and a diaper change (for the toddler, not me, however I’m not confident at that point that I hadn’t peed my pants), and I was mumbling something about barfing, passing out, and not making it.

I don’t remember getting back in the car…

The walk from the driveway of my in-laws to their spare bedroom was a blur of codeine, bagel crumbs, and incoherent threats. I drifted from this world to one that closely resembled that of a morphine induced coma and may have spoke to a unicorn I met once.

I have no idea how long I was out.

I awoke to Brian rubbing my back and asking me if I was okay, he told me it was time to go to try on wedding dresses.



I drugged myself on the day I was supposed to try on wedding dresses!

Instead of sitting around drinking Champaign and eating strawberries I had downed a bottle of cough syrup, went to a pretend land of unicorns and tulle, rainbows and Jack Tripper, and almost missed out on wedding dress shopping.


I’d say it was a close second.

Stay tuned for more of the Wedding Dress Road Trip Saga!


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72 Responses to A Close Second!
  1. Jenn@Fox in the City
    February 6, 2012 | 8:58 am

    Honestly, being high as a kite sounds like the perfect way to go and try on wedding dresses . . . but I am really not much of a shopper. xxx

    • Iris
      February 8, 2012 | 7:07 am

      Double that! I’m with Jenn. Looking back, I wish unicorns and Jack Tripper were part of my wedding dress shopping trip. So funny though! Love this.

      • multitaskingmumma
        February 8, 2012 | 9:21 pm

        Sounds like I did it right…
        From now on I will be high.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:43 pm

      You AREN’T????
      I love shopping!

  2. Alison@Mama Wants This
    February 6, 2012 | 9:07 am

    I loved you from the moment you talked about unicorns on Twitter.

    Can’t wait to see what your dress looks like!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:42 pm

      this made me swoony.

  3. lindsay
    February 6, 2012 | 9:18 am

    It would have taken drugs for me to do anything with my (ex)mother-in-law.
    So glad yours isn’t a monster 🙂
    I’m stoked to see the dress too!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:42 pm

      My mother-in-law is awesome!!
      I’m very lucky.

  4. Ali
    February 6, 2012 | 9:39 am

    Oh Lord! I hope you’re feeling better. Now I want to see the dress.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:41 pm

      I promise pictures after the big day.
      I know.. poo.

  5. Jordan
    February 6, 2012 | 10:08 am

    So excited to see your dress, and read more about the adventure…..suspense!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:41 pm

      You’ll see it in person!!

  6. Carri
    February 6, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Oh no! I hope you feel better soon, lady! And hey, if I’m sick, codiene is the way to go. Drink that stuff up!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:40 pm

      It does crazy ass things to me!

  7. Leigh Ann
    February 6, 2012 | 11:27 am

    Hahahaha! Nothing like getting high and possibly peeing you pants on wedding dress day. I can’t wait to see which one you picked. You’re not going to make us wait til Septemer are you???

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:40 pm

      Yes my dear.. I am.
      Sorry. Have to stick with tradition on some things.

  8. Mark
    February 6, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    You know, I drink Merlot now but I really need to consider cough medicine. It might be cheaper, and more fun!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:39 pm

      Does that shit even get you high?

  9. Not a Perfect Mom
    February 6, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    I love me some cough syrup with codeine….
    I can’t wait to hear more about this trip! But really? I think high’s the way to go..dress shopping is so stressful…

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:38 pm

      I think you are my new best friend.

  10. Jessica
    February 6, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    It’s a good thing you had other people with you to pick out your wedding dress. Imagine if you were loopy trying to pick it out yourself. Who knows what you would end up buying.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:38 pm

      I wonder if there are people who go by themselves.
      I would go with them.
      I would take cough medicine.

  11. liz
    February 6, 2012 | 6:18 pm

    There was nothing magical nor champagne filled about my wedding dress shopping. And now prescription medications were to blame. 😉

    I’m sorry it wasn’t how you had hoped! But the big day is still to come.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:37 pm

      It got better once the meds wore off…
      and I had drooled all over my in-laws bedding.

  12. Jennifer
    February 6, 2012 | 7:45 pm

    I think that being high enough to see unicorns is the perfect way to try on wedding dresses! I love you!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:36 pm

      Love you too!!!
      From now on I’m keeping boxes of cough syrup by my side.

  13. Nic
    February 6, 2012 | 7:59 pm

    This sounds just like I remember it- except the part you missed that you almost fell on the way to the bedroom! I think you peed your pants as well!!!! So glad I was part of this adventure!!!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:31 pm

      OH RIGHT!
      I remember almost falling.
      Thank God you were there… they weren’t going to wake me up!!

  14. Lady Estrogen
    February 6, 2012 | 8:15 pm

    As long as the diaper change WAS for you. lol

    • Lady Estrogen
      February 6, 2012 | 8:16 pm

      I corrected that. Phhssshaw..

      • multitaskingmumma
        February 8, 2012 | 9:30 pm

        I can’t confirm or deny that it was for me.

  15. Lady Estrogen
    February 6, 2012 | 8:15 pm

    As long as the diaper change WAS NOT for you. lol

  16. Natalie @MamaTrack
    February 6, 2012 | 8:25 pm

    Honestly, I thought wedding dress shopping was a bit overrated. And I had assumed I would love it.

    Hang in there, friend. Your wedding is going to be fabulous.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:29 pm

      Thanks Natalie.
      I had no idea it would involve drugging myself.

  17. Kimberly
    February 6, 2012 | 10:54 pm

    If your dress sparkles more than Elton John and Adam Lambert combined I will blame the unicorn.
    That bass turd.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:28 pm

      I used to collect unicorns when I was 13.
      who knew I would still be talking about them with love when I was 31

  18. Kimberly
    February 6, 2012 | 11:56 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better! Now I want to see the dress!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:27 pm

      I’m going to post so many picture of it!
      …after the wedding.

