Reverb10 Is Curious

Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans (author: Shauna Reid)

Oh Reverb. That’s so nice. Thanks for asking.

First there was my own birthday party in February. That one was good. I turned 36 (37? no, 35. no, 36) (after “legal to vote” it’s all a blur) on the same day that my city of birth opened the 2010 Winter Olympiad, for which that city will be paying bills for-fucking-ever-amen. To celebrate, I drank wine and watched the opening ceremonies on tv. And tweeted a lot. I call this a “rock my socks off” social gathering because I wasn’t sick on my birthday for the first time in 34 (37? 38?) years. And also, a giant sparkling polar bear rose from the floor of BC Place Stadium. How often does that happen in a person’s lifetime!

Then there was –


My younger kid turned 2 in April. I was talking to my older son, who is 4 and a quarter, the other day and he said “what did you give me for my 2nd birthday?” And I knew. I knew! I told him, in detail. But I can’t remember what I gave my younger son for his 2nd birthday, 7 months ago. I have no idea.

I mean, *he* doesn’t either, have any idea. So it’s OK. But I feel like I should remember.

In July, my older son turned 4 and we drove to Penticton to celebrate my Aunt and Uncle’s wedding anniversary. There was a party. The kind with jello salad and fruit punch in a big beveled bowl. And church coffee.

In August, in Brandon, Manitoba, I attended a dinner party with a theme, oh Jesus, what was the theme. Chicken? My brother and sister in law do what they call a “Aluminum Chef” dinner, where they invite their friends to come over for a potluck but with a theme ingredient. It’s a fantastic idea. I think it was chicken. God help me, I am so much older than 36 in my brain. Anyway, it was delicious. No, it couldn’t have been chicken because there was a lot of pork. Molasses! That’s what it was. Damn, that was a lot of good food, and adults I didn’t know but who were lovely and it didn’t even thunderstorm on the backyard, for the first time in a week. At the end, the kids each got a birthday cake covered in trinkets and they lost their little minds. That was a fun party.

In November, while SA was away, I invited some friends over and we drank wine. That’s all I remember.

Two weeks ago I went to my friend’s going away party. She is moving to Toronto. I think because of the new mayor. And I went to a party and I drove myself there, so I didn’t drink much and that was good. I’m a social drinker, not a problem drinker, you see, but because I don’t socialize very much, when I drink socially I have one drink and then I have several drinks and then I think drinking until 7 am to watch the sunrise would be so awesome except I forget that I have actual SONS that will RISE at 6 am and that is not so awesome but try to tell me anything after three glasses of wine.

I still stayed out too late, but in the morning I just felt tired, not tired and viscerally compromised. That was a fun party. There were cupcakes and little oranges and I tried Pims for the first time. Pims is Girly Gin. I know, can you get girlier than gin? Yes you can! It is spiced, fruity gin. Yummo! I also got to see a lot of people I never, ever see, all of whom I was very, very glad to see.

But I am going to see some of them again tomorrow, so maybe tomorrow will be My Party of the Year.

Except tomorrow there will be another prompt. So it won’t matter.

I guess I’ll just have to commit to more social events in 2011. More shenanigans. I would like to do that. I like the word shenanigans.

That’s it, I’m going to find a lampshade to wear. Onward!

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8 Responses to Reverb10 Is Curious

  1. Jen says:

    Dude, I can’t even come up with something for this prompt.

  2. mo-wo says:

    Sparkly polar bears!!! You deserve a million. Yummo!

  3. Amber says:

    I took my kids to Maplewood Farm a couple of times. Does that count? Some of the animals looked kind of like they might get up to some shenanigans. They didn’t while we were there, of course, but there was a definite air of possibility.

    • cheesefairy says:

      My friend calls parties “Shenanigoats” so yes, I think you were VERY CLOSE to a party, Amber.

  4. Arwen says:

    More parties in 2011! This seems like a good plan to me.

  5. Deb says:

    Yes. I am moving to Toronto because of the new mayor. That is EXACTLY right. Anything to get closer to Don Cherry…

  6. melanie says:

    Too funny. More parties in 2011 for us too – preferably some that don’t involve kids.

  7. eva says:

    Awesome. Especially the thought of moving to TO for the new “war on car is over” mayor, I like how casually that was worked in.