I had some friends and neighbors tell me a few months ago that we were really good at taking advantage of living in the city by taking the girls to events and planning outings on the weekends and I thought, “really?”. Because it doesn’t seem that way from where I’m sitting. I think like most people, we stick to the same general area, a 10 block radius from our apartment, day in and day out. Most days, we don’t even venture far beyond our 3 block walk to school and back. It’s kind of amazing to not have to leave your neighborhood for long stretches of time if you live in a place that has pretty much everything you need. Even though we live in the biggest city in the country, our neighborhood feels a little bit like a small town and I love that neighborhoods operate this way. It makes the city much more livable.
I’m in one of my hermit stretches. I find that my social activity comes in spurts where I’ll hang out with a lot of people for a few weeks and then I’ll need to retreat for awhile. I haven’t seen a friend outside of a few neighbors and fellow school parents in 6 weeks. I’ve been staying home a lot, listening to music, being by myself. I had an impromptu coffee date with a friend this morning, however, and I reached out to another old friend to meet with tomorrow. I guess I’m making moves to emerge from this hermit stretch.
I also spent part of the day looking around for holiday things to do on the weekend because for the first time in any holiday season we aren’t pulling our hair out from out of our minds busyness. Not yet anyway. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll have time to actually do some holiday sightseeing that we never get to do with the girls. I always felt a tinge of guilt about that. I’ll tell you a secret too. I love all the holiday stuff leading up to Christmas, all of it, much more than the day itself which always felt like a weird let down. I’ve always felt that way, even as a kid, so it’s been hard not to have time to revel in all sorts of cheesy holiday cheer the last few years. I think Mark might even have time to go pick out a tree with us this year. I am secretly excited about all of this.