An Un-Shower Shower


I was pretty against having a bridal shower.

Ryan and I aren’t 23 (spoiler alert) and have lived together for almost 3 years; the idea of a party designed to help us “set up house” didn’t feel quite right. And God help me with the shower games. The idea of being quizzed on how well I know Ryan gives me an anxiety attack just thinking about it and being stared at while opening gifts sort of does the same.

But my mom’s friends kept asking her how we were going to celebrate so my mom talked me into a luncheon with no mention of “bridal” on the invite. Celebration luncheon. A champagne celebration luncheon. I could do that. I wanted to do that.

Moral of the story: let the people who love you do nice things for you.

It was the most wonderful day. Women who have been influential in my life came together for bite sized food and mimosas and bellinis. It was so wonderful to see everyone, thank them for the mark they’ve made in my life and acknowledge that I am getting married and that is a really exciting thing.

Oh and guess what? I opened gifts and it was fine. It didn’t make me nervous, probably because I had known everyone in the room since I had a perm and I was so touched by the generosity and thoughtfulness of everyone who came.

Bubbly and dessert with people you love, all before 2pm? It was the best day.

Also- the Garrett’s Popcorn favors were a hit! It makes me happy to think that people enjoyed a bit of Chicago after they left.

Peace, love and desserts with tiny spoons,


Weekend Notes


Our life pretty much consists of work, work, work, condo, condo, condo. Weeks are flying by due to extra long hours at our respective jobs and every spare minute is devoted to getting things ready for the move into our new place next month. It’s been a lot of “I want to be there now” and this weekend was the perfect answer to that. A fun event at the Chicago History Museum on Friday night, a lovely al fresco lunch at Little Market where I had the best veggie burger of my life, time at the pool soaking in some long awaited perfect summer weather and an outstanding meal at Bavette’s where we took one look at a nearby tables seafood tower and decided that this was our celebration dinner. We toasted our future (and dug into our own seafood tower!) but in doing that, we really celebrated where we’ve been the last few years. Bavette’s sent us home with chocolate cream pie that we ate on our porch while watching the city go by below us and I couldn’t help but think that as excited as I am to move into all that’s coming next, right this second couldn’t get any sweeter.