Remember the friendship project I’ve been working on? I posted about it in Week Five of its existence and was super pleased at the progress I was making. I am still hard at work making time to feed the friendships in my life and I thought that it was time for an update.
Week Five was my date with my mommy and we made time for her to come downtown early, before the planned dinner with both parents and Jim and myself at RPM that evening. We spent at least an hour at a quilt shop on the north side called Quiltology.
My mom is a big time quilter and I am not. I am, however, a lover of all things crafty and sewing and most importantly a fan of supporting my mom’s hobbies. I found a pattern for a quilt that I actually really like and a fat quarter of fabric that I might want to play with at some point. Then we stopped at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba for lunch. My mom remembers hearing about them back when the opened decades ago but had never been. We went back to my place quickly and I showed her the videographers I have hired for my upcoming wedding as well as the photographer (her link is in the blogroll to the right). I even got a chance to try on my dress and of course we both cried. My mom is now officially the first person to see me in my wedding dress and she approves. Dinner was simply amazing at RPM and we ate the most transcendent parmesan risotto with fresh white truffles shaved on top tableside. Sidenote: Seriously you must eat this. For real.
Week Six included a simple lunch at Big Bowl on one of the first truly cold days that I remember this fall. I thought that I might miss this week because the week itself had been busy and I was getting ready to leave for Detroit for the World Series in a long weekend adventure with my love. Nevertheless, I managed to fit in a lunch date with a buddy from work and we got caught up on all kinds of Chicago acting tidbits and talked about our families over a giant kettle of green tea and an even bigger tureen of squash soup before moving on to the main meal. I didn’t really take any photos of this meet up since I’m not sure if this particular friend wants to guest star on my blog.
Week Seven excited me immensely. My wedding photographer, Christina Brosnan, happens to be one of my oldest friends. Here we are, circa 1992:
She grew up in the house across the backyard from mine and I have so many fond memories of jumping the fence of my childhood home for playtime at their house, summers in the pool, and watching my dad jump the fence in a single leap to go get his hair cut in her mom’s in-home salon. She moved further away right before my family and I packed up and spent a year in Russia (I’ll tell stories about that someday I’m sure) but in the age before text messages and email she and I wrote letters back and forth, becoming avid penpals. With first names that only differ by one letter, we quickly called our correspondence “CTC Letters” and I’m pleased to say that the lovely packet of wedding info I just got from her in the mail bore the exact same mark.
In any case, she and her husband were in town and we managed to squeeze in a coffee date for a couple of hours. I had never met her lovely Irish husband before but was delighted that he seems the perfect match for my dear friend and we caught up on family and I finally heard the story of how they got together. The chat about the differences in Irish and American culture and politics was a total bonus. I love any opportunity to see my world from the outside. I spy a few Skype dates in the future!
Week Nine was just last week and included the Election Night party that I threw. I didn’t post hardly any photos of the attendees of the event because of the seemingly sensitive nature of politics in my country right now. Last week also marked some other Big Things: my littlest sister is home after a year overseas in New Zealand and my grandmother had her 80th birthday party with about 50 guests. Week Nine was insane from a personal energy standpoint and I think I’m just getting back to myself and my normal just now. I guess I never promised myself that any of this would be easy, right??
As for this week, the Tenth(!!!) week of my Project, I am meeting a girlfriend for coffee and some wedding-related fun on Friday. Stay tuned for my next update and I’ll be sure to keep reaching out to my friends and enjoying time with them.
What have you done with your family and friends lately? Anything special or exciting?