First, let me start by saying one thing you should know about me: I love a good theme.
I will force a theme onto any party or gathering I can get my hands on. You wanted a casual birthday? Too bad, it’s a taco party now! Just planned on having a summer party, maybe grill a bit? Noooope, tiki party!
Yes, people have tried to stop me, but this is a sickness that can’t be cured. Side effects include: making unnecessary puns to fit an unnecessary theme and taking things way too far.
So how did I get this way? Well, as a child, I enjoyed doing arts and crafts. During school. During summer camp. During after school activities. I had grand ambitions of being an artist who was also a veterinarian. Now, I mostly just do DIY projects in my spare time and am neither an artist nor a veterinarian.
In high school, I added baking to the mix (True story: One time my sister and I stole all the quarters out of the change jar so we could buy butter. Rebels.). This has had a bit more staying power than artist/veterinarian.
But the biggest influence on my unnecessary theme-ing has been workplace celebrations. While some might view these as a huge waste of time, I live for them. I have created countless decorations and baked goods to celebrate co-workers’ birthdays, marriages, babies, and farewells. And, yes, almost all of these have required a theme. If I could put office party planning into my job performance review, I would.
This has extended into my personal life in the form of thoroughly-researched and over-planned parties, menus, baked goods, and craft projects. There are far worse things I could be doing with my time than spending a few hours finding, printing, cutting out, and laminating a dozen or so pictures of Bruce Springsteen for a “Spruce Springsteen” Christmas tree. That’s probably a bad example.
To summarize, the things I love include:
- Wasting time
- Excessive planning
That leads me to this blog. Here you’ll find the things I love (and also maybe some of the stuff I don’t enjoy as much).