(jumper: bargain boutique; thermal shirt/tights: tjmaxx; scarf/belt: goodwill; shoes: lateornever via etsy)
Last night I went to a goodbye party/potluck for one of my oldest and closest friends, who is moving back to Portland (OR). She and I moved out there together after graduating from our respective universities and while I lasted only a year, she stuck around a little longer, traveled around Europe, and is now going back. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sad to see her go, but I do think this will be a really healthy and amazing change for her and I wish her lots of luck (and lots of trips back east)! I always just bring bread and wine to potluck parties (because that's really all you need and because I am a) lazy and b) not an amazing cook). I also saw a keg for the first time since college (I'm such an old fogey).
My parents and their friends always had potluck gatherings when I was growing up, so participating in a potluck is, in my mind, the epitome of adulthood. My mom remarked at our last Christmas Eve party that the potluck-style dinner doesn't work as well now that all of the children are grown because we eat twice as much food and still consider ourselves exempt from making a culinary contribution because we're still attending the party with our parents and are therefore "the kids." I do find it interesting that my friends are now carrying on this tradition, and I wonder if it's something we would even think about doing if that wasn't our only experience with adult socialization when we were young. Do you guys potluck? What do you bring (yes, I'd like to steal your ideas)?
Also, I did something today that I swore I would never do: I upgraded my Photobucket account to "pro." I am such a cheapskate I'm surprised that I didn't just create a multitude of accounts using various phony email addresses to hop, skip and jump between as I used up my measly allotted bandwidth. I guess laziness triumphs over stinginess this week, and I blame the subzero temperatures (In March? Really?). When will it warm up in this godforsaken state?