Wow, wow, wow.
The party last night was a huge success! I’m sitting here, grinning ear to ear, just remembering all the good things.
The turnout was perfect – enough to be a house-full, without being a full house. There was such a good vibe the entire night, with so much laughter. Teasing, belly-laughs and cackling pretty much come with the territory with my friends and their twisted humor, but that’s why I love them so dearly. Even my crotchety brother got in the spirit, and has a horrible hangover today to prove it. I forgive him for the early morning call to whine about how he used a whole roll of toilet paper already. That’s his penance for waking my ass up. Yes, I’m evil.
The noshing food was a huge hit and is 99% gone. Now, will someone please come and remove the 3 remaining squares of Pumpkin Pie Cake from my house before I cave and eat them? Seriously, Ellen at Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms – this is a ridiculously good recipe and I will share it with abundance! I watched with jealousy as one of my friends unassumingly took a piece, bit into it and immediately let out a shocked “mmmmm!!!!”. She was stunned by how good it was. Then she had another. Well done, my friend!
The pumpkin granola sold out *like that*! Yay for Charity: Water! Sending a big thank you to Juli at PaleOMG for the recipe, which can be found here. My only changes to her brilliant crack-like invention was to double the nut/seed quantities to make it a little crunchier. But hey, you make it how you want – it’s impossible to mess up. Unless you burn it. Don’t burn the nuts.
We called the guests in New York who were unable to catch their flight down here this weekend and passed my phone around at the party. They were missed terribly, but are doing amazing things for the Sandy cleanup efforts in their Long Island town.
And most importantly, my Mighty Tip Jar was full of donations for Charity: Water. I’m currently at nearly DOUBLE the amount I was supposed to earn prior to Camp Mighty, and still receiving donations! I am so, so appreciative to everyone who has donated so far – from my blogger friends, to far away friends, to family, to everyone local who came last night, and everyone who was there in spirit – thank you. If you would like to help continue my efforts, shoot me an email at fiftyshadesofpeach (at) gmail (dot) com and I will provide the easy-peasy donation link!
The night ended beautifully with some cuddle time with one of my favorite men in my life. He is three years old. And he loves me in the way that only children can – without question or exception or qualifiers. It did my aching heart good.
I fell asleep smiling, proud that I am able to contribute so much to a good cause, and with thanks for the love and support of those that are near and dear to me. I love you all, so hard. xoxo
I’m taking part in BlogHer’s 30 day blogfest, aka #NaBloPoMo If you are interested, go read HERE. You have until 11pm EST today November 5th to sign up! To make it even cooler, my amazing people from YeahWrite have set up a grid for all of us that participate over there, too. That one is HERE. Strength in numbers, I tell ya!