Sunday nights have become game nights between Kristi, Marshal, Jon, Chris, and I. They are splendid people indeed. I work with Kristi and Jon (who is also bi), Marshal is Kristi's fiancé, and Chris is a regular. I call Kristi and Jon my friends. We all play Scattegories and Seen It and Shout Out and Cranium and Apples To Apples and it is fun!
This quarter is the first where I am learning all new material. I love it. I know lots about Windows Server 2003, but not the stuff I'm learning now! It is a lot of reading but I enjoy learning more about that which I enjoy and will make a life-long career of. I feel good about moving in a forward direction. For too many years I've been stagnating. No longer.
I've been thinking a lot lately about significant others, spouses, soul mates, and such. I've decided that I don't want to live my entire life a bachelor. I want... well, I could list them but then this would turn into Kosta's post (an excellent entry, FYI). Maybe I'm growing up. That's not such a scary thought as it might have been 3 years ago. That makes me happy.
I am a strong believer that there is a power in knowing someone. Truely knowing them. Perhaps that is why I am always so guarded. But also, it is a sign of trust and friendship on my part when I choose to share of myself with you. Wow that sounds egotistical. I don't mean for it to. But the best gift I know how to give is a bit of me, of my past, of who I am. Tis' the season to give, to share.
Lately I've been listening to a lot of Matt Nathanson. I found him through Pandora Radio. He played on my Jack Johnson station. I hadn't know this but he also had songs in Wedding Crashers and American Pie soundtracks. He is calm but upbeat. I like positive music, it makes me happy and hopeful. Like a little subconscious "every thing's going to be ok."
Monday night is our holiday party as well as Mike's going away party. He and his comrades will be in uniform, my manager and head of security are wearing matching suits. Some women will be wearing dresses. I think I will dress up too. Its been far too long. Its an evening event in winter, but it will also be at a pub and there will be drinking and smoking. Some people will be wearing jeans and t-shirts, others will be wearing suits. So where should I fit in? I don't want to wear a jacket, because then I will get hot and have to take it off. I'm not laying down one of my coats anywhere near where there will be drunk people...
I think shirt and tie will do. As the night goes on I can roll the sleeves and loosen the tie and still look good. Kenny and Derek's matching suits will have vests with them. I think that might be a bit too much. Besides, isn't there an un-written rule about out dressing your boss? I think there may be. Shirt and tie it is then. I'm thinking the red shirt with black pin-stripes, solid black tie and black slacks. Red is holiday-ish, black is for the winter time. I do think that is a perfect outfit. Pictures will be taken.