I have a tendency to be a bit of a hermit. I enjoy my home, and I’m quite content to putter around the house and never seem to run out of tasks calling my name. (“Katy, Katy, is there a reason why the kitchen floor is crusted with waffle batter?”) However, I do have a few friends that I enjoy getting together with, partially because we’re alike enough to not mind that our dates usually revolve around such exciting activities as walking errands and other
death defying envy inducing awe inspiring daily tasks.
I’d been feeling like I hadn’t seen my friend Sasha in awhile, so I texted her on Wednesday asking if she’d be interested in going to Costco with me. She declined the excitement of watching me gas up the car and buy tubs of yogurt and suggested instead that she just come over to the house. She needed to swing by Powell’s books and get her hair cut first, and asked if I wanted in on her action.
A bookstore and the nearby barbershop? Hell, yes! Especially since I already had a small stack of my own books to bring to Powell’s. I didn’t need a hair cut, but that’s only because I’m concocting a plan to have my very precise fifteen-year-old son trim the ends.
So off we went to Powell’s and the barbershop. I got $8 in Powell’s credit, and then watched Sasha get a quick $12 hair cut. She took me to lunch (I paid the tip and told her I’d treat the next time) and then she watched me buy a big bag of on-sale oranges at Fred Meyer. We walked up and down the boulevard, chatting amiably and checking dull tasks off our to-do lists.
Friday my friend Lise and I got together for our scheduled get together for a walk. But we didn’t walk aimlessly, instead we walked to library where we both had holds to pick up. (Craft books for her, a DVD of Cast Away for me.) We then picked up dinner fixings at New Seasons and came back to my house where I defrosted a jar of black beans and put out a burrito buffet for the two of us. I also dumped out a basket of miscellaneous pens-n-stuff and proceeded to sort the contents. I gave a few things to Lise as she’s an art teacher, and rediscovered some stuff I’d completely forgotten about.
Chatting while sorting miscellaneous stuff is actually my pinnacle of social activity, so I was in heaven. No $4 coffees, no shopping for cute boots and no feeling pressured into spending money that’s earmarked for bills.
I have lots of friends through work with whom I really enjoy spending time. But I know that to socialize with them outside of work would involve cute outfits, mixed drinks and expensive evenings. And that’s simply not my style.
Because when you’ve spent $30 on the most perfect couch ever assembled, it becomes painful to fork over the same amount on drinks.
Besides, I never would have sorted out that pens-n-stuff basket if I socialized normally.
Do you like low key social dates or are you more of a dress up and hit the town kind of person? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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