Well, the Oscars/ Academy Awards show was last night. I wanted to continue the traditions, started in So. Cal with my friend Renee, and more recently in Abu Dhabi with my friend Julie. The problem: no friends yet in my new dorm. If you know me, you know that didn’t stop me!!
Here’s what I did:
I asked permission to have a party in our Clubhouse. The building agreed and supplied the champagne.
I sewed, cut, created, painted, glued and prepped for a week. The Marketing department created a beautiful sign that I placed in each of the elevators. I set the TV to the correct channel.
Mark and I went down to the party room an hour before to set up and voila, we pulled off an amazing party! Over thirty residents came down and stayed until the end of the broadcast. We even left before the show ended…and two guests stayed on the “Casting Couch.”
How to make friends: When life has an event, throw a party!
When you move to a new place, you MUST go out & explore. I discovered a beautiful university campus a mile from us with a lovely theatre! (We love live theatre!) So, last night we saw a student production of “Heathers” from the fifth row, center. It is a story of three “popular” girls, all named Heather, and their antics. Not to give anything away, but it was lively, musical and colorful.
I took a new scenic route today… from home to Mark’s work to a yoga studio. The whole trip was 45 minutes and took me on two new roads. I drove with the sunroof opened, the windows down, the music on and my heart was soaring! I saw new trees, new roads, new neighborhoods, new shops and then, new people! (read between the lines: new friends perhaps.)
Exploring my new city enriches me and enhances my outings. Looking for FUN!
‘Tis the season: We have Oscars, Grammys, Tonys, Emmys, and Golden Globes. I declare a new award: FRAMILYS! 🏆 This award goes to the friends who are special and close as family.
Congratulations to my dear friends who win the FRAMILY🏆 award! They go beyond the call of duty as a friend. They let you live with them. They take you out to brekky, lunches and dinners. They love you when you’re up and when you’re down. They mail you packages. They talk to you on the phone. They text you. They share good news. They listen while you share your news. They offer help, advice, support and kindness. They play games with you. They welcome you into their family holiday parties. You know who you are.
Getting used to being back in the US takes time. I’m driving for the first time in four years. It’s going well, don’t worry!! I even drove in snow! I’m cooking every night. I’ve discovered new dishes and some old favs that keep us enjoying the Empty Nest thing. I’m trying out yoga studios and looking for trekking friends. The one thing we couldn’t replicate was our favorite coffee (thank you Kristoff), so my Emily found it for us online. It arrived from the UK and we are so happy. Doesn’t take much!!!