I bought a book called How To Disappear on Kindle a few years ago. Perhaps as research for Corked? That would make sense, although I don't actually remember that being the reason. More likely it was because I was considering packing up Cloey and Maida and making a full on escape-from-grad-school attempt. One of the first things that the author points out is that if you really are planning on ditching your life, you messed up if you bought the book with anything but cash, anywhere but a book store without cameras. Fortunately, I didn't end up making a break from grad school, so it didn't matter.
However, I'm now perhaps considering it again (blogging about it isn't a tip off, right?) because I'm having a party.
A cocktail/housewarming/birthday party, on Saturday.
To be clear, I am psyched as hell about the party. I have two separate party cocktails along with beer and wine, and literally ten different canapes planned. (Seven savory, three sweet, half vegetarian, some gluten free, some dairy free - I really thought this through.) I'm excited for my work friends to meet my ... life friends? Non-work friends? Friends friends? (There's no reasonable thing to call my friends that I don't work with that doesn't demean the people I do work with, but who are we kidding, no one likes their work friends as much as their friend friends. Except the people in The Office.)
The thing is, I have 30 yes RSVPs.
I absolutely blame myself. For being so damn lovable.
Ahahaha just kidding I'm the worst, remember? I do blame myself, though. Reason 1) I'm used to throwing girl only parties, so I invited all the women I would normally invite and their plus ones. Double the list, didn't plan for it. Reason 2) I clearly underestimated how much combining two big parties AND requiring people to dress up would up the guest list. Housewarming, skippable but fun. Fancy cocktail party, skippable but a nice excuse to buy a new outfit plus it was very clearly stated that you didn't have to bring ANYTHING. Birthday party ... skippable with good cause. The three together? Unstoppable. Basically everyone but my boss said yes. (Very polite of her, don't you think? It was perhaps a risk inviting her but I think we played the social situation quite well.)
It's going to be awesome. Or I'm going to spend the whole night worrying about food and drinks. Or it's going to be great. Or I'm going to spend the whole night worried about Agnes and Maida. Or it's going to be carefree and a kick. Or I'm going to get crazy drunk and embarrass myself in front of most of the people I love.
Just maybe I should have paid for the book with cash.