Tuesday, June 03, 2008

But can they dance?

Since I blogged at you last our lab has successfully moved from one building to another. Not that there weren’t quite a few bumps along the way – but thankfully one of our lab members took it upon herself to be our “full time” moving coordinator and contact person. She had a binder and everything. She also knew everyone involved, their phone number, and could find the answer to any question we had. Poor woman almost had a breakdown, but she’s on a very well-deserved vacation this week so I hope she regains her sanity. Mostly we are functional again – but not quite back up to full steam. At the very least nothing material was broken, and no one was injured. Our boss even took vacation the day we moved and the 3 days after. He knew better than to stick around.

Now my desk is no longer in an office, but rather in a large space of cubicles. We do have a big window, so that’s good. But sound certainly travels here. The lab right across from us plays music that can be heard through the door/wall. That I don’t really have a problem with. It’s the broken-English karaoke hour that has been both entertaining and annoying.

In other news: F and I have kind of started to preliminarily plan for our extremely informal reception next summer. That translates into: I’ve done an internet search on venues, I’ve asked my coworkers for suggestions, and I picked up *the* Rochester Wedding Magazine that only comes out once a year. Basically it’s full of ads – and most of those are for photographers and/or videographers – things I don’t need. Leafing through it last night I was getting discouraged – but lo and behold! At the very end was a 3-page chart of reception locations. I figure that’s the best place to start.

Originally I wanted a “family reunion” feel to it: have it at a park, cater in BBQ, plenty of adult beverages (otherwise my family may not come), have everyone show up in shorts & T-shirts. Easy, right? Casual? Plenty of time to eat and talk to everyone (two complaints I’ve heard over and over from married friends). Well, there are only 3 parks that have amenities for such a shindig, and one of them won’t allow kegs (could be worked around) and one won’t allow alcohol at all. I’m sure that makes park #3 rather popular. Also, all three have noise restrictions – which would really put a damper on getting our groove on.

Now we have to start considering some more “up-scale” options as we don’t want to put all of our eggs in one basket. There are a handful of Mayo-related venues in town (the original Mayo brothers’ homes, and a barn of theirs that’s converted into event space) but, of course, rumor has it that they’re extremely popular and therefore booked out for years.

There are a couple of other “unique” places to consider that the Wedding Magazine thoughtfully provided that we’ll have to call on. They may require a bit of a hike to get there, but Rochester is not lacking in the chartered transportation business. I just don’t want to have it at a hotel or any other “ballroom” type space. Like I said, BBQ, T-shirts and shorts. We need to be outside.

A woman in a neighboring lab has a horse farm with lots of lawn. I think that would be ideal. We could set up a tent, have our booze, AND she promised we could have loud music. Previously we’d eyed the home of one of F’s (now former) coworkers. But then he had to go and get himself arrested and that kind of put a damper on things. F says “It could still be in the running. He hasn’t been convicted yet!”

Um, yeah, put that on the bottom of the list.

Already, at this early stage, I am hating planning. I do not find this “fun” or “enjoyable” in any way. One of my college roommates thoughtfully pointed out to me that starting this early ensures continual planning until the event actually happens. I hope to all that’s holy that isn’t the case. Otherwise, F may be planning this on his own.


Blogger LabTech said...

I LOVE parties!!! Good luck getting everything planned...every time you think that it's going badly...imagine you were me with my fantastic luck (still I think the universe hates me!) and be happy you are you. ;) If you need help or if there is anything I can do, let me know!!!

6:48 AM  
Blogger dressagemom said...

I've planned a wedding (or three) and some (fancy pants) parties, so I know that it can get annoying and frustrating. But, Little Anal One, I have no doubt that ducks will be firmly in rows (and ordered under penalty of death by shooting to stay there dammit)at the time of the party.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Lil Kate said...

Labtech: Just be willing to listen to me whine, and then remind me that parties are fun and the planning will be worth it.

DM: Thanks for the sympathy & encouragement. I'm really hoping that by starting this early I can avoid most headaches/frustrations. We'll see! Great blog fodder, no?

2:34 PM  
Blogger DK said...

OH MY FREAKING GOD I'm so excited you found me. And of course you have a blog. And of course it looks a whole heck of a lot like mine (which you must come read, because I'm about to post about you on there). I love that you're engaged! And apparently not to the guy you were dating the last time we talked, which, admittedly, was a looooong time ago. Wow!! Wow!!!! I'm so excited. You made my whole weekend.

Also? I totally vote for the reception with cows. Just for the record.

12:31 PM  

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