I apologize for being MIA these last few weeks. I've been without regular access to a computer since I stopped working in March. Many of the posts I've written since then have been written on my iPhone, iPad, or my husband's work computer.
Four years ago, I moved from Seattle back to my hometown of Tacoma, WA (45 minutes south of Seattle). I honestly never thought I would move back here. I LOVED living in the big city.
Ultimately, an easier housing market (and my own impatience) is what brought me back to Tacoma.
Seattle does a lot of things better than Tacoma. Parks, public transportation. But the thing I miss most about Seattle are my friends. A fairly large group of us spent nearly every waking hour together when we weren't working. It's still hard sometimes when I think about the fun times I miss out on.
By nature, I am shy. Almost painfully so. And my shyness has often been mistaken for aloofness or snobbery.
I don't like to put myself out there. This made for a really interesting dating life (i.e. I didn't have one). And it also makes it challenging for me to make friends.
In the last few years, I've met a few other women in Tacoma. Last year, we were all pregnant at or around the same time. And wouldn't you know it? Babies are an amazing way to connect.
We started a mom's group when Elliott was about 5 weeks old, and it's been awesome getting together every week.
Two weeks ago, after a day of feeling trapped inside by naptime, in slight desperation, I sent out an email proposing a girls' night out. A few days later, a group of about 9 women met up at a local restaurant for dinner and drinks on the water, and it was honestly the most fun I've had in a long time. For being such a large group, we had amazing chemistry, and we pretty much laughed the entire time. We decided to make girls' night a regular occurrence. I cannot wait until the next one!
I am so excited about getting to know these women better!
It wasn't necessarily my first choice to move back to Tacoma four years ago. But now I can honestly say, that I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!