snippit #1 – On running to relieve stress
Other guest 1 – Yeah, I run to relieve my stress.
Me – Oh, really?
Other guest 1 – Yeah… every other day or so… 7 or 8 km during the week and 18-20 km every weekend.
Me – 20 km? That’s, like, half a marathon! Every weekend?
Other guest 1 - It’s pretty much the only way I can keep myself sane.
Me – Wow.
snippit #2 – Awkward moment with a tipsy colleague
Other guest 2 (had a few too many drinks, I think…) – Sarah, you’re looking good these days. You’ve lost a lot of weight, haven’t you?
Me – Yes… some.
Other guest 2 – Well, you’re looking fabulous.
Me – Thank you.
Other guest 2 – No, really… I mean… You’re… like… wow… I mean… You’re just… adorable… I’ve always thought you were adorable, but I … wow… I … just can’t stop looking at you… I mean…
Me – [nervous laugh… surprised (because he’s so professional with me he’s almost cold and definitely hard to get to know) and also feeling embarrassed (because ... well... just because...) and mortified… (because his poor wife was within earshot and Attached Men are not my thing. Poor woman...) Finally said…] I … er… think I need a refill on my drink… excuse me…
snippit #3 – On making connections
Other guest 3 – Yeah, so my Dad’s learning Spanish.
Me – Oh yeah? Cool. Must be pretty easy, considering he’s Italian and all.
Other guest 3 – You’d think so, eh? But it’s the weirdest thing. He speaks Spanish with an English accent, not an Italian one. And he struggles with basic vocabulary words that are so similar to Italian it’s just… obvious. It’s like… he hasn’t figured out that he can transfer from Italian to Spanish… even though they’re so close…. Weird, eh?
Me – Yeah, kind of… You’d think he’d be able to make the connection.
Other guest 3 – You’d think so… but it’s like he’s never learned another Romance language at all… completely bizarre this inability to make the link.
Me – [Thinking of my own inability to make connections between things that seem obvious to others] – Well, he’ll probably get it eventually… The light bulb will just turn on one day, you know?
Other guest 3 – Sure hope so… It’s kinda freaky though…
All in all, a very good party indeed... even with a few interesting and unexpected moments, as any good party should have... and at least one awkward one, as most parties have, even though it would be nicer if they didn't.
And with that, I’m off to sleepy land. Another full day of holiday socializing tomorrow. I'm so happy/delighted/relieved to be able to go out, hang out and just visit with people. Been buried under work for far too long...
So glad the first draft of the paper is done!