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A Work Party

4 Dec

Last Friday was my work’s Christmas party. I have been with this company, at this location, since it opened but this is my first year attending the party. Why? Because the people at head office always choose to have the party on a Friday night and I work that shift. No matter what they do there will always be staff that can’t make the party, that is what happens when you have a company that is open 24/7 but it surprises me there isn’t more effort put in to making sure it’s not always the same people who don’t get to go to the party. This year I got to go only because the casual girl who we call on when we need a shift covered had her birthday plans change, she took pity on me and offered to work my shift because she knew I wanted to go to the party…she knew because I had already asked her to work for me but initially she said no because she thought she was going to be out of town for her bday (which was the day after the party).

So yeah, this year I got to party, yay! I didn’t know what to expect, the previous years my friends at work always downplayed how the party turned out so I wouldn’t feel so bad for missing it lol

This year it was held at the Pan Pacific Hotel which is a fancy hotel in the downtown core. The space was really nice, huuuge windows overlooking the water, a decent sized dance floor and a nice large space for all the tables and the food.

There was a photo booth with lots of funny hats and glasses an stuff to wear, they’ve had this each year, lemme tell ya, that photo booth was never empty lol I’m not exactly sure why it is such a popular thing, I mean yeah, it was fun, but the amount of times I was dragged in there when once or twice would’ve been fine…having said that I have four of the picture strips and they make me giggle everytime I look at them. πŸ˜›

goofy people! lol

goofy people! lol

The food was super yum, it was a massive buffet with a carving station at one end where an oh so lovely turkey was sliced up for our eating pleasure. πŸ™‚ Β I attempted to make healthy choices while choosing my food and I think I did fairly well. Some food choices (like the cheesy potatoes) were obviously not healthy but I don’t feel bad about those choices because the rest of the plate was covered in veggies, and salads, and protein…so a little bit of cheesy potato won’t kill me lol There was a separate loooong table covered in all the deserts, oh so many deserts! πŸ™‚

Here is how the food portion of my night went:

Get a plate of food from the buffet.

Eat about half my dinner when I get dragged to the photo booth for a picture.

Return to my table after an absence of less than 5 minutes to find my dinner is gone. Servers cleared away my plate. Sadness.

I decided that meant I should start on dessert so I go to the dessert buffet. I got a small slice of a fruity thing (I’m not really sure what it was…) and was reaching for something made of chocolate when someone got all “omg you have to come dance to this song!” so I take one bite of the dessert, put it at my spot on my table and make my way to the dance floor.

After one dance I return to my table to find my dessert gone, servers had cleared away my plate.

Arg!

One of my friends encouraged me to go get another dessert but I didn’t want to be that person who went to the dessert buffet twice. She went for me and got me an amazing slice of chocolate cake that was super rich and covered in fruit, there was kiwi, and strawberries and mandarin oranges on top. I got about two bites in to it when someone was all “you hafta come to the photo booth!”.

You would have thought by now I’d learned my lesson but nope lol

Off to the photo booth I went, took goofy pictures, returned to my table only to find an empty spot where my plate used to be, sigh.

By this time I decided to quit the food, it was obviously the Universes way of telling me to stop eating lol I went back to the dance floor and stayed for who knows how long, remembered that I still had half a glass of wine and decided to go finish it before that also got nabbed by the servers but alas, I was too late, the servers had taken my wine.

Of all the thefts I was most distraught about the wine lol A person’s alcohol should never be taken, that is just…inhumane! πŸ˜‰

Despite the over eager servers and the constant theft of my food, it was a great night. The group of people I work with are a fun group and we danced most of the night, luckily the DJ was good! lol

It started snowing around 9pm, it was so pretty, made the drive home a bit treacherous but meh, that’s winter for ya!

