I just wanted to thank everyone who gave me advice on how to chat with my coworkers at a work function. I went to the barbecue, and it was not awful! I feel like everyone was having small moments of not being a social butterfly, so it made me feel a lot better about being kind of awkward. Now I have three days ahead of me where everyone else is in the mountains and I don't have to go into the office. Time. for. pajamas!