brightly_woven: (LJ User mrbnatural's giggle)
We're all doing better.  No probs with United today when calling to confirm the flight, thankfully!

Tom didn't take E to the Cub Scout Camping event this weekend and I didn't take A to Chico for the weekend.  We're just here doing Jujitsu and Soccer and the usual until Gram and Gramp go home on an early flight tomorrow morning.  HOpefully my mom will be mended enough to teach on Monday.

I bought 2 new skirts and 4 new blouses before the sickness hit because I finally found a blouse style that looks absolutely perfect on me.  Emphasizes the positive and hides much of the negative.  Two of them match the skirts, too, so that's nice.  I returned an expensive outfit I had bought for my in-laws 50th anniversary/mom's retirement party and all 6 of the new pieces cost about what the one other outfit cost!  (Mervyn's hardly ever has what I want, but when they get it right, it's cheap!)

When I find my camera recharger, etc. (lost in the computer move) I will take a picture of the new outifit(s).

Meg
brightly_woven: (LJ User mrbnatural's giggle)
We're all doing better.  No probs with United today when calling to confirm the flight, thankfully!

Tom didn't take E to the Cub Scout Camping event this weekend and I didn't take A to Chico for the weekend.  We're just here doing Jujitsu and Soccer and the usual until Gram and Gramp go home on an early flight tomorrow morning.  HOpefully my mom will be mended enough to teach on Monday.

I bought 2 new skirts and 4 new blouses before the sickness hit because I finally found a blouse style that looks absolutely perfect on me.  Emphasizes the positive and hides much of the negative.  Two of them match the skirts, too, so that's nice.  I returned an expensive outfit I had bought for my in-laws 50th anniversary/mom's retirement party and all 6 of the new pieces cost about what the one other outfit cost!  (Mervyn's hardly ever has what I want, but when they get it right, it's cheap!)

When I find my camera recharger, etc. (lost in the computer move) I will take a picture of the new outifit(s).

Meg
brightly_woven: (Mr Darcy IS smiling by mrbantural)
Friends!

Last night we had a huge (for us) 40th birthday party for Tom, my husband.  It was at a friends twice-as-big-as-our house and it was a smashing success!  Whew.  I've been working on it for weeks.

To set the tone, you have to understand Tom a bit.  He's very low-key.  Talkative once you get to know him, but very reserved in general.  He's a computer scientist at a national lab, and role-playing is his hobby.  So not exactly your typical party guy.  He has never wanted one in 12 years of marriage, for example, though his mother swears he used to love them as a kid.

Well, this year he said "I think I'd like a non-surprise party for my 40th birthday."  I started planning immediately (June?), and when I mentioned this to "the playgroup" (the "babies" are now in 1st grade and kindergarten, but the moms still get together every Friday afternoon), 3 of the 4 other women volunteered their much larger houses.  M ended up getting the privilege (HA!) of hosting.



Whew. 

There was obviously a ton of food...and over 50 guests!  Nearly half the guests were children, including 5-month-old twins, who were the life of the party.

My family couldn't say enough nice things about the friends and the friends were so kind and reached out to the family.  The work people seemed to be enjoying each other and through the children meeting other guests.  Tom was charming and outgoing.  Our kids behaved.  The crafts and sandbox and trampoline were a hit with the youngsters; the wine and food and company a hit with the elders.

A good time was had by (I hope) all.

And I have a dishwasher full of champagne flutes and a sink full of party dishes (I just packed it all up and brought it home dirty so I could talk more last night).

But it was worth it.  Tom felt celebrated and we finally hosted something larger than our usual one or two families over for dinner event.

I think I'll go on a spa weekend when I turn 40...Tom, great guy that he is, could never handle the millions of details that went in to making last night a success.  (He'd write a program to try to keep track, though!)

Meg

P.S. the only thing that would have made it perfect is to have a Dwiggie or two along for the ride. :)  Especially you, Katharino!
brightly_woven: (Mr Darcy IS smiling by mrbantural)
Friends!

Last night we had a huge (for us) 40th birthday party for Tom, my husband.  It was at a friends twice-as-big-as-our house and it was a smashing success!  Whew.  I've been working on it for weeks.

To set the tone, you have to understand Tom a bit.  He's very low-key.  Talkative once you get to know him, but very reserved in general.  He's a computer scientist at a national lab, and role-playing is his hobby.  So not exactly your typical party guy.  He has never wanted one in 12 years of marriage, for example, though his mother swears he used to love them as a kid.

Well, this year he said "I think I'd like a non-surprise party for my 40th birthday."  I started planning immediately (June?), and when I mentioned this to "the playgroup" (the "babies" are now in 1st grade and kindergarten, but the moms still get together every Friday afternoon), 3 of the 4 other women volunteered their much larger houses.  M ended up getting the privilege (HA!) of hosting.



Whew. 

There was obviously a ton of food...and over 50 guests!  Nearly half the guests were children, including 5-month-old twins, who were the life of the party.

My family couldn't say enough nice things about the friends and the friends were so kind and reached out to the family.  The work people seemed to be enjoying each other and through the children meeting other guests.  Tom was charming and outgoing.  Our kids behaved.  The crafts and sandbox and trampoline were a hit with the youngsters; the wine and food and company a hit with the elders.

A good time was had by (I hope) all.

And I have a dishwasher full of champagne flutes and a sink full of party dishes (I just packed it all up and brought it home dirty so I could talk more last night).

But it was worth it.  Tom felt celebrated and we finally hosted something larger than our usual one or two families over for dinner event.

I think I'll go on a spa weekend when I turn 40...Tom, great guy that he is, could never handle the millions of details that went in to making last night a success.  (He'd write a program to try to keep track, though!)

Meg

P.S. the only thing that would have made it perfect is to have a Dwiggie or two along for the ride. :)  Especially you, Katharino!
brightly_woven: (Duh! by copperbadge and myself)
I'm throwing my first really big party.  We've invited nearly 60 people, about 20 of them children, to celebrate Tom's 40th birthday.  My generous friend Maria is having it at her house, but I am providing most everything but desserts and salads.  That means my van (which is loaded up to go over there this p.m.) looks like we're going camping for a month.  It is FULL of coolers, chairs, a table, and bags upon bags of paper goods, appetizer ingredients, presents, etc.  I spent over an hour packing it last night and will add the 50 pieces of glassware and 10 serving dishes before heading over there.  I hope A and the carpool kid will fit!

Yeesh.  What have I gotten myself into?

At least I didn't have to clean!

Meg
brightly_woven: (Duh! by copperbadge and myself)
I'm throwing my first really big party.  We've invited nearly 60 people, about 20 of them children, to celebrate Tom's 40th birthday.  My generous friend Maria is having it at her house, but I am providing most everything but desserts and salads.  That means my van (which is loaded up to go over there this p.m.) looks like we're going camping for a month.  It is FULL of coolers, chairs, a table, and bags upon bags of paper goods, appetizer ingredients, presents, etc.  I spent over an hour packing it last night and will add the 50 pieces of glassware and 10 serving dishes before heading over there.  I hope A and the carpool kid will fit!

Yeesh.  What have I gotten myself into?

At least I didn't have to clean!

Meg

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