My boss said the other day: "Oh, you're just in time for our Xmas party. The Dr's take turns having it at their homes every year. This year it's Dr. X's turn. Who you gonna bring as your date?" I told her that I likely wouldn't have one and she told me that it was okay, that she was recently single again. However, I can tell that she is one of those who can't and won't go long without having a boyfriend. She'll have a date at the very least. So anyway, I'm figuring out that everyone else has a significant other. I'm already stressing out. It's rediculous. Do I go alone? Do I bring one of my nieces? Do I bring a friend? Ugh! It wouldn't be as big a deal, but in larger groups and especially when I don't know people very well (the party is the first weekend in December so I'll know these people for roughly a month) I clam up. If I do try to make conversation, it doesn't come out very confidently and of course not making conversation is awkward for everyone. I can only hope that they are game players because I could do that . . . I know they're doing the xmas gift swap thing but that isn't really a game per se. I'm thinking ahead to the dinner, too. Is it formal? Lord, I hope not. I will be a nervous wreck. I can't not go . . . I mean, I could but I don't think that would be wise. What if they pass out the bonus checks that night? LOL.