These past couple weeks have kept me very busy. The kind of busy where at the end of the work day, my brain just hasn’t had the oomph to write a blog post. In fact, some nights I came home and couldn’t even look at my computer – I’d spend the night reading or eating dinner with Jake just discussing our days with no technology blaring behind us. Although, the start of this week has allowed me a bit of time to recharge and I felt the blog writing pangs kick in.
Kendal and I after her graduation
At the beginning of the craziness in the last couple weeks was my sister’s high school graduation. On a beautiful June evening, my sister Kendal graduated from my high school alma mater with plenty of pomp and circumstance. It was interesting to attend the graduation of new seniors from my former, beloved high school, just five years after I did the very same thing. Jake also attended the same high school, so we spent a lot of time remembering back to our own graduations and senior year of high school. It was a fantastic weekend overall.
Last week was what really kept me busy. I spent the work week putting together a big event that my company was planning and managing. Last Friday, the Nature Valley Grand Prix bike race took place in Uptown, and my company planned and managed a party for friends and family of one of the team’s racers. Food, drinks, and bike racing were had! It was SO much fun, but it was a lot of hard work – which never feels so bad when you work with awesome people like I do. The event took place in a totally raw retail space, so we spent the better part of the week preparing the space and making it fit for our client.
The transformation went something like this:
Day one: Dust. So.Much.Dust. This dusty space required lots of sweeping and cleaning, and while it can’t be seen in this picture, the draping team came in to start the first real transformation of the area.
Day two: Chairs and the beginnings of draping can be seen, which really set the tone. The space, even unfinished, began to look industrial-chic and party ready!
Finished product: Draping finished, linens set, floral arrangements placed, chandelier hanging, televisions on – and boom! It’s party time! I think we all were a bit blown away by how amazing it looked when it was all said and done – especially me, because I am not good at envisioning the finished product before it’s done (something I absolutely hate!).
The event went well, and the racing team did well, too – so it was a successful night, indeed! This week we play catch up in the office, life settles down a tiny bit, and as other work events creep up closer, busy-ness also creeps closer, too. Fortunately, I enjoy being busy.