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But I Don't Know Anyone! (So this blog is about getting myself invited to a bunch of parties) 
Oct. 31, 2012 1:47 pm 
Updated: Nov. 5, 2012 1:24 pm
So, I moved to a new city, new state, new geographical region this past June. I switched careers, went back to school, and in general completely traded in my old life for a new one. And now, I don't know anyone, except for my coworkers and fellow students. For those of you who know me from AR, I love to throw parties, and be around people, and cook, and eat, and drink, and be cheerful. But, I don't know anyone here!
So, now that I have gotten a little bit settled in A.Z. Life 2.0, I have made it my mission to meet people. Meet SOMEONE, so that I can't say I don't know ANYONE anymore. Well, that's hard! Like really hard. And, while I do enjoy my classmates and my coworkers, after spending 50+ hours a week with them, I just want to see different faces.

A friend of mine from back home grew up here in my new city, but left in middle school, so I enlisted his help - there had to be someone he went to elementary school that's still here that he likes right? BINGO! That was my in. She's a rockstar, and she introduced me to a second person. Person #2, instead of hoarding me, decided to share, and got me an invite to a Fall Extravaganza party, where I could potentially meet more people.

The pressure was on - what do I bring to a party where I really don't know anyone. It was a wine tasting contest with chili and pumpkin carving. I decided to go with a fall classic - caramel popcorn. I couldn't be judged on caramel corn - it's fun and cheerful, everyone loves it. Just like me.

I lucked out, caramel corn was a hit, and so was I. I do not have photos of the party because I felt a little weird taking pictures of people I didn't know. But now I do know them, and I got an invite to a second party, and even a third. They like food, and wine, and laughing, and cheerfulness. They have even invited me to Thanksgiving, which is great, because I was getting really worried it was going to be me and a HungryMan turkey dinner.

I can't say I don't know anyone anymore! Fall parties are fantastic - and the coolest thing ever was that they painted wine glass stems/bases with chalkboard paint, and had chalk so that everyone could decorate their own glasses. Exactly the kind of thing I would do!

So, now in a short amount of time, I have attended a Fall Extravaganza wine tasting contest with Chili for dinner, a kid's halloween pinata party, and tonight I will handing out candy at a halloween Chili porch party. This weekend there's a political scandals costume party. Then there's T-Day. I was worried that I wouldn't know enough people to hold my annual Mardi Gras party in 2013, but it sure looks like I will need to reciprocate! Gosh I love a party!
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Oct. 31, 2012 1:58 pm
Yummy, A Hungry-Man Turkey Dinner, Now That The Bomb.
Oct. 31, 2012 3:35 pm
Yay for YOU! I was thinking I need to meet different people. I am in a rut! I love my current friends, but as you said would like to see some new faces! I may just have to venture out of my comfort zone! :) Great blog!
Nov. 1, 2012 3:15 am
Great blog and sounds like you have met some great people!
Nov. 1, 2012 5:40 am
Great to hear from you AZ! Was wondering how things were going with your new location et all. Can you get any Dog Fish Head beer out there? I am so happy you made a connection AND look how it has grown! Hope to hear from you again soon.
Nov. 1, 2012 8:06 am
I am so happy for you! It is a big job creating a whole new life. So glad you thought of a way to connect with new people. It is even better that they love to eat and have parties just like you. Many times I have wondered what happened to you after you lost your job. So glad it is all working out.
Nov. 2, 2012 8:03 pm
Political scandals costumes? What a great idea for a party! Jealous....sounds like you have the beginnings of a social life!
Nov. 4, 2012 3:15 pm
I was wondering why I hadn't seen you on the Buzz in so long. Sounds like you are doing swell, AZ and hope you like your new area!!! You sound as busy as ever - but it's great your social life is busy too. Embrace and ejoy!
Nov. 5, 2012 1:24 pm
nice to see comments from you buzzers!!!!! it has been a long time since I have been on the buzz, but I'm still around AR...working my behind off these days, and yes, busy as ever. But, life is good!
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I love to garden, and I love to cook what's in my garden. I grew up vegetarian and went through many styles of diet until I ended up where I am today. I love vegetarian food, seafood and poultry. I love to try new things and every year in the garden I rearrange what I'm growing - one of these days I'll find the perfect balance for me.
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I love to bake bread and desserts, and since the man joined me in the house with two crazy dogs, I get to bake a lot more. My friends and neighbors still end up the lucky recipients for anything he doesn't scarf down though. Cajun and southern food is a particular favorite, I never met a grit or a fricasee that I didn't LOVE!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am the family baker, so I get to play around with desserts every year for all of the holidays. I am not allowed to skip the brandied pumpkin pies for thanksgiving or christmas, and we have to have lemon something for easter. I also make huge batches of apple butter every winter and that's become my favoite part of fall.
My cooking triumphs
Hosting Thanksgiving last year I served 12 with no assistance. I made the soup, rolls, salads, sides, turkey and desserts. It was a treat for me to be able to do that for my family instead of the normal potluck that we do. No one else had to lift a finger and I got to do what I love!
My cooking tragedies
I have a few, but last year's jalapeno fume cloud takes the cake. I was making a jalapeno pickling liquid and forgot to turn the vent fan on. I ended up having the get my dog and leave the house for several hours while the vapors diminished! Thank goodness I did not throw the habaneros in the pot too!
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