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The Annual “February Birthdays” Party

Since Mom had just recently put together Momma’s big party last month, I offered to host the February Birthdays party this month. It was my first real foray into a dinner party for more than six people (truth be told- for the one with four people, Gavin cooked; and the one with six people: we ordered Chinese.) This was also a glimpse into what the wedding might be like, minus a large chunk of people and the fact that I will be off cooking duty that day.

We had a meal of chicken piccatta, meatball in marinara sauce (thank you Trader Joe’s), sauteed string beans with buttered bread crumbs and the huge plate of ziti that mom brought along. Let’s not forget the enormous spread of wine and desserts, contributed by our guests.

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Joining in the festivities was Mom & Dad, Momma, Jim & Katie, Kris & Amy, Aunt Joan & Uncle Tom, Mary Jane & Don, Caitlin, Mollie and, of course, Gavin. It was so nice to have everyone over (and to finally have an apartment that fits more than 10 people in one room.) I kind of sequestered myself in the kitchen in the beginning but, after the food was done, I was able to kick back and enjoy the party. I took zero photos because I was so caught up in conversations, as was everyone. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.

After most people left, my mom got to work at putting together some table arrangements. There were some very elaborate table settings to look at. (We used some of the plates I’ve been collecting for context.) Everyone had an opinion, of course, but the one Gavin and I liked the best was the most simple: vintage-inspired milk containers from JoAnn’s (or Michael’s?)

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Huge thanks to Aunt Joan for (unknowingly) providing the flowers we used for this table arrangement exercise. They are actually the same type of flowers (daisies!) I was thinking of having at the reception (and/or bouquets.) Voila!

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Some more “after hours” fun included Jim and Kris playing legos with a new iPhone game they had discovered.

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And Kris and Amy practiced some of the important lessons we taught them from Pre-Cana class.

Christmas at Aunt Joan’s

We arrived at Aunt Joan’s house between 1:30-2pm (with the exception of Dad who – out of character – arrived much later.) Gavin and I drove down from Rochester with his parents, who would be staying over our apartment that night before heading back up the next day. Katie and Jim drove up together. Mary Jane and Don brought Caitlin and Mollie. Jackie and Tom came, as well, with Samantha in tow (and a lovely surprise which Samantha individually announced to each person there.)

First order of business after food and presents was to dive right into music. After a quick warm-up on the keyboards, Samantha got right into recruiting for her all-girl band.

Katie (bridesmaid!) spent some quality time with the moms. Fingers crossed that my mom didn’t tell Mrs. Thomas anything bad about me (like how annoying, obsessive or bossy I can be.)

Jackie was patient with the amount of photos I had to take in order to get one in which Gavin is *almost* smiling. (Note to wedding photographer: Gavin hates being on the other side of the camera. Good luck to you.)

And we are ready to perform…

… all of us. Katie on the sax. Myself on the clarinet. Jackie on keyboards . And Janice (bridesmaid!) on the trumpet.

Samantha took cues from her voice coach, Janice. Never too early to start. (And if Samantha’s voice is even half as good as Janice’s, look out!)

And you really can’t have a fun-filled family Christmas without some embarrassing family videos from years before. Kris took the hit this time, with his lengthy aerobics number. (Thanks Aunt Joan! We might need to give you a cut of the YouTube ad revenue.)

Opposites Attract. (Shedule-wise and otherwise.)

Starting last weekend, Gavin and I literally had exact opposite schedules. Sunday I went to visit the family because my dad’s Irish cousins were visiting (well that was the premise of the gathering, although we ended up getting together even though they couldn’t make it.)

We had a fantastic BBQ (including salmon, veggie burgers, corn-on-the-cob! and tons of different potato dishes) hosted by Don and Mary Jane. Also in attendance: Mom, Dad, Aunt Joan, Uncle Tom, Janice, Jackie, Caitlin, Mollie, Tom and Samantha. Some of their really fantastic neighbors stopped by at some point. It was really a fun time. After the usual topics of conversation (life at the apartment building down by Fordham road, family and growing up, latest updates on the education situations), we got into more modern topics like “assumed compliance regarding data privacy” and and “the symbiotic relationship between bacteria and the human body.” You know, stuff like that.

I got back home at a decent time but Gavin came back late from the wedding that he shot that day so I spent a good chunk of the Labor Day holiday just catching up on sleep (also talking to my mom on the phone while I attempted a macaroni salad.)

Tuesday, I worked from home. I felt like I hadn’t seen Gavin in days and plus it was my last week at JWT so I figured why not. On Wednesday night, Gavin shot Rye Rye at The Hudson. I stopped by the yoga studio on the way home. Another late night of shooting for him.

Thursday night, while Gavin was en route to the Montauk wedding, I was celebrating at my going away party with some of my favorite ad peeps from JWT (also some surprise appearances from folks who used to work there who stopped by to say hi.) Lovely night. I also may have found us a wedding pianist (at the second going away party of the night around the corner.) I didn’t know we needed one but this guy is so nice and so gay and his name is James. He knows Beatles and Broadway show tunes and sings. I’m sure we can find a spot for him.

Second fascinating discussion of the week (first being the discussion on bacteria from Sunday), was with one of the directors who came to my party. He was pointing out which people had “brand consistency” based on the way they dress on a day to day basis (which, of course, was entirely appropriate being that this party was competing with FNO and on the cusp of Fashion Week as well.)

Gavin was shooting a wedding all day on Friday (literally, all day- as in, 8am to 11pm.). It was a short day for me and bittersweet. I had my exit interview and handed in my laptop and tablet. I bequeathed my super amazing monitor to a super amazing designer who I know will appreciate it. I said my goodbyes (which, in advertising, are more like “see you laters”) and then walked out with my two plants. I am happy to have made a mark.

My coworker who sits next to me said they would have to “cast accordingly” for my seat. I’m sure they will have fun interviewing all the chatterboxes and bossy-pants candidates.

Now it is Saturday and GAVIN IS HOME!! (He has a wedding tomorrow but I’m excited to enjoy the day today together.)