Monday, July 20, 2009


So ladies, here is a question for you. Where have you found to be a good place to look for shoes to go with your wedding gown? Has anyone found a place that will dye the shoes for you if you have an ivory or "almost white" gown?
To be honest, I just don't buy too many pairs of formal white shoes these days! So help me out here! What have you found?
We have a bride who is getting married the end of August who needs to find that perfect pair of slippers yet. Let me know what has worked for all of you!
Thanks ladies!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

And then there are days------

This evening we had the annual meeting for the Porter County Community Foundation at the Manor. We provide a big spread of hors d'oeuvres and bar, and everyone who is anyone in Valparaiso show up to party. Then they have a business meeting of sorts to award their annual awards to different community organizations and volunteers in the community.
So tonight, after doing this party for the last eleven years, they got to the meeting part, and what happens? The FIRE ALARM goes off! I jumped out of my chair in my office where I had gone to check my email real quick, and I went flying to the kitchen! "What happened?" I said with a panic in my voice. " Oh XXXX was putting away silverware and bumped into the fire alarm and set it off".
I run back to my office, grab the little alan wrench that has been in my drawer unused for the last 11 years, and run back to the kitchen.
"Here Tom, try this!" Tom is our security person who has been there for the last 11 years as well.
He can't find a place to turn it off. Meanwhile, the lights are blinking on and off, and the horn is blaring and bleating and making all of us deaf.
"Oh gees, I'll call Jim!" I say, and run to the phone.
I dial him on his cell, no answer!
I dial him at Megan's house because he said he was going there to help her clean carpets.
He answers, hallalujah!!!
"What's the problem" he says.
"The flippin fire alarm is going off and I don't know how to disarm it!" I say, in a panic.
"Go in the back storage room and hit the buttons on the box that say disarm alarm" he says calmly.
"Great, bye!" I say and run for the back storage room. All this time, we have 200 people sitting in the ballroom wondering if they should evacuate or what!
I find the box on the wall, hit the buttons, and voile, silence!!!

This is why Jim is not allowed to leave, EVER EVER EVER!!!!! He at least must be accessible by cell phone no matter what!! Gees!! :)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Congrats Dirk and Kathrin

Last night we had a very interesting wedding. The bride and groom live in Germany. The groom grew up in Valparaiso, and moved to Europe to play basketball, then he met Kathrin! Judging from the way they looked at each other, it was a done deal from the first!
Earlier in the week I received an email from one of Kathrin's relatives who wanted to send me a pdf file with a custom made "card" for the bride and groom, which he had made up on his computer. Cool! I mentioned to him in my email back, that we have live webcams that they could watch the reception and actually hear what was going on! They were SO excited! DJ Mike and I pow-wowed before the reception began on how to present the card to the bride and groom, and when. The moment came right after the toasts. Mike, in his usual smooth and suave fashion, made a beautiful presentation of the card, and then drew the attention of all the guests to the webcam, and had everyone wave and say "hi" to all the relatives in Germany!
How wonderful it is that we have the technology to include friends and relatives half a world away in their celebration! What a special feeling it gives us to be able to make it happen for them. We really should have a world map in the shop with those little dot push pins to show all the places that folks have watched from. Russia, India, England, Germany, Canada, Hawaii, China, Spain, and every corner of the US. It is truly amazing!
So I hope that our new friends in Germany were able to enjoy the reception along with Dirk and Kathrin! And all of us here wish them every happiness in their new life together!