I live a quiet, fairly solitary life these days, it's the way I like it and the way I want it. But sometimes I get drawn into events and occasions which it would be rude to snub; thankfully those occasions are few and far between. Except this month. Not only have I had to attend several parties, but they have all been surprise parties for colleagues; two of them for the same retiring colleague and two of them on consecutive evenings last weekend - It feels as though I'm working a twelve day stretch. It's been very stressful and I'm glad it's nearly all over - I have one more evening out this weekend before I can get back to being a recluse.