by Carrie Jurney DVM DACVIM (Neuro)
Okay- I get the irony of talking about "Screen-Free" behavior on this blog. But the point of screen free is not to say you should never be on a screen. How would you get on NOMV!? Rather, this point is to discuss what hobbies we have that help us recharge.
I affectionally refer to myself as a tragic extrovert. I need to talk to people. It recharges me. But as we age it gets harder and harder to maintain friendships. So, I started to scheme how I could build and maintain lasting friendships as a busy adult. I tried a craft night- literally no one showed up. Bummer. Then I offered to cook dinner- and all of the sudden I had a house full of people- heaven. That was 5 years ago, and Elmo's Wine Club was born- named because my friends baby (now a 6 year old) attended and there was a constant stream of Sesame Street in the background to keep him entertained. Elmo's happens every Sunday night at my house. Always the same place, always the same time. Sometimes I cook a crazy french dinner that takes two days to prepare, and sometimes we order pizza. We eat off paper plates. Not everyone comes every week- but it's really nice to have a recurrent thing every week- you know when and where, no one has to plan or get reservations. You can just show up and hang out with your friends.
Do you guys have anything that you do with your friends regularly?
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