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22 April 2004 @ 09:36 pm
Moving in - and "Happiness is..."  
I spent the majority of my afternoon at work today moving into my new office. :) In some ways it's nice because it's a little more private now, but I'll really miss being outside with the others and being a part of their daily conversations. After all, how will I get my weekly dose of "American Idol" chatter? ;)

I've gone back to Curves this week (YAY!) in an attempt to lose weight before Susan's wedding - how's that for an incentive to buckle down and stick to my work out schedule? :) Susan and I are going in next week Thursday for the alterations on our dresses - I can't believe her wedding is coming up so fast! :)

Mark & I got an invitation to go to a couple shower that Susan's sister is throwing for her. :) I still want to do a separate bridal shower for her, though and will probably need all of your help and advice... Does anyone know of any fun shower games to play? I have a few ideas from other showers that I've been to, but I was wondering if anyone had any other ideas? :)

And in Kevin news - he got a mention in Playbill.com for the song he wrote for the Easter Bonnet competition earlier this week! YAY! Too bad they spelled his name wrong, though. :( Seems to me that every time he's on the East Coast they spell his name that way (Early). :P Darn. :(

Lastly, I stole this from moxiebramble because I wanted to post something happy. :)

1) Talking, laughing and spending time with my hubby. :)
2) When Sydney curls up next to me to sleep.
3) Traveling with my Mom. :)
4) My monthly dinner nights with Susan.
5) Little inside jokes that only Mark and I find remotely funny. :)
6) Being greeted by Sydney wagging her tail when I come home from work. :)
7) When I'm sitting in the Marquis and I hear the overture for "Millie" - woo hoo!
8) Kevin and Julie Ann emails. :)
9) Pay days. ;)
10) New York City!!
11) Listening to Kevin sing... *SIGH*
12) The weekend!
13) LA Theatre! (In particular - watching LA performers that I love in shows - Nick, Julie Jackson, Misty, Kim Huber, Roger Befeler, etc. etc. etc.)
14) Trade wind weather! :) (Humidity sucks!)
15) Talking with Susan about her upcoming wedding.
16) Seeing old friends
17) Local food (especially manapua & pork hash from Chung Wah Kam) :)
18) Theatre trips! :D
19) That feeling I have after I've gone to work out. :)
20) Strawberries on vanilla ice cream! YUM!
21) Sleeping in on a cold morning.
22) Being inside the Marquis, Golden, or Gershwin theatres this year.
23) Nick hugs (he gives the best hugs in all of theatre-land!) :)
24) Going to Bath & Bodyworks, Trader Joes, or anywhere else we don't have in Hawaii. :P
25) All of you who are gracious enough to share your lives with me. :)

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: "Alto's Lament"
Care: are you twins?careleswhisper on April 23rd, 2004 12:48 am (UTC)
I remember when I did Laura's shower, I had all the guests address an envelope for the thank you cards. At the end of the shower I picked one and that person got movie passes. Of course the prize can be anything, but I thought was a good idea. :) That way you don't have to hunt around for addresses or call around for them either. ;)
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on April 23rd, 2004 01:10 am (UTC)
Oh! I like that address idea! :) I may use that for Susan's shower. :) Thanks Carrie! :)
karmastyx: Lil' Laurakarmastyx on April 23rd, 2004 02:14 am (UTC)
I know it's not a game, but Care made every guest a mixed cd of love songs, and it had "our song" on it. It also had a picture of us and our wedding information. I just loved it!
Sherishutterbug93 on April 23rd, 2004 08:58 am (UTC)
Wow - that's a really cool favor idea! Thanks Laura! :)
Sabine: Lausersabine10 on April 23rd, 2004 06:03 am (UTC)
Wish I could help you but I even don't know what it is a "couple/bridal shower" or "fun shower games"? Still, no-one of my friends married up to now and so there were only a few weddings within the family.

I enjoyed reading your "Twenty five things that make me happy" - thanks for sharing them. :) Hope you have a nice day. *Hugs*
Sherishutterbug93 on April 23rd, 2004 09:01 am (UTC)
For a while all my friends were getting married and it felt like we were going to weddings a lot - then just recently there haven't been too many...

