It’s harder to get married than I thought. It should have been easier given that I’ve been on that particular Merry-Go-Round before. Maybe it wasn’t as complicated back then. Or maybe expectations were lower at 19 than they are at 53. Or maybe it’s because I only had 10 days to pull it off this time. Or, most likely, life has kicked my ass a few times and now I’m a neurotic, stressed out, menopausal woman with a Perfection Complex.
As I was maniacally making notes and lists and finding out what was available and what wasn’t available, The Viking walked past and made an explosion sound that puffed his cheeks out. I whipped my head around and said, “What is that supposed to mean?! Is that the sound of all my hopes and dreams exploding in my face?! Because I don’t need the sound effects!”
For a moment his face was slack with confusion but then he started to laugh. “Relax, babe. It will be just fine. I can help you as soon as I’m done in the garage.”
It didn’t work, but I appreciated the attempt to soothe my fraying nerves. Mim and I brainstormed over a wedding cake and came up with this:
Unfortunately, Crave Cupcakes had the temerity to accept other orders before mine. Boom, Baby!
Everything else was coming together though. I had dishes, tablecloth, napkins, napkin rings, serving platters, flowers ordered, food order put in at the Danish store and a Commissioner of Marriage – Judy. She explained what I needed to know and what the most important thing I needed since I had been married before – the Judgement of my Divorce.
I found it almost immediately, surprising myself with my organization and filing skills. It said ‘Judgement of Divorce’ on it and there were several official stamps and dates. Two days before Erik & Annette (The Viking’s brother and beautiful Partner) arrived, The Viking and I went to the Registry to get our Marriage License.
We waited patiently in line then handed over our Identification and my Judgement of Divorce.
“Sorry. I need a Certificate of Divorce, not the Judgement.” The little girl behind the counter said firmly.
I said, “What?! The Commissioner said ‘Judgement of Divorce’.”
“You need a Certificate of Divorce.” She said slowly and more audibly.
“Are you saying I’m not Divorced?”
“Oh, you’re divorced for sure.”
“So why can’t I have a marriage license?”
“Because you need a C..E..R..T..I..F..I..C..A..T..E of Divorce.”
“What is a C..E..R..T..I..F..I..C..A..T..E of Divorce going to tell you that the actual Judgement doesn’t?”
“Nothing. But the law requires it.” Well, there’s no arguing with that, is there? I hate Smarty-Pants young people who pull facts and rules out when it’s most inconvenient.
“So where do I go to get this damned Certificate?!”
“Downtown at the Court of Queens Bench.” Boom, Baby!
“DOWNTOWN?!” I hate Downtown! It requires waiting for buses and then walking whole blocks and then waiting in lines, and then waiting for buses and walking whole blocks again.
Smarty-Pants nodded cheerfully and handed me my fucking useless Judgement of Divorce. The Viking had remained quiet throughout the whole ordeal but chose this moment to share his wisdom.
“So, you’ll just have to go downtown and get the Certificate.”
I had the brilliant idea of calling Stanley because he was already re-married so he must have had a Certificate and he was a whole lot closer than fucking Downtown. Except some asshole Home Invader broke into his and his wife’s house and stole THE FUCKING CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE!! Who does that?! Sure, they took a lot of other stuff that was much more valuable, both monetary and sentimental, but a Certificate of Divorce?! I have a lot of sympathy for the horribleness of someone invading their house and privacy and safety and I don’t mean to be glib about their losses and emotional devastation but……I NEEDED THAT DOCUMENT!! You asshole! Boom, Baby!
So I went Downtown. And I got my damned Certificate. And we took it to Smarty-Pants at the Registry and got our Marriage License.
Pop Quiz: Did you know that if the smallest, tiniest, puniest thing, like a wrinkle or a stain, happens to that License, it’s null and void? Yes, it’s true. Had I known that, I would have insisted we take separate vehicles so The Viking could be in sole custody of the License where I would have no access to it. The drive home was like transporting Nitroglycerin. It lay across my lap and my hands were placed firmly on the dash.
But then I had an itch on the end of my nose. I tried to ignore it but it just kept getting worse and worse and finally I carefully took one hand from the dash, extended a finger and started moving it toward the itch.
The Viking: What are you doing?!
Me: I have an itch!
The Viking: Put your hand back on the dash! Right now!
Me: But it itches!
The Viking: It won’t kill you so, put. the. hand. back. on. the. dash!
I had to wait in the car when we got back home so he could retrieve the License from my lap and whisk it away to our safe.
And that was the end of planning time. It took quite a while for me to just accept that I did my best and it would have to do. We had the most important things in place and I would have one day after our Honeymoon to get ready for the actual Wedding Day.
Oh! I probably didn’t tell you…..we are taking our Honeymoon before the Wedding because we were taking Erik and Annette to Victoria for 10 days. All the last minute shit required for the Wedding would have to be accomplished in one day when we got back home.
On July 15th we were waiting at the Edmonton International Airport to meet our guests. I was at the mercy of the Gawds. Boom, Baby!
Stay tuned for the next installment of the Completely Viking Wedding.
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