Saturday, January 10, 2009
Went back to my roots today...in more ways than one.
My former co-worker (and favorite Gene Wilder look-alike) K to the B invited Mr. Diabolina to be his date tonight. To the holiday party of MY former employer. K to the B said I could find my own date. F.
Now this should not have been a Herculean task given these three facts: 1) most of my former coworkers are men 2) most of the ones my age are single and 3) all of them are nerdy. That all adds up to my core demographic!
And yet, it took me a good half an hour and three emails to get a date. 25 minutes and two emails more than it should have. F.
But then I remembered any party thrown by my former employer, let's call them Rockets 'R' Us, is a highly coveted ticket. The multimillionaire who is the founder and CEO spares no expense for a party.
We're talking limos, great food, cool locations, photo booths, casino, goodie bags and best of all, open bar. All night. Top shelf. No drink tickets in sight.
The parties have changed quite a bit since I left. Not the open bar part - perish the thought. But many of the other niceities are gone. After all, the company has nearly quadrupled in size. But thankfully some things are still the same...
Like laughter. There's always laughter when we all get together. And this unmistakable sense of comfort, of family, of home. It probably has something to do with how intensely we all worked together, blew off steam together. How much time we spent away from our own family and friends, devoted to a common goal, something bigger than ourselves, something historic.
But it probably has alot to do with all the actual family members who work at the company. So many brothers and cousins and fathers and sons who are employees.
And recently, some daughters have joined. YAY! When I worked at the company there were roughly 150 employees. About 20 were women. Gotta love aerospace.
Never dreamed a two year stint in rockets would yield two little brothers
And a surrogate dad that I can't imagine not knowing.
Never dreamed I would befriend so many wives and girlfriends of my former co-workers
Watch so many girlfriends become wives.
That I would share indelible life moments with people so different from me. Some who are world-class welders.
Others who are world-renowned rocket scientists.
All of whom are exceptional human beings.
Tonight dozens of coworkers - Vice-Presidents and technicians alike - said such complimentary things to me. About the role I once played at the company. About how much they miss me. About how no one since has quite done the kind of work I did ;)
And without fail every one of them asked, "So when are you coming back?" Ugh. It was so validating and lovely and just what I needed after such a shitty few months at work. I was on the verge of tears several times.
One of those times, however, they were bored tears. Check it: At one point, there was a whole Nutcracker performance. QUE?? Who thought ballet would be a good idea for a company that's 70 percent men??? Manly men at that. BANANAS!
Some of our friends were raised right and just stared politely...dumbfounded.
Others fooled around...monkey-style.
Then we all hopped on the rocket and went to Mars.
Got out our light sabers.
Scotty 2 Hotty became a cyborg
A PIMP cyborg
At the afterparty, there was absinthe and dancing on furniture. Ugh. I love nerds that know how to party! Best night of 2009 yet...
BCBG Max Azaria dress
Fashion District cuff
Dolce and Gabanna satin heels
Spent most of the day working at home for my big Monday deadline. So got ready for the party in a rush. Hate.
Luckily, I had decided earlier in the week to just wear the last dress I bought for the last company holiday party I attended. Back in December 2007.
A purty fluttery confection of a dress. Looks like philo dough one boy told me tonight. The philo tiers make it kinda unflattering but I love it. And it was 60 percent off.
Reminds me a bit of a Balmain look for spring. Similar netted fussiness at the neck and bulk through the middle
And another one from last Fall styled with black fringe boots.
Have been loving all the goddess gowns in winter white lately
The one Angelina recently wore was Max Azria too.
But this short rosette Chanel paired with black is probably my favorite.
Reminded me of my favorite 2008 white dress moments.
Ugh. I die.
Spent a little extra time on the makeup tonight since dark hair can wash me out. Piled on the bronzer, made the lip a bit bolder and worked it. Am excited about how different my entire wardrobe is going to look with the new locks.
After my dress was on and makeup finished, I had only one conundrum: how to make my outfit a little wacky. From green suits to green hair, my former co-workers are a wacky bunch.
Never afraid to look silly for a laugh.
And sometimes the outfits aren't a joke.
They are an expression of creativity. That you have to respect. Even if you don't always understand.
But I also knew there would be a few fashionistas in the house
At least two who read the blog.
Thought about wearing my leather jacket...at least for my entrance. To make the look a little less formal, more hip.
But decided I am formal and I am not hip. So just grabbed the Raybans on my way out the door.
They were the perfect choice. Easy to whip out and get my wacky on.
Easy to tuck away and look minx-y.