Life’s been pretty uncomplicated for me since my return to the States. Got a job, went to work, wrote some stuff, then rinsed and repeated a few times. This isn’t a complaint… while 2014 was fairly low key in terms of writing milestones and side quest completions, the pace was welcome and probably necessary in the ongoing story of my life. But on the ass end of that slow boiling year, as if setting the tone for 2015, my wife gets implored by a long time friend to host and coordinate her baby shower.
When my wife received this message (email, text message I can’t remember which) she looked at me. It wasn’t the usual look of lusty admiration. She didn’t have a song in her heart, but a question on her face.
“Should I do it?” she asked.
“Yep,” I answered, quick, sure, full of confidence. My wife’s a craftswoman, a top notch designer, and a ruthless perfectionist. I absolutely knew if anyone could design an awesome party, it’s her. I figured with all the hours she’d be spending on the shower, I’d have plenty of time to play my PS4. Normally she asks for a bit of help in projects, but not this time. I’m a dude… about as foreign to baby showers as women without veils are in Saudi. I’d be of practically no help. So I started thinking about level ups. Hell, maybe I’ll actually do something useful on the ass end of 2014 and write too.
The joke was on me… I didn’t do much PS4-ing or writing. When I wasn’t working at my job, I was an unpaid employee for Shower Inc. I was going to stores to buy materials. I was going back to the stores to buy more materials. And I was being brought to her workstation (decidedly not a playstation) so she could get my opinion on the ballerina girls or the diaper cake or the xyz. The thing is, she’s an awesome designer, and I’m NOT, so she wasn’t really asking me for my opinion, because I’m of the mind to buy the party supply store’s only options and call it a Wednesday… she was really asking me if her ideas were sound. And they were, cause she’s an awesome designer and I still have my original blog wallpaper because well… I mean… it fits, right? At first I figured it was just for the first few days, week at the most, but I got word that our family friends wanted to invite men to this baby shower… go new school with it. That meant planning men’s game, which meant more input which meant no end in sight.
Here’s where I shorten the long story… we spent what I think was a month but felt like a lifestyle planning, plotting, designing and shaping this baby shower. My wife spent countless nights up and awake–planning, crafting, creating the perfect decorations, researching the funnest games, drinking the strongest coffees. I know because sometimes I woke up for water and got dragged into “what do you think of this…” scenarios.
But the day came and, just like I knew, she pulled off a pretty much perfect party. The guests marveled at the decorations. They raved about the food. Several people told my wife they had never seen such a beautiful arrangement, and they had been to showers and events that were professionally planned and catered. Many guests took pictures of the set pieces. One person told me we should open up a business; we could take pictures of this layout and put them into a portfolio. That’s when I started taking pictures myself. Not too many, as I was still in my Bentley Farnsworth assistant role (which is a really busy role), but those pics are below for your viewing pleasure. Sorry if they’re blurry but, again I was busy. And remember, virtually all the decorations you see are handmade, custom built for this shower.