The reunion....was awesome. Well, super fun. Of course, I did not get Fluffy's excellent advice on my in time, but you know what? No one at home even noticed that my hair had been cut. So I guess that as usual, I was making a big deal out of nothing (no comments on that one, E!).
Anyway, I met up with some old friends from high school and had a lot of fun. It's so interesting hanging out with people when you're an adult and all that HS bullshit is over. For example, this one guy used to really bug me in HS and I wasn't very nice to him. Fast forward 10 years, and I really enjoyed his company. I also had a couple of nice conversations with some people who really wouldn't talk to me in HS. Not like they were mean, I just wasn't worthy of their time. But now, we're all adults, and much more confident and secure in who we are. And as Martha Stewart says, that's a Good Thing.
Interesting things: when we were hanging out in a smaller group after the reunion, my friend J said "Okay, now we have to go around the table and give everybody's impressions of everyone else in HS". That could have gotten nasty, but it didn't. I did find it funny that he thought of me as a "stick-in-the-mud" and a "rampaging feminist lesbian" or something to that effect. Honestly though, I'm surprised more people didn't think I was a lesbian. It's not that I didn't like guys; I was just kind of socially retarded and had a very difficult time reacting appropriately to male attention. If I didn't like the guy, I was a harsh rejector, and if I did, well I pretended I didn't, a la 3rd grade. Thank god I grew out of that phase, or I still wouldn't have a boyfriend.
In fact though, he said he thinks that I gave off that impression because I always said exactly what I thought. Well, that hasn't changed a damn bit, and I'm glad. I still say exactly what I think. I'm not one of those blow-smoke-up-your-ass kinda gals. But I have toned it down a little, I think. I'm more considerate of people's feelings these days, so instead of saying "You're an idiot" I'm more likely to say "Well, I disagree and here's why". I also try to choose my battles a little more, because picking fights over every little thing is a waste of time and energy. But I still have a tendancy to say "Well, that's a load of crap" from time to time.
In summary I'm really, really glad I went, in spite of my previous misgivings. I reconnected with old friends, made some new ones, gained some self-confidence (how ironic is that!) and made some self-discoveries. And now I'm back, and it's cold. Here's our forecast for today:
Today... Mostly sunny. Highs 5 to 15 above. North wind 15 to 25 mph gusting to 40 mph. Wind chill readings 20 below to 35 below zero in the morning.
Tonight... Mostly clear. Lows 5 to 15 below. North wind 15 to 25 mph. Wind chill readings 20 below to 35 below zero after midnight.
After being in 78 degree weather in Virginia, well, HOLY CRAP! But at least it's sunny, and maybe one of these days we'll get some more snow so I can actually start cross-country skiing.
Well, much like henna, I do most of my blogging at work, so I want to quit before I get in trouble. For those of you who use Blogger (I think that's just speechie), have you switched to the new version? I want to get E to see if he can still read a blog that's in the new format from Kuwait before I go switching anything.
I'll update again soon with discussions on my new workout training plan, college football and the like.