  19. Galit Breen
    February 7, 2012 | 12:07 am

    Oh, I can’t wait to see your dress and to hear more of your story!

    Also? I hope that you’re feeling better!

    One more also? Congrats! Voted! 🙂

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:27 pm

      Thank you for voting Galit
      so awesome.

  20. Sweaty
    February 7, 2012 | 2:20 am

    I’m just glad you’re alright, dearie! Good thing you’ve got your family around you at the time. And unicorns? Didn’t sound like a bad dream, at all! 😉

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:26 pm

      Unicorns and passing out at my in-laws is the best way to spend a weekend.

  21. Karin @Mommy's Paradise
    February 7, 2012 | 4:35 am

    I hope you were feeling better after a while and actually made it to choose a dress. Otherwise there is always another day. The shops don’t run out of those dresses. But I’d really like to see the dress you picked.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:26 pm

      You will see the dress!
      After the wedding

  22. Jen Has A Pen
    February 7, 2012 | 8:26 am

    Oh man. This is funny??? You poor thing! I detested wedding dress shopping and I wasn’t drugged. It was truly my least favorite part of the entire experience. In the end, I was happy, but when people would ask me with stars in their eyes, “And what about your DRESS?!?!?!?” I’d say, “Ummm, it’s white?”

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:25 pm

      I didn’t cry when I found my dress, but I knew it was the one.

  23. Teresa
    February 7, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    OMG. That is funny.

  24. Amber
    February 7, 2012 | 3:14 pm

    Oh wowsiers what a way to spend the day. The Champagne and Strawberries would of been so much better. 😉

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:24 pm

      I don’t know… I wouldn’t have seen a unicorn… LOL

  25. Ado
    February 7, 2012 | 9:45 pm

    Well congrats on your nomination! That is well deserved. I always really enjoy reading your posts as they are real, and filled with raw honesty which there is so little of these days. (-:
    I’m sorry you nearly missed out on your big day but the main thing is you are surrounded by kind people who love and “get” you – esp. your man rubbing your back. The dress is just one day but the man rubbing your back is the lifetime.
    Ayway hope you had a great day. (-:

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:23 pm

      Your comments is so wonderful.
      My heart just exploded.

  26. Sherri
    February 8, 2012 | 12:04 am

    Oh, I’ve been wedding dress shopping many times…and high on cough syrup seems like the way to go!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:22 pm

      This is what I’m hearing!
      I’m beginning to think I need to drink cough syrup more often.

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  28. Recovering Supermom
    February 8, 2012 | 10:50 am

    Sounds like you DID need the rest. 🙂 Good luck with the wedding planning. That can be stressful.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:05 pm

      No kidding!
      I didn’t realize how stressful until we really got started.

      • Recovering Supermom
        February 9, 2012 | 12:27 am

        I’m sorry if my comment before showed up a billion times. I was working from a sketchy internet connection at the time and when I tried to post the comment, it said it was a duplicate, but yet, I could never see it. So, I’m sorry if that caused extra work/annoyance. :/

  29. Sarcasm Goddess
    February 8, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    Unicorns and peeing your pants sound like a fantastic day! Seriously, though. I hope you’re feeling better. Can’t wait to hear more of your story and see the dress!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 8:33 pm

      I would love to go to unicorn land every day, however, my boss totally isn’t cool with the urine on the floor.

  30. Jay- The Dude of the House
    February 8, 2012 | 6:34 pm

    So did you have to drink another bottle once you got to the dress store? I’m pretty sure I would have.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 8:31 pm

      You definitely would have had to! Not recommended for men…. straight men.

  31. Christine @ Quasi Agitato
    February 8, 2012 | 8:19 pm

    That must have been some strong cough syrup!

    I am having a lot of fun creating a scene in my head where you come into a very upscale dress shop high as a kite and your mates try to ‘cover’ for you with the judgy shop owner.

    Looking forward to the rest of the story.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 8:30 pm

      They were wonderful there! Not snobby at all, but if they had been I would have needed a lot more cough medicine!

  32. Kristin @ What She Said
    February 8, 2012 | 10:16 pm

    I’d much rather be on a codeine high than try on wedding dresses. Or maybe be on a codeine high WHILE trying on wedding dresses! Either way, this post made me laugh. Codeine highs are the best! 🙂

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 9, 2012 | 3:53 pm

      I gotta say, I think this was the way to go!
      I don’t know if I would have enjoyed it this much sober.

  33. SHannon from mynewfavoriteday
    February 8, 2012 | 11:39 pm

    I love that you went on a road trip, went wedding dress shopping and saw a unicorn all while high on cough syrup….amazing. Hope you are better now and congrats on the second marriage, I loved my second dress and may have loved it more if I had met a Pegasus and a bottle of cough syrup while shopping!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 9, 2012 | 3:51 pm

      hehehe… Yes I think I went about wedding dress shopping the right way

  34. Kimberly S.
    February 9, 2012 | 10:01 am

    Congrats! Always dig the honesty here. Unicorns and pretty dresses just make it better.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 9, 2012 | 3:48 pm

      Love that comment!
      Thank you!

  35. Laura@Catharsis
    February 9, 2012 | 11:44 am

    Oh, man. Tussin with codeine, was it? It’ll get you every time.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 9, 2012 | 3:44 pm

      prescription cough medicine!
      Even better!!

  36. dumb mom
    July 15, 2012 | 9:11 pm

    Sounds like I need to get some of that cough syrup action! Good luck with your dress shopping!

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