Thursday, February 12, 2009

Oops! I Did It Again!

If I look back to the blooper post I wrote around the same time last year, it talks about forgetting my bloggiversary, forgetting my husband’s birthday and throwing a kickass baby shower. Well, I can atleast say there has been some improvement this year.

The Blog Anniversary

It went by unnoticed and uncelebrated yet again. I started this blog over three years ago on 9th January, 2006 with this post. Last year, after limping to the 100-post mark well behind other blogging pals, I decided to adopt the ‘Quality over Quantity’ stance to blogging. And I am sticking with it, in the light of my measly 34 posts in 2008.

The Husband’s Birthday

This is the one that saw a huge improvement. Not only did I remember his birthday (!), I also:

  • Remembered it the first thing in the morning, despite rushing around to get the brat ready for school
  • Took the day off from work (unlike last year, when I was travelling)
  • Treated him to a lazy brunch at the newly opened and very nice Salt Water CafĂ©, which we had all to ourselves since it was a weekday.
  • Booked us in for a couples massage at a nearby spa, which ended with us lounging in a Jacuzzi liberally sprinkled with rose petals.
  • Got Ayaan to write a birthday card for him
  • Ayaan and I sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him, while he cut a cake

Not bad, huh?

Another Baby Shower

The challenge was to come up with completely different ideas for this one since most of the attendees had been part of an earlier shower where my regular battery of games was played.

It got off to a less than stellar start with the pregnant friend arriving home earlier than expected and hence ruining the surprise element. But it picked up after that.

We played five games, with the crowd of 12 participants being divided into three groups. Most of the games were regular games adapted for a baby shower:

Baby Pictionary: This was regular Pictionary, only with baby-related words. It was absolutely hilarious because there were many pre-baby people in the gang who were completely foxed by words like maternity wear and baby monitor and as can be expected, some of the attempts to creatively convey the word at hand by drawing were tummy-achingly hilarious. I managed to photgraph two of the priceless ones:

The first hilarious one was for the word ‘Bottle Steriliser’. As you can see, they kind of lost their way with the steriliser – the artist later explained that the pregnant woman with crosses on the tummy was supposed to represent a sterile woman (as in one who would not get pregnant)!!!

The other funny one was ‘Rubber Ducky’. Now, the artist in this case could have just drawn an eraser to communicate the first word, but she went with this instead…

Baby Things Treasure Hunt: A whole bunch of baby things (a t-shirt, a mitten, a bib, a pacifier, a diaper, a nappy pin and a lot of other stuff) were hidden all over the room. The team to find the most items would win. Good fun but the competitive rush to find stuff did result in a fair amount of mess.

Nursery Rhymes Dumb Charades: Self-explanatory and another hilarious game since most people had forgotten their nursery rhymes. The star of the show was a friend who did a rather graphic rendition of Wee ‘Willie’ Winkie. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to hear or recite that particular nursery rhyme with a straight face ever again!

Nappy Race: Ayaan’s soft toys were brought into service and each group was given one, along with a big square cloth and some nappy pins. They then had to race against each other to create a viable nappy on the soft toy.

Preggy Fashion Show: Each group was provided loose T-shirts, a cushion, some hair clips, accessories and make-up to dress up one of their team members as a pregnant woman. Only, there was a twist – the model had to be one of the male members of the group. As you can imagine, it was crazy fun and even the guys in question got fully into the act and were walking around holding their ‘pregnant’ tummies in a most authentic fashion. Here’s a picture of the three sporting guys – suitably cropped to protect their identities, of course…

In addition to the games, I also found a novelty cake-maker, who created this…

Overall, it went off really, really well. It was a lot crazier than the previous one, which was much more decorous. But we had a totally wild time and even the guys and the non-mommies had fun. I think I am becoming quite the baby shower specialist!