Our work Christmas parties were, same as last year, on the same night in the same building. Opposite ends of a very large conference centre. Last year we went to mine and stopped in at his, this year we went to his and stopped in at mine. It worked out really well – we had a sit down dinner at David’s, sitting with one of his best friends and his lovely wife, and then we eventually ducked over to mine to drink our free drinks, talk to a few people and debate eating from the poutine bar. (Alas, too full from dinner, but cute concept.) I also got a job offer, which was great, and sure, my boss has already approved my in-group transfer, so it’s a sure thing, but it’s nice to be wanted no matter what. Plus, I’ll be reporting directly to a woman I quite like, instead of a nice man who runs meetings in a Dilbertish fashion. So 4 drinks, a job offer, and a great photo? Glad we walked over there.
Because they were free, we had our picture taken everywhere. (Including three photobooth&costume photo sets, because I am powerless to not wear a viking hat if there is one one offer.) And re: the last post, maybe there’s something to be said for just figuring out my angles and finding what’s flattering. Instead of staring unhappily at pictures of myself, I just need to find better pictures, better poses? Not that the family portraits we had done with Jess were bad! They were great. But they were in full daylight and in jeans. Maybe the secret is in a short sassy little black dress and flattering poses. Because, damn, do I like this photo.
I think I look great. (David always looks great in a suit. Yum.) Open mouth laughter suits me, and the set’s great, and it totally avoids showing the areas of my body I’m self conscious about. (We’ll pretend the photo where I’m sitting on his lap didn’t happen, because that one is terribly unflattering.)
Okay, a great photo or two may not cure my body angst, but it sure doesn’t hurt – how can I feel too bad about myself, when I can look at that picture and be all, “YES”? I can’t. I felt great, in a short black dress that flattered the hell out of my curves. I’d had a few (ahem) drinks and had a handsome man and the pictures look great. Done.