tonight , all smiles.
the work treat was DIVINE!
As a thank you for doing so great recently & working on a few big projects and increased work loads, the bosses took a few of us out for dinner tonight. We were told at work today to meet up after work at a restaurant at the mall.
Drinks (I played nice & stuck with tea) & dinner were wonderful. Great conversation with a couple of the best people alive. It was bliss.
At the end of dinner, one of the bosses said “time for the game!” & grinned from ear to ear. ….what game?
The other boss just laughed & said “ok.” and started passing out envelopes with the instructions not to open them until we all had ours. So simultaneously we opened the envelopes with a bit of confusion.
A thank you card & a HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL!
Sweet!!! I was ecstatic. Dinner was enough. Heck the job & the regular paycheck with people I like doing a job & love is more than enough.
I felt VERY lucky.
Then came the warning. No one was allowed to take the hundred dollar bill home. More very confused looks. I thought okay… that is a bit strange…but I walked in here without the money, its ok if I walk out without it.
They gave us the rules.
- We had to spend the money in the mall
- No one was allowed to spend money on kids, spouses, anyone other than themselves – & with a direct look at me – not even on pets!
- We HAD to spend the money on things for ourselves or give it back. Any unspent money had to be returned.
- No spending our own money on anything. No going over the $100.
- We had one hour and 15 minutes to spend it all & meet back up.
- The person who brought back the least amount of change won a prize. (REALLY? A prize? Dinner, the money, the fun… now MORE?)
& at that we were off! Shooting in various directions to various stores to buy whatever it was we could think of.
What could I get? What have I been wanting but not letting myself spend money on? what? what? where?
Sounded so easy at the table! I thought, no problem. I haven’t been shopping in so long this will be a piece of cake.
Not so easy. I decided that I should get something I could wear to work. So the new sheet set was out. Clothes? nah.. too hard to shop for on a time limit. New shoes & purse? SURE!
So I went looking. Found shoes…. ON SALE! No luck on the purse. Of course when I have cash its hard to find one I love. But I did get distracted by the jewelry. Clearance necklaces, earrings, etc. So much fun. Like a kid playing in a relative’s jewelry box.
Still at the end of it, I had $8.70.
So I dashed in another store & found the nail polish at the counter. I can always have fun with new nail polish. Glitter? yes please. Purple? ok. Light purple? why not? Then I noticed the socks for 49 cents! Another something to wear to work! So I got 3 pairs & found myself at 66 cents.
Almost got a gumball as I walked back to meet the group.
Already had the boss and 2 coworkers there waiting. With 8 minutes to spare.
I didn’t win. Even the gumball wouldn’t have let me win. I would have lost by a penny.
A fashionista deal diva won. $100 to FIFTEEN CENTS! The girl has skills.
So she got the prize. A great smelling candle.
But honestly that might have been the coolest thing I have ever done as a work bonus. Just one of those memories that you can’t imagine til it happens. So grateful for wonderful creative people I work with. So happy my life is mine tonight.
So looking forward to painting these nails & planning what I will be wearing tomorrow with my new shoes.
Yes its a very proud girly night.
…..& now that I have time to think, I have about a million things I am thinking I should have / could have gotten. Still I think I will always treasure the memory the most!