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I‘m having a whole lot of fun redecorating this blog – learning the ins and outs of the Thesis Theme (which is, thankfully, getting easier as time goes on), finding photos of vintage typewriters1 to rotate through the multimedia box, choosing colours and fonts and widgets. I swear I could do this sort of thing all day long – sometimes I really have to force myself to get up from my desk and go do something that doesn’t involve the computer!

Yesterday evening, after several consecutive days of staying at home (I think the last time I left the house was to shop for groceries on Monday!), I did just that: my husband and I braved the weather and headed out to book club. It was our first time there, so we were meeting a bunch of people we’d never seen before, and weren’t sure what to expect. I’m so glad we went! Honestly, sometimes I get so wrapped up in my online life and connections – particularly now that I’m working from home and communicating with my co-workers electronically – that I forget just how important face-to-face human contact is.

Spending a couple of hours with interesting people also made me realize that I really need to get on with making some good friends in this city. For various reasons – different lifestyles, moves, conflicting schedules, laziness, and so on – over the past several years I’ve suffered from a dearth of available friends to call up for a chat, or visit with over coffee (more in this post). I knew it, but never really felt it as acutely until I moved to a new city where I only knew one person outside my household. I guess when I was back in Victoria, the daily in-person contact I had with my co-workers was enough to somewhat fill the void, but now that this contact has shifted to long-distance I’m really noticing my lack of “real life” friends.

Book club was my first tentative foray into establishing contacts in my new city, and though I don’t know where it will go or if any friendships will develop because of it, I’m pleased with the start.

Do you have many good friends in your own city? How do you go about meeting new people?

1 It does occur to me that the term “vintage typewriters” is rather redundant…

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Lucy January 21, 2012

    I live part time in Sedona and I have yet to figure out how to connect with the community. I tried with the local Catholic Church but, I don’t know it just didn’t fit. So, I was thinking of looking into taking a class at the art center, just to get out to talk with people face to face. Like you, I can easily go days without leaving my home.

    • Dawn January 21, 2012

      It’s easy to fall into that habit, isn’t it? A class is a great idea, though!

  • margo franssen January 21, 2012

    i feel as though i SHOULD interact with “real” people…but i don’t mind not leaving the house for weeks at a time.

    • Dawn January 21, 2012

      I find myself getting restless and irritable if I don’t get out at least every few days – even if it is just to the grocery store! But I do know people like you who are completely fine staying home for long periods of time – and I don’t see anything wrong with that if it works for you.

  • C.B. January 21, 2012

    It’s easy to stay home, and also irritating, isn’t it? I took up various sports, and classes. Met some good people!

    • Dawn January 21, 2012

      Yes and yes! I wish I was a sports person – that sounds like a great way to meet people. Classes I can do, though! Great ideas.

  • Sabrina January 21, 2012

    Love what you’ve done with the site. Again, I love Thesis.

    Through attending several open mic events around town, I’ve connected with several spoken word artists. With them, there’s literally something to do every night. The great thing about being around artists is that they support all other forms of art so they keep the creative juices flowing. I support them and they support me.

    • Dawn January 21, 2012

      Thanks so much, Sabrina! Thesis is fabulous.

      That sounds like an amazing group of people to have connected with – good for you. I am envious!

  • April January 22, 2012

    I’m not a big fan of leaving the house. And I don’t like other people in my home, so I don’t really try to meet people. The interwebs are enough activity for me.

    • Dawn January 22, 2012

      There’s definitely enough to keep anyone busy on the interwebs! 🙂


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