The Aftermath Of My Employee Christmas Party

This is what Chester is doing now.
This is what Chester is doing now.

So yesterday and today were interesting.  As you might remember, or not, I had my employee Christmas party yesterday.  I mentioned yesterday that the weather has been really bad and the road conditions just awful.  The snow kept falling from Friday early in the morning until midnight on Friday.  Nonstop snowing plus poorly planned road clearing equals horrible driving conditions.

Anyway, I was determined to still go to the party yesterday, not knowing what everyone else was doing.  It was about 15 or 20 miles from our house.  I had to make the effort to come because my boss couldn’t cancel the reservation and food that had already been cooked, so I felt bad about leaving her high and dry.  

K and I started out in my little Chevy Cruze and didn’t get to the party until almost an hour later.  It should’ve taken us less than half an hour!  The roads were just awful and very, very terrifying to drive in with a two-wheel drive car.  I was very proud of my Cruze though, I slid very few times and any time I did it was so minor.  If you are looking to get a new car, think about the Cruze.  I have nothing but good experiences with it and just love it.

We got to the party and I was one of four employees that came out of 8!  I felt so bad for my boss.  She was sad not to see everyone, but was understanding because of the weather.  She was really surprised to see me.  I guess they weren’t expecting that I’d show up.  She texted me to see if we were coming, but I was driving and couldn’t answer.  

The dinner was awesome.  We had prime rib, potatoes, corn, beans, an awesome salad bar, rolls, and great pie.  I also had two gin and tonics, which is my go-to drink.  K can’t stand them.  Every year my boss gives out a company gift, along with our Christmas bonus.  I love this year’s gift!  Here it is:

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It has the company logo on it, which I burred out 😉  

We are saving the white elephant gift exchange for Monday at work since everyone wasn’t there.  

After we ate, my boss invited us to her house, which we weren’t planning on doing because we were both tired and I have issues with going to other people’s homes.  She looked so excited to have us over though that we went anyway.  She only lives about 2 miles from the place we were at.  

Her house is stunningly decorated and has a really, really cool bar in the basement.  It was designed, by my boss, to look like an actual pub with the tin tiles on the ceiling and everything.  It is something I would love to have in my own home someday.  My boss’s husband convinced me to have a chocolate martini.  I didn’t really want it, but all eyes were on me, so I drank it.

It was fun seeing my boss in another environment, even though I was leery about the whole situation.  I am uncomfortable in other people’s homes and/or having people in my home.  I have trouble trusting people with cleaning well enough, so that I don’t catch something.  I can’t stand people coming to my house either.  It is MY sanctuary and one of the few places in the world that I can control sanitation-wise.

K drove home because he was not feeling the effects of the 3 beers he drank earlier on.  I was fine and wish I had driven because I’d rather be in control of the wheel in those driving conditions, but I let it slide, no pun intended.

We got home and went to bed after I drank 2 glasses of water and a cup of peppermint tea.  I think it’s probably not a good sign when you drink that much liquid just before bed and don’t wake up to use the restroom in the middle of the night 🙂

This morning, of course, I woke up with a hangover.  I didn’t even drink that much!  I’m just not used to drinking and I drank liquor instead of beer or wine.  Also, sertraline increases the effects of alcohol.  I was feeling terrible all day, but tried to ignore how I was feeling and tried to go about as normal anyway.

I pushed myself to do a number of things.  I went to the recycling center, cleaned the house a bit, cooked lunch, went Christmas shopping for a few people on my list, and then ran to Menard’s to pick up a toilet handle because ours broke.  On the way there, I thought I was going to be sick, but thank god that didn’t happen.  

I came home, read a bit out of the novel I’m reading, and then fell asleep with Chester for almost 3 hours and here I am.  Chester is still sleeping 🙂

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So sorry about the length of that, but I just had to share how action-packed the past two days have been.  Surprisingly, I’m still alive and relatively healthy 🙂  

Thanks for reading 🙂 

Megan

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24 thoughts on “The Aftermath Of My Employee Christmas Party

  1. Good on you for showing up. I can understand your trust issues with other people cleanliness in their home. I can never door handles in public places with my bare hand. I put my hand in my jacket pocket and open it that way. But sometimes I’ll use my pinky and hook it under the part of the handle I hope hasn’t been touched very much. Talking about this makes me angry because in one of my courses I sit by a very gross gentleman who coughs on his computer screen, eats chips and licks his fingers before touching the keyboard and mouse. Stuff like that irks me to no end.

    1. Oh my gosh, the guy in your class sounds like a nightmare 😦 I don’t know what goes through people’s minds when they eat with their hands in class while typing, or eating in class in general with their hands. It’s really, really unsanitary. I think that guy is super gross too.
      I do the same thing with door hands 😉 At work, I use tissues to open doors or two fingers, and then remember to not use those fingers until washed. Or I’ll even sometimes open the door in places where others probably won’t think to touch.
      It’s annoying and kind of comical. I’m glad you can understand this frustration and thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. So glad you had a good time at the party, despite the snow and slick roads. I’m afraid that I would have had begged off with roads that bad. I totally understand how you feel about going to other people’s homes or having them in yours. I stress out terribly when we have to “entertain”. Anyway, Chester looks comfy! 🙂

  3. Wow, yes, i do feel kind of sorry for your boss being disappointed, although as you say, due to the weather . . . but give yourself a heads up because you makde the effort, regardless of the weather!

  4. An action packed day indeed. and what courageous of you to go about. and be somewhere else. all in all you had fun and that is all that matters in the end. Doing things you usually do not do and having fun doing so. Not always bad to go against how it makes you feel. glad to hear you are doing okay. pretty sure it was the chocolate Martini.
    keep smiling and have a great weekend well Sunday.

  5. I am proud of you, Megan. You obviously got out of your environment and mingled. I think that is excellent and shows improvement. I do have a house cleaner. I can’t do the heavy stuff anymore and have a lot of trouble with the things that take getting on my knees or reaching very high for awhile. I also tire quickly now. So, I stay home and watch her clean. She does very well. I supply the cleaners and paper towels and stuff. It feels good to have the bed changed every week and so on.
    Scott

  6. Great job on being able to step out of your boundaries and go to your boss’ house for that little bit of time. I imagine it probably took a lot of willpower, but it seems like you really pushed yourself and had a good time as a result (even if it resulted in a hangover). Also, I have a Chevy Cruze as well and also love it. Nothing but good things to say about that little car.

  7. You are brave people. I haven’t seen that many cars out over here with all the snow and ice and we’re supposed to be used to it! *laughs* I’m glad you had a good time though.

  8. I know a little how you feel about road crews. The last storm we had in Massachusetts, the Expressway had a 30-car pileup with three big jack-knifed semi-tractor trailers. Last night’s storm…they took care of very quickly! 🙂 I’ve found that the school bus routes are generally kept up the best, in the countyside.

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