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Getting Back To Real Life After Oktoberfest

Our annual Oktoberfest party was this weekend, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Funny how it goes – you spend so much of your life preparing for an event, and it’s over in a flash.  It’s two days after the party and there’s no evidence that it happened beyond some trampled grass.

Overall, things went well. Certainly, there were things that could have gone better, things we’ll refine next year.  We had some major issues with the PA, and we couldn’t get the music going for the first hour.  After that, we had to play it off my phone, which meant no photos for me.  I stole a couple off a friend’s facebook album, but that’s all I’ve got. Most disappointing for me personally was that I tried a slightly different technique for reheating the pretzels, and they ended up a bit drier than they should have been.  I’m pretty sad about that since the pretzels are one of the most memorable parts of the event for most of our guests.  Oh well! I’ll try again next year.

We spend more time and money than I’d like to disclose on new gear to simplify the setup this year, and it was entirely worth it.  We want to be able to continue this year after year, but it was unsustainable the way we were doing it.  This year we got a new tent, a new beer tap system, I bought and made better decorations, and changed up the menu significantly.  All in all, it was well worth it.

Maybe everyone was being super polite since I’m the host, but it sure seemed like everyone was having a good time.  People usually start taking off around 8, but this time the party was still going strong long past sunset.  That’s the goal of the whole thing really, to give our friends and family a fun experience. It may sound cheesy to say this, but I really can’t believe what an incredible bunch of friends we have.   If I look back at my early 20’s self, I couldn’t possibly imagine I’d be surrounded by such a loving, supportive, positive, hard-working, generous and genuine group of people.  For Brian and I, this is a chance to give back to them for all they’ve given us.

Oktoberfest is a highlight of our year, and certainly the best part of fall.  This year was no exception, but honestly, we’re both kinda glad it’s over. It’s been nearly two months of singular focus for us, and we’re glad to get back to real life.

I’m starting this book, which I’m reading for a book club I’m in.  I’ve never been in a book club, so I’m excited about it!

Also new for me, I joined BSF this year.  This is the first time in my life I’ve done any sort of official Bible study.  I feel like it’s good to understand the Bible better, and from the introduction, this seems like it’s going to be a pretty comprehensive study of the book of Romans.

Now that we’re in the rhythm of getting up early, we are planning to start taking turns going for a run in the mornings.  I don’t anticipate getting back to marathon-ready shape, but I do look forward to greeting the day with some cold air deep in my lungs.  It’s been a long, long time since I’ve done that, and I’m looking forward to it.

I’m about to start a spend-free week.  I feel like I need it as a form of detox after the flurry of shopping and buying and acquiring that went on leading up to Oktfest.  Maybe I’ll write about what that means when Harris is at school on Thursday – my next chance to write a blog post.

It seems impossibly ambitious, but I really want to make it to Tahoe, Apple Hill, the Sacramento Zoo and to the Coast this fall.  I want to go on a few adventures with the boys while the weather is still perfect.  Anyone else has trips planned for the fall?  Other bucket list items I should add to my newly free calendar?

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