September 10, 2007

No Sombreros Required

Now, I'm sure you can find a lot of adjectives to describe the Cactus-Fishes - funny, talented, sexy and hott immediately come to mind as suggestions - but I think you'll agree after hearing what we did with the weekend that we're either brave or certifiably insane. Or both. Why? We had a party for 40 people here on Saturday night. Allow me to remind you that we've been in our house less than a month.

Contained within the first two weeks of September are my in-laws' birthdays. This time around, both hit the big six-oh. We wanted to do something nice, something they'd remember. And we did. We - Beth, Beth's brother, his wife and I - threw a groovy shindig. A Mexican shindig. Some would say fiesta.

Friday evening was spent cleaning. Saturday - more of the same along with three hours spent on the lawn. I installed outdoor lighting - 18 lights in all - and prayed for good weather. On Saturday evening, we got it. Good weather, good food (catered by a local Mexican place) and plenty of adult refreshments (a rented margarita machine and stocked plenty of Corona) and a soundtrack arranged by yours truly rounded out the night and I'm happy to report that a good time was had by all.

On Sunday, god-like, we rested. And it was good. Though all too brief as these things usually are. But I did pick up a few nuggets of knowledge along the way:

  • When you meet people for the first time, you should really try and remember their names lest you be required to introduce them to others.
  • Margarita machines are insanely heavy and obnoxiously loud.
  • Tequila smells like ass. And you can get a damn good contact high from the stuff. Especially while pouring a gallon and a half of the stuff into a margarita machine.
  • You can not eat a dozen fried jalapeƱos without seriously feeling it later in the evening.
  • Accidentally copying a Patton Oswalt comedy bit about rough sex into the iPod playlist you've created for the party can be somewhat embarrassing.
  • When you've created a playlist for a party, either double-check said playlist very carefully or stand really close to your iPod.
  • My backyard is AWESOME.

Posted by Chris at September 10, 2007 6:38 AM
Comments

Your backyard is gorgeous. Glad the fiesta went well.

Don't you find that the tequila smell lingers for days?

I'm sorry, but I am LOL at the Oswalt incident.

Posted by: Maria at September 10, 2007 6:48 AM

That really is an amazing backyard! It makes me happy for you guys :-)

Posted by: Heather at September 10, 2007 7:07 AM

That really is an amazing back yard :-) It makes me happy for you guys!

Posted by: Heather at September 10, 2007 7:07 AM

The backyard is beautiful. Glad the arty went so well (except for the minor glitches).

Posted by: ann adams at September 10, 2007 7:27 AM

Darn it. You know what I meant to type.

Posted by: ann adams at September 10, 2007 7:33 AM

Nice back yard....and the part about having the Patton Oswald thing in the playlist is too funny.

Posted by: William at September 10, 2007 8:31 AM

Congrats on an awesome party man!

Posted by: Jonathon Morgan at September 10, 2007 8:44 AM

I'd have to agree...that is a pretty amazing backyard.

Posted by: daisy at September 10, 2007 8:50 AM

Glad the party went off well. Yeah those jalepeno things can really kill ya!

Posted by: Maribeth at September 10, 2007 8:53 AM

At what point in your life has a dozen fried jalepenos sounded like a good idea?

Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at September 10, 2007 8:54 AM

I concur, your backyard is awesome.

I am a huge fan of mexican food. In fact, our wedding reception food was mexican. :)

Sounds like an awesome party!

Posted by: alfredsmom at September 10, 2007 9:23 AM

WOW! Your backyard is my dream come true...can I live in your woods? You'd never even know I was there....well, except for the two screaming babies. Simply gorgeous....one more reason we need to get the hell out of Vegas...nothing is green here and our yards teensy tiny.

Posted by: lesley at September 10, 2007 10:06 AM

You're right...it really is!

Posted by: Mr Lady at September 10, 2007 10:58 AM

Your backyard looks like my parents' yard. Weird. Only my dad's got a few rows of Asian pear trees growing amidst rock gardens and such.

It looks like a tranquil oasis. I hope you guys find time to really enjoy it. :)

Posted by: Mala at September 10, 2007 10:58 AM

I never remember anyone's name, and have just resigned myself to having to ask for it again when I'm introducing them to someone else. It's gotten to the point now where whenever I meet someone I let them know that I probably won't remember their name, so that they're not surprised.

Posted by: samantha at September 10, 2007 12:29 PM

LOL. That must have been awkward when Patton's rough sex skit came on.
And yes, your backyard is amazing!

Posted by: amaya at September 10, 2007 1:29 PM

Yes, the yard is beautiful.
No, I can't remember names worth a darn... what was yours again?
Last...I'm sure the "incident" as it will forever be known was just your subliminal way of making sure people were actually paying attention to the music you'd chosen. Apparently they were?

Posted by: sue at September 10, 2007 2:06 PM

Wow...no kidding. Your backyward really is awesome. I'm jealous!

Posted by: Lani at September 10, 2007 2:08 PM

I am insanely jealous of your backyard!

How did your guest react to hearing Patton Oswalt? :)

Posted by: Nadine at September 10, 2007 3:12 PM

Look at this, I go away for a while and you guys have a new house? Boy have I missed a lot! Congratulations though, and your back yard IS awesome!!

Posted by: Nina at September 10, 2007 4:08 PM

Your backyard is lovely! Very inviting, and I'm sure it is perfect for a fiesta. Glad to hear the party went well, iPod playlist problems aside.

Posted by: bad penguin at September 10, 2007 4:29 PM

It *is* awesome. But more awesome is the slip on the iPod.

Posted by: aimee/greeblemonkey at September 10, 2007 5:05 PM

I love your backyard! It's so pretty. That's what I miss since I moved into an apartment. When I look out my window, all I see if the roof of the building next door. :/ LAME.

Posted by: Cassandra at September 10, 2007 5:57 PM

backyard! wowzers! I'd always heard that it was impossible to by acreage in the metro area! you must be loaded! That's the green monster there talking... living in mini-mall suburbia of desert has made me very resentful of people who can grow HOSTAS and keep fish alive! without them getting baked! My ash tree is dying from the heat and I have to leave a hose on day and night to try and keep it alive. And you have SO MUCH GREEN. And you can't see the neighbors, and is it obvious how jealous I am!

Posted by: Lisa at September 10, 2007 7:02 PM

I don't think Hoop and I even know 40 people. Thanks for making me feel like a loser, Chris!

Posted by: Tink at September 10, 2007 9:07 PM

Did you do the Macarena?

Posted by: Peggy at September 10, 2007 9:26 PM

Styling outdoor lighting!

Posted by: Sphincter at September 10, 2007 9:41 PM

mmm... tequila. and margaritas. you throw my kind of fiesta. glad it went well.

Posted by: hannita at September 11, 2007 12:43 AM

Your backyard is gorgeous! Glad the party was a success (minus the rough sex comedy). I know you all worked hard to make it that way.

Posted by: Jessie at September 11, 2007 5:51 AM

I can only DREAM of having a backyard like that. That's nice....

Posted by: Kyle I at September 11, 2007 5:42 PM

Your backyard is beautiful! LOL!! Sounds like things went great...even with the momentary interruption of rough sex 101, lol

Posted by: Tammy at September 13, 2007 8:32 AM

Wow that is a sweet backyard. I'm jealous.

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