Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WWW.MySocialLife.com

Prematurely posted by a few hours... I get excited sometimes... so be it...

The funny thing is... until about a year ago, this would have been literal... my entire social life was on the world wide web... all my friends lived in my computer (or almost all of them)... I mean I have my family, but the non-obligatory stuff... the FUN stuff.

Oh, I know. Some of you like your families. Actually mine is pretty good, too, but I KNOW you know what I mean... the socializing was all online.

Last summer though, the end of the summer, a couple neighbors and I started something... and my social life has really blossomed.


We have a place like this but it's too swampy this spring
WALKING

This is how it began. A couple of us... Jackie, Jean and I... decided we wanted some exercise, so maybe we'd try to do the Couch to 5K program... which after about 10 weeks must have sort of been abandoned, but we CONTINUED WALKING.

Oh, sure, once a month or so it is punctuated by a bottle or three of WINE (but that is a W word, too, so it's all good)



logo and a map of Michigan, cool, eh?
WOLVERINE

And then my only real local writing buddy (I mean I CALL Harry Dolan a writing buddy, but I am really more a gaga fangirl where he is concerned)--Liz, opened a BREWERY!!! (I know, right?) They make a delicious selection and (catch this) They are WALKING distance from my HOUSE!!! I don't even have to practice moderation if I don't want to!!!

(I'm going there Sunday for a birthday!--for Kevin, who named our couch to keg team, even--okay, so it was a misattribution, but a WINNING misattribution!)


And then... and then... and then...

ALSO in walking distance, and discovered around Christmas time...

See?  You could even pretend shopping just took a while!
WHOLE FOODS WINE BAR!!!

I'm not kidding. We went in on one of our walks... I think it was a Thursday night.... and the middle of the store is FULL UP with socializing grown-ups, all drinking wine or local beer. They are priced nicely, as their GOAL is to get you to then buy a bottle and take it HOME. They also have tasters of cheeses...

Tuesday night, to wine my whine, the Couch to Keg team went and had a couple drinks and the lovely Spanish Cheese Trio. HWMNBMOTI had to call and track us down as we'd decided about 40 feet into our walk that we ought to walk TO WHOLE FOODS and drink instead of JUST walking...


So see, now I have this great social life and it is all centered around the letter W (and my Couch to Keg team)


18 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A wine bar? Wish we had one of those!

Trisha said...

We've got lots of wine bars opening up here at the moment (in my slightly backwards big-country-town city. hehe), I LOVE IT!

Back in my late teens/early 20s, my entire social life for the most part was online. But in my mid-20s, that all started to change, and I was making heaps of friends offline too. Now I have a nice balance between offline and online friends! and I have met many of my online buddies in person. Some are definitely lifelong friends.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

All within walking distance makes this perfect! Good exercise and no need to drive after drinking...sounds perfect to me!

Liz said...

WOLVERINE BABY! (and here I thought you were gonna say "Wench").
cheers Sister!
Liz/ET/Wench/whatever....see you this weekend with Kevin and the gang!

Jessica L. Foster said...

Walking is so good. It makes me feel refreshed, but I don't go that often. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Aww! I'm so jealous of your whole foods. We only have like one here, and it's not close to me and it's really cramped and small.
Sigh

Old Kitty said...

Wine, walking, wholemsome beer?? Yay!!! Truly a most NAKED Thursday! Take care
x

Hart Johnson said...

Alex-you mean you DON'T? Ack!

Trisha-it's NICE to rejoin the social thing in real life, eh? I mean I still love my online peeps, but it is good to get out an about with people.

Elizabeth-walking is PERFECT!

Liz- w00t w00t! I was there LAST weekend, too!!! When my peep Patti was visiting!

Jessica-I walk a lot, but it sure is more fun with friends!

Hart Johnson said...

Sarah-yeah, our not large city has TWO of them! The one close to me is fairly new--just about 2 years old, i think, and it's FABULOUS!

Kitty-I KNOW, right? YAY!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I live out in the country and I'd have to walk a long ways just to hit the produce stand.

Copyboy said...

Big fan of the punctuated part. haha

Caryn Caldwell said...

Your walks sound wonderful! So cool that you kept that up, even after ending your Couch to 5K program. (By the way, I've heard a lot of great things about the latter, but still can't make myself do it. It's kind of intimidating.)

JCS said...

I'm loving this blog! Our Couch to Keg team has made my days better, especially when we walk to Whole Foods for wine and then buy really expensive crackers, or drink spiked hot chocolate in the winter, or accomplish a new workout goal. I'm so happy to have walking pals like you and Jean!

LTM said...

I totally LURV your "Couch to Keg" team--LOL! And I wonder if our Whole Foods has a wine bar... The problem is it's NOT in walking distance from our house. There are several things in walking distance here, but none of them are cool breweries or wine bars. I'm very jealous!

And a little sad. All my motivation is being used up by books, keeping up w/work, and occasionally exercising. Yep. I've turned into a bonafide mole person. Crazy. <3

Joy Ciaffoni said...

I love walks with a purpose like that.

Cherie Reich said...

The wine bar looks really cool. :)

Helena said...

I'm such a cheese freak, I'd go to a wine tasting event just to eat cheese and then have some wine as an afterthought. And if I walk to the event then I'd allow myself more food and drink because it's important to have balance!

Hart Johnson said...

Diane-yeah, you probably get more NATURE than we do. I like living in town, but there are perks to country...

Copyboy-didn't I punctuate all of it? Is that the point? *scratches head*

Caryn-they ARE. And yes, it's a good program. Not horrible... at least it wasn't before I turned 40. It somehow is harder now...

Jackie-I love it, too! (obviously)

Leigh-you need to FIND someplace close! And hook up with some neighbors to do it with--that is really how I discovered it all. It is sort of pathetic to go somewhere and drink alone... though that whole foods thing, you can drink while waiting for your gourmet pizza, and that is good...

Joy-aren't they fabulous!?

Cherie-it IS! Very chic in a 'this is the grocery store' way... teehee

Helena-I love cheese, too~ They DO have cheese tastings!