However, this party had a surprise bonus: KITTENS!
The co-worker's wife was fostering three kittens and they had their own room. People, there was a ROOM FULL OF KITTENS at this party!
Oooooo - they were so cute! My CUTE-METER went off the charts! They were very friendly and playful. And when it was just me, alone with the kittens, they crawled over over me and then got really mellow. I kept thinking, I should leave. I should get back to the party. But then the kittens were all cozy in my lap and I was petting them under their chins and they were giving me those blissed-out eyes...