I love to plan things. I love Excel spreadsheets and lists. So when Jeremy’s graduation started getting close, I knew I needed to put a shin dig together to celebrate all of his hard work and the start of a new phase in our life: the one where no one is in school. Because I’m currently planning a big (well big to me, as it involves over 20 people) celebration, I’m going to have a couple of posts over the next week about planning a party.
This picture is merely gratuitous to remind myself what it looks like when the sun shines.
When I’m planning a party for more than 10 people, I try to be meticulous. I hate the idea of anyone being at my home and feeling uncomfortable or not having enough of something.
Here’s my process:
- Scour Real Simple and Martha Stewart.com, only to realize they have very little for someone who is not rich and come up with my own plan
- Go completely over the top with ideas about hanging paper lanterns and singing telegram invitations
- Come back to earth to create a sensible plan that includes no less than 5 lists
Here are the lists I have for this party
- People on the invite list, including who has RSVP’d
- What has to be cleaned and organized
- Miscellaneous items that need to be purchased
- A general time line
Once I have these things, I can really get started. Up next choosing invitations, preparing food and beverages for more than 20 people, and the big day.
The last few days have been our first really warm days this spring. In my mind, that’s worth commemoration.
Tonight, we ate dinner outside for the first time.
I went shoeless.
Last night, we had grilled vegetables and wine from Arrington Vineyards. Well I had vegetables, Jeremy had vegetables with a side of steak.
Friday, I slept with the window open for the first time; it was glorious.
Warmth and sunshine are nice. I know that rain is in the forecast, but for now I’ll just enjoy the warmth.
This has been a rough week. The last week of the quarter is always a little bit difficult.
There have been some bright spots.
Chickens: I adore the chickens that live up the block from us. I stop to see them whenever I walk into town. This is what a happy chicken looks like. They spend a lot of time clucking around and eating bugs.
The Sun Came Out: If you live in Florida or California you may not know what it’s like to crave and desperately miss the sun. Here in New England there comes a time in spring where you are ready to sign a petition to request the sun be returned from wherever it has been hiding.
A Good Husband: Jeremy has been extremely patient and giving this week. In fact, he’s made dinner every night. Including tonight – chicken burritos with black bean salsa and homemade guac.
Music: There are a few songs I absolutely love right now.
Sometimes life has to be about the little things. Any bright spots in your week?
I’m pretty sure I had the best weekend ever.
- I ran the April Fools 4 Miler. Overall, it was a good race. My time was nothing special (51:09), but I felt good while I was out. I wanted to come in under 50 but I was not prepared for the last mile. Even though I didn’t make my time goal, I’m still glad I ran the race. Last year, I never would have attempted to run a four mile race by myself.
It was a cold, windy, sunny day. As is always the case in the Will Run for Beer series, everyone had a great attitude. I love the people that run in the races; there is always cheering and beer. Also, a car caught on fire before the race, which was exciting. Thanks to Harpoon for sponsoring the race, even though they brought IPA = gross. Seriously, does anyone actually like IPA. I am an enemy of all extra hoppy beers. The next race is Sunday. I wish there was a bit more time between them.
- I got my computer back! When Best Buy called, I jumped and clicked my heels. No longer will I have to use the computer from 2003 at school. Geek Squad both fixed and cleaned my computer. It’s great. I’m thankful that Jeremy shared his computer with me while mine was gone, but that thing is a beast.
- Saturday night we went out and hung out with some friends in Manchester. Usually, I really like the Black Brimmer but the band was weird(read: they mostly played music that people over say 55 might like); I wasn’t a fan.
- YAY for my birthday. The day started with Jeremy making me one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in awhile. Homemade hash browns, eggs with green onions, and extra crispy bacon. I would pay money for these hash browns.
- We had a great day relaxing and hanging out. Eventually, there were presents, a trip to the outlet malls, and an amazing dinner at Brazos. The dinner will be a post on it’s own – restaurant week is a thing of beauty.
- Jeremy got me a tripod, a camera case that I’ve been wanting that wraps around my DSLR and keeps it safe in a purse or back pack, and a workout shirt that I may get to wear in June because that’s when it will finally get warm here.
I use the internet a lot. I admit to spending vast amounts of time on things like Twitter, Facebook, and Google Reader. I’ve openly discussed more than once my love of all things Huff Po. However, if you looked at my browsing history, you would see several other sites where I spend time.
- Bundle – Bundle is a great little website I found to organize your budget and spending. I tried Mint.com first, but it felt bossy and too business like. Bundle feels more like social networking, which makes me want to spend much more time there. For example, you can compare your spending to others who make roughly the same income and have a similar lifestyle to yours. The entire site is this colorful and aesthetically pleasing.
It’s incredibly secure. It won’t even allow you to save your login name.
- Grooveshark – For a long time I used Pandora, but now I’m all about Grooveshark. Whole catalogs of music from almost every band are available just by typing in the name. It’s legal. It’s free. It lets me really decide if I want to buy music or not. You can easily suggest music to someone else through Twitter or Facebook. I’ve been listening to tons of classical.
- Daily Mile – This is a great site for tracking all types of workouts. I used to use SparkPeople and occasionally I still do, but I sometimes find Spark overwhelming. Daily Mile is sleek and pretty popular; it’s nice to see other people logging work outs like Andrea and Elisabeth.
If you’re on Daily Mile add me. I love giving and receiving extra fitness support.
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Are there any websites you love to use?