The office Christmas Party is coming up, so the day was spent with food preparation. It is a luxurious overnight party at a resort, hosted by Attila’s generous employers. The dinner and the breakfast will not be suitable for me. I had to push to be allowed to bring my own dinner, originally the restaurant had said no, that I wasn’t allowed to bring in my own food. I just could not face spending an overnight trip watching everyone else eat and have a good time, as I sat and drank water, and later hiding away in our room to eat by myself. I called the manager and we sorted it out, I am bringing my own food, thanks to my persuasive skills. Nothing is simple. Today was lets-get-ready-for-this-party day. Parties, for me, are a lot of work, which is why you will never see me become a “party animal”.
My cold plate dinner will consist of cheese, macaroni salad, gherkins, fresh pepper strips, and cheese bread. I haven’t thought about a dessert yet, I suppose I should. My breakfast will consist of a blueberry bagel with cream cheese, cheese bread, a clementine, and whatever beverage I can get at the restaurant, water if need be. Today I cooked the macaroni, prepared the pepper strips, and baked the cheese bread. Still quite a bit to do, but at least I’ve started.
Clothing has to be sorted out as well. I will be wearing my 30+ year old skirt that I have just mended, a turtleneck, and a jacket. Nothing fancy for me, and at least I didn’t have to purchase anything. At breakfast I will wear jeans and a shirt.
The company rarely hosts overnight Christmas parties, so next year it might be just an evening at a restaurant, not nearly so much work.
Attila will have a good time, which he richly deserves.
I am using all my will to keep my curmudgeonly, sardonic oh-joy-its-a-party feelings to myself! I am determined, I will succeed!
Maybe I will watch “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” tonight, to really get into the spirit of giving up curmudgeonliness.
Date: 5:00 PM EST Friday 5 December 2014
Pressure: 102.6 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Wind: SE 11 km/h
Wind Chill: -4
“It’s easier to put on slippers than to carpet the whole world.”