I’ve been pretty busy this past week, mostly with holiday parties.
On Tuesday afternoon we had our site holiday party at work. There are about 8,000 people at our site, I think? Even though the party ran from 2-4 PM, they must have all showed up at 2:00 because the party was set up down a stretch of hallway about a quarter mile long, and it was just wall-to-wall people. However, the food was really good! Usually they just give us a free lunch of gray turkey and dry cookies (last year they mixed it up a little with pie filling in a cup for dessert). This was more like a catered meal, with long tables of antipasto, little sandwiches, lamb chops, chicken and tortellini, and an entire room of mini desserts! And even though it was incredibly crowded, it was fun running into people from other departments and other buildings who we don’t get to see all the time. They also had a choir from the local high school set up on an upstairs walkway, and they were recording them and broadcasting them on TVs along the whole area as well. (You could barely hear them, though.)
I had to go to work on Wednesday, which is not my usual schedule, and then I had my last band concert of the year on Wednesday night. That concert was followed by the band holiday party, which I don’t generally attend, so I actually got the night off from partying. I went home to fold laundry and work on some stuff, and ended up chatting online with a bunch of coworkers (you can turn your work computer on any time of the day or night, and there will be someone else online to chat with – I guess it makes working all hours more bearable).
Thursday night was the holiday party for my department at work. They had decided that rather than using the budget for each sub-group to go out for lunch or something, they would pool all the money and have a nice party in our conference center, The Barn. It started at 4:30, and after kind of a slow start with people awkwardly milling around, I ended up having a lot of fun. We were in the dining room, which is a really pretty, rustic room with wood beams and stone walls (the conference center really is a converted barn), and there were Christmas lights everywhere and it was very pretty. The best part was that one of my coworkers from the UK was in town, unbeknownst to me, so a couple other people and I ended up hanging out late with him – he is so funny! Very British sense of humo(u)r :o)
On Saturday night, GG and I drove out to L&S’s for their annual holiday party. I think it was a slightly smaller crowd than they’ve had in the past, but it was probably more fun. She asked everyone to bring an appetizer or dessert, and there was so much food! I made spinach dip in a bread bowl with extra dipping breads. They had a couple holiday games planned, including a really good trivia contest (GG and I game in second place with 6 out of 10 answers correct – it was hard, and covered topics like Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, military history of things that happened on Christmas, etc.). We ended up leaving around 10 PM because we still had a two-hour drive to get home.
GG and I went out for dinner on Sunday to a nice restaurant where I’d gotten a LivingSocial deal that was about to expire. We’d foolishly made a reservation – we were the only people there for most of our meal! Which was actually cool, because we got very one-on-one attention. There was a special menu for the LivingSocial deal, which included appetizers, entrees, and desserts for two, plus a bottle of wine. They were out of the wine we were supposed to get, so we had a different one, which I think was probably better. And yes, I drank wine! GG had way more than me, though, because he didn’t want to leave any in the bottle! So he pretty much passed out when we got home, haha.
This week is pretty slow at work, because a lot of people are gone for the holidays already. However, we had to squeeze in one more little party – there was pizza brought in for our group meeting over lunch today. I ended up staying at work late (as I have been a lot, recently). I probably actually should have left some work for tomorrow, because I have the feeling that the rest of this week is going to be pretty slow and boring…