This, *This* is a night I want to remember. *This* was a brilliant night. Actually *that* is an understatement, it was Magnificent night and indeed day, just damn magnificent.
It was so magnificent I couldn’t get to sleep because I had the most stupidest grin on my face and it wouldn’t go away… proper looney-tune grin.
I found out in February that I would be losing my job, if you read the elusive Gilbert Scott post, this is when I knew. Today I was offered a job – it looks like a really good job and this is where the grinning started.
On top of that I’d organised a work’s jolly to do Karaoke at Karaoke Box in Soho. Trying to persuade my colleagues that Karaoke *is* fun, nay damn excellent, was initially like pulling teeth … “I’d rather die” was a recurring comment “ffs, come, it’s fun, I promise you!” We had a few cocktails and nibbles in the office first, so some of the inhibitions were being eroded by the time we got there, but not many. The Head of Dev and I led the way as the rest of the team sank a couple more buckets of beer… and then well, there was no holding them back ~ reticence and misgivings went out the window very quickly ~ someone [not me] [I retain anonymity and therefore the dignity of the individual] sang Flo-Rider and repeatedly “slapped their ass” as dictated by the song ~ whooping and squealing followed. We were on our way to having a great time ~ I stood at the side of the room, like a proud mother, knowing what they didn’t know, that I was leaving and that I was going to miss them until my heart broke.
I sang “Run” by Snow Patrol with my boss ~ if you listen to the lyrics [Lyrics] you’ll know how poignant those lyrics are .. we barely contained our tears, knowing our time as colleagues and friends was coming to the end. My swansongs were “You haven’t seen the last of me” from Burlesque [Lyrics] << poignant lyrics again “All That Jazz” one of my favourites and “Big Spender” … could I be happier? Oh Yes I Could!
We’d extended the room hire by an hour, we’d drank and sang until we were hoarse, but still it was only 10pm, the night was young and I wanted to go back to Thirst. To dance, to sing, to drink more cocktails, but ultimately just to dance. And dance I did. 2.5hrs of solid dancing.
Losing only the smallest amount of weight that I have (10lbs since New Year), has really made a difference to how confident I feel. And maybe I’ve toned up more, so I look more different than 10lbs, but tonight three men and one woman told me I looked sexy … but seriously, *this* never happens, ever. I don’t get those kind of numbers of compliments in a month, a year even, let alone a night!
When I finally got home, some point after midnight, there was absolutely no shifting this smile ~ I’d secured a new job; I’d sung for hours; I’d danced with utter joy with colleagues and strangers; there’d been cocktails; and 4 people had said I was sexy ~ all of my favourite things in one night … if you can tell me of a better evening, I’d struggle to believe it!
And *This* is the reason I couldn’t sleep because of a massive grin on my face and *This* is what constituted the most Magnificent Night Ever!
[as a side note, thank you to all of you who’ve supported me through the last 6 weeks, you’ve been utterly invaluable and I love you!]
… terrible terrible photo’s and I need to get hold of the karaoke ones …