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Day 379 - Party Central

Monday, December 14, 2015

The second weekend in December must be the biggest party weekend of the year! Here's what has happened since my last blog post. (Three days ago! Boy, I've missed you all....)

Friday night was the holiday party at Boatique - one of the newest wineries in the county. It was fun - with about 10 gingerbread house building tables - and people were doing an amazing job creating amazing decorated homes - I would have lived in a couple of them! Everyone was having such a great time embracing their inner child. There was also a sugar cookie decorating table, and some delicious appetizers including a spicy Asian meatball and a yummy squash soup with a cinnamon toast grilled cheese sandwich triangle for dipping in the soup.

Last night was our holiday open house. I didn't count heads, but I think there were about 50 people that came over to share some cheer. We met some new friends, including the advertising rep from our local newspaper. I had been working with her over email, but had never met her face-to-face. This IS a small town! The party was a big success, up until the end when our friend Zarro, who had made all the balloon decorations, informed us that he needed to spend the night because his ride had left an hour before. Awkward!

Tonight was Steve's company holiday party for the staff at the grocery story. There were about 100 people there, and it was really festive and friendly. Steve brought home a bonus check, plus a gift certificate to shop at the store and the deli, and a free day off coupon! There was also a Secret Santa gift exchange, and he was very happy with his gift. It was a a really fun evening.

In between all the parties was a lot of house-cleaning and a little relaxing. We did find time to watch a movie this afternoon (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and reflect on what a great weekend full of new friends and newer ones, and the warmth and love that everyone feels around the holidays.

Be around people you love this time of year. It doesn't make sense to use energy on people who don't deserve your attention. And please make sure you get some love in return from those you care about. I'm so glad you're all in my life. You surround me with such love, and you make me feel incredibly blessed.

Keep Sparking, everyone, and have a fantastic week! It's less than 2 weeks to Christmas! Make every day count!
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  • no profile photo CD15118206
    What a fun time! Sounds like you have wonderful friends! Wish I lived in California!! 😉
    1902 days ago
    Those parties sound awesome.

    I love the one with the gingerbread houses and cookies. I used to throw a Christmas party for MF when she was small and invited her whole class. It was really fun, until one year, when one AWFUL kid was licking the knives used to frost the cookies. The party got smaller after that.

    I love your holiday party, and that all your neighbors and new friends came. What a cool place you live in!!

    Enjoy the season, my friend.

    Spark on.
    1903 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Sounds like you have had a weekend of fun, you party animal! Now time for some relaxation!
    1904 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Did somebody say emoticon ? It sounds like you had an all around great weekend. I love the gingerbread house building idea. Did you take any pictures of those scrumptious abodes?

    I'm glad to hear that Steve's company holiday party was fun and that he liked his Secret Santa gift and bonus checks are always nice. I think you two must be the toast of the town.

    Have a great week!

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    1904 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    What a great weekend! I do not think my workplace is even having a party this year. No mention and the General Manager is on vacation. It is just Dd and myself for Christmas. I have a three day weekend, so will go shopping after Christmas, go to church Christmas morning.
    I just like having the day off and thinking about my blessings.. I would have been so tempted with all of the yummy foods you described!

    1904 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    That's a lot of party, especially all those guests at your home. Hope this week will go well too, even though it's a work week . This is a wonderful season...accidental overnight guests not withstanding.
    1904 days ago
    Party, Party, Party and celebrating with special people always makes for a fun filled weekend.
    1904 days ago
    Wow, that sounds like a party whirlwind! Bask in the warmth of all those well-wishers and get lots of fresh air to counteract all that happy chatting!
    1904 days ago
    Missed you. Sounds like you were having a lot of fun.

    Surround yourself with people you love, good year round advise...

    HUGS, Pat
    1904 days ago
  • no profile photo L_DROUIN
    The parties sounded like a lot of fun. Did you make a house? I taught school (4th grade) and a mother had baked house parts for the students and brought things to decorate them with. Everyone liked the marshmellows and made plenty of snow and snowmen... Not too artistic, but they didn't hand around long and were already started to be eaten by the time the students went home. :(
    1904 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Wow...you must be happily exhausted after all those parties! Loved the idea of partiers making the gingerbread houses and cookie decorating! emoticon What fun! Not sure how you had an overnight guest emoticon who had been abandoned by his ride emoticon I am sure there is a story there! I can imagine you barely had time to switch your fancy socks before you were moving onto the next Swaray! So glad it was a good time!
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    1904 days ago
    Glad you have enjoyed the holiday celebrations over the last several days.

    Enjoy your week!
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