Monday, December 17, 2007

Keepin' in Touch

Well, I'm winding down after a rough Monday and thought I'd babble a bit.

Thursday night, after The Storm, Joe and I found a surprise on the porch from my brother and sister-in-law: a gift pack from Boudin Bakery in San Francisco. So after being exhausted from white-knuckled driving and shoveling, we settled down with some brews and some yummy sandwiches on hot bread. Awesome. Thanks, Becky & Brantley!

Friday was an uneventful drive into work - our DPWs are pretty good about clearing the snow after it stops. I had a half day in the office, since Joe's company Christmas party was in CT that night. Last year...well, let's just say there were stories about me at the after-party trying to pet Joe's boss's bird that kept biting me. I still have scars. This year I promised myself not to be "that person."

It was once again at The Mill on the River, and we had a lovely time. When asked to go back to Joe's boss's house, we opted not to. He has a newborn, and he's also very liberal with the drinks. I didn't fancy a night on his floor. A bunch of folks from other offices were staying in the same hotel, so we decided to have a house party ourselves. After about four hours of drinking games that ended with another spouse taking off his pants, we decided it was time to go to our room and sleep it off.

Travel back was uneventful, although Joe wasn't feeling too great. At least he kept his pants on, though. We stocked up on snow food (pizza rolls, taquitos, beer) and prepared to weather another storm. Sunday was crappy, crappy weather. Snow turned to sleet turned to rain turned to snow. The vehicles were completely under a couple of inches of snow, topped off with another inch of ice. Joe put his snowblower to good use, and I finished some WIPs.

Joe, playing with his new toy. It would be fun if he weren't being pelted by painful specks of frozen rain.

An FO, being put in the mail to a deserving family member who doesn't read this blog. Much.

Another FO, blocking. Remind me never to knit lace-ish stuff again unless I have wires or something. Those pins suck.

So tonight I finished with a 2-hour meeting of the Master Plan Committee - we're rounding third and heading for home with a nice Comprehensive Plan for our Village. This place means a lot to me, and I intend to do what I can to take care of it. I grew up in the country, and I loved it. I went to school in a major metropolitan area, and I loved it. We now live in a small, urban area a thousand miles away from anything I've ever known. And it's exactly where I belong.

Oh - and we won First Place in the house decorating contest (for "Traditional"). We've had the same decorations on our house (more or less) for the last six Christmases. We've gotta go to the Village Board tomorrow night to claim our prize. We might be in the paper and everything. ;)

Sleep well!


jacquieblackman said...

I've never been involved in a company holiday party where biting birds and pants removal were on the menu. Sounds intriguing. :P And I was in CT last week myself but not for drunken fun.

We had lots of snow over the weekend but luckily no sleet. Just lots and lots and lots of snow. (I should say the most I've ever seen anyway.)

And congrats on winning 1st place. W000t! Can't wait to see the paper.

Lynda said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all. Never been to a party that included guests removing their pants, but I have been to some where there was black powder pistols fired off the back porch.

Congrats on winning first place for your Christmas Decorations.

I also tagged you for a Christmas meme that is on my blog that I got tagged for.

Thora said...

The shawls came out just gorgeous, Beth!

I had to laugh about your snow-driving-truck post. Yesterday I couldn't get two cars out of the driveway, so had to drive the truck - frickin' huge and I'd never driven it before. 25 mph down Drury Lane (or whatever they call that road now) and the sweeeet line of cars behind me. Come get me sucka.

Eric K. said...

Sadly, I HAVE been to parties where pants removal was common, though not company parties. But, anyway, that's another story for another time.

Congrats on the decorating award, and for your knitting projects!

Enjoy your snow - I'll be thinking about you when I'm in shorts for Christmas down in Ft. Lauderdale.

Merry Christmas!!!!