I would definitely say that I’m an introvert. Handy link if you need clarification about what an introvert is. (Youngest thought it was a description for an ‘innie belly button’. ‘Extrovert’ being an outie one of course.)
In a nutshell, I love stimuli – articles, films, conversations, people watching… but once I’m ‘full’, I need time on my own to digest all that ‘stuff’ and reflect, possibly doing something with this new information. Like maybe write this blog.
Over the past few weeks there has been plenty of time for fun stimuli. A flurry of invites for birthdays, breakfasts, dinners and bar mitzvahs filled my social diary for February and March ..and I loved it.
Husband? Hmmm, not so much.
For those with ‘FOMO‘ – ‘Fear of Missing Out’ – he is the polar opposite, suffering from a horrific case of ‘FOBO’ – Fear of Being Out’.
I’m not saying he’s anti-social, but He’s anti-social.
But once the invites are in, where to store them?
I’m a neat freak and the whole magnet-to-fridge thing is an eyesore for me.
Plus, I can’t deal with all the paraphernalia falling off each time the door is opened or closed. (And when husband gets home from work, there is much fridge traffic.)
Pinboards are a nice idea in theory, but again, messy. Plus there’s a chance of standing on a rogue pushpin. Anyone else fondly remember finding these embedded into the sole of your school shoe, as you tap-tap-tapped down the corridors?
For me, all pertinant paperwork has to be stored in a display folder.
Every party invite (kid AND adult), school class list, timetable, letter about choir, or any other A4 (or smaller) piece of paper that requires attention will be stored here.
Message me and ask…
‘When do the kids break up?’
‘When is sports day?’
‘What time does so-and-so’s party start?’
‘Is so-and-so’s barmitzvah at Radlett Reform or Radlett United Synagogue?’
And the information is at my fingertips. (Bar the last bit of info, where an entrance into Radlett Reform could have been a major error…)
With alot of these invites, comes a necessity to ‘get pitzed up’. To put into context:
Saturday evening, dinner with friends…
“Are you going casual or getting pitzed up?”
Or more specifically thanks to Google:
Alot of these invites thankfully carry indications as to the level of appropriate dressing. Or at least they used to. Black tie, black tie no tie, cocktail, dress to party, glam, party, fancy fucking dress (FML), casual, ‘festival’… and so on.
Each one will carry the same conversation with my husband, an hour, possibly half an hour, before we are due to leave for said ‘do’.
Him: “What’s the dress code?”
Me: “Dress to party.”
Him: “Can I wear jeans?”
For me, I LOVE the prep. By all means stop reading right now, as next bit is going to sound super shallow, of Kim Kardashian proportions…
Exfoliating, face mask, spray tan, manicure, pedicure, hair cut, hair colour, blow dry, comb out (it’s a thing), make up, outfit.. and that’s just the men. Trust me – I go to alot of ‘things’, and there are a great many tanned women standing next to their considerably paler partners. There needs to be more of this:
I say I enjoy it.. but then again, it’s an utterly exhausting, logistical process, involving a flurry of bank card activity as stuff is bought, returned and exchanged. (And you always forget that you need tights.)
Don’t worry. I agree… First. World. Problems. But it’s the world we are living in. And we need to prepare our kids for the future.
Here’s some 2018 GCSE sample maths questions:
Q18: If Vicki has a party on Saturday night, in order to achieve optimum colour, should she have her spray tan on:
C) A week before
Q19: If Suzie wears 5″ heels to a party which starts at 8pm, what time will she lose feeling in the balls of her feet:
Q20: If Gemma eats two pieces of sushi at 7pm at a wedding reception and has five toffee vodka shots during the course of the evening, at what point will she throw up?
B) Half past midnight
Q21: If Rachel’s dress is midnight blue, which shoes will match perfectly:
A) Rose gold
C) Antique gold
If Lloyd is going to a 40th party, what is the probability that he will sing ‘Jump Around’ whilst wearing fake sunglasses, neon bracelets and a bandana:
Q22: If Scott has a tendency to sweat alot when dancing, how many spare shirts should he take with to change into during the course of his son’s barmitzvah party?
A full list of questions will be available in due course.
Now to wash off my spray tan….