Friday Free-For-All – 12/09/16

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My company holiday party is tonight. I’m excited to kick back, have a couple of drinks, and eat some delicious food with my colleagues. I know I’ve said it a million times, but here I go again: Even though my job isn’t my dream job, I am SO LUCKY to work for the company I do. My coworkers are all excellent people, and the company does a great job of treating us like real people.

My 9 to 5 audition went well. I had a callback for not one, but TWO of the lead roles, on Wednesday night, which was incredibly exciting and nerve-wracking. I feel good. I didn’t hold back at all, so now it’s out of my hands. I feel pretty optimistic about my chances, but casting a show is like putting together a puzzle; it’s not just about how I did, but who else is cast and in what roles. We all have to look and sound right together, not just independently. They will be making casting calls tomorrow morning, so I’m planning to maybe have an extra drink or two tonight when I get home from the holiday party to hopefully help me sleep soundly and not stay up all night freaking out.

I’m still not really running. I haven’t run since… *goes to look it up in Strava*… November 15. I’m still pretty ok with this. Since my in-laws got their recumbent bike last month, I’ve been using it 3-4 times a week, so it’s not like I’m living the lazy life. I’m just not interested in running right now. Part of it is my ongoing shoe issues, part of it is the fact that it’s cold out, and part of it is the lingering sense of burnout post marathon training. I don’t think I’m done with running forever, but we seem to be on an extended break.

Does your company throw a holiday party? Is it any fun?

 

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6 thoughts on “Friday Free-For-All – 12/09/16

  1. txa1265 says:

    I am really excited for your auditions – through my kids I gained a new appreciation for musical theater (played in the pit for one production in high school, nothing otherwise), and really love it now! Hoping you get what you want and have an awesome time – I know this means a lot to you!

    As for running … I totally get what you are saying and absolutely support you. Even with someone as nutso as me, running has had ups and downs through the years – but they were all before social media so as far as the online world knows I have always been a crazy running lunatic with icy eyebrows! 😀 Reality? I have run for 28 years, sure, including deep snows and deep cold, and at a lower mileage level … but this level of insanity is really only 5 years old.

    I also … have ‘thoughts’ 😉 I have many RRCA ‘coaches’ in my social media feed, and see all sorts of advice and other sorts of stuff (and weekly ‘coaches corner’ posts) … but I feel like they could all use to re-read the posts you have made over the last 12-15 months about running – they would LEARN. I remember reading stuff and responding to sub-text that I thought was there and feeling weird because I felt alone in the comments … but I don’t think I was wrong. I just hope that the impact of others missing the signs doesn’t totally kill you in terms of running (the way it pretty much ruined baseball for me as a kid).

    We don’t have a full company party, they tend to be more organizationally focused – and definitely non-alcoholic (I think my last holiday party with drinks was in the early 90s) … liability laws and larger companies …

    Since I work out of ‘corporate engineering’ but am 100% on a research project for the last ~3 years, I feel like I have two homes. Next Thursday I have a holiday lunch party for the division where my project is located, then Friday I have a holiday lunch party for corporate engineering, and then later Friday we have ‘holiday food & bowling’! And Lisa has a party Thursday night that we get to dress like adults for 🙂

    • Rae says:

      Oh, a holiday party with bowling actually sounds like a lot of fun! I’m a total dweeb and love bowling, even though I generally suck at it.

      I’m totally embracing the not-running thing right now. It feels absolutely right for me. No guilt. No fear. It’s most excellent.

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