I may not have been thrilled about the company Christmas party last week, but yesterday was a good example of why my job is awesome. First, on a social level: one of my coworkers has been in a board game mood this week, so we played a game over lunch for the third time this week. (A five-player game of Settlers of Catan this time.) And my Scharffen-Berger order showed up earlier in the week, so we had a chocolate tasting party yesterday (two single-source chocolates plus their standard mocha and nibby), with rather interesting conversation.
Which is all well and good, but of course I'm actually getting paid to work, not to play and eat. And the programming yesterday was fascinating: I started chipping away at something that had been bothering me for a little while (in a way that will directly help an upcoming feature), and I got a really useful code review at the end of the day from one of my coworkers that had me rather regretting this morning that I wasn't going into work today to follow up on her suggestions. And we'd had a very productive planning meeting on Wednesday (which generated some useful ideas going in a quite different direction from what I'd expected entering the meeting) that I wrote up notes from yesterday, I'm also looking forward to helping implement that in the beginning of the new year.