We’re having a holiday party at work on Thursday, and I am unreasonably stressed out about it. It is just a stupid party, but they really expect a lot out of us for this damn thing. For example:
- Each group (I’m in programming) has to create a “centerpiece” that incorporates elements of our group (programming) and the holidays. And then we’ll be judged on this. I am in charge, and besides the fact that I don’t care, no one seems to be getting the ideas that I’m putting forward. They are more in the “lets throw shiny things in a box” camp while I’m more on the “lets make ours an ironic take on the flaws of programming and the holidays”.
- Potluck. I think I’m expected to bring in some sort of dish. And also sign up on the web what I’m bringing in. This is just not going to happen, I think. I definitely do not feel like cooking something. But if I don’t there is a good chance that the only food there will be will be the gross things that other people decide to bring in. I love dishes that consist of 3 food groups tied together with cool whip as much as the next guy, but come on. 14 different versions of the same theme?
- Reindeer games. We’ve got two sessions of reindeer games. Morning and afternoon. In the morning session there will be “a series of mentally and physically challenging games.” The afternoon session will be geared more towards card games and board games. I can’t get past the fact that they are called “Reindeer” games to actually imagine what it is going to be like hopping around the halls of the office to Christmas carols.
- White Elephant gift exchange. I’m just not going to do that. I think it is dumb, and I refuse to participate.
These are the plans for the whole day. Oh yeah, and then each group has to select a “cleanup” person, which will surely be me, since I’m the new guy.
This is all just ridiculous. Maybe I’ll just call in sick.