Hope your weekend is wonderful, Sabine! :) *HUGS* to you. :)
WE ALL NEED A SENSE OF HUMORbeam861 on April 23rd, 2004 06:26 am (UTC)
Games you say???You have asked the correct person! I have TONS of ideas! I am the official game maker upper for all of our church functions. What a title! lol ! I don't know if you will like them or not, but here goes! Get a small suitcase and "pack the overnight honeymoon bag" for the bride. This one is fun and you can be very creative! Put things in that the bride and/or the groom would need for the first night and/or honeymoon! You can be as silly or riscae' as you want--sexy night, thong underware, teddy bear, wine, wine glasses, slippers, ugly flannel nighty, pacifier, things for him, sexy underware, hotwater bottle always get laughs, its more fun if you have some silly things in like I mentioned. Have the bride "unpack" her suitcase and then put the contents of it away. The guests then have 2 minutes to guess everything that was in the bag
Or you can ask questions about what was in the bag.Ex: what color was the teddybear? Was there a blanket in the bag? ect This is also usually a gift for the bride from the bridesmaids. (if you need some silly suggestions I can help you out there) This one always gets lots of laughs)
Have a prize for who guesses the most items and a silly "bobby prize" for who guesses the least items!
Make out a Bingo grid but don't put the BINGO on the top.
leave the spaces blank, and have the guests fill in the spaces with things they think the bride will get as gifts,
as the bride is opening her gifts, if she gets what they have on there grid they cross it off--first one to get a "BINGO" wins. You can also do a variation of this with
names of people attending the shower, instead of putting down the gifts they think she will get, put down the names of people at the shower, as the bride opens the gifts from those people listen on the grid, they mark them off, and first one to bingo wins. These both make great ice breaker games, and give the guests something else to do while the bride opens her gifts. I hope I explained them well enough
You can list famous TV couple, they have to guess what show its from such as Marion and Howard Cunningham: the answer would be Happy Days. Another one is list slogans from TV
commercials then they have to guess the product. ex: The best part of waking up is ____________in your cup answer Folgers. Use pictures to spell out the titles of well known love songs. Example the number 1 a heart and a hand
would be One Heart One Hand. A cracked heart with a hotel would be Heartbreak Hotel. Pick a song from a TV show that everyone has heard of. Like the Beverly Hillbillies or Love Boat. Put down the lyrics, but leave some blank, it is the guests job to fill in the blanks. When everyone is finished, play that song. This went over really well at a church function--we did Beverly Hillbillies. Have goofy trivia questions like What year did Barbie come out, and you can have multiple choice answers to make it easier.
I already gave you the idea about everyone bringing their fav recipe written out, then you can draw from the cards for prizes. Another idea, is to ask your guests to "brown
bag" their gift and bring a non perishable pantry or cleaning item to stock the newlyweds pantry instead of
wrapping. (I have mixed feelings on this one--it is a good idea, however, some folks like to wrap gifts, and some brides prefer to open pretty gifts instead of paper bags--it
depens on the crowd, but it does make the gift opening time go by quicker. As far as inexpensive prizes, you can make
your own bathsalts. take Epson salts in a large ziplock bag
add some food coloring, and if you want them scented, a little perfume, shake and when all the salts are coated, let dry. From there, you can put them into inexpensive containers. Michaels (I don't know if you have on there) carries little glass bottles) put a ribbon around the neck of the bottle, or hot glue a ribbon rose on the bottle and your done--these actually look very nice! Oh, another game
get a nice jar, and fill with the bath oil beads, the round ones that are about the size of a marble that disolve in water, have the guests guess how many are in the jar--winner gets the jar.
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on April 23rd, 2004 09:08 am (UTC)
Oh my! Thanks SO MUCH, Barb!! :) Such wonderful ideas you have! :) I LOVE the honeymoon suitcase idea!! :) I think I'm definitely going to work on that one for Susan! I also like the TV couple game and the Bingo idea is great too! Thanks SO much - it's been a while since I've been to a bridal shower. These are great! :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to write all this out, Barb! :) You're the best! :)
WE ALL NEED A SENSE OF HUMORbeam861 on April 23rd, 2004 06:28 am (UTC)
Sorry that was long...PART2 If you have any questions please E-mail me at BEAM861@Yahoo.com I would be happy to make any of those games up for you, in fact, I would enjoy it. It is no problem. I have done them before. When is the wedding? If you need other games, I have more, just let me know! Good Luck with everything!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on April 23rd, 2004 09:11 am (UTC)
You're just terrific! :) Thanks again for all your great suggestions, Barb! :) The wedding is June 12th, and I'm thinking of making her shower on the May 30th. :) It's just around the corner... :o

Thank you so much again for all of your help! :)
irisheyes77 on April 23rd, 2004 08:34 am (UTC)
I'm great with baby shower games, but not with bridal games! Sorry! Oh well, you've got it covered with Barb anyway! :)
Sheri: Sydney - puppyshutterbug93 on April 23rd, 2004 09:17 am (UTC)
It's been a while for me since I've gone to a bridal shower - so I think I was having a brain spasm trying to think of fun games. I may have to tap into your baby shower expertise soon too - as more of my friends are trying to start a family now. :)