This weekend was fun, interesting, and not as productive as I would have liked. Still, I enjoyed myself and my single status quite a bit. I was able to relax, do the things that I wanted to do, and have a fulfilling weekend.
Friday night I went to the NASCAR race with my Dad, a co-worker, and a former co-worker. We scored amazing seats in the very tip-top tower section with a perfect overview of the entire track. I don’t get to spend as much time with my Dad as I would like, even though he’s my neighbor. He’s just the kind of man who gets things done and moves on. We do dinner every now and then and talk for a few minutes when he is cutting my grass or if we happen to be getting mail at the same time. He is a NASCAR fan, though, so when I was offered the tickets I knew he would like going.
I don’t follow NASCAR or watch it on TV (how boring), but there is something really exciting about feeling and hearing the roar of the engines. The pre-race show is always fun, too. There are people who parachute down with the raceway flag and the American flag. Being up so high and having them come down almost literally right in front of me was really neat. They also have the fighter jets that roar overhead at the end of the Star Spangled Banner. If that doesn’t give you chills, nothing will.
Saturday I mostly stayed home and tried to write my papers for school. I only finished one because the group paper ended up being more on my shoulders than I had anticipated. I had hoped to finish both that paper and my individual paper as well as get started on the papers due beginning tomorrow (because it is my last week in this class and there is a LOT to do). Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to it. That means tonight I will be finishing up that paper and doing my team evaluation (which always takes more time than I anticipate). I can handle it, though.
Sunday was the most fun day of all. I joined a site called Meetup.com. One of my blogging friends is an organizer of a group on there. I had never heard of it before then, but basically there are groups for people who share the same interests. Some of them are book clubs or dinner clubs, Mom groups, exercise groups, or just anything you can think of. My friend runs one not too far away and suggested that I join and maybe go on one of their outings. I got on the website and started looking around. In no time flat I found a few groups for Richmond. After joining, I discovered that there was one group meeting for brunch at one of the top restaurants in the city on Sunday. There was a wait list because it was full, but I joined hoping to get the chance to go. Sure enough, someone cancelled, so I got a spot
I woke up early, hoping to get around to my paper. My dog wanted to play and go for a walk. Then I got distracted with blogging and emails, and before I knew it I had to leave immediately or risk missing the event altogether. When I got there I was pleasantly surprised. There were about 14 of us that showed up. The majority were women of all ages and occupations. There was one married couple and one single guy. At least two other people were also “first-timers,” so it wasn’t awkward or cliquish. It was cool to eat good food and meet new people and have interesting conversations.
I also found out that it was Richmond Restaurant Week last week. Twice a year some of the top restaurants come up with a 3-course price fixed menu – appetizer, entrée and dessert – for $25 per person. I usually make the rounds to several restaurants on the list, but this year it totally snuck up on me. One of my favorite restaurants specialize in seafood. They have really wonderful dishes, many of which are on the Restaurant Week menu. Because I found out about Restaurant Week on Saturday, and it was over the next day I made myself a reservation for that restaurant for last night. It was delicious, as I anticipated, and I had a really nice time.
I hope the rest of you are enjoying your lives, whether you are single, married, looking, or in limbo. There’s no time like today to grab life by the horns and have fun!