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The Best Bridal Shower Ever

I owe well over a hundred thank you’s to everyone who was involved in making this day not only happen but be the most well-organized, detail-oriented, thoughtful, beautiful and ultimately super fun bridal shower that I could have ever imagined. From planning and preparation to the actual day-of responsibilities, these guys really knocked it out of the park.

From what I’ve both heard and seen, here is the list of everyone who had a part in making this amazing event happen:

Executive Producer: Katie
Assistant Executive Producer: Mom
Coordinator: Katie
Assistant Coordinators: Bridesmaids
Creative Director: Mom
Creatives: Katie, Jessica, Amy, Janice, Nicole, Victoria, Karin
Production Team: Katie, Jessica, Amy, Ashley, Mom
Publicity Director: Katie
Print Design: Mom
Audio Engineer: Jim
Floral Arrangements: Jim, Mom
Chefs: Mom, Amy, Momma
Cooks: Jeremy, Katie, Ashley, Amy
Cake & Cupcake Design: Mom & Momma
Additional Food/Drink: Mrs. Thomas, Aunt Joan, Jeremy, Victoria, Katie
Culinary Quality Control: Dad
Wardrobe Stylist & Fashion Design: Mom
Costume (Hat) Designer: Janice
Gift List Management: Amy
Official Gift Presentation: Momma, Jessica
Photography: Gavin, Katie, Jackie
Videography: Dad
Gift Storage & Organization: Dad
Transportation Crew: Dad, Katie, Jim, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas
Set-Up & Breakdown: Jessica, Katie, Amy, Jeremy, Kris, Victoria, Momma, Dad
Best Husband-to-Be EVER: Gavin

“Most Distance Traveled” Award
First Place – Jessica from London, U.K.!!
Second Place – Mr. & Mrs. Thomas from Rochester, NY
Third Place – Aunt Lynn from Binghamton, NY

More to come as I gather photos and mentally digest all the wonderful things that have happened this weekend. (Gavin also got baptized!) Thank you again to everyone. Amazing. Simply amazing.

Flashback to 2003

Monday morning, I went to SUNY Purchase (where I did my undergrad) to give a talk on what it is like to be working in a professional creative industry- a mere 8 years post graduation. (Only a small percentage of students end up sticking with their original career post graduation. Even though I moved from print to digital, I’m still technically one of them.)

The talk went really well and I was glad to have had the opportunity to visit the college again. My old friend, Jim Mulligan, who now teaches the class that Mr. Zimmerman once had (and has been teaching me many life lessons ever since I first worked with him and Victoria – bridesmaid! – over a decade ago at Computer Design & Publishing), picked me up at the White Plains station and dropped me off again afterward.

I had some time before the class began and so I went to seek out some of my past professors. Luck was on my side that day and I stumbled upon one of the most memorable professors of my training in Graphic Design. I knew nothing I did in class was ever good enough for him and for that I will always be grateful. He was one to set the bar high.

So I caught him on his way over to another building but I immediately invited myself to the walk over there with him. After commenting on my “Lady Gaga shoes,” and being visibly nervous as to whether or not I would make it through the worn cement path down the hill with my four-inch platforms -which we both agreed were better suited to NYC sidewalks- he proceeded to question my professional development post graduation. (Advertising?! Really??) But I expected as much. He did say it was really good to see me (twice) and that he had one of my projects saved in his collection (and proceeded to describe what I could barely even remember.) Nice!

The talk went by quickly and lots of students wanted to chat afterward and continue the conversation. (There is my metric of success.) The commute was rough, considering I had just 3-4 hours of sleep the night before. And then I went up to my parents’ house that night to get the cats. Long day.

They are SO happy to be home again from their Thanksgiving vacation. So am I. There is something nice about coming home, no matter how amazing the place was that you’ve been.

Weekend Warriors

The weekend before Thanksgiving was filled with all sorts of fun. Victoria’s birthday party was on Friday so I headed up with Nicole for a bit of line dancing at this rodeo bar in Connecticut. My goal for the night was to not knock anybody over.


Then on Saturday I slept for a large portion of the day. So did Gavin. I think we’re still recovering from the move. We emptied some more boxes but it was very low-key.

Sunday was all sorts of interesting. We began by attending a mass at Corpus Christi, the church where Gavin has been studying. I went in expecting the usual forty-five-minute-long Catholic mass and we walked out, an hour and fifteen minutes later, smelling of incense and with Latin prayers ringing in our ears. (I guess they never got the memo from the Vatican II.)

That night, Gavin and I went to the Giants vs Eagles game in NJ.

It was my first time experiencing tailgaiting. (We didn’t have a BBQ, TV or speakers but we did have a cold six-pack of Bud Light.)

The game was exciting except that they lost. We met up briefly with Joe at halftime since he was also there and sitting nearby.

And, as if that wasn’t enough to pack into a couple of days, we extended this into the week with some good old-fashioned furniture shopping. Monday (after work) was devoted to finding a couch and Tuesday (after work) was all about building furniture. Gavin picked up a couple of additional items we had been discussing: curtains, a desk chair, two shelves, and a second desk.

Before getting to work, we sat down to a nice dinner of pork chops, rice and string beans at the table.

Four pieces of furniture took two people five hours to make.


Our couch (or what is often referred to as a couch in Manhattan but is actually a loveseat) is being delivered in a few weeks. The chair and ottoman should be arriving earlier.