I realized after writing my Blue January post and the comments that follow, that I am a pretty social being. While I cherish good quality time alone to spend on my own devices, I miss get togethers, laughing and chatting with friends and family, and the business of life. While work last week was a bit stressful, I like the people I work with, and had many parts of each day that were down right enjoyable! Trivia was really fun-we actually were tied for first at intermission, but a bad sound round and a bad round on Mountains, dropped us to 3rd place. The other teams were all good fun, and there was a lot of bantering and answer comparing between the half's. It is not about winning, though $$$ towards future beer is always nice, but the getting out with friends and neighbors.
The mom's friends/soup sisters have not gotten together since summer. The other four still have kids at home, two have kids in the same show choir, so they are all still in the busy parenting mode. I noticed though our local regional park is having a candlelight walk, ski, or snowshoe event on February 7th. It looked very cool and I convinced them all to join me. There is an $8 fee to help cover the extra grooming, the luminary's that will guide the paths, and S'more, hot chocolate and cider stations. The weather the day of will always be a question, but we all have good warm stuff, and no doubt will end up somewhere for an adult beverage or two. The morning after, the Moms of Teens group is having a brunch get together. I'm not the only empty nester and am still included (DD2s a teen still after all.) S planned it to be part social, part open house for her business, and invited a few women with their own small business to talk about their work.
February is shaping up to be a very busy month, mixed with at least weekend day with nothing on the calendar. That's the kind of schedule I like-a mix of down time and things to look forward to. I commend people who are very happy with their own, or own families company most of the time. I get the need sometimes as well to disengage. But I also don't like to miss out on what's going on outside of work and my home. In the winter that is more important to me, as I battle the blues. Not today though. Other than a few trips outside to move blowing snow around, I am staying put. Stuff for soup is in the crock pot and I'm about to drag the bread maker out to first get the cinnamon roll dough going and then a loaf of bread. I think I'll make a small apple crisp as well, a treat for DH who will no doubt come home very cold and tired. If you are in the cold zone, what are you doing to keep yourself busy while staying on top of the snow? If you have nice weather, let me live vicariously through you and share your day.