Bridesmaid Duty: The Bachelorette Party


I'm crossing two things off my bucket list this year: being asked to be a bridesmaid (I got asked twice this year) and going to a bachelorette party. 

I surprised Jeff's cousin Sarah by flying up to Seattle for her bachelorette party two Saturdays ago. Her wedding is coming up and I'm very excited to be a part of it. Thanks to awesome maid of honor Shelby for helping orchestrate the surprise by getting me from Sea-Tac at 2 am, and apologies for the sleep deprivation. I think I slept a total of five hours the two nights I was there. 

First, we went to Serious Pie for a lesson in pizza making. If you're in Seattle, I recommend signing up for a class, or even just going there for pizza. Their pizza dough is so, so good and the recipe for it is a closely guarded secret.
Sarah, me, and Shelby showing off our pizzas.
Shelby's reaction to a refrigerator full of meat. 
Wine and pizza at 10 am? Um, yes!
After the pizza making class, we did a bit of shopping, had our makeup done, and went back to Shelby's to hang out before all the guests arrived for the bachelorette party. There was only one bachelorette party game that we played: everyone had to bring a pair of underwear for Sarah that represented them, and she had to guess which person they came from. Sarah guessed my pair right away...the ones I got had skulls all over!
Shelby made Jell-o shots for the guests. 
Playing the underwear game.
Me with the bride, Sarah.
Ready to hit up West Seattle.
The first bachelorette party I ever went to was such a good time. I never had one of my own, because when I was a young bride I was in grad school and sadly didn't have time for one. In retrospect, I totally should have blown off a night of fervent paper-writing for an evening of fun with a few girlfriends. Sleep deprivation in exchange for lots of great memories = worth it. Congrats Sarah! 

Sharks Cash Mob in Downtown San Jose


As San Jose Sharks season ticket holders, Jeff and I have been pretty bummed about the NHL Lockout that has kept the season from starting. Lots of fans are angry and upset (and not to mention bored) because there are no NHL games going on. But it's not just the fans that are affected by the lockout. Businesses that depend on pre-game and post-game sales are hurting, too. 

In an effort to help the establishments in San Jose that have been negatively affected by the lockout, Content Magazine is organizing a cash mob (the first one ever in San Jose) on Wednesday, October 24 to bring in some business to the bars and restaurants in downtown San Jose and to create an immediate economic stimulus in the local economy. 

How can you be a part of the cash mob? Come to San Pedro Square Market on Wednesday, October 24 between 5 and 8 pm and spend some money. Even buying a drink or a snack will help! Show up in your favorite Sharks gear if you want, or come as you are. The point is to come and support local businesses that are seeing significantly less traffic than they normally would if a hockey season was actually going on. 

I'll be there with Content Magazine at San Pedro Square Market. Come say hello and show downtown San Jose some love! Diehards Co. will be hosting a drawing to win one of their Die Hard Sharks shirts, too.  

Content Magazine Issue 4.4 Pick-Up Party This Thursday


I raved about Content Magazine a few months ago on the blog, but what I didn't mention is that I'm also a writer and editor for the San Jose-based publication. It's a magazine devoted to the innovative and creative culture of San Jose. I love being a part of Content. 

If you live in San Jose, you should subscribe. I may be a little biased, but I read Content Magazine long before we moved back to San Jose. I think it helped me readjust to things here quicker because I felt like I knew what was going on and it gave me a lot to be proud of in my hometown. Whether you're a native or a recent transplant to San Jose, this magazine will show you what's inside our city. 

I've got a few stories in this next issue, and our photographers did a great job capturing images to go along with them. I've seen the proofs and I can't wait to see the magazine in print. As with every new issue, Content Magazine holds a Pick-Up Party for people to come get their magazine (whether you're a subscriber or not). It also gives readers the opportunity to meet the folks inside the magazine, as well as those who work behind the scenes.

If you can't make it to the Pick-Up Party this Thursday at the San Jose Museum of Art, you can get a subscription or download the latest issue on Content Magazine's website, or pick up a copy of Issue 4.4 at one of these local newsstands

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