We've already established that the vast majority of us are introverts (or ambiverts, a label I'm pleased to share with some of you). I'm now wondering if I'm also among friends in my propensity to get overly geeked about things that, perhaps, the Average Jane doesn't get geeked over.
Like this weekend. Mr. A and I have planned--wait for it--a shopping trip. The Big Reason for this trip is Mr. A's recent promotion at work.
Hooray, hooray for Mr. A!!
Silly as the business world is (and perhaps "pretentious" is a better word), my dear husband has had to upgrade his wardrobe. Better shirts, better pants, and lots of ties. As in, lots of ties.
Naturally, he relies on me to help him choose said ties. "Would this tie go with my blue shirt?" (as if I have a photographic memory) and "Would I need charcoal pants to go with this tie?" (as if I am a fashion expert). Honestly, he's so adorable, I don't mind. But I'm not quite sure I should be THIS EXCITED over a day-long shopping spree. We do have a knack for making outings feel like dates, so there's that. And, yes, I'll be able to shop for myself, too. And probably have a nice latte or something.
Shopping is fun, right? Especially husband-sanctioned shopping. But the fact that I've been counting the days until Saturday whispers, "Authoress needs a life."
Truth is, I love staying home. Especially in the evening, when I'm happiest in my jammies with a book or a WIP. Or possibly watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. My favorite "meal out" is breakfast, because, yes, I'm one of those annoying Morning People.
(Sometimes I go grocery shopping at seven in the morning. That doesn't excite me, though. That just gets the job done before people multiply and become annoying.)
So maybe it's the fact that ANY outing of magnitude is enough to ring my bells. Or maybe (I flatter myself) I've learned to enjoy simple pleasures, and don't actually need a weekend jaunt to NYC or an evening of gourmet food and the symphony. I'm happy to have a cup of gelato with my sweetie on a summer evening.
Then there's the outside-the-box stuff that makes me crazy-happy. Like spelunking on Christmas Day (which we did last year). Working on a short film that stars my dad. Driving an hour and a half for a hike and a picnic (with wine) because of the breathtaking views. Visiting an alpaca farm. (We haven't done that yet. It's next on my list.)
All that to say -- what floats your boat? Do you find that your leisure time is spent in less-than-mainstream ways? Are you happy as a clam for the opportunity to return books to the library? Or does your inner social butterfly soar to new heights each time you go out the door?
I'll think of you tomorrow while I'm trying on jeans and keeping track of my husband's new tie obsession. Here's hoping your weekend is as...exhilarating...as mine!