Wednesday, October 15, 2008

RSVP - Yay or Nay

OK, I am faced with a real conundrum these days. Mark's work, which shall remain nameless, sent out their annual Christmas Party invitation. These folks go all out... its at a hotel and there is cocktail hour, dinner, dancing and door prizes. I like me some door prizes. But, I hate me some office Christmas parties.

I have never worked anywhere that had real outside of work Christmas parties. When I worked for the State of Indiana, it was not allowed because people might be offended. When I worked for a small staffing agency, there were all of four employees so we went to our boss's house and everyone got ripped and said inappropriate things to each other. I stayed sober as I was pregnant with Willy and not really a "get ripped and say stupid things to your boss" kind of girl. It definitely didn't rank up there in the world of office Christmas parties. At Mark's previous company, I attended a company picnic, the wedding of a higher up, and a Valentine's Day party. Let me just say that those three experiences (while not actually office Christmas parties) ruined me on all other office functions. Especially when the office is not mine. No one talked to me EVER and I think it goes without saying that I am witty and charming and most people would love to talk to me. (Or, at least be mildly amused by me for a short time). Last year Mark had just started with this new company and he attended the party alone as we legitimately could not find a sitter for Will and Tabbi that night. This year..... I have no excuses (although I haven't tried to find a sitter yet, so there is some small hope that no one is free that night).

The truth is I just don't want to go. I don't want to stand there looking all awkward and surrounded by a bunch of computer nerds who won't socialize with those outside the fray. I've never played Dungeon and Dragons and I think they can tell when I walk in the room and therefore have no interest in me as a person. The idea of computer nerds dancing does entertain, but I can watch bad dancing on Dancing with the Stars Monday and Tuesday nights with Cloris Leachman still appearing, so why get all gussied up to head to a hotel to see non-famous people do it.

So now you are wondering where the conundrum is... Well, Mark wants me to go. So, in theory its my wifely duty to do so. But, anyone who knows me knows that I don't do my wifely duty. So, to go or not to go... that is the question.

9 comments:

Amie said...

Go...because he wants you to. And, because hell yes, seeing computer nerds dance would entertaining...maybe so much so you would forget that no one wants to talk to you. Of course, after you laugh you'll know why no one wants to talk to you.
Of course, this would mean that he owes you...and I'm sure you can come up with SOMETHING that he could repay you with. Diamonds. A night in a hotel by yourself. Shoes. Whatever.

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

Amie - I already get the hotel room by myself for my birthday... but I am sure I could come up with some sort of payback. Perhaps he should do every night feeding for Jack from now on...

tuffy said...

mark does plenty because you want to. go to the stupid party. you only lose a couple hours of your life.

heidi said...

I say go. If nothing else....go for Mark. Who knows, if you go with an open mind maybe you could meet someone awesome who does not want to be there as much as you dont!!

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

Mike -- Did I ask your opinion. Oh wait... I guess I did.

Heidi -- You are too optimistic, but I suppose it could be true. Maybe there will be another wife who had a bout of temporary insanity and married a computer nerd despite her complete disdain for all things computer nerd. It could happen.

Homa said...

Oh, just suck it up and go! Just think of all the sacrifices Mark has made for you...I'm still trying to come up with them. Just kidding Mark, living with Lynn is a sacrifice in it self.

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

Says the woman whose never lived with a boy before. You don't know the half of it!

SchafhausenHansen said...

I found this post extremely funny as I married a computer nerd myself, and occasionally have to endure things like this. Usually alcohol makes the night, a dash funnier and if you can find the right wife, with a similiar humor as you, I'm sure it you'll make it fun. And for kicks you could always wiki dungeons and dragons and through some jargon out to break the ice. just go with it, and have some fun. :)

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

Julie - Good advice. Maybe I should start drinking now.