Zouk - to engage in unrestrained social activity
Now that I'm strictly online, I can hang out more! I only went to my knitting group every other Sunday when it was in my town. (We alternate between my town and the town where we moved from a few years ago. They are about 10 miles apart.)
Dave would give me flack about going to the other town meet-ups because I was spending $15 a day on gas for my commute to school. Using more gas to get to the other town seemed frivolous to him.
What Dave never seems to understand is that I'm a very social creature. I was when he met me, I still am. He's not social (at all), so it never really occurs to him. He acts like it's a big, damn surprise whenever I want to hang out with my friends.
I already informed him that since I was no longer spending so much money on gas, I'd be going to knitting every week now.
I also want to spend more time with friends outside of the knitting group. I'd like to strengthen and deepen some friendships that mean a lot to me.
I can't afford to go out to lunch all the time, so I'm going to have to figure out ways to make this happen.
I'm also going to start writing letters again. I used to write letters all the time to my friends that were still in the military, but they are all out now. I've started a letter to my brother. He and I haven't been close since we were kids (nothing in common as adults?). I figure letters are a nice way to let him know what's going on in my little world, and who doesn't like to get a handwritten letter?
Last year, I couldn't wait for the year to be over. It was a tough, fucked-up year. This year has been better - mostly because I made the conscious choice to see it that way.
I'm looking forward to next year being even better and seeing where it takes me!
Can't wait to get started, Ruth!