So I’ve decided: I need to get out more.
Here’s my new project.
I’m going to try and visit a new business/coffeeshop/restaurant/thing each weekend. I barely know my new(ish) town; this must be remedied. There are a few breakfast places around and I’d like to try those. Breakfast is easy to do by yourself, and maybe I can drag someone along occasionally. I’ve tried both movie places and they’re both good. I need to visit the various independent businesses, try a few more dinner places, check out the few places that have live music sometimes, etc. Get myself a little more familiar with the town so that when people come and want to go out, I have a place to take them, rather than saying, “Um, actually, I have no idea.” I need some “favorites.” Right now my favorite place is the library. This is not a bad thing. But I could use a favorite dinner place.
I’m going to start this weekend with the local independent coffeehouse. Now, I love my Peet’s coffee and tea, but I need a cozy coffeeshop in which to do all this journal writing I’m also embarking upon, and there’s one right downtown and it’s very popular and has great people-watching potential. So. I will go there with journal and books and settle in and see what’s to see. I may even ride my bike over there. It’s even open late, so if I don’t get to it early in the day, I can go over in the evening and check out the nightlife from the safety of the coffeeshop.
Time to make some friends, meet some locals, get involved. Do some writing. Figure out some projects. Think about what I want to do with this life I’ve been given back.
I’m going to start volunteering at the Humane Society as well. I figured I can take photos and write descriptions. And if, you know, there’s a kitten or two who need snuggling, well, I guess I could do that too. And my volunteer shifts for the performing arts theater will start too. I’d like to make some local friends, you know? That would be nice.
Operation Get To Know The Town: starting this Saturday.