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October 25th, 2005
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Deep thoughts...
Just some thoughts on being a single person and hosting 11 people for two days and a night:

I would never have tried this, except for what I’ve learned from a wise woman, from my brother, and from my mother. A wise woman once told me that all you need to do to have a successful party is to “supply music on the stereo, flowers on the table, and ice for the drinks - everything else is up to the guests”. My brother’s approach to having house guests is to stay mellow, provide lots of bedding and towels, and prepare as much as possible ahead of time – like the easy quiches. My mom – well, she taught me by bad example as much as good; she always has to have everything “perfect”, which drives her to distraction and makes her snappy, but she does make sure the house is clean beforehand, and I’ve learned a lot of little things by helping her prepare for the holidays when I was growing up.

But this “hosting” thing is still new to me, so I learned quite a lot, such as:

Things I did right:

- Lots of bedding, towels and aerobeds
- A really simple menu – and the mystery fruit salad was not only fun, but good!
- It’s true: provide the setting, get some great guests, and they’ll entertain themselves
- Thank god for a cleaning lady (yes, I'm THAT decadent! a wonderful woman comes and cleans my place once every two weeks... it's heaven)

Things that went wrong, but turned out okay anyway:

- I didn’t know you couldn’t park on a new cement driveway until 2-4 weeks after it’s done (*meep*!) – but it was easier for people to get in and out by parking on the street.
- It was too cold for the kids to “camp out” in the sunroom, but since they both ended up getting fevers that night, it’s a good thing they were up with their parents.

Things that went wrong, but we got through it:

-Both SB and the Shireling getting sick, but, bless them, I think they managed to have fun anyway
-Next time, get a bigger pot to cook spaghetti noodles in (or two pots!) and remember that quiches are cooked at 375 C, not 350 C - *G*

Serendipity strikes again:

- Ninq’s Boo got an advance copy of Ringers in time to share it with us (yay!)
- SB had to do a project on dinosaurs – and the Children’s Museum has a GREAT dinosaurs exhibit
- Meeting Pearl Took on-line to go to the Nickel Creek concert with tickets I won

Unexpected little things:

- Pearl and Dee bonding over knitting
- Everybody loving the sparkling cider that Graewolf and Edie brought
- Getting to hear Mr. Dee read stories to the Shireling
- Crayon drawings for my refrigerator!
- A dance performance number from SB and the Shireling
- Morgan's cute cat shoes and black and pink retro outfit
- My boy cat actually being friendly and welcoming, bless him
- The hot water lasting for the showers!!!
- The weather being better than expected – we even had partly sunny for Saturday (!)
- And, thank God – nobody fell down my steepity steep stairs! *huge sigh of relief* You have no idea how much I feared that, especially with the kids.

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Date:October 25th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)

I'm glad to hear it went so well. {BIG WARM SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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Date:October 25th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
Sounds wonderful, my dear, and I do believe everyone had a great time:D

I promise I shall be invading your space very soon:)
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Date:October 25th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
????!!!!! Really???? Tell me more!
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Date:October 25th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
you are a wonder .. sounds like a fantastic success

I'm a crap hostess!! *L*
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Date:October 25th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)
That is so not true!!!!!! I loved staying at your place; I have such good memories of it.

And you even let people break your shower! *heeheehee!*
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Date:October 25th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
*stretches out hands*

Want too! I want to go to Auntie Ros's too!

Hee, it sounds like you had fun. You're a great hostess. It isn't a party if something doesn't go wrong.

I'm just now learning how to cook actual dinners.... you know, the stuff with fresh vegetables that you do NOT buy in handy microwaveable cook-while-you-read-and/or-watch-TV packets. Nobody ever told me how much spinach shrinks when you cook it. O.O! Trial and error. ^^; It's fun learning new stuff, though.
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Date:October 26th, 2005 02:01 am (UTC)
Do! Do! *G* *L*! Your comment about spinach reminds me of something I learned the hard way - wool sweaters do not go into hot water or the dryer... *G* I swear, it could have fit a baby doll!
Date:October 25th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
I want the quiche recipe. It was silky and decadent. Did you notice that I ate two pieces?
*hearts you, your house, and your cats*
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Date:October 26th, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)
Did you??? Yay! Actually, I put it in a comment over on Dee's LJ, if you want it. It's based on the recipe in The Joy of Cooking. I'm so glad my boy cat actually let you pet him - and amazed he let SB do it. Thank you! *S* How's school going for you, BTW? Oh, and tell Boo that the total waste of time game I told him about is www.kingdomofloathing.com. Then again, if you don't want your laptop taken over, maybe you don't want to tell him. *L*!
Date:October 26th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
Hey, if anything went wrong, we didn't notice!!! You are a wonder woman! Thanks again for a GREAT time, and your generous spirit. We hated leaving when we did, but we felt so mellow all the way home, thanks to you... (we got here around midnight our time! and slept until noon the next day!!)
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Date:October 26th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you! Wow, it still took until midnight? No wonder you slept in. *G*

BTW, I so loved seeing the Frodo drawing that you use for your icon in person. Are you selling any prints of that? It's absolutely gorgeous.
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Date:October 26th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
It sounds wonderful all and all. I *so* wish I could have been there.
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Date:October 26th, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
What a cool icon!!!

Wish you could have been, too! Come by and visit some time. *S*

How's the old law office going these days?
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Date:October 26th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
*blomps you with a mighty blomp*
I learned a lot from you (and Elan) this past weekend - not least of which, that it's not necessary to fear having house guests, as long as the house guests are *mooters!*
Also, I don't think having a cleaning lady is decadent. I would loooooove to have someone come and clean. It makes sense to hire someone (if you can afford it) rather than wearing oneself out doing stuff one doesn't enjoy.
We had a wonderful time. The most wonderful part of it was getting to see you! :-)
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Date:October 26th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! *G* *blomps you back*
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Date:October 26th, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
Hi. Sorry about the random comment: I found you by cruising friend of friends pages.

Do you know someone actually named Pearl? I ask because my legal name is Pearl, and it is rare to meet someone else with that name. In fact I've only met one other Pearl under the age of 75.

So, hi! ~waves~
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Date:October 27th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
Hello! *waves back*

Not quite; I'm afraid Pearl Took is her hobbit name (and the name of Pippin Took's sister)! I know what you mean; the Pearls and Opals and Rubys are all of that same generation. *G*
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