Friday, July 27, 2007

Cool Jewels party

To celebrate the release of Cool Jewels, I threw a bash at The Social, one of my all-time favorite restaurants. My friends Ann and Michelle arrived early, and it was nice to have company while I ate a Kobe beef burger with Stilton cheese sauce and crispy French fries. Mary and Stacy also came early, decked out in cute summer dresses. Cathy, Jane, Kristin, and Addie all showed up — people I see every day at work, who still wanted to take time to help me celebrate. Keith, Jay, and Deb mingled with my parents, talking about golf tips and cats that paint. Brenda, who's busy working on her second book, brought champagne. And Michelle (not to be confused with Michelle, her sister-in-law) brought the Veuve and got a little misty-eyed at the toast, 'cause that's just the kind of person she is. Dale, who tends to mock those of us who get misty-eyed, gave me a beautiful card. And Matt, my stylist, lightened the mood as we laughed at how my Lucy-Liu-in-Charlie's-Angels-look drooped in the humidity. Dave, Pat, and Andy aren't into jewelry or elaborate hairstyles, but they were good sports and stayed for a while. That's what people you've known for 20 years will do. Tom, Alison, Mark, Anna, and I nursed drinks after everyone else left, then we finally called it a night.

You probably don't know my friends and family, but I wanted to mention them because they really made the night — and the book — worth it. I've always valued achievement, but having loved ones to share it with is just as important to me. The sentiment may be trite, but that doesn't make it any less true. So, in appreciation of the people in my life: Cheers.

4 comments:

Jean said...

I'll raise a glass of veuve cliquot to that! and to you and your friends!

Michelle said...

It was a great turnout and a wonderful party! You should be so proud of what you have accomplished. I still get a little misty thinking about it. ;)

Naomi said...

Aww, my friends. Jean, I hope to toast your success when I'm visiting in March. And Michelle, I'm glad you're always up for a drink. :)

melissa said...

Sorry Hal and I missed a great party! We had to pick up those boys that we call our sons from Oklahoma. Of course, the Miller Family can't have an uneventful trip...Olivia had to get a mosquito bite that made her head swell up like the elephant man. Congrats on the book!! Come by for a drink sometime and we can make fun of Hal!