And then there's me.
I'm not exactly sure who decided I should be a part of this illustrious group that meets monthly, but I get paid to be there, so whatever. Please don't take my ambivalence to mean I don't contribute. Because I do. I nod my head vigorously and knit my brows together, giving the appearance that I'm paying attention and giving thoughtful consideration to what's being said. But really, I'm thinking who the hell are these people that I've met no less than eight times?
On the way to the meeting, I ran into a fellow attendee. She is someone - whose name I actually remember! - I know in only the strictest professional sense. We are polite. Cordial, even. But we are not chummy.
So it makes perfect sense that the following took place.
We say hello to each other.
And then she extends her arm.
Which I naturally take to mean she wants to hug me. I mean, sure I think it's weird. After all, we're polite. Cordial, even. But definitely not chummy. Certainly not huggers. Then I think, maybe she's resolved to give more hugs this year. Not wanting to be the one who stands in the way of her fulfilling her New Year's Resolutions,
And so it occurs to me...
I stand up straight, clear my throat, straighten my jacket and follow her gaze to the door we are standing in front of.
That door has been there the whole time. I bet you guys didn't even see it. Don't feel bad. I didn't see it either. But this woman, who I know in a strictly professional sense, did see it and was extending her arm to open the door to the stairwell. She was not trying to give me a hug because of course she wasn't.
I followed her up the stairs and into the meeting room where I sat very far away from her.
I spent the next hour nodding vigorously and knitting my brows together, giving the appearance that I was paying attention and giving thoughtful consideration to what was being said. But really, I was trying to telepathically jedi mind-trick her into forgetting what happened.
I don't think it worked, and I'm pretty sure that's the last time Very Important People will invite me to anything.
Don't forget to join me on January 31st for...
The Procrastinators' Year in Review!
I'm hosting a linky open to all bloggers. Link up one or two of your favorite posts from 2012 and/or link up one of your most favorite posts of another blogger! And please, spread the word so we can meet lots of new bloggy friends!
The date again is January 31st, because what better day to celebrate last year than on the last day of the first month of this year!