I'm breathing a big sigh of relief and happiness over here.
We hosted our sort-of annual (we sometimes skip a year) neighbourhood party last night. A large part of the past week was spent cleaning and preparing for it but it was definitely Worth It. We had a great turnout and had a lot of fun. We have awesome neighbours. We have a mix of young and old, singles and families and I love it when they all meet and mingle. I feel like a proud mother watching her children get along and have fun together. Some of them didn't know each other before but everyone was chatty and friendly and fun. One of my favourite moments was when two women who knew each other professionally spotted each other and were shocked to find out they'd been neighbours for over a year. They live literally straight across the street from each other. They were both so excited and made plans to see each other. There were other great connections made as well; it really is a small city and an even smaller neighbourhood.
I regret not taking pictures during the party. It's just a bit weird to start taking pictures of people that I don't know super well. I wish I'd at least taken a photo of the table spread. We had so much food. I made a lot of it but people brought stuff too. I love appetizer/snacky foods SO much. We set up a photo booth in the study and mostly forgot to tell people to go use it. The kids had a heyday with it - it was quite entertaining to see the pictures on my camera today. At the end, we did some pics with Janet and the girls (honourary neighbours!).
|Tia wins by far for the best face. Actually I didn't know we were making faces. Neither did anyone else - I guess it was Tia's secret.|
Other happenings last week included a busy week at work. Thursday was our annual luncheon with the premier and you may have seen the news about an a comment he made there. It caused quite a stir because it was inappropriate and put all involved in an awkward position.
On Friday we had our staff Christmas party. We had a nice dinner, followed by virtual reality games. It's the first time I've done VR; I didn't really know what it was. But it was so cool! I did "The Plank," which involved walking a plank off the edge of a really tall building. I was okay with walking the plank even though it was pretty freaky, but when I was told to step off the plank, everything in my body resisted the idea. It took me a couple of minutes to build up the nerve to step off. The company who did the VR has a place in the Exchange District called the Portal. If you're looking for something to do during the holidays (or any time), check it out!
Another thing I did this week was go on another tour of the North Forge Fabrication Lab (the place I talked about a couple of weeks ago). This time my dad and two uncles came and I think they all found it very interesting. I don't get many opportunities to hang out with my dad and his brothers so that was fun.
Now that the party's done and work is less busy, it's starting to feel like Christmas. Yesterday morning I zipped over to Shelmerdines and walked around the greenhouse with Janet. I bought a wreath (pictured above) which I love but ironically it's made of real greens and is meant to be hung outside, while the wreath I have hanging outside the front door is artificial. So I keep switching around the wreaths to give the real one as much outside time as possible. Whenever anyone comes over, I'll quickly switch them. Except if they come to the front door, it's going to be awkward. Christmas is complicated.
Today I slept in, went for a run, wrote out a few Christmas cards to people who live far away, went to the Forks with Dale to do a bit of shopping, and then went to Starbucks for eggnog lattes. We had planned to have coffee at the Forks but it was so full. It's nice to see it all vibrant and busy but the older I get, the less time I like to spend in a crowd. After our usual Sunday nacho dinner, we played Dutch Blitz and watched Elf. How's that for a good weekend?!
This week I hope to turn my attention to Christmas shopping. We have a few other fun things going on so I think it's going to be a good week. Wishing you all a happy mid-December week!