Here's to a wonderful Christmas for you and your family. Happy Ho Ho Holidays to all, and to all a good night!
We hope you are having a wonderful day with family and friends. Here are a few things we're thankful for this year, in no particular order:
- Our families! Near or far, they are with us always. When we do have the chance to spend time in person, we are reminded of why they are our favorite people in the universe.
- Our friends! We feel lucky every time we see our friends. They are smart and funny and interesting and talented and quirky and lively. And most of them stay up far later than us on weeknights, so they are obviously superheroes.
- Our MAN vs. GEORGE DESIGN supporters! As we approach the MvG 3rd anniversary (coming up in January), we reflect on all the businesses that took a chance getting their logos and business cards designed by a new company, all the friends and strangers (and strangers who became friends) who bought greeting cards and prints from us, all the happy couples who came to us looking for a bold and modern spin on their save the dates and wedding invitations. With your support, our little business has grown each year, and you can now find our cards in 32 stores around the country! (Check out our retail map.)
- Facebook! No, seriously. FB made it possible for us to reconnect with friends from the recent and distant past (all the way back to T's best friends from elementary school in Cincinnati!). Through the magic of Facebook, we found a loving home for George this year, when T's cat allergy went haywire. It takes a family with a very big heart to take in a 12-year-old lady cat. Considering her new family is in Michigan, and the man of the house is a friend from high school whom T hasn't seen since the mid-1990s, and the lady of the house cooks organic whole foods for George each day, and the daughter of the house has turned George into a cuddling machine (anybody who met George before would find this fact especially impressive)...you can see how lucky we feel to have these amazing people in our lives. So, thanks, Facebook, for reconnecting us and providing a tool for us to get George updates any time we need a little feline photo fix. (And even bigger thanks, D and J and K, for loving and caring for our crazy little cat...)
- The Internet! Yes, our final shout-out goes out to the tubes and wires that comprise Ye Olde Interwebz. Without it, T would probably never have discovered this recipe. Which is our new favorite holiday tradition. As of this morning. And continuing on through the evening. And probably tomorrow. Good god, y'all.
- Each other! Every day, we look at each other and thank our lucky stars we found our way to each other in this big world of people. Thank you, universe!
Be safe and happy this weekend, all!
T and R
With 2011 just around the corner, we'd like to take a moment to thank our friends and families for making our world a better place! We may not write or call (or blog) as often as we'd like, but we sure do think about you a lot.
2010 has been a wonderful year, on balance. The things in the negative column (we seem to lose a major appliance each winter...this year it was the washing machine; we also had to replace our roof and do some structural repairs to the attic this summer) were pretty trivial, in the grand scheme of things. And they were far outweighed by the things in the positive column, such as...
- Another beautiful Christmas, a fun Thanksgiving, and an eggcellent Easter with family in Chicago
- Celebrating the fireworks holidays with friends in Wisconsin
- Meeting a phenomenally talented group of artisans through Etsy, the Craftacular shows, and the One of a Kind Show
- Relaxing vacations to Puerto Vallarta (late winter) and Seattle + Vancouver (fall)
- Great concerts thanks to the the Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall Ballroom empire
- Cinematic enrichment compliments of the ever-intriguing Milwaukee Film Festival
- Dozens of lazy Sunday morning blueberry pancake breakfasts
...and many other moments, small and large, that made this year special.
We hope you have a safe and happy New Year's Eve celebration and that 2011 is full of wonder and joy!
Cheers from Milwaukee,
T & R
[Image credit: MAN vs. GEORGE DESIGN]
Check it out, peeps! Free tickets to THE shopping experience of the holiday season! We'll be there...will you?
(Note: Even though the top of the online ticketing form says your name/address info must match your credit card, since these are the Complimentary Passes you will not have to enter your credit card information!)
Since our wedding anniversary is just over a week after the anniversary of when we met (separated by several years, of course), the Mr. and I have made it a new tradition to take a vacation during Anniversary Season each year. And the season is upon us now!
To celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary, we made a pilgrimage to our nation's capital, Washington, DC. We stayed in a beautiful brownstone around the corner from the Iraqi Embassy in Dupont Circle. In the Capitol building, we saw Nancy Pelosi walk by with one of my high school friends (he is now one of her advisors). And we witnessed Christopher Hitchens attempt to convince someone sitting next to him at a bar in an Indian restaurant that Harper's is not the same thing as Harper's Bazaar. (Nor indeed are they "close enough".)
This time, we are heading to Seattle and Vancouver, BC. We have never traveled to the Pacific Northwest, and we are greatly looking forward to it. Not least because in Seattle, we are staging a reunion with four of my high school friends who have all landed there since our days at Groves! Facebook, have I told thee lately how much I adore thee? We are meeting at The Unicorn, a bar founded earlier this year by my h.s. friend Adam. Here's a link to a review -- I can't wait!
We have no agenda for this vacation other than relaxing, drinking a lot of coffee to counterbalance the relaxation (OK, that's just me), eating great Asian food, checking out the local museums, taking in the scenery, and celebrating three years of wedded bliss (and overall nine years together!).
Ryan and I have spent the last several weeks up to our eyeballs in MAN vs. GEORGE DESIGN greeting cards. Our living room is like a Hallmark store, except with way cooler cards. ;-)
Why all the hubbub? We are preparing for the Sixth Annual Summer Craftacular, to be held Sunday, August 15 in Madison. There will be 81 vendor selling all manner of handmade goodies from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the East Side Club on the banks of Lake Monona. We will be at booth #27, on the lower level (right by the tiki bar!).
The first 50 shoppers through the doors in the morning receive a Craftacular swag bag, full of coupons and giveaways from the vendors, including our special offer pictured below: a card entitling you to 10% off your entire MAN vs. GEORGE order, on the day of show or via our Etsy shop through the end of August.
We hope to see you there!
We are off to Hartland to celebrate with our friends Weber and Traci and their awesome daughters. To ensure we get asked back next year, we are bringing brownies that we baked in the all-edge brownie pan -- always a crowd pleaser!
May your day be festive, fun, and safe.
(Image: MAN vs. GEORGE DESIGN)