Category: Announcements

Personal Note

I am looking forward to sharing my Europe posts. Hopefully I’ll get those up soon. Leaving was so sad…I am looking forward to re-experiencing it through pictures and words and sharing the stories.

I’ve been working through some personal things since we’ve been back. I’ve been quite sick twice (or once, with a relapse?), ran a marathon with an injured leg and recuperated from that, and started taking antidepressants. Whoa. Which of those is not like the other?

I’ve been dealing with depression for several years, off and on, though I don’t think I realized it. I’m excited to be taking strong steps toward health now. I talked about depression on my personal blog yesterday if you want more of that story.

Enjoy the weekend…Maastricht and München coming up soon!

Archive Imported from Xanga

I started blogging on Xanga in 2005 and continued until 2009, when I finally decided to move to a “real” blog. I am excited to have a much more flexible platform now with WordPress. I wrote fairly often about hospitality even back then. Today I imported some hospitality-centric posts from Xanga to this site. Still working on getting the old Xanga-converted comments to work with Intense Debate.

Take a gander through the Categories at some of my older posts.

CCF Women’s Friendship Tea

Welcome to those of you visiting after hearing about the site at the Women’s Tea this afternoon!

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share with you some of my favorite (or least-favorite?) hospitality stories. And thank you to all of you who shared with me afterwards about YOUR embarrassing hospitality experiences!

As you invite someone over to dinner this week, remember to come back and post a comment about your experiences. And if any of my anecdotes this afternoon sparked a memory of a hospitality disaster you’ve had, tell us about it here.

Our Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

Two months ago…


…the UPS man delivered the DeLonghi Perfecta and the stork delivered Joshua David.

In eight weeks, they have given us 366* shots of espresso and 336** diapers, respectively.

* actual figure
** estimated

Hospitality Blog Application

(Update May 2010 – well, I never got a gig writing about hospitality for someone else’s blog…but now I have my own! :)

I have a bunch of potential posts lined up in my “blog ideas” queue, but I haven’t finished them because I’ve been working on my application for a REAL BLOGGING JOB. (Well, okay, so it’s only a few hours a week, but still. What could be cooler than getting paid to blog?) I sent in my application and writing samples to ClubMom Wednesday night. Even if they don’t pick me, it was a worthwhile writing exercise. (And now I have three GREAT posts that I can use here if they don’t hire me.) I think that my sample posts and application question answers are some of the best writing I’ve done in a long time. A few bits from the ap:

What would you like to blog about?
I would like to blog about hospitality and all it entails…the preparation and planning, the cleaning and cooking, the sometimes disastrous results and the (usually) humorous anecdotes, and the joy that comes from filling a home with guests.

Beyond the basics above, tell us who you are and why we should hire you to write this blog.
I’m a trade magazine editor who gets kinda tired of writing about furniture all day…so blogging is my muse’s playground. I’ve been blogging since September 2005, and it has become my favorite hobby. Inspired by entrepreneurial mom bloggers like Heather Armstrong of, I have been wanting to move from being an amateur blogger to being a “professional” blogger before my baby is born in October. At that point, I’ll become a stay-at-home mom, and I’d love to use blogging to earn some income from home and enjoy adult interaction during the day. ClubMom’s blogging venture sounds like the perfect match for me, and I hope you’ll feel the same – that I’m just the writer you’re looking for.

As for hospitality, my husband and I entertain often – our enjoyment of opening our home led us to make such decisions as spending more on our super-automatic espresso machine than on any piece of furniture we own and buying a gigantic table that seats ten (which makes dinners at home for just the two of us a bit awkward, but is fabulous for dinner parties!).

I love all kinds of hospitality. I enjoy hosting low-key card nights as much as throwing formal balls with period costumes, dancing, and live music. However, as much as I strive for perfection, I realize I’m not actually very GOOD at hospitality yet! I’m always ruining a recipe or breaking a plate or failing to make enough food or forgetting to Swiffer the cat fur off the wood floor…but I really must love it, because I keep coming back for more. I am determined to become an expert at this hospitality thing…someday. In the meantime, I’ll keep picking shattered glass out of the lasagna, frantically shoving the clutter into the spare room, and greeting my guests with a smile on my face and a burned potholder hidden behind my back.

My mom says that one of the first personality traits she noticed in me was my love of hospitality. It’s an area in which I constantly strive to better myself, so I have lots of trial-and-error experience and don’t mind “telling” on myself. Writing about my experiences helps me analyze them, learn from my mistakes, and find the humor in them. I think the moms who read the ClubMom blogs will be able to relate.

What kind of unique voice or spin can you bring to this topic?
I’m a first-time-mom-to-be trying to figure out how I’ll transition from passing around wine and cheese at a Pride & Prejudice viewing to serving apple juice and Goldfish crackers at a Bob the Builder party.

So far in life, I’ve graduated from helping my mom cook dinner for guests to throwing my own birthday parties, from hosting an open house in my college dorm room to throwing a housewarming party at my husband’s and my first apartment. The next hospitality life change for me will be learning how to host an elegant dinner party while keeping my baby from sticking peas up his nose. I look forward to these changes with excitement and an eye to learn and improve. I would love to bring other women on this journey with me (and hopefully get their advice along the way!).

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