Saturday, June 19, 2010

Every Party Has a Pooper, That's Why They Invited Us

BSD and I like a good party. We like to have a few drinks. We like to laugh. We like to socialize. Just not for very long. Or with too many people.

It took us years to figure this out. I'm not sure why. It should have dawned on us years ago during our first few weeks of dating when we threw our first "keg party." We were so excited. We planned it all out. Invited the guests. Ran over BSD's mountain bike bringing home the keg. Threw back a couple of beers. Chit-chatted with the other revelers for a bit. And then we escaped to the bedroom where we hung out in bed talking for hours. Wondering WHEN the heck everyone would finally leave.

Luckily, our friends understand this about us. They still invite us to their big shindigs. But they know we won't stay very long. They know we'll get there early. Schmooze with those we care about. Be the first in line for the food. And then, once the party starts to fill out, we'll bolt.

Sometimes we take off and see a movie together. Sometimes we go out for dessert. Usually, we just come home, snuggle up in bed, and watch TV together. Saying over and over to each other how happy we are that we're not still standing at the party making small talk with people we barely know.

I'd like to say it's an age thing, but we've been playing this same scene since we were in our 20's. No, it's just who we are. We'd rather just hang with a small group of good friends. Intimate gatherings where everyone is part of the conversation is much more our style. We'll hang out all night playing poker, but a neighborhood bash sends us running for the covers.

Tonight our good friends are hosting an all-out neighborhood kegger. There is no catered buffet table to hold our attention. There may even be people we don't know. The party starts in three minutes. Want to place bets on how long we'll last?

18 comments:

sloan said...

It's 9:00 now ... you home yet?!

Thx for the hammie comment - I followed up with even more to say ... your girls are gonna love them! I'm sure you'll have some colorful stories to share along the way ;-)

Night night ...

Cindy said...

We are the same exact way!
Enjoy your party...at home!

{Amy} said...

i love it, kim. we are the same way. there is a huge party going on, complete with bands, that a lot of our friends are right now. but we just didn't feel like it tonight (maybe another night?) so instead i am getting ready to snuggle up to Friday Night Lights on the couch : ) sounds much better to me!

Dani said...

I bet you're already home and in that bed.

Can I just say, I *love* this post. You sound like me and The Mr. We are lame. Always have been. We are quite particular in the company we keep for extended periods of time. Good food & music are a must. Usually shindigs take place at our house because of this...

We have one couple that we can party with to the wee hours. Just one, thus far.

Right now: we have a party goin' on. And there are only two guests. I'm one of them. Saturdays rule.

storyqueen said...

I am the same way, too!

Small talk with people I barely know...I think that's one of the circles of hell actually.

Shelley

Bridget said...

I'm the same way, too. When my husband's best friend throws a party, we're the first to leave.

Corey Schwartz said...

David and I are the exact same way!!!

insteadofthedishes said...

Hope you had some fun and that no bikes were harmed in the making of the party. I love being social, but would much rather just hang with 2-3 other couples, or 4-5 gal pals. And yet, every time we have a gathering at our house, it ends up being 50 people. How does this happen?

Jen said...

I'm happy to be in a crowd of friends but I do not like to stay out late....unless there are just a few of us sitting out in the driveway talking.
So fun that you both have always been like that. With lots of couples...1 wants to stay and the other has been ready to go since the min. they got there!

Anonymous said...

Kim,
I love your blog. I read it every week. Debbie turned me on to it a while ago and it is now in my Favorites and I check it all the time. Makes me smile inside and out. You and your family are beautiful.
Diana Rosado Empoliti

Jess said...

too funny!!! we'll take our porch with a couple of beers over a keg party any day!!!! my bet is you are home by 10!

My Interior Life said...

Love this post. We rarely go to parties, so I can totally relate. We have a supper club with three other couples that meets once every two months. That's about all I can handle.

Kim said...

We made it until the END of the party! We tried a new tactic. We got there about an hour and a half late so the party was in full swing. We ate, talked a bit, and then it was over. I think it was more of a challenge to ourselves than the shedding of new party animal skin, though. :)

DIANA! HOLY COW! I'm so excited you left a comment. I had no idea you've "been around." Thanks for the sweet comments. How the heck are you little sister?!?!?!

Liz said...

You would be the best couple for us to hang out with then!! Hands down. :)

knack said...

hilarious!.....i bet you lasted ....hmmmm.....30 minutes?

i feel the same way sometimes...but my husband is mr friendly and can talk to a rock....so he usually feels like it is his mission to talk to everyone in the room! ......and we are normally the last ones to leave.....hah! i love him to death....

xo

Susan said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I got a good laugh out of this post. I think we may seem like the snobs of the neighborhood because we rarely invite anyone who lives around us over when we have parties. It's the same group of people we've been friends with forever. We know eachother's kiddos, who all happen to play together, we all have a lot of the same interests and we all go to church together. I like a good party and I like people, but I tend to stay in my comfort zone. Might be a good thing, might be a bad thing, but it works for me. I'm the opposite though, these are people I can stay up late with talking to for hours.

Lisa and Laura said...

Oh, we would get along. I have always been on the quiet side--happy to sit and watch. So there's only so much socializing I can do before I feel like I'm going to collapse from sheer exhaustion at having to maintain a conversation. Add alcohol and I'm about ready to fall asleep after a few beers or glasses of wine! I'm kind of lame. My husband is not. He has to come searching for me at the end of the night. I'm usually in the bathroom, or most recently, hidden away in the locker room watching re-runs of Lost at my best friend's wedding!

alstauch said...

I'm so happy you both stayed at our party UNTIL THE END!! I would have been happy with 30 minutes. Having a party without two of our favorite friends would be very sad...thanks for taking the challenge! I, too, prefer a more intimate night out. But I also like the chance to reconnect with a bunch of folks at one event. Who am I kidding...it was really an excuse to finish putting my house together and doing the yard work!! :)