Thursday, December 10, 2009

Office Holiday Party

by Meghann on December 10, 2009

With all the stress of my trip and morning, I had completely forgot that today was my company’s annual holiday party!

This year all the employees were treated to lunch at a local Italian restaurant called Antonio’s. I had never been, but had heard good things.

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The powers that be had reserved a private room and we were presented with a select menu to order from.

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The meal began with a wonderful basket of bread.

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The bread had a very distinct flavor that I could not put my finger on. It had a wonderful crusty shell and a doughy center. If I ever return I could easily have a meal of just this bread. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The salad was beautiful presented, but a little boring for my taste. I mean how boring is a bed of greens with a balsamic vinaigrette? Everyone agreed it needed a tomato, almond sliver, red onion, or something.

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Unfortunately the select menu was very limiting and none of the choices really stood out to me. I had a nice conversation with the waiter and together we designed my own lunch that combined a couple of elements that were on the menu.

A single eggplant slice that had been lightly fried and rolled with cheese and marinara sauce.

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Veggies (that were supposed to be steamed) and roasted vegetables.

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I think next time I would just order the vegetables, a side of marinara sauce, and combine. I am such a picky eater and always have a hard time finding things to eat at Italian restaurants. Why does every Italian dish have to incorporate pasta?

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Instead of consuming dessert at Antonio’s the gang all headed back to the office where a potluck dessert were waiting for us to enjoy.

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I had planned on bringing something, but was way to worn out to even attempt to bake anything last night. There was still plenty of desserts – as I knew there would be – so I didn’t feel bad.

I had a bite of everything that looked the best.

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My favorites were the bites of the cinnamon cookie and the chocolate cake. ๐Ÿ™‚

While we were enjoying dessert and office putt-putt competition was happening.

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The goal was to hit the ball as close to the taped box as possible.

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I came within 8 inches of the tape! That was pretty good!!

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But, not good enough. Brian took home the prize – a one night stay at a local Sheraton.

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Congrats Brian!

Next – Presents!!

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Each participating co-worker was asked to bring a $20 or less gift.

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See the Publix wine bag out front? That was mine! I picked up a bottle of red and white on the way back from lunch. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Each person that brought a gift then drew a number from a cup. Once your number was called you could choose a present under the tree or you can steal a present that had already been unwrapped.

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I got the best number of them all – #1!!

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This meant I had the first and last pick of gifts. Woop Woop!

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Gift #1: Electric Wine Opener

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I didn’t even have it 5 minutes before someone stole it!

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Gift #2: Wine Basket

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Again – gone in a matter of minutes! Everyone really liked what I was opening. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I ended up with a $15 Itunes Gift Card and a Scratch Off.

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Due to a 3 steal limit on gifts, I didn’t have to worry about anyone taking this from me. ๐Ÿ™‚

The party came to a slow end and the rest of our afternoon was left to our own leisure. My office can have its moments of high stress, but I really appreciates the company’s devotion to constantly improving employee morale. Its days like today that make me happy to work for a small, close knit company. ๐Ÿ™‚

When dinner time rolled around this evening I wasn’t craving anytime in particular, but I did have some salmon that needed to be baked.

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I went with simple and coated the salmon with a apricot mustard sauce and flax before baking at 415 for 15 minutes.

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A few rutabaga fries found their way in the oven alongside the salmon.

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I have the worst sweet tooth at night. Despite having my fill of desserts this afternoon it was begging for more sweets! I obliged with some cherries and a piece of chocolate.

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I was so happy to see cherrie for sale at Publix yesterday. Love them!

Tomorrow I will be working from home and need to fit some christmas shopping in at one point. I have bought NOTHING!

Anyone have any ideas what to get Kelly? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Or how about my 20 year old little brother? Anyone?

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