Ladies Wine Night

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tonight, I'm basically throwing myself a birthday party. A little over a month ago, I saw the previously mentioned BH&Gardens article while riding the bus into work. I immediately text messaged my friend Beth, as she has a notorious work schedule, to see if she and her husband Randy would be able to make the date. When she replied back that she was free, but that Randy would be gone hunting, the event began to take shape: Ladies Wine Night!

I knew that I wanted to keep the guest list small, so I sparingly text a few friends and sent out a few emails. Almost all of the responses were positive, so I forged ahead! I wanted to photograph the evening and knew that my house would not be conducive, instead I asked Kierstan to find out if her Mom would be okay with hosting! Cherie has a beautiful house, just a little north of mine, and thankfully she agreed! Unfortunately, with the light fading as fast as it is now, I don't think I will be able to take the pictures I had my heart set on, but it will still be a great location.

I made a few selfish decisions in deciding the guest list as well. I have a few great friends who are currently pregnant or have recently had a child. I chose not to invite them. I know full well that they could have attended, socialized and still had a great time whether they chose to drink their one glass of wine or not. But, and this is a big, completely self-centered but, I decided to not have them join. You see everyone keeps telling me how well I'm doing with coping, attending baby showers, enduring facebook announcement after facebook announcement of 4w pregnancies, and the truth of the matter is, I should be 22w pregnant this week.

I should know the sex of my second child.

I should be over half way through my pregnancy.

I should be beginning to complain about weight gain, heart burn and pregnancy related insomnia.

I should be getting concerned about passing the glucose test.

Instead I'm not. I'm just not. Instead, I'm now concerned that I may not even be ovulating, as my chart is wildly out of sorts and my temps previously were very typical. Every day seems to be one step forward and two steps back. For this reason, I chose to be selfish in my guest list. I chose to not be reminded of what I am not and instead fashion an evening hopefully devoid of that pain.

To those of you reading who fit this bill, know that I'm sorry. I love you. I love your company, your warmth, your humor and love for life. I know you would have enjoyed this evening. I just don't know to what depth I would have. I made a choice for me.

And so tonight, I'm kind of throwing myself a birthday party. One that I made all of the food for, and what great food I hope it is! Here is the menu:

Herb Cheese Spread + Crackers
Red Grapes
Carmalized Pecan Baked Brie with Cranberries and Apricots [my Mom bought @Costco]
Coconut Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Shrimp Bruschetta
Mixed Greens Salad, Almonds, Cherries, Blue Cheese and Spinach Chicken Sausage
Chicken Puff Pastries

And for desert:
Pumpkin Butterscotch Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Dark Chocolate Cake Layered Cheese Cake [made by my Mom]

I'm super excited for the food and hope that everyone enjoys! If there are any duds though . . . we'll have plenty of wine! Last night I was prepping, cooking and baking for a solid four hours, so I really hope that there aren't any duds.

Of course there will be pictures to come!

11 comments:

Lucky Girl said...

Have a great night! Enjoy yourself!

Bethany said...

Sounds like a wonderful evening and good for you for taking care of yourself! Can't wait to hear all about it!

abby said...

Wow it sounds delicious! Glad I have lots of points saved up :)

I applaud your self awareness to know what you can and can't comfortably handle right now. Not everyone has this, and would invite people just to be nice but have a miserable time themselves. It's your party, you can invite who you want to!

Lindsay said...

Have a great girls' night!!! :)

Kristal said...

Have a great night Leah!

PS - everything is showing up fine in goggle reader even without me updating the address. .)

Alicea said...

I hope you have a fantastic time tonight Leah. You deserve it!

Megan said...

Yum! Can I come?? :)

I hope you have an amazing time!!!

Bekah said...

sounds awesome! And thank you for being honest. I think a lot of people expect women to just bounce back from loss, because other women dont want to admit the deep pain they feel. Im sure your friends understand that, and love you regardless.

Have a great time, I cant wait to see the pictures!

Sarah said...

Your menu sounds delicious!! Hope you have lots of fun, and laugh a lot and bond with your girlfriends. It does a heart good!

Faith said...

Yum! Hope you had a great night! We're hosting a game night with a few friends tonight. Just something small, simple and fun, but needed.

Heidi said...

Oh my GOSH Leah!! Your blog is BEAUTIFUL! I love the makeover!

You made a beautiful party for yourself & I think you made a healthy choice to invite who you wanted. It's just not fair to you to ask you to essentially take the cost %100. I think it was totally ok that you decided what you did.

You are quite the cook! The whole spread looks yummy!

 

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