Okay - I’m feeling better. I went to several grad parties this weekend and had a good time and didn’t see or eat anything that makes me feel like my party won’t be up to par. I live in a very sane and sensible community. Graduation parties have home made food served off of paper plates with big jugs of lemonade and sheet cakes. We sit on folding chairs in back yards and living rooms and everyone is low key. Because most of the parties are squished into two weekends (private schools one weekend and public the next) people just rotate from party to party so I won’t have to entertain people for long stretches.
My biggest hurdle is my temperament. I read somewhere once that the difference between and introvert and extrovert is that an extrovert gains energy from being around other people and an introvert gets their energy drained by being in large groups. Clearly I am in introvert because by 6:00 last night I was ready for bed and didn’t want to talk to anyone for a week.
Next weekend I’m going to have to conserve my socializing quotient because I’m pretty sure it’s considered rude to invite people over to your house and then sneak upstairs and hide in your closet.
Last night I just set my color coded spreadsheet aside and sat alone in the quiet for a while. It felt good.
Now I’m just going to hope that we get our rain quotient for the week over by Friday and have a beautiful weekend. We could have the whole thing inside the house if we have to, but I think it will be much more comfortable outside and if there’s one area of my home I truly love, it’s our back yard. It’s pretty and shady and private. And Rich worked his butt off all last week getting it into good shape so it looks extra spectacular.
Now if we can get through these last few days in one piece, I think we’re good to go.