Flatmate Andrea was invited to a 'Girls' Night' hosted by one of her fellow PhD students. She didn't want to go alone, fearing that all the others would be jerks, and so invited me along. Okay. The invite we received said we were supposed to each bring, "a bottle of wine and an appie". I first misread this as, "a bottle of wine and an apple", and immediately though, "Oh, this will suck."
The event was casual (I assumed, as the use of the term 'appie' was clearly a casual slaughtering of a perfectly acceptable ordinary word) so I decided to dress casual.
1). jeans and hair in a ponytail
2). sneakers covered entirely in silver sequins
3). shirt Liang brought back from Taiwan (reading, "ALGEBRA is for Lourt" with a giant felt apple sewn into the middle)
'Appie' wear for certain, I thought.
(Sidenote: every time I write the word 'appie' I feel a little sick).
We walked in and my first thought was, "Oh. Crap. This is going to suck." A pile of stilettos by the door and five other girls wearing fancy clothes and lots of make up and not a single ponytail, sitting at a table with candles and wine glasses and 'appies' like you get at gala museum exhibition openings. And then two of the others were introduced to us as old sorority sisters, giggle giggle.
Oh! And our 'appie' was a bag of Tostitos and a open, mostly full jar of salsa. As I informed Flatmate Andrea, who is Hungarian, "Everyone loves chips and salsa." What was I thinking? Clearly I've been operating in a desperate world of graduate students, most of whom had former lives somehow in fine art, where it is totally fine if, after a long day/week/whatever, you bring chips and salsa in any state of openness. In many ways, I prefer my world.
The party was fine. Everyone was pleasant, though it was nowhere near as much fun as a Kate party. And I almost laughed out loud when pink champagne was brought out toward the end of the night. I was like, "Seriously? Pink champagne? Champagne cocktails are so way classier." This from the Girl Who Brought a Partially Used Jar of Salsa.