Just a few days before I got on a plane to come visit my family in North Carolina, I went to my office holiday party. This was not a typical office party, either (we’d had a super nice, “traditional” office lunch Christmas party the day before) — for our last day before break, we all went to the race track!
One of our bosses is a huge horse racing buff, and thought it would be a fun change of pace. It was a fun day, even though it happened to fall at the beginning of LA’s rainy cold weather.
Setting up the gates for a race
I rode (english, show jumping) for four years when I was younger, but I’d never been to a racetrack before so that was definitely a new experience.
I'm a fan of the trumpeter's shiny top hat
I even ended the day with more money than when I started! It may have only been a couple dollars (I’m too cautious to really risk a lot right around the holidays) but it was exciting!
I didn’t dress up, and I’m honestly really glad about that because it got COLD later in the day and even my 3 layers weren’t really enough, but these guys made me rethink my race track style a little bit:
I should've at least worn a big hat...
All in all a great start to my vacation! Coming up: A very-awesome mostly-surprise trip for the Cullen girls 🙂
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Posted in TGIF, tagged nostalgia, oops, Steve Urkel, TGIF, TV, work on April 16, 2010|
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Oh Steve Urkel, you lovable klutz. Probably one of the most famous TGIF quotes I could find (unless everyone is more versed in Uncle Jesse’s hair products), Steve Urkel was definitely a favorite character of mine, in Family Matters and the million guest spots he did on basically every other TGIF show. How was everyone, spread all over the country, friends with this doofus? Maybe they all met when every single TGIF show went to Disney World? Did they all hang out with the ever-classier Stefan Ur-kel too? Oh, the questions.
Maybe the reason I liked Steve so much is because I, too, am a major klutz.
It is a wonder I have never broken a single bone. I’ve sprained my ankle more times than I can count — one time in middle school was so bad that I stretched out ever single ligament at once. How does that even happen?! It was so stretchy that it didn’t even really swell, which is how it took a week and a few more falls for me to end up at the doctor. They wouldn’t even give me crutches because I apparently set off such horrendous klutz-radar alerts that they figured I wouldn’t be able to maneuver them and would just make it worse.
So basically I had to hop around school for a few weeks. Because that isn’t lame at all…
You’d think I would eventually get over this little “awkward phase” but no, not really. Bruises still miraculously show up on a near daily basis, in places that don’t make any logical sense. I have zero explanation for what I’m bumping into that causes little bruises on the back of my KNEES. Apparently I sit too forcefully. Or something.
The best though, is what happened at the end of the work day on Wednesday:
My leg felt a little tingly, like “oh maybe it’s kind of starting to go to sleep” but it didn’t feel all that bad, so I stood up. I went to take a step, however, when my ankle rolled. This is no huge issue, unless your leg muscles aren’t working BECAUSE YOUR LEG IS ASLEEP, and you can’t autocorrect the ankle roll. What happens from here is you over-correct, then re-roll and collapse on the floor in a giant heap. Luckily only one other person was here, and I was laughing so hard that there was no need for concern. But still:
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I don’t know how true this is for everyone else, but for me March and April are very birthday-heavy. From March 20-April 16 my whole immediate family (mom, dad, sister, me) all have our day-o-birth. There are also at least 3 other family members and 3-4 close friends in that similar time span. I can barely look at a cake for weeks after the cake-a-palooza that is March and April for my family.
Today, I can now add a co-worker to that long long list of early spring birthdays. That said, I’m still glad that grown-up work-world has maintained some of the rituals of my childhood. Namely – that you get some form of a cake in the office on your birthday.
When I worked as a PA on Greek this tradition bordered on ridiculous. There are a lot of people that work on a TV show – cast, crew, office people etc. And on our show at least, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM got a cake (or pie or something if we knew they had a preference) on their birthday. We basically had a cake about once every two days. For MONTHS. Like I said, ridiculous.
Today though, was a birthday-day in the office and I was in charge of getting cupcakes from Frosted. We were trying out the place for the first time, and let me just say – DELICIOUS.
Red Velvet...YUM. Birthdays are the best.
I had a mint chocolate chip one (!!) and half a red velvet and now I think I might just burst.
Luckily I work in a smaller office now – I have no resistance to the wiles of cupcakes.
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