I am now officially dating a lovely young lady, shown above, named Kris.
On Friday night, we co-hosted a little dinner party/games night for friends, to "introduce" her to my peeps. "Introduce" is in quotes, because she works with most of us, so most of the peeps know her from the office. She and I do not work on the same parts of the California project, but we do work on opposite ends: I make the data pretty, and she deals with how the state handles and processes the data I make available to them. It sort of sounds like we *should* work closely, but we really do not. I have never even been in a meeting with her.
The picture is a facebook picture from her birthday that I shamelessly stole; I'll post some pictures that I've taken myself soon. She's awesome. And beautiful. And funny. And sweet!!
She's a consultant (though we do work for different companies), and she holds a Bachelor's and a Master's in English. I won a few points today by correctly identifying a quote from Shakespeare (which was printed on our lunch table thing, but the play was not identified) as being from "Taming of the Shrew".
After a trip to Monterey (where she did her undergrad work), and quite a few home-cooked meals, I was invited today to meet her parents and her brother and her brother's finacee.
FULL DISCLOSURE: Her brother is a consultant, and also works on our project (though, again, not in my area). Her mom is a consulting director for the company they all work for, and her dad is a programmer, though he is retired.
He and I are very much cut from the same cloth: he makes jokes about data programming, and is just a wonderfully funny guy, and we got on like gang-busters; I kept wanting to chime in with "YEAH! That happens to me all the time!", as he was recounting stories about date formats and the like, but I restrained myself. Her mom knows and works with my company, and is lovely in every way. John (the brother) and Melanie (his fiancee) were absolutely warm and welcoming. Melanie squealed (no, srsly, squealed) every time I did something nice to Kris, and it was fun hanging with the fam. We had delicious lasagna, and there were two varieties: turkey for my lady, and beef for myself and John and Melanie. And it was really, really good. I can't post the recipe here yet, but I'm definitely going to bug Josetta (mom) for the recipe soon, and I'll post it if she approves.
After dinner, we played a game called SmartAss, which is basically a trivia game, so I did VERY well.... okay, fine, I came in fourth.
Kris won. Handily, I might add.
And this is just one of the MANY MANY MANY upcoming posts of me gushing about how wonderful she is.
Yes, I'm announcing that I'm going to be telling you how awesome my girl is.
Loves to all my peeps, family, and friends who read this silly blog. I'm very, very happy, and I hope you are, too!!
Tomorrow, ADVENTURE!! :)