Posted by: Emily | December 13, 2008

Like the Corner of My Mind

Last night I went to Frenchie’s lab Christmas party. I used to be a member of this lab so I am very familiar with how these parties work. Boss buys lots of booze. Scientists drink booze. Scientists play some bad pool. Boss buys lots more booze. Scientists do some crazy dancing.

My memories of these parties were not only of the good times at the party but a Saturday in bed recovering from the never-ending flow of free alcohol. This year was no different! I spent all day before the party trying to figure out how I was going to keep myself from feeling like crap on Saturday and went in armed. However, as soon as I arrived I was a little nervous because I didn’t know very many people and was not really looking forward to having to explain my job situation…so I downed 3 beers and ate no food. Classic. By the time we got to the bar my good intentions were out the window and I think a couple shots of tequila were in. Oops!

The party was a lot of fun and I got to talk to people! It didn’t even matter who they were, although of course I enjoyed every single one of them, I was just so excited to talk to people. Even strangers, which is usually not my thing. Oh, and also the freakin’ most adorable baby ever was there and I got to entertain her while her parents played pool. Frenchie gave me the “don’t get any ideas” look while I happily bounced the baby. After almost 11 hours of drinking and dancing, it was time to go home.

Frenchie always thinks it is a little weird that I like visiting him in the lab and going to his functions but it is entirely to boost my ego. See, people there love me, or at least they act like they do. I am always met with lovely compliments and smiles when I go, so why would I not enjoy it? Plus I feel SOOO comfortable around science types. Maybe because my dad was a scientist so I grew up in that environment but I really feel like I can be myself. Not always true around lawyers. I often feel like I’m trying too hard when around lawyers and end up with that not so good feeling the next day. Like maybe I said or did something inappropriate. Hopefully that will change with time and spending more time in the legal world. If that ever happens.

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