This weekend, I did the unthinkable. I had a weekend filled with events. And for an introvert, that’s major.
On Saturday afternoon, we went out to my brother-in-law’s housewarming party. The kidlets played with some other children and I actually talked to people instead of hiding behind my phone. It’s shocking, I know.
Even more shockingly, after we dropped the kidlets at home, we went to another party. This one was at the house of someone that TheBoy works with, who apparently throws amazing themed Christmas parties each year.
This year’s theme was Japanese, and there was a great spread of food (the party was a potluck). They even had Taiko drummers perform. That was pretty neat- they performed for a bit and then let some volunteers go.
And TheBoy volunteered! He was in the last group to go, and with each group, the things they taught them became progressively harder. His group even had to do a bit of a competition- each person had to pick a Christmas song to play, and the other guests would guess what it was.
The first one, a woman played a tune that nobody could pick out, and admitted it was sort of obscure. “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The drummer reminded them to make it something people could guess. The second one, played a tune that was guessed after 10 notes. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”
Then it was TheBoy’s turn. BAM BAM BAM… pause… BAM. And before he could go any further, everyone shouted Jingle Bells. And he won!
Afterwards, he admitted that he had been worried that someone else would pick Jingle Bells, and that he’d first thought of it because of A Charlie Brown Christmas- the scene with Lucy and Schroeder at the piano, where furious, he just taps out Jingle Bells with a finger. “THAT’S IT!” Lucy screams.
So remember… keep it simple.
It was a really mellow low-key night. I got to meet two of them guys he works with, and I can only hope I lived up to whatever TheBoy had told them about me. One of them snagged a deck of cards and did some card tricks, which filled up a good portion of the night. Admittedly, it was really fun to watch- especially when I wound up at an angle where I could see how some of the tricks were done. Not because I like exposing how tricks are done, but I always like seeing hands at work. Whether it’s watching a skilled musician play, an artist draw, or seeing a card be palmed and tucked back into a deck- there’s something amazing about it.
We left a little after eleven, realizing that one of us would probably be up early with the kids. TheBoy took the scenic route home, driving me past where he worked and showing me the route he normally drives home.
On the way back to the freeway, we passed an In-n-Out, which sounded good. I’d been sick on Thursday and Friday and had really only been hungry at night. So even at midnight, having eaten dinner- I was hungry again.
So we did something we hadn’t done in ages. We picked up drive-thru at In-n-Out and parked in a nearby parking lot to eat and talk. And for a half hour, I was transported back to countless late night dinners we’d had after nights worked at Disneyland. Which was pretty magical, too.
As far as the rest of the weekend goes, we took the boys to McDonald’s for lunch, and they got to play in the indoor play area for awhile- which was good. It had been raining (drizzling) most of the day, and it let them burn off some energy. (We brought food in for LK and made sure to bring along his epi-pen and Benadryl, neither of which were needed. It’s making me happy to know that he had to have run into a lot of cross-contamination there, but nothing spiked a reaction)
Yes, I’m exhausted.
How was your weekend?