- invest most of my time in my closest friends
- tend fewer friendships but tend them well
- invite groups of friends to events with me
- reciprocity is the name of the game this year; if people don't seem interested, maybe they're not.
- I plan to have not more than 2 weekend plans per month, but happy to have a lunch date during the week
I had a great January which was helped along by our Cape Town so much.
But first, we had a chance for a quick catch-up at church with our good friends and their most adorable child. Look at the cheeks! B's mom said when she looks at the baby, it's like going back in time 30 years! We like to squeeze lots of visits in as if London is on the other side of the world when truly, we see these two more than we see many friends living right in Jhb.
My kids wiggled their way into Julia's plans and went swimming with her. I had an awesome Bo-Kaap walk with her (those who follow me on IG have seen a few of those pics already) - one of the absolute highlights of my holiday, even though it was unbearably hot, and we then met up with Leandra for supper at my favourite Cape Town restaurant, Chef Pon's Asian Kitchen.
(I went twice in four days and both times ate the same thing - Thai Mussamen Curry - nobody makes it like The Chef :)) To be honest, I'm jealous of all you Cape Town people who technically could have a nice treat every month.
We also spent a wonderful afternoon/ evening with the Se7en gang. I wrote about that visit on this blog. By the way, please donate a book or five. They (we're) building a library again this year.
|pic by D - who was most impressed :) He came back all "they have EIGHT kids and that house runs like clockwork. Things are going to change around here" :) HA!|
And we had tea with another friend in the computer that I finally met years later. I love it!!!!
|taken in a parking garage!|
I arranged to meet Laura for an early lunch after a client meeting last month. It was so good to see her again and catch up :) He came to our offices this month so I may get to Pta in March or April again.
And then, the best. I reunited with a university friend. She lived two doors down in my res, and we hadn't seen each other for 23.5 years. It was so great. She was actually friends with D first, and she is the reason D started sitting at "my" table. How's that for a story?
We share a birthday so I asked her to a half-birthday lunch :)
And the very next day Mrs FF came to do photos with me at the crafternoon. The kids babysat Miss K. I think they thought she was a doll. They were babying her and drawing with her and on and on.
So things are ticking over nicely, but they could be better. It's amazing (to me) how quiet things get when you stop fanning the flames.
But enough about me.
Now that the first two months are just about over, how is your friendship situation looking this year?