I won an award at work. Apparently they make a really big deal about this award.
It started with the first congratulatory email from the CEO. It came as a surprise to me. I was reading the email and thought it was just about the award, and talking about the winners. I had to read it twice before I realized that they were telling me I’d won.
This is for that huge project I worked on all last year. Looking back, I can honestly say that I had a great time. It was a good group of people I worked with, we all had a common goal, the pressure was intense and I loved every minute of it. I’m not sure what it says about me that I’m not truly happy at work unless I am under undue pressure and ridiculous deadlines.
I had to go for a photo shoot. How crazy is that? They took dozens of headshots, profile pictures and a whole bunch of video. I was told they have life-sized video screens set up in the lobby and they show the winners during cocktails. That is just going to be weird. Maybe I will get a picture of me standing beside myself…
This year the gala is being held in my city. They alternate it with other major cities where we have offices and I’m a little disappointed it is local and they’re not having to fly me in. They are putting everyone up at a hotel though, so I guess I shouldn’t complain.
Of course a big party like this meant that I needed to buy myself a new dress, so off I went dragging my poor guy with me. I tried on a lot of dresses but nothing really stood out. Some were awful and some were just ok…there wasn’t anything that said WOW.
We were heading home and I decided to stop at one more store and we had more luck there. I tried on a couple of really beautiful dresses. I finally narrowed it down to two possibilities. The were two very different dresses. One was kind of flowy and elegant. The other was tighter and sexier.
Which one do you think I chose?