I have had the most stressful month. Work pressure has been unprecedented.
Thrice daily calls with my colleagues in an effort to meet almost impossible deadlines. With each call the pressure mounted until it felt like we were all going to burst.
Everything seemed to be falling apart at the last minute. But just as we were completely out of time, it all came together. The pressure subsided. And although we were all out of time, it turned out just fine.
And I slept on Thursday night for the first time in more than a month.
Work pressure aside, I am still finalizing my daughter’s 21st birthday party. It has not been all plain sailing. We’ve had a few fights. About the guest list. About the guest list. And yes, you’ve guessed it, about the guest list.
We finalized the venue three weeks ago. A lovely little Mexican restaurant that is small enough for us to book out the entire restaurant. And not too far from home. We don’t have too many decorations, just 200 silver and black balloons to cover the ceiling of the restaurant and a peg line covered with photos from a baby to a photo taken just last week. We finalized the menu yesterday after two tries. Today, we finalized the guest list. Hallelujah! And the cake design.
We are sooo excited about the cake! The small home industry that made nearly all of my daughter’s cakes when she was little, will make her 21st birthday cake. We have known Jan, the owner, for the past 20 years and it’s so special that they will also make this special cake. The design is a stack of her favorite books, with a few of her favorite things dotted around and a sugar figurine of my daughter sitting on top of the books.
Here is the sketch for the baker.
We have also finalized the signature song for her birthday party. Her invitation incorporates a line from Bob Dylan’s “You’re a big girl now” so we are planning to play the first few lines just before the speeches. I’m sure there won’t be a dry eye in the house.
But for the first time ever, I have been at a loss for a birthday present! I have bought her the usual; a 21 charm for her nomination bracelet. Her bracelet was started when she turned 13 and her BFF at the time started the bracelet with her first charm – a double heart. Thereafter, I bought charms to celebrate every special occasion, sporting achievement and academic achievement. Sadly, she doesn’t wear the bracelet, although she says she does love the symbolism.
So now I am on the hunt for a 21st birthday present. I had intended to compile a photo book for her 21st birthday, but realize that I used all of my best ideas for the photo book that I made for her 19th birthday.
I am generally very creative and I have always come up with something very special for my daughter. But this year I think the left side of my brain has been so completely immersed in my work that the right side of my brain has become depleted. Perhaps now that the major pressure at work has subsided that I will be able to tune into my creative side.
Wish me luck!
Until next time ☕️