So I found a couple of potential venues and emailed them to Mr. T. He agreed that they might be possibilities...although of course both of us would rather have one of our first two venues, but we really need options.
One of the potential venues is a famous hotel, and we never thought we'd be able to afford it, but if Here Comes the Guide is accurate, it's actually the same price as the other venues we've been considering. Cake has to be included, but the place is high-profile enough that I imagine their chef is pretty good. So I think we'll go check it out!
Oh, and if anyone is wondering what I did with my "me" time, I did about an hour and a half of a belly dance DVD before I realized how much time had passed (I was only 2/3 of the way through!), then I made myself a salad and watched some dance shows.
I finished the last Harry Potter book (again) yesterday. Once again, I was so sad to read the last page and set it down--I never want to say goodbye to these characters! JK Rowling's writing and storytelling is so brilliant that I would be happy to read any number of follow-ups, like "Harry Potter and the Tax Audit," or "Harry Potter and the Job Interview," or "Harry Potter and the House Remodel," or "Harry Potter and the Bifocals."
Sadly, JK seems to be done with the series, so I'll have to scout out new favorites (and/or keep rereading the old favorites). For now, I'm returning to In the Company of the Courtesan, and I'm also finishing up our book club book.