As life gets more complicated and busy, I've had a really hard time keeping up with my girlfriends. Phone dates with my far away friends took a hit when Prof moved in - I bitched about my day to him every day, instead of calling someone and chatting. By the time I'm done talking to him, I'm usually talked out (hard to believe, yes, I know). And then, the new driving while cell-phoning ban went into effect. I used to get some really good chatting time in while driving between work and home and school, the cell phone ban has left me alone and quiet in the car. I've tried two different hands free devices but they both suck ass. I've got a headphone that keeps falling out of my ear, and a speaker thing that no one can hear me on because the road noise from my car is so bad (mostly due to the roof rack which I'm way to lazy to take off).
Less phone time and less time for trips and special events has cut me off from a lot of my friends. And it sucks.
And this weekend, I'm turning it around!
I caught up on some phone calls late last week. Well, until the cell phone died. Time for an iPhone?
Today, I went to lunch with two friends who were in town who I haven't seen in over a year. One lives in Alaska now, so I never get to see or hear from her (I hear WiFi is limited in Alaska's back country.) We got there a little after 12. We left at 4. I don't think I've ever had a four hour lunch in my whole life, and it was awesome to be able to be able to relax and enjoy their company and catch up on their lives. The waiter may not have enjoyed it as much, but at least we kept ordering stuff.
But, as we were ordering more coffee and peanut butter pie, I had to keep reminding myself that it was ok to be taking time for myself and that its important to be "there" while I was there. I've still got school work on my back, but I was determined to take some time for myself.
I'm topping off my four hour lunch with an overnight visit from Kiwi who is driving through on her way to much better places. We'll stay up late and drink wine and make fun of people and eat bad food and I can't wait. I think Prof is planning to go to bed really, really early. Its in his best interests, really.
But tomorrow, I'm back in the grind. I've got a rough week at work and final school work to finish up. And, maybe a house to buy. May has been a serious marathon and I can't wait for it to slow down, so I have more time for blogging and bitching!