Some other exciting news is that we got a real couch! By real I mean its in very good condition and we paid for it, unlike the futon we found with a questionable rip right down the middle. So, naturally, we had a party to celebrate the full-furnishing of our living room. Everyone really liked our couch. They looked at it, sat on it, and for a while it seemed as though someone might need to sleep on it, but he made it home fine.
I always have a little bit of hostess anxiety before parties because I want people to have a good time. I want to have a good time also, but I also love awkward situations so it wouldn’t be the worst for me if things went horribly wrong. But I was a little nervous because we were about to experience the intersection of many different social groups and sometimes they don’t always gel. This group, probably brought together by out mutual nerdiness, bonded extremely well. Almost too well. Everyone was more than happy to let their freak flag fly and wholeheartedly join everyone else’s parades. Someone even brought over materials for ‘Russian Shots’, where you take a shot of vodka, sniff some bread (because according to Russians, vodka heightens your senses) and then eat a piece of salami and a pickle. More people than normal were speaking Russian, someone put on Kyrgistani pop music, and the phrase “the Armenian Debutants have a bbq” was said at some point, which I felt was worthy of being the titled of this post.
My awesome new friends even got up early on a Saturday to volunteer with me at a local elementary school. Before school started, all of the public schools in D.C. hosted volunteers for D.C. Public School Beautification Day, where volunteers picked up trash, planted flowers, cleaned, painted, and set-up classrooms. I had a blast. It was so fun to do something different with a weekend morning, I felt so at home in a school setting (so many signs that I need to teach….more on those big life decisions later), I discovered that landscaping really brings people together, I got to meet some wonderful people in the community that I otherwise would never have met, I got to be creative and crafty, and I got to speak spanish.