The pictures below are from a couple days after the party when I was walking to work in the morning, see how pretty? πŸ™‚

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Oh I forgot! I got tons of compliments on my hairdo, I did this updo that was a combination of a couple different things I saw in various YouTube tutorials and surprisingly it turned out well. I wish I had thought to get a picture of it…I started a braid on the left side of my head that wrapped around the back of my head to end in a side pony on the right side of my head. Then the hair in the pony tail was twisted, tied in a knot and pinned in place so it looked like a loose bun. I topped it off with a clip that had a flower on it with a faux diamond centre, it was put just above the bun. You’d think the clip was there for decorative purposes but it was actually to make sure the hair stayed in place lol I was paranoid the entire night about the bobby pins falling out and the bun coming undone but it held up the whole night, dancing an all! πŸ™‚

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Work Christmas Party – Check!

8 Dec

Last night was my works christmas party – kinda lame that it was on a tuesday but hey, least we got one. Sure, you might think that all companies always have a christmas party but this year my company tried to cheap out and get away with having an informal drinks and appetizers at a crappy pub type place. Uh, No! Everyone in the office said no to that invitation, lol, so finally the company sucked up the cost and got a party but cause they left it so late instead of getting a private room at a nice restaurant (like last year) we just had two large tables in the normal part of a restaurant…it was…crowded, and noisy, and not as enjoyable cause it was hard to talk to anybody who wasn’t sitting right beside you, but hey, like I already said – least we got something! πŸ™‚

We went to this fancy restaurant in an expensive part of town – so a part of the city I don’t go to often cause I can’t afford anything there lol.

I decided way in advance that I would not count points yesterday, I know that you can go out to eat and enjoy yourself without blowing your points but the menu choices we had were quite limited and really – I would never be able to afford to eat there on my own so I figured I’d pick whatever I wanted from the menu and screw the points. lol. I gotta say, however many points I ate last night – totally worth it! πŸ˜€

My appetizer was the iceberg salad – it had a roasted garlic miso dressing, grilled cubes of chicken, baconΒ and scallions – it was tasty but too salty. I have always been sensitive to salt, I seem to taste it really easily and that has gotten more extreme since I have started eating healthier, shrug. So yeah, way salty salad. Weird huh? I gave part of my salad to my friend LL cause her appetizer was this weird not very good tuna thing and she didn’t like it so I shared mine.

The entree, wow, it was a Spicy PrawnΒ and Scallop Risotto dried red chili, three types of broccoli – holy crap it was gooooood! πŸ˜€ I had no idea what to expect, didn’t know what risotto was but it turned out it was like a rice dish, with a sauce and the prawns and scallops were mixed in with it, then it was put over the broccoli and topped with green onions. I ate it nice and slow so I could savour every single bite cause it was that good! Guess what happened though? I savoured it too well I think, ate too slowly, because by the time I got half way through the dish I was full! lol. Crazy. I mean, fancy restaurants serve stupid small portions so no way would I have ever imagined I’d get full from the salad and entree but yeah, by half way through that risotto I was d.o.n.e. πŸ˜› I ate a couple more bites cause I couldn’t stand the idea of not finishing the dish – the dish that would be so expensive I’d never be able to afford it on my own and it’s not like I could take the left overs home, lol. But nah, couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t get through it. Sad.

Dessert – I firmly believe we all have a seperate compartment in our stomachs for dessert, lol, I had the almond cheesecake with a cashew crust and I ate every single crumb! Oh, and it was topped with raspberry, Mmm! Mmm! Mmm! It was this nice little single serving sized cheesecake, beautiful! πŸ˜€

All in all, the food rocked. I could have done without the salad, or at least less salt in the salad but that’s the only thing I would change.

Now for drinks, I had a carona at work (the end of work!) and ordered a Shirley Temple at the restaurant, lol, yeah I know, it’s a kids drink but I didn’t want anymore alcohol and didn’t yet feel like drinking water, so Shirley Temple! πŸ˜› It was tasty – and almost as much of a treat as an alcoholic drink since I haven’t had juice since this whole weight watchers thing started. I didn’t finish it though. I nursed it through the dinner and when we all got up after the food was done and were mingling the waiter took it, sad face 😦 ah well, I got to drink most of it and juice is wasted calories anyways, yummy calories tho! lol.

So all in all it was a great food evening – not great points wise but great taste wise. πŸ™‚ I am not even going to try to figure out how bad the points were, I just don’t care. haha And that is an awesome feeling – knowing that I can have a meal that is a total treat and high in points but not derail my weight loss journey, score! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

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