I hardly ever have plans for the weekend and this past one was no different. But where that usually means I spend my time reading, walking, grocery shopping or cleaning, this weekend I actually had a real life! Friday night I was a sub for a girl on a softball team. I played with them a few weeks ago and while it was fun then I didn’t really contribute other than being a body on the field. Which made me feel a little bad because I played softball for 11 years. I know how to play but was nervous about it. This past Friday however, I was one of the only girls that not only hit the ball but managed to score a couple of runs for the team. We still lost 16-11 but on the bright side I did not totally suck. Yeah me!
Saturday afternoon I went to a friend’s house and hung out. Nothing real special about that just something to do. As I was getting ready to leave her place I got a text message inviting me to go to dinner with some people in my complex. Here was my dilema – I am always saying I want to get to know more people in my complex and expand my social circle so I feel like I should be inclined to say yes. However, I had been running/walking that morning and afternoon and needed to shower. I was 20 from my apartment and they were leaving in 35 min from the time I received the text. Could I make it? Should I try? I sent her a text back saying maybe next time but then drove like mad home to see if I could pull it off. I got home with 10 min to spare and jumped in the shower. There was no way I could wash my hair and be ready in 10 min but I figured I could just pile it on my head and get by for the night. I was actually semi-ready to go in the 10 min. so I called the girl back and was able to meet up with them. Her text had said “a bunch of us are getting together for dinner” but when everyone showed up, besides myself there were two guys and two girls. Um, was this supposed to be a double date and I’m now the fifth wheel?? Lovely. No one was paired off so I don’t think it was an actual double date but talk about awkward. As we were eating I kept thinking of how I should have stayed home and taken a real shower instead of sitting there as the fifth wheel kind-of grimy. But no one can say I don’t try and make an effort I guess.
Sunday morning I’m on my way to church when something doesn’t feel right as I’m driving. I pull over (still in my complex luckily) and wouldn’t you know I have a flat tire. Awesome. As I scroll through my tiny roladex in my head, I realize the few people I could call where probably all in church. So I call a co-worker cringing the whole time because I’m pretty confident he’s working at his other job. Sure enough, he’s at his other job but says he will be there in about an hour. His other job is a 30 min. drive from where I live and not only that he was trying to work with some roofers and landscapers at his home and here I call asking for help with my lame tire. He shows up with his wife and 7 yr. old son and let me just say it was one of the cutest and funniest things I have seen in a while. His son obviously thinks his dad walks on water and was right there ready to help in any way he could. I don’t remember what my friend had said but I responded with “Oh I didn’t know that.” His son turned to me and without any sort of bratiness or attitude of any kind he said, “My dad knows everything.” It was just a plain and simple fact. The tire was changed and I got to church with only 15 min. left of the service. So that was pretty much pointless I guess.
That afternoon I made cookies to bring for my co-worker because the fastest thing I could think of to do for him for his help with the tire. A couple of friends came over for about an hour and then I was off to dinner at another friend’s house. It was going alright until they started talking about politics and that’s when I got up and put my dishes in the sink. I was the odd man out and had complete and total opposite views and opinions from everyone else there. That and the fact that I don’t like to discuss politics pretty much ever, made it a little awkward. But the girl hosting the dinner came over and we started talking about photography and have plans to get together next week and work on some photo type stuff and I’m pretty excited about that. She went to Europe this past summer and took hundreds of pictures and I’m anxious to see them. I left the dinner and went to a church get together and was taken off guard when one of the girls there made the announcement that I had just had a birthday and suggested everyone sing. Oh man, I was a little embarrassed but really I loved it.
For not having any plans I had a lot to do these past few days. And it was awesome!