Halifax Solo Christmas PartyAnita Kirkbride
Working from home has A LOT of advantages. Take, for instance, yesterday, when schools were closed due to an impending storm, roads were icy and, well, I just didn’t feel like getting up. I got to crawl back into bed for a while longer and it was an unexpected luxury from which only the work-from-home crew gets to benefit. While friends scrambled for child care and slipped along the roads, I was safe and cozy, starting my day a bit later than normal.
Working from home also has some disadvantages. Distractions are everywhere. Yesterday I tried to wrangle three kids, a husband and a sister all while trying to concentrate on client work. There’s always a cat chewing on, or playing with, something he shouldn’t. Laundry, dishes and floors beckon. And there’s no corporate Christmas Party!
Until now. My new friend Heather Laura Clarke at Laptops to Lullibies has been having solo Christmas parties for a few years now and when I heard about it, I couldn’t wait to join the fun. Why shouldn’t those of us who work from home have a Christmas party, too? So, yesterday was the big day and here’s the recap:
I got all dolled up in my best non-ugly, ugly Christmas sweater. I’m a tad paranoid about the ugliness of this sweater ever since I walked into a networking breakfast a few years ago and someone, in a completely serious tone, complimented my “ugly Christmas sweater”. I was devastated, but I guess I was glad to finally know the truth.
Of course there was lots of food and drink… well, there was when I made the cookies. The office elves must have gotten into the chocolate peppermint kiss cookies while I was working. I don’t know if anyone else has office elves, but I am convinced they live on junk food. I blame all the missing junk food on Sebastian and Jingles.
I did the traditional Yankee Swap of course, which goes pretty quickly when it’s just yourself. Some elf wannabe switched out my very thoughtful gift of rose gold earrings with a thong! And I couldn’t even steal from anyone else to get something I actually wanted. (Disadvantage)
After that debacle I headed back to the kitchen to find some Christmas treats. Since the cookies were gone, I decided to just eat the ingredients I’d been hoarding, and to enjoy a rum and Coke. But I had no Coke. Who hired this party planner anyhow? At least there was some of the Jamaican rum left over from the office trip to Jamaica back in June.
Of course, after that I don’t remember a whole lot until I woke up this morning in my own bed. (Advantage) Apparently there was a contentious ruling in the spotlight dance. In the end I lost to the elves! It’s like they just stand there waiting for the spotlight to come to them.
All in all, my first Solo Christmas Party was a success. Fun was had by….um…me. I made it to bed safely. I had fresh undies to wear today. This morning, these photocopies were circulating the office, though.
The best part is, I have a prize for you! Yes you! For stopping by my party. There’s a $25 Greco Pizza gift card waiting for one person who comments on this post before December 23, 2016. That’s all you have to do is leave a comment on my party to be entered. I’ll contact the winner on the 23rd and get an address from you, so make sure you include your email or Twitter handle in the comment system.
I’m not alone in this year’s Solo Christmas Party, either. Maybe you came here by way of Laptops to Lullibies party? Well, there are six of us having a party alone, uh…together… today. If you’ve enjoyed my solo Christmas Party, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the other solopreneurs who have joined me in this fun, new tradition. Your next stop on the tour is Curtains are Open! Stop by each one and leave a comment on their posts for more chances to win!