Wind and Sleet and Snow, Oh My!

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December 11, 2010 by Ellen V

It’s not even 9 a.m., it’s a balmy 40 degrees outside, but already the Milwaukee forecasters have us waiting for the worst.  Perhaps after yesterday’s tactical situation, everyone at the news stations is on high alert, but I’m going presume more shoveling is in my future anyway.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for good things, despite the warnings.  Tonight I have a staff Christmas party for my kind-of-still-new job, and Eric and I are ready to be awesome guests.  Not that he has much to worry about!  Eric is an excellent guest.  He can talk to anyone about anything.  I, on the other hand, struggle to make conversation.  When I’m a guest in an uncomfortable or new situation, I tend to fluctuate somewhere between awkward and disastrous.

But not tonight!  Tonight we will bring olive dip and crackers and white chocolate cookies!  Tonight I will look lovely and act charming and be a gracious and grateful guest!  Tonight I will eat slowly and delicately and drink only one (or maybe two…) glass of wine!  Tonight I will remember to introduce Eric to people, even if I can’t remember their names!  Tonight I will leave and feel good about my life and my job and have fun in spite of myself!

I also have a work meeting tomorrow morning and another commitment requiring me to travel in the afternoon, so this weather junk better not get me down!

In happier news, the Christmas cards are almost ready to be sent, Eric and I got an early visit from Santa that will allow us to purchase his Kindle and my sewing machine (yipeeee!), and I’ll be able to get Dallas out for a walk this morning before there is even a chance of nastiness.  For now, we’ll count our blessings and hope for the best!


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