I still can’t bring myself to watch the video of my speech from the party.
I’ve been having speech regret ever since Sunday morning. Deeeeeeep, deeeeeep speech regret. I thought my chest was going to explode with regret yesterday.
When I confessed my panic to my sister she told me to stop overthinking it. That’s a bit like telling me to stop breathing … although that’s probably not the best metaphor – I didn’t do much breathing yesterday, I was too wound up.
If I’d done the sensible thing and written something down, it would have gone like this (short and sweet rather than long and rambling and a bit screechy):
As the Finn Brothers once wrote – ‘Everyone I love is here … all at once …’ – and it feels so good to be sharing tonight with you.
The “Lucky” balloon sign hanging beside the blow-up coffin wine cooler at the bowlo entrance says it all … and it’s not often in life you get to say those words in a sentence …
I’m a lucky woman to have so many wonderful people in my life. My kids, friends, family and partner fill my heart with so much joy.
This party is a chance for me to celebrate the milestone of turning 50 and also to give a little something back to you.
Although I’m not sure the friends who got roped into helping me hang 500 million shamrocks from the ceiling today got the best end of the deal! But I’m incredibly touched that you sweltered in the 35C heat alongside me.
Thank you to everyone who travelled from as far as Hong Kong and Brisbane and Melbourne and Port Stephens to be here tonight.
Thank you to the Rampant Hamsters for reuniting. You were AWESOME! Please don’t wait 25 years to perform again.
And the most massive of thank yous to my amazing sister and brother in law for providing the delicious food by Grilled Gourmet and our fabulous birthday cake.
Have a great time everyone … and in the words on my 13-year-old crush Kevin Bacon … let’s dance!
Most of my favourite moments from the party weren’t captured on film – I’m still devastated we didn’t video the Rampant Hamsters reunion – but a nice young bloke called James took some lovely pics for us and sent them over yesterday, so I’ve grabbed a few to share with you. I haven’t included many guest shots because I know how fussy people are about how they look in photos … I’m in the process of sending out emails with happy snaps in them.
Oh and for anyone after Grilled Gourmet’s details … click here.
I also snitched the lyrics to DD’s reworked version of “Gloria” … He doesn’t write a bad song for someone who left it until midnight the night before the party to turn composer …
She comes around here
About midnight …..
Well actually no – that’s not right !!
She’s more of an early to bed
Early to rise type
(So about 9.30pm)
She’s got a lot going on this single red haired Mum
Taking care of her children Ava and Kai
Running late on the morning school run
Baking cupcakes for the skipping fundraising stall
Music lessons, Band, Art class
She does it all
Walking her dogs – Charlie and Bilbo
And sitting in sister Kathryn’s spa
Not leaving much time for cleaning
Before her busy day is done
And she writes a Blog called House Goes Home
Spends a lot of time looking at her digital phone
News.com., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter are all in her feed
Being first and funny with the story is one of her needs
Cause she does Social Media for Drinks Trade you know
Traffic clicks and numbers are on the rise
As an ex-editor of Womans Day’s
This should be no surprise
And did somebody say “She also likes to talk”
Chitter chitter chattering, Chitter chitter chattering,
On her night walks
With her friends Fe, Emily and Mel and occasionally Nick
Now walking and talking its great – its really no sin
But I really do hope that her friends manage to manage to get a word in
And did some one say gardening
We no you’d be wrong
But she does like a pump gym class
8am – in the Sunday morning sun
Now in her middle years she’s discovered she really likes a swim
Except she can’t swim so its really a dip
Just don’t mention blue bottles
They’re never a hit
Now there’s a lot of things I need to leave out
Like her love of Kit Kat’s
And did some one say talking?
And bizarre life events like rescuing pigs
There’s never a dull moment with Miss House Goes Home
Especially when she’s not on her digital phone
And now that this soliloquy is almost done
We both really wish you a night of bulk fun
And lets wish Alana a Happy Birthday and
And many more to come ……
And she’ll be round here
Until about mid-night
Cause that’s when the club closes
Have a great night
Anyways … Here are those fave pics …
Song of the day: Bananarama “Venus”