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January 1, 2024

New Year’s Party Menu

Things have been a little nutty around here as I pack up my home and prepare to move to my dream home in the foothills this Friday! (I can’t believe it’s only 5 days away… I’m excited but there is still so much to do.) With all the stress of moving, I completely neglected to send a New Year’s party invite until Thursday, three days before New Year’s, but I was thrilled to still have about 20 dear friends join me to close out 2023 and ring in 2024. I guess everyone else was similarly ambivalent about committing to a …

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July 8, 2023

Race Report: Superior Mile 2023

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This year’s Superior Mile was really different from my experience the last few years! From 2019 to 2022, as a Town Board member, the morning was a well-planned and choreographed dance of preparation: outfits laid out, breakfast ready, and the borrowed convertible decorated, so as soon as the mile race was over, I could dash home to shower, change, wolf down breakfast, and get to the lineup of elected officials leading the parade. This year, I got to attend the parade as a citizen – which meant I had over an hour to relax, go grocery shopping, shower, and stake …

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July 6, 2023

Fourth of July Party Menu

Laura standing in a blue dress with a white wine glass topped with red pop rocks

Ever since 2020, I haven’t been hosting dinner parties with the frequency I once did. But I miss doing that! I have such a blast coming up with a theme, planning a menu, and cooking up a storm for all my friends. I’ve been trying in the past few months to get back to it a little bit more, hosting a Kentucky Derby party in May, a Juneteenth dinner in June, and now, an Independence Day party in July. Since my blog is as much for my own memory archival as it is for readers, I hope you don’t mind …

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January 11, 2023

New Year, New Me

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The most cliched title ever, especially for a January post, but… I think it’s fitting. 2022 was hands down the worst year of my life. It wasn’t one thing, but rather, one thing after another – where each time I thought I had found my footing, I lost myself again. The combination of the devastating Marshall Fire and burnout at work led me to take three months off work to deal with my mental health; then I went through IVF and had a huge overdose of estrogen that led to postpartum depression (even though I hadn’t had a baby!). It …

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October 23, 2022

Hocus Pocus 2 Watch Party

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Last weekend, I hosted a watch party for the Hocus Pocus sequel. Back in September, my friend Elizabeth texted a few of us when we first heard a sequel was coming out, and I said I’d be happy to host a watch party. It had been so long since I’d hosted a party, and as it turns out, my friends really missed them! I had a number of people tell me how excited they were for me to organize events again. Anyway, this was no big extravaganza – I had less than a dozen people attend. But I had a …

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