Monday, February 16, 2009

If I keep this up, I may find myself becoming one of those people who uses "party" as a verb.

My weekends are starting to feel a bit like Groundhog Day. You know... drink some wine, watch a couple get engaged... same old, same old.

Yes folks, I actually witnessed two engagements in one week. Tis the season, I suppose? This time, it was some friends of The Buddhist, the female half of which proposed at the Art Institute and then dragged her new fiance' over to a local wine shop, where thirty or so of their closest friends and friends-of-friends were waiting for a surprise congratulations party. I fall into that latter category, of course, the friends-of-friends category, although I must say that the friends of The Buddhist whom I have met thus far are so tremendously kind and fun and flattering that I may just start collectively dating all of them instead. I'm not sure of the specifics in making that happen, but I'm sure we can work out the details.

The engagement party was the first of four parties I attended this weekend, because clearly I am just that busy and popular. I've been told that I cannot actually count the baby shower I attended Saturday afternoon as a party, given that it took place in a community center and included parents and grandparents but no alcohol, but I care not. I received an invitation and I brought a gift. Also, there was cake. It may not have been a particularly raucous party, but I say that qualifies it as a party nonetheless. After all, how many times do I get invited to four parties in one weekend? I'm not going to let some killjoy take that claim from me.

I am invited to another party this coming weekend... This one is an Oscars party, but I will not be attending, as A) I will be in Mexico at the time, and B) I do not actually know the people who sent the invitation. Because I feel it might be rude to reply to the Evite with an, "I'm sorry, but... WHO are you??" I have instead used my powers of deductive reasoning to determine which friends the party hosts are associated to me through and conclude with approximately 96% certainty who those hosts are. I am all for making new friends through existing friends, but I still think it's a little weird to mine a past Evite to round out your guest list. Or maybe that's just me.

In any case, as I said, my primary conflict is that I will be in Mexico, which I tell all of you on the Internet with the express instructions that you please NOT find and burglarize my house while I'm gone. I promise you, the booty you would gather would not be worth the trouble. Unless! Wait! Perhaps one of you could engineer a reverse-burglary instead? I will even save you the effort of breaking in and possibly alarming my neighbors. I will leave a key under the mat, and you can just come right in and replace my ailing, stuffed-to-capacity Dell desktop with a shiny new laptop. If you'd like to take care of that whole "holes and duct tape in the shower" mess while you're here too, I'd be much appreciative. It'll be just like one of those surprise home makeover reality shows, except that I haven't actually suffered a near-fatal disease or saved a litter of kittens from a burning building as a means of deserving said makeover. Details.

The Mexico trip is one I mentioned a while ago. It's a company trip, making it a wholly mixed blessing, I say. On the one hand, it's a free (or, almost free... the details of the "almost" part are something I've ranted about to nearly everyone who'll listen, but I don't feel at liberty to publish them here) trip to a very warm place in the middle of February. I could certainly use a vacation, and I would certainly enjoy wearing sandals comfortably for four days or so. On the other hand, I usually take vacations to get away from everything that reminds me of work, and having all of my coworkers there with me will sort of make that impossible. It's a bit like a four-day company holiday party. I usually cut out of the holiday parties right after dessert. Staying for four days is a foreign idea to me.

Regardless, I plan to make the best of it. We're staying at an all-inclusive resort, so I intend to sip my weight in margaritas while I soak up some sun and blow through a couple books. Today I even found a swimsuit that I can almost bear to wear in front of my coworkers, so that's one less thing to worry about as well. I stopped short of one of these wholesome numbers, but managed to find a modest yet not matronly, reasonably cute one-piece that will not result in the middle-aged men I see every day staring at my cleavage or abdomen, and really that's about all I can ask for in a swimsuit for this particular trip, so, yay.

With that trip to plan for, I suspect my posting will be even more sporadic than usual this week (which actually probably means business as usual, and yet I felt the need to warn you anyway). It's just as well, as later this week you'll all be busy reading the posts in R's next Blog Share. No anonypost from me this time. (Mexico, remember? Too much to do, folks. Or so is my excuse.) I'm sure it'll be as entertaining and heart-wrenching as the last three. Someone make note of the highlights for me, OK?


