We had 17 people, including 3 people I had not met before. Two of the new ones are brothers of my younger sister's boyfriend, and the other one is the former roommate of my sister's boyfriend.
All 3 of these guys were fun and intelligent and appeared to be quite comfortable among so many strangers.
After we had all eaten (I was at the kids table, woohoo!, where the average age was probably 40) I suggested a game of Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit. Trivial Pursuit won, and 6 of us broke into 3 teams to play the 20th century edition.
At first I was a team of one, as I was waiting for my older sister and her husband to join the game, but they took too long playing another game in the dining room, so Eric from another team offered to join me, for which I am enormously grateful. At one point, the 2 other teams had gotten pie pieces already, so I grabbed our pie and put a brown wedge piece in it. I don't remember exactly what was going on, but other than Eric, no one ever noticed that I had done that. Eric and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves laughing over it, and the others couldn't figure out why.
The game lasted 3 hours, and near the end, my sister and her boyfriend gave up, so I asked them for their half-ish full pie (ok, I took it), added our 2 pieces, then we only lacked one piece. I thought it was hilarous. Then Eric and I rallied and WON the game, off of stolen and confiscated pie pieces. It was during the confiscation that we finally told the other players what I had done TWO hours prior!
Too funny indeed.
I also enjoyed it because in such situations, I'm not expected to have all the answers for everything and to be able to solve any problem. I am expected to know such and do such all the time at work, and it is very refreshing to just be ok with not knowing the answer to some random baseball question and such. And I got to spend hours talking and interacting with people who have absolutely nothing to do with my work. I loved it. Boy, I really need to get more friends outside my work, don't I?
Well, I'm exhausted, so I am going to take care of Jimmy the Turtle then head off to bed...gotta get up early tomorrow, though not too early.