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40 strangers + adorable kids and giving adults + 37 strangers = ahhhh.

December 13, 2009

What a weekend!

Friday night I had the biggest Mingler to date, with forty guests.  Some newbies, some repeaters, all interesting and with such different backgrounds!  They heard about the Minglers through ABC’s 190 North,  TimeOut Magazine, Boston College friends of mine,  guitar class, an arts organization I work with, and my current favorite “How’d your hear about these?” story, through doing research on me for an NPR assignment.  Had a blast.  Caught myself a couple of times thinking, “Seriously?  I make a living having people over for food, drink and games?  And look!  They look like they’re having fun!”  So appreciative that there are so many people willing to try something a bit different and perhaps a bit scary.

Perhaps not the wisest decision to schedule a Mingler the night before coordinating a coat drive at a west side elementary school at 8AM the next morning, especially when the last guests don’t leave till 2AM, meaning I don’t get to bed till 3AM.  Oh well, run on fumes.

Perhaps not the wisest decision to host an amazing food-networking experience the night after a Mingler and the same day as a coat drive.  Especially when the last people out the door leave at 12:30AM, meaning I’m not in bed until 1:30AM.  But it was amazing!  Partnered up with Clandestino, an underground supper club, one of the trends spreading across the nation.  Chef Efrain concocted a menu using ingredients all found within 200 miles of Chicago and with a motley crew of helpers, served up a delish dinner for thirty-seven guests at my place, while I babbled inane stories to the guests and subjected them  to activities to help them get to know one another.  People came solo, in couples, in groups.  Wide range of ages, jobs, interests, personalities.  All so friendly!  Again, the feeling of “Really?!?  Is this what I do?”

Perhaps not the wisest decision to go to a 9:30AM yoga class after two days of little sleep and much hostessing.  But I made it.  Even rode my bike down since it was so balmy out!  (30 degrees.)

Dead tired Sunday night.  But worth it.  Satisfaction level, satiated.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Monique permalink
    January 5, 2010 4:19 PM

    I was at the Clandestino Dinner. It was a great evening, especially because I got to wear a name tag with Rosa Parks on it the entire evening. I love your style of writing and interacting. I’m sure we will meet again. Not sure if you were in the room when responding to one of your prompts and I shouted out that one of my claims to fame is that I worked with Madonna at a bar in Ann Arbor when we were students. That’s how I found out that there was another guy from Ann Arbor at the dinner. And, of course, he and I have a ton of mutual friends but for some reason did not know each other. Keep up all the cool stuff.

    • January 20, 2010 11:27 PM

      Thanks Monique, great to hear from you! I had such a blast at the Clandestino dinner, we hope to partner up again. RE. Ann Arbor – Chicago is such a small city, one of the reasons I love it so.

  2. December 21, 2009 12:55 PM

    Fun Fun Fun! Saya I just love reading about your events! And what a great feeling to be able to say: “Really, Is this what I do”! So many people are searching for that ~ Thanks for continuing to share your good times 🙂

    • December 22, 2009 11:50 AM

      You should blog Danielle! It’s very cathartic. Even if it’s only you and your mom that read it. Thanks for your continued support, I always appreciate your feedback.

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