Random Updates

A few random things to share as I head into my extended long weekend.

1. Yesterday was my wedding anniversary. M and I celebrated our 4 years of wedded bliss with a nice dinner out at Melanie’s Bistro, a local restaurant with a great atmosphere and delicious food. I had the lamb (a little tough but the sauce more than made up for it) and M had the steak (cooked to perfection with tasty seasoning). We started with the crab cakes which I would probably pass on in the future. While good, they weren’t anything special and they not worth the cost at $10 for 2. The best part of the meal was by far the chocolate mousse cake for dessert. M and I shared but he let me have more than half 🙂

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My wedding day: May 23rd, 2009

2. E started daycare this week and she is transitioning wonderfully! She hasn’t cried once at the drop off and she loves being able to play with new toys and new babies. Unfortunately she loves it so much that she doesn’t want to nap. Apparently she is afraid she will miss out on something! She has been napping longer as the week progresses so hopefully she will work up to her normal routine in the next week or so.

3. Today I have a day to myself! I have a day off from work today (thank you, accrued vacation time!) and with both girls in daycare, I have a full 8 hours to do whatever I want, whenever I want! This is the first time I’ve had this kind of time to myself since E has been born! So what do I have planned? A visit with my sister-in-law and niece, a trip to the library and grocery shopping. While running household errands isn’t exactly what I would do on my ideal day off, our fridge is bare and we need something for dinner! At least I can take my time to peruse the aisles and read labels!

That’s it for now so have a good weekend everyone!

 

2:30 update: Apparently it was silly of me to think that I could have a whole day to myself.  The daycare called after lunch informing me that E had a fever and that I would need to pick her up 😦  On the plus side, I swung by the drive-thru on my way home from the daycare and my Big Mac was delicious!  I’m happy to report that E is currently napping in her crib 🙂

Making Friends

Despite the cold and all the snow and rain this month, I’ve been a busy gal being social. Visits, coffee dates, lunches, dinners and drinks. My dance card has been pretty full.

It all started with a book I picked up at the library. It was about a woman who relocated to a new city and was on a mission to make friends. She set out to go on 52 ‘friend dates’ throughout the course of a year. If anyone is interested, the book is called MWF Seeks BFF and is written by Rachel Bertsche.

After reading the book, I was totally amped up to make some new friends. I even created an account on www.MeetUp.com and joined a few groups that appealed to me. While I waited for my first event, I realized that while I shouldn’t be averse to making new friends, I should work on maintaining my existing friendships and put in some effort to re-establish some that may have fallen through the cracks.

I got on facebook and e-mail and started making plans!

By the end of the month, I did quite well with my ‘friend dating’. I was able to get together with:

  • 2 elementary school friends
  • 3 high school friends
  • 1 university friend
  • 8 mommy friends (3 with our kids, 5 without)
  • About 2 dozen new friends through my first MeetUp experience

Whew! I think I’ll take a couple weeks to recover and then get back into it when the weather starts to warm up.

Here’s a side-bar for anyone who thinks I was nuts to meet up with unknowns (like my sister-in-law who was convinced I was going to be ax-murdered): Meeting like-minded strangers isn’t as crazy as it sounds. I had some back and forth e-mails with the organizers before we met in person so there was a tiny bit of a relationship first. And of course it goes without saying, we met in a public place. I had such a great time that I am meeting up with the group again in a couple weeks.