Love Is All Around
My sister in law (my husband's younger sister) got married this past weekend! It was such a happy wedding from start (they both cried as she was walking down the aisle, which of course made everyone cry) to finish (the dance floor was packed all night). It also gave us an excuse to host some out of town family for a relaxed brunch at our house the next day. Most of these aunts, uncles, and cousins live far away, so it was so fun to be able to provide a location for everyone to just hang out, relax, and catch up (oh, and snuggle Petunia - my husband's uncle is obsessed!).
Bloody Marys and Potato Peels
Our most recent read for book club was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Burrows. We chose it because we really needed an upper after slogging through the incredible but horribly depressing novel The Orphan Master's Son. Now, we were all a little wary because the title seemed to connote old ladies and doilies. But I promise, if you like historical fiction and things about World War II you haven't necessarily read before, you should check this out. It's a truly cozy book, which we very much enjoyed discussing over my friend's homemade Bloody Marys, egg casserole, and hash browns!
My nerdy hobby is needlepoint. It's kind of like adult coloring (simple, meditative, can be done while chatting and enjoying a glass of wine) but you get something pretty and durable at the end. Every time a close friend of mine has a baby, I make a pillow to match the nursery with the child's name on it. It's been a fun way to keep up my hobby and at the same time think about and stay close to people I love who I may not necessarily see all the time. It appears that there are quite a few little ones in the pipeline these days, so I'm going to be working overtime!
I'm helping to organize not one but two fundraisers this year, both for causes very close to my heart. One must remain close to the vest for now, but I can happily announce that the Signature Chefs Gala benefiting the March of Dimes will be at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco on November 3. Mark your calendar: some of our most fabulous chefs have already re-committed to the event, so it's going to be an amazing opportunity to sample excellent food. And of course, it's all for the babies and their families!