I was nervous – and rightfully so! We had our first major snow of the season, most of the invited guests were unable to attend due to short notice, hectic work schedules, and prior plans. I cleaned and prepped and planned and slaved over ridiculous appetizers, not to mention the fact that I spent three weeks worth of grocery money on the wine and snacks…
And of course, as any self-conscious newbie in the world of friendship would, I suppose, I worried that people would change their mind at the last minute, due to weather or perhaps a better offer for a way to spend their Friday night. I fretted and stressed and sent my husband off with his guy friend for the night to spare myself the embarrassment of having to watch him feel awkward for me if no one showed up.
Luckily, the party was a sweet success!
Exactly the number of people I suspected showed up. We ate, we drank, we chatted, we played Catchphrase, and we had a great time. Suddenly we discovered it was already 1am, and everyone was sorry to head home. Now that’s what I wanted to experience!
I am happy to report that my first attempt at hosting a group of potential Forever Friends at the house was full of fun, and that I got the chance to know many of them much better than school and casual chats between classes or at lunch ever afforded us. Spending time with people outside of work or school makes quite a difference in how you perceive them and what you learn about them (and how quickly!).
In terms of the main goal for January accomplishments on the Friendship Meter, the event was a success. In addition, I am pleased to say that I have a standing coffee date with a friend every weekend to review homework and catch up on each others’ lives. It is nice to have a friend that I enjoy seeing regularly and who is interested in taking time to spend with me on a regular basis as well.
Now, onto the next goal for the Friendship Endeavor: MeetUp.com!