3carnations said...

Perhaps you can do an anonypost ABOUT Mexico when you get back. None of us will know it's by you, really!

Have a safe and fun trip!

lizgwiz said...

Hey, I HAVE saved a litter of kittens from a burning building! Where's my surprise makeover?

Okay, I trapped and removed the kittens from underneath my neighbor's house a few days BEFORE it caught on fire, but I totally still think that counts, don't you? I shouldn't be penalized for having good time for once in my life. ;)

Jess said...

I want to know more about this ALMOST thing. It sounds infuriating!

Lara said...

Those modest swim dresses are hilarious. I sort of wish you had gotten yourself one.

Courtney said...

Four parties one weekend, Mexico the next ... just another month in the life of Stefanie. Yawn.

Have a great time! I'll be very interested to hear what a vacation with your co-workers is like. Also, I cannot imagine trying to pick out a bathing suit to wear around the people I see at the office every day. That is an extremely specific fashion problem.

Safe travels!

Anonymous said...

Oh, good, you also don't know who that mysterious Evite came from! I'm also on the list, and even though I know how I am associated with the host, I still can't imagine with any certainty who she is. I have one guess. Maybe I'm right.

Mickey said...

Whoa. Mexico. Pretty neat.

We'll be expecting photos when you return. And some cut-rate prescription pain killers.

Ang said...

I hope there are some Mexi-posts coming - I see some good potential material there. Also, wear yer sunscreen at all times. The sun is merciless, even behind the clouds.

Sauntering Soul said...

There is no way I would wear a bathing suit in front of my co-workers. But on the other hand, I can't think of any of them I particularly would like to see in one either.

Have a great time!

flurrious said...

I love The Skirted Swimmer! I especially like how the girls are accessorizing it with knitted hats (or possibly very small toilet lid covers).

Have fun in Mexico!

Alice said...

oh my god. those modesty swimsuits are... alarming, is what they are. i feel like all the models are duggar children.

YAY mexico! forget about the work thing... just lay out in the sun w/your margaritas and bliss out for 4 days :-)

nancypearlwannabe said...

Lady, I would kill someone to get to Mexico this week rather than sit in my cold-ass apartment. A slumber party with co-workers sounds downright delightful in comparison!

Miss Pants said...

Have fun in Mexico! You can make up for having to wear a bathing suit in front of co-workers with all-inclusive booze.

And thank you for the wholesome bathing suit link, I can't wait till mine arrives so I can model it for my boyfriend!

Stefanie said...

3Cs--Um, yeah... I'll just say, "Here's a post someone else wrote who is NOT ME, even though they also went to Mexico with their coworkers..." I'm sure that would totally cover my butt. :-)

Liz--OK, you get a surprise makeover too. Wanna come to Mexico with me so your house is empty while they come to do it?

Jess--Yes, it was almost my anonypost. But you know this already, if you read your email. :-)

Lara--I sort of hope some of my coworkers got one. (Kidding.)

Courtney--I know, right? A VERY specific (and unfortunate) fashion problem. The horror.

Carrie--I think we were both right. Are you going?

Mickey--Photos I can probably do. Pain killers? Well, we'll see.

Ang--I'm kind of getting devil-may-care with the packing. My sunscreen is four years old and possibly nearly empty. Did I buy more? No. I like to take risks, apparently.

SS--Well that's fair then.

Flurrious--My favorite was how the only difference between the slimming and the regular version seems to be the presumably elongating seams on the front of the slimming version.

Alice--I had to look up Duggar children. I forgot about them, but oh my! You are so right!

NPW--You make a good point. Terribly sorry.

Pants--Oooh! Which version did YOU get?? :-) Also, did you really need to order online? Don't you live in Utah? Aren't modesty swimsuits readily available there?

Anonymous said...

Once again, late to comment but all I want to say is I am so JEALOUS that you are in Mexico, even if it is with coworkers!! It is so freaking cold here! Have fun!!