Last night Ivan and I had plans to meet a co-worker of his and his fiancee for dinner. This is a guy that Ivan is quite close with and has gotten to know really well over the last several years. They actually meet for a drink after work most Thursdays. Not always, but more often than not.
I’d never even met him though, and the guys have been saying for a long time that we should get together as couples so “the women” could meet, too. Considering that we recently got an invitation to their upcoming wedding this summer, we figured it’d be nice to make this happen sooner than later.
I’m not the world’s most naturally social person, and sometimes I get a little nervous feeling/ awkward if I don’t know someone well. I don’t always love situations where you have to make that inevitable introductory small talk and smile and try to act friendly without coming across too friendly…. Or what if we don’t click at all and the whole thing is weird? Ha. I also definitely over-think this sort of thing.
So, I was half looking forward to the dinner/ half a little uneasy about it.
But it turned out to be fabulous! They were both super, super nice and very fun and easy to talk to. No weirdness or awkwardness at all. In fact, we were there for over 2 hours and I could have easily stayed longer. I really liked them.
I also ended up having a ton in common with the fiancee, which was kind of ironic and funny! (We both have one sister who is 2 1/2 years older, both played volleyball in high school, both majored in Spanish in college, etc. And we actually work for the same company! She’s in HR, I’m in Nursing, obviously, but still.)
Can I also just say how amazing it is for the boys to be old enough to stay home alone now? They’ve been able to for quite a while now, but OMG life is soooo much easier when you don’t need to think about babysitters and childcare.
Anyway, I’m glad we had a fun night and it was refreshing, especially after these pandemic years, to do something social (with non-family members or just each other!) and out of our normal routine. We don’t hang out with friends a lot, really, which I’m generally fine with. But this was nice!!
Since I don’t have any accompanying photo, here’s a random cartoon I saw yesterday on a gardening page and liked enough to save….. lol!!
I am grateful for the boys being able to stay home alone!