So last night was the 38th birthday of the n-Space’s president, Erick Dyke. There was a small birthday party held at his home way out in the wilds of Winter Garden where it is still possible to purchase a few select acres of land and custom build a gorgeous home and horse barn without reporting to a homeowners’ association.
I printed out directions to the house and got on the road around 5:30 pm. One hour and many, many wrong turns later–so many wrong turns that I was starting to fret about my ability to make my way back to civilization on the gas fumes I had left in my tank–I pulled up to the place to see a literal parking lot full of cars out front. Clearly most of the company had decided to attend. 😉
Inside were about 60 people, including most of n-Space, Inc. and a number of family friends and neighbors. As was typical for us n-Spacers, we sort of clustered together in geeky groups, oohing and ahhing over the nifty home theater (plasma screen the size of an entire wall, two rows of reclining leather theater seats with cupholders…:wig:), fighting over the pinball machines, attacking the finger foods, and talking smack over the pool table. I broke my own rules by having a handful of salted cashews (mmmmm…) and a few pieces of sugary-coated gummy candies. I did stay out of the brownies, cake, cookies, and pie, though, and passed on the free flowing wine, beer, and spiked punch.
Then, to my utter chagrin, I was called up to lead the official Happy Birthday singalong before the candles were blown out. Who actually needs a choir leader for “Happy Birthday?” :slappy: I survived that experience (and we didn’t sound so bad considering there were 60 people in there) and with some relief located my co-worker Josh’s real life CSI tech wife, Melissa, and sat down to talk about our respective pets. Alas, my respite was short-lived. By 9 pm I was called upon to get the karaoke going.
If you’ve ever been to a private party that included karaoke, you are probably aware that for the first half hour, NO ONE except the designated sacrificial karaoke goat ever sings. After that, the diehards start coming up and looking at the book, and an hour after THAT, the other people have drunk enough alcohol and heard enough songs that they like to give it a shot themselves.
So, as the evening’s unofficial karaoke kickstarter, I got to stand outside in the screened-in patio trying not to let my teeth chatter as I tried to get through that first half hour of karaoke ice-breaking. I got through Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” (hehe…yes, AGAIN), Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” Catherine Zeta-Jones’s “All That Jazz,” and Cher’s “Shoop Shoop Song” before I got another singer lined up. I did collect a trio of back up dancers, though, including a former school board member and a former school principal. :biggrin:
After that the karaoke sort of went on auto-pilot as people rotated in and out of the patio. Erick’s wife Michelle, whom we converted from a shy, “Oh no, I can’t possibly do that!” non-singer to a bona fide mic hog two years ago, was ready to do all of Garth Brooks’s greatest hits, Erick and his buddy from college did three rounds of acapella drinking songs, Ted (my former supervisor and the producer of Geist) pulled out the Neil Diamond, Journey, and Goo Goo Dolls, and their friend Eric from the Gran Cru wine shop tore up some Killers, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots.
It wasn’t until I was packing up at almost 1 A.M. that the prez let it be known to the remaining 10 people in the room that the VP of the Walt Disney World resorts and the fellow in charge of all of Downtown Disney had been at the party earlier.
OMG…I played karaoke beeyotch in front of two Disney execs? :shocked:
Somebody just shoot me now.
Nutrition: Non-Training Day Menu
(SGX nutrition details omitted by request of trainer)
1: SGX Meal
2: SGX Meal
3: SGX Meal
4: SGX Meal
5: 3 oz. mixed beef, tofu, and egg in soy broth with 1/2 c. rice and 1 c. cabbage and tomato broth
6: 3 oz. Beef with snow peas and 1/2 c. rice
Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter
Water: 16 cups minimum
7:00 AM HIIT Run (5-8.5 mph / 0% incline / 20 minutes)
4:00 PM LISS Walk (4 mph / 20 minutes)
The Awful Truth:
1. Had too much party food Tuesday night, including cocktail nuts from a bowl and a few pieces of gummy candy.
2. Went to bed at 2 am due to late night at party.
1. 20/31 Perfect LMH Challenge Days
2. Cooked more chicken.
3. Did morning run despite wanting to burrow back under the covers.
4. Picked up spinach, eggs, raisins, and almonds.
1. Update HandBase workout module.
2. Read a few chapters from NASM book.
3. Choose pattern and sew Halloween costume.
4. Make some TVP burger patties and freeze them.
5. Cook veggies.
6. Portion out more oatmeal and PWO shake mix.