9th Annual U of M Holiday Party

One of our favorite traditions with our U of M friends continues. Grace and I hosted our annual holiday dinner and gift exchange. Even though I volunteered to cook the main dish, Grace had to hedge with her own. We ended up preparing dueling beef: prime rib vs. beef tenderloin. There were some issues with the timing and a large flare-up made things exciting. Eyebrows are intact and dinner was served.

Everyone came through on the potluck and delicious appetizers and desserts were enjoyed by all. Despite Krista’s strong objection (two years in a row), the women and men dined separately. It’s unclear what was going on with the ladies, but they were much more boisterous than the civilized conversation we were having about everything that never happened in Las Vegas or New Orleans over the years.

Somehow I got talked into Burt Reynoldsesque pose on the island. I was not the creative director of that shot. No one is going to see it anyway.

Our gift exchange is becoming less savage over the years. Ever since we mixed the nice ladies gifts with the more festive mens gifts, there’s less stealing because everything is either really good or really bad (in an awesome, Nicholas Cage kind of way).

Happy Holidays and GO BLUE!

 

7th Annual U of M Holiday Dinner and Gift Exchange

Although we’ve been gathering for years (odd, no football this year), by my count, we’ve been celebrating the holidays together for 7 straight years. This year, the Idemas graciously hosted at their beautiful home. I caught a glimpse of the shimmering new pool, but we won’t be wreaking havoc out there until next year.

Although Krista might be writing a letter to management about the seating arrangement, we ended up in two distinct dining areas. Dinner and desert were amazing, but the true main course is our gift exchange. You would think that with wisdom and experience, our gifts would become more age-appropriate. However, they’re only becoming more outlandish and yet strangely useful (my “Pocket Kim Wisdom” book excepted).

The photos are otherwise presented without commentary as they speak for themselves. A warning to all, if you pose for the photo, it’s definitely going to end up on the internet. I think you all look amazing.

Thank you, Idemas, for hosting another memorable event! Happy Holidays and GO BLUE!

Annual U of M Holiday Dinner in SF

Posse got the ball rolling on our annual holiday party with the Michigan crew. Morgan and Greg graciously invited everyone over to their house in the city. Posse, being the planner, arranged high-class transportation for all the Peninsula couples.

We met at Tam and Ben’s for a little pre-party while the Menlo Park crew we’re on their way north. Our little party bus was beyond expectations, replete with diamond-quilted seating, which is a far-off dream of mine. Now I want one.

We arrived at Morgan and Greg gorgeous home in San Francisco and rolled right into cocktail hour(s). Our holiday parties have alternated between homes and restaurants over the years. One really nice thing about this year was the chance to meaningfully connect with old friends. All of dinner was delicious, but the standout effort was Morgan having the caterer recreate their take on the Pizza House Chipati. It was a stroke of genius.

The highlight of every party is our gift exchange. This year was a little less contentious only because the early pickers had some unfortunate choices that did not warrant a steal. As always, hilarity ensued. Unexpectedly, the gift exchange paused when Guns ‘n Roses came on. Grace and I always get shit for going home with our own presents, but when you buy awesome presents, that’s what happens. Our hostess was only getting started just as the Ubers were summoned to take us back to the suburbs.

Thanks, Posse, for making all the arrangements. Thanks, Thornes, for hosting us all. Thanks, crew, for decades of friendships and laughter. Happy Holidays to all!

Holiday Party at Amy and Grady’s House

Yes, this post is over two months late. On December 8, 2012, Amy and Grady hosted a lovely holiday party at their home. We were light a few teams due to unforseen circumstances, but the Michigan gang did its best to represent. The ladies were instructed to bring “nice” gifts for the white elephant gift exchange. The guys brought less nice gifts. Good fun was had by all. Thanks to the Burnetts for hosting. Go Blue!

BBQ at Burnetts’ House

Amy and Grady invited everyone over for a BBQ on Sunday, May 15th. It was our first time meeting baby Miles. He is a cutie. It was also our first time to their new home (just down the street from their old one). There are no words… So beautiful. Awesome to hang out with the gang again. Hoping we do it often throughout the summer!

Labor Day BBQ at Idemas’ House

Jen and Matt hosted the group at their house for a Labor Day BBQ. Pork and Pork were served. Matt cooked ribs in a smoker, which were amazing. We were happy to welcome Theresa and Matt back to the Bay Area. More importantly, we all got to meet Bear, their new puppy. Lucas was obviously his biggest fan. Equally exciting was the arrival of our old friend, Krista, and her husband, Jud, who moved out from Ann Arbor.

Dinner with Burnetts, Patches & Idemas

Amy and Grady were in town visiting so we decided to have an adult night out with the Patches & Idemas on Saturday, April 11th.  Jen and Matt organized dinner and we settled on Village Pub in Woodside.  I thought it was great.  Grace was beside herself when I ordered fish, but I was still recovering from Man’s Meal the weekend before.  It was great to see everyone and not have the chaos of all the kids in tow, but we all ended up spending the entire night talking about our kids.  What else do we have going on?  Good times.