Surviving the Holiday parties

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7Lil
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   Posted 12/9/2005 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
How do you all do it?  I am having several work parties/lunches and I'm worried.  On Monday we had a holiday lunch for the entire company and it made me sick.  I took a couple bites of the ham and a couple of the turkey and noticed they were processed.  They tasted canned.  OMG!  I was in the bathroom the entire afternoon.  Today I have a group lunch and I don't know what to do.  This morning I was/am already having issues and I don't know if I can go out to eat.  Even if I watch everyone eat I feel I am not stable enough to be out.  THEN next week I have a company potluck and a company Holiday Party.  I can't handle all this eating.  I usually bring soup to work (homemade - because it is safe).  I don't know what to do.
Do you all go to these parties?  I don't want people thinking I'm not a "team player" if I don't go.  When I do go, I'm usually stuck in the bathroom afterwards.  Or, I get "Why aren't you eating?  You're too good?  No wonder you're so skinny, you don't eat."  They all say it jokingly but I know they mean it.  I'm fed up.
 
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   Posted 12/9/2005 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I usually don't participate for the exact same reasons. I kindly tell them that my system is very senstive to certain things and just leave it at that. I have never had a problem when I say that. It just depends on the people that you work with though I'm sure. I always assume that the people are happy that I don't eat, more for them :)
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Keriamon
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   Posted 12/9/2005 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I would chose the one that means the most (maybe that's the whole company party, maybe it's just your department party or maybe it's the party where they hand out the Christmas presents/bonuses!), and go to that one. After that, skip the rest. I mean, how many parties does one company need to have anyways?? It's like gift giving nowadays; everyone's going to extremes, trying to outdo everyone else. Even Christmas trees for homes are reaching record numbers and record sizes. Now every affluent middle class person seems to think they need a "formal" tree and a "family" tree--at least. It's getting ridiculous.

As for answers to give people when they notice you're not turning up or that you don't eat when you do turn up, decide if you want to tell them the truth or just lie. You might even have fun making up wild stories just to see them race around the office gossips like wild fire.

Truth: "You know I have IBS." "This all looks great, but I'm afraid it's too rich for me." "I have to be very careful about what I eat." "Man, I wish I could have some of that [insert best looking item]. It looks wonderful! But my stomach is just not cooperating today." "I'm afraid I can't go because I am feeling a little unwell."

Almost a truth: "I have food allergies." "I've gone totally organic for health reasons, so I'll have to eat the lunch I brought for myself." "I'm on a diet." "I've been down with the [horrible catching disease] lately and I don't want to pass it around." "I can only pop in for a minute; I just have too much work to do to take time off."

Wild and crazy lies: "I'm Jewish." Even better, "I'm a Jeohavah's Witness" (they don't celebrate or even participate in any holidays, including birthdays, so that can get you out of a lot). "I am now a strict atheist and just can't celebrate a religious holiday in any form or fashion." "I'm a pagan and Christmas ripped off ancient Goddess worshipping rights, so while I have no problem with you celebrating your holiday in the way that you see fit, I'm going out at the Solstice and offer up greenery to the god of the sun. Want to join? The women will be performing an ancient fertility dance in the nude." "I belong to PETA now, so I'm a total vegan and can't eat anything that touched something that an animal product touched because that's just not fair to animals." "My [insert relative] just passed away, so I'm not feeling too cheery" (this one can be repeated multiple years since the anniversary of said loss makes you unhappy). "Me and [significant other]... well... I don't want to talk about it right now. Just please excuse my absence." "Oh, is the party today? I forgot all about it and made my doctor/dentist/mechanic/hairstylist appointment and I can't cancel because [so-and-so] books months in advance!" "I'm afraid I can't go out this evening as my car is in the shop and I'm having to ride with a friend." "I'm boycotting the party because they won't let me bring my "life partner" as my spouse." "I can't come; I'm working a second job right now for the money so they don't foreclose on the house." "I'm afraid that conflicts with my new class on exploring my femininity and inner power" [launch into tirade about how "the man" is keeping you, as a woman, in a subserviant position, etc. ultra-radical feminist dogma just to keep whomever from ever again asking you to another party]. "[Whisper] I can't go to the party; you-know-who in [department name] keeps hitting on me and the guy's a total weirdo! I don't know how many more times I can brush him off. Don't talk to him or he'll start asking you to hook us up!"

Of course there are more, and they can get even wilder and change from day to day. See how long it takes people to figure out you're making it all up. And then laugh like it was a big pratical joke. When asked what it was all about, say it was just to get back at the gossips for a year's worth of backstabbing.

bunnybabe
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   Posted 12/9/2005 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
that usually happens with me and the old birthday cake-- i stopped caring though, and I HATE the "that's why your so skinny" line-- is that the best original line they can come up with???? "No, i am skinny cause when i eat i am sure to crap it all out so fast that sometimes i crap my pants--it really is something, i'd be happy to show you..."
i'd bring your own something to eat, heck bring a lot and share it...
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7Lil
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   Posted 12/9/2005 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone!
Keri, you have some pretty original excuses. LOL
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Keriamon
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   Posted 12/9/2005 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you should turn into a rabid PETA-feminist so as to not even get invited to parties, LOL. Of course you could get some of those fake tattoo sleeves and fake nose and tongue piercings and weird yourself out of party invites. There's just so many ways to "freak the norms," as we medieval reenactors say (which for us involves pumping gas or getting groceries while in costume). Should hear about the guy in elizabethan clothing in a bar... lol.

7Lil
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   Posted 12/9/2005 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure I can get out of being invited to parties, as the entire company gets the emails. Oh well, I'll deal. I'm thinking I will use the "I'm not feeling well" for my department party (off site) next Friday.
Today I went to the group lunch and it was rough. We went to a pizza joint. Since I was already having bathroom issues this morning I hadn't eaten so was starving by the time we went. I had to go next door to the deli and get a plain sandwich. I was embarassed; the only one not eating pizza and eating outside food. (I used to be a server at Tony Roma's and it bugged me when people would bring in McDonald's.)
I also took a couple Peptos because I wasn't feeling that my guts were stable. So far, so good (knock on wood).
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