All around the world it’s almost Christmas

So last week we held the writers’ group Christmas party.

I’ve been hosting since, I believe, 2013. And I like it. TYG and I don’t do a lot of entertaining, so it’s fun to have people over for a change. A minor plus is, of course, that I have to do a big cleaning, getting all the stuff that I never get around to in regular cleaning (dusting, for instance).

Other than cleaning, the set-up is simple. TYG and I provide soft drinks and beer, plus I cook some food. People bring more food, more beer if they want and anything stronger. This year I made roast potatoes with goat cheese and veggie bacon (gluten-free, which is a plus for some of my guests) and chili with cornbread. We ask guests to bring vegetarian fare, and nothing that’s red-flagged for dogs (chocolate, grapes, raisins, almonds); we don’t worry so much about that on a daily basis, but it’s a lot harder to spot spilled chocolate, for example, with 20 people around the house.

Despite the restrictions, everyone had a good time. I signed a copy of Now and Then We Time Travel, we all caught up on what each other was up to, both professionally and personally, and we had the random conversations that people have when they get together. We had around 20 guests, which is a good turnout; as usual, some people showed up at the last minute while a couple of others dropped out.

TYG had an exhausting week so she told me she’d only hang out for thirty minutes or so before heading to bed. As it turned out, she stayed almost three hours, woot! Trixie and Plushie exhausted themselves socializing and chasing toys; by the time TYG went up to bed, Trixie was just lying inert in my lap. I don’t know if it’s because she’s getting a little older that she tires more or all the extra chasing toys.

Sunday we had a cul-de-sac party on our street. A couple of the other homeowners hosted a joint party; TYG skipped this one but I went over and hung out for a couple of hours. I brought some excellent chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies (I’d made them before so I knew they were a sure bet) and met several neighbors I don’t think I’d ever said hi too before. So that was cool.

I used to run out of steam a lot more, but now that I spend most of my time alone with the dogs, I seem to crave social interaction more than I used to. So this was a great weekend. I’m pondering how to work more social events into life in 2019.

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