Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Celebrating with the Office

by Meghann on December 14, 2010

‘Tis the season for relaxed deadlines, end of year bonuses (I wish!), last minute PTO, and free lunches from the office.

Yep, it’s Christmas time and today my office celebrated with a holiday lunch courtesy of our company’s executive team.

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Lunch was at Antonio’s Restaurant in Maitland and it was oddly reminiscent of last year’s lunch. Same room, same menu, and same people. πŸ™‚

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Hi Josh!

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There was a basket of bread that I stole a delicious buttery piece of.

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The Iceberg Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing (a favorite of my Dad’s – it reminds me of him everything I see it)

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My 1/2 order of cheese Ravioli.

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And the side order of vegetables. Antonios has the best veggies – they’re grilled with very little oil and are so fresh and crisp. Love them.

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After lunch we headed back to the office for a potluck dessert.

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So many delicious choices! It was hard deciding what to dig into. πŸ™‚

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[side note] everyone was scared to try my No Bake Cookies. They all assumed they were healthy and not tasty. Bah humbug. But, as soon as I made a person try one, they loved them. No faith. They have no faith.

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They were tasty – I swear! πŸ™‚

I stuck to my normal dessert buffet mind set and left behind the store bought goodies and instead had a bite of all the homemade desserts on the table.

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Loved them all, but that whipped cream parfait? A-MA-ZING! πŸ™‚

Present time!

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My office participates in a ‘Grinchmas’ gift exchange where we each bring a gift and steal from each other. It’s quite fun. πŸ™‚

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I brought a bottle of wine and an iTunes gift card. My rule in any gift exchange situation is to always bring something I wouldn’t mind going home with. The bottle of wine and gift card would have been something I would have happily stolen for myself. πŸ˜‰

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Liquor, Liquor, and more Liquor seemed to be the themed for this year’s exchange. πŸ™‚ I had a bottle of Grey Goose in my hands at one point, but it was snapped right of from under me the next turn. Dratz.

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I walked away with the gag gift of all gag gifts – a bag full of re-gifts.

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A vacuum flask, coffee maker, and mini grill. Yep, it’s safe to say it’s a bag of re-gifts. I guess I know what I’ll be bringing for the next gift exchange I’m a part of.

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Win some. You loose some. πŸ˜‰

The party carried on for the rest of the work day. I enjoyed swapping Christmas stories with my co-workers and we were all happy to take a little break from the craziest of the release of our latest upgrades this past weekend.

After work I headed to Hot Yoga for a bit of a warm up in our current cold front. I felt strong during my practice today and went with it. Sometimes I feel like I can barely keep up and some days I feel I can do anything. Today was one of those do anything days. πŸ™‚

Dinner was quick and easy.

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A microwaved sweet potato topped with black beans, corn, mushrooms, plain yogurt, olives, and fresh cilantro.

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My last hunk of bread – which is from the Publix Deli since so many of you were wondering.

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I’m pooped.

Stay warm out there!

Good Night!

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