If you don't run you won't win

It's only that line (guess which movie and you win 10 points) that gets me through nights like tonight. If I'd had my way, I would have gone to yoga tonight with my sister, come home and eaten something healthy, and then curled up with a book. But because I am trying to be One Who Makes an Effort, I left work early, rushed home to put on warm clothing, and traveled 40 minutes to some ski lodge for an activity the singles ward was hosting. I didn't ski because I've only done that once and it is really, really cold. This was okay because there were games and movies and food in the lodge for the non-outdoor-venturers.

Thing is, I didn't know anyone. I drove up w/my roommate and her bf, but they went sledding. There were loads of people there, and everyone was sort of in clumps of friends. So it's not like there was some main activity that you could just join in. Even if I'd known one other person there it would have been better. So I chatted with people and did my best, but that is really not my optimum social situation. I got in on a game of Apples to Apples with a table of people, but it turns out that none of them are in my ward so I'm probably never going to see any of them again. I spoke with 4 boys:

I chatted briefly with a guy during the game
I offered a plastic spoon to guy behind me in the spoon line
I asked a guy what time it was, just before his girlfriend came over
I said hello to the stalker in response to his eventual greeting, just as I was leaving

So . . . yeah. If anyone ever tries to tell me that I just Don't Make an Effort, they're going to get a kick in the teeth from me. Because if I had things my way I would just order Jim Halpert from a catalog and he would come right to my home, where I would be warm and cozy and doing things that I want to be doing and not freezing my tail off getting ignored in some barn.

I'm just sayin'.


Sarita said... [reply]

I feel your pain! I try, I really do. Even if my family does think I send out this evil death ray threatening to disinegrate any male in my path.

So what if I do? I thought that men liked it when you play hard to get?

Yes, so you think that one could put Jim on layaway?

Rachel said... [reply]

Back off! Jim's mine!!! :)

Yeah, singles activities are the WORST!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Nem, (this is Spitfire, but I can't remember my password.)
I am soooooo sorry! I feel so bad that you didn't have a good time--I should have just gone, too. I'm sorry I am such a failure as a sister. I was planning on going to Yoga and going Dancing, but turns out, I was way too lazy and since you weren't going with me it served as my excuse for not going, either. So instead I went to dinner with Helen Scheaffermeyer, took a nap, took a shower and shaved my legs, read a book, went to the store, took my car through the car wash and made rice krispie treats. I guess it was sort of eventful, but very lazy.

Also, we still need to go to the Gossners Cheese Factory. I'm still figuring out my schedule tonight b/c of weird work things, so maybe we could go this weekend?

amyjane said... [reply]

Oh, sweetie. Sorry things sucked it up. You are indeed one who makes a great big effort--duly noted.

The McCulloch Family said... [reply]

What a crap day. Maybe Jim will be at the cheese factory when you go there by some freakish turn of events.

Also, wouldn't it be sad if John whoever who plays him wasn't that precious in real life? Gah. Too awful to think about. Nevermind.

Tim, Katie, and Marcus said... [reply]

I love the cheese factory. It is one of my favorite things about your lovely new city of residence. Try the spicy cheese. Very yummy.

Oh, and sorry about the sucky singles activity. I'm sure things will get better when it gets warmer--they always do.

DanaLee said... [reply]

This is where the slightly bitter and cynical single 32 year old will bite her tongue rather than making a snarky comment that potentially could leave you without any hope. FYI, apparently we are kindred red spirits because tears came to my eyes looking at that china yesterday. Can you imagine serving food on that china that was made using my red kitchen aid? To beautiful for words.

Panini said... [reply]

I go to church on the same premise, but it's not working for me. Some super freak is sending me text message poetry and that's all I got for going to ward prayer trying to meet a nice boy.

Scully said... [reply]

I have seen interviews with John K. and his castmates and by all accounts he IS that precious. Also, I called dibs on Jim Halpert in 2005 so you'll have to fight me for him. Did I mention I can break boards with my head?

kristen said... [reply]

Gotta love the singles' activities. I gave up on those. I was disappointed at my ward T-giving dinner to be forced to sit at a table according to my birth month, only to find myself with people old enough for me to have been their babysitter. Yeah, there was great conversation.

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