My name is Alexandra and I am an Events Manager. And there's no 12-step program for THAT.
However, today I was glad for the myriad and bizarre screw-ups and *situations* (as in "Alexandra, we have a *situation*") I've had to deal with in the past, because today was a perfect
event, and it was the one I wanted to get right: my parents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration.
They wanted something low-key, just the family.....and not having to DO anything. It took some pretty fast talking to get them in the right mindset on only having to spend dollars on (a) petrol to get down to the venue and/or (b) outfits to wear....and between my sibs and I, we delivered, with just enough nice surprises to keep them guessing.
We've been saving for two years plus - three siblings, $20 a week each, it all adds up - and have had enough to book rooms for everyone at the very very nice Lindenwarrah (I've been regaling people on Facebook with updates about my room with the vineyard 20 feet away, and fountain just outside, the lovely appointments, the free wifi....)
; with dinner and breakfasts thrown in; and have spa treatments for the ladies this morning, lunch at the wonderful Brown Bros Epicurean Centre which was a 100-metre stroll up the road;
and in between a presentation of a quilt to which we all contributed (I let my sister manage that
little side project), and a photo session with the photographer Juliet Morris and some nice little keepsakes, plus a very short and lovely speech from my brother which ended with..."..and this is not so much a celebration of the fifty, as it is of your marriage" and we ALL had to dive for the tissues and mother's mascara ran for the third time in as many hours and she was saying things like "waterproof? I don't bloody think so!" as she blotted yet again.
Yes, my family drive me crazy, and I know many people have had more grief than love from theirs - but I am glad for each and every one of them, economy-sized dags though they may be.
Below: this is what a very relieved event manager looks like in the quiet of her lovely room after an event that really really matters comes off okay.