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Summer in Seattle

I kind of feel like I’m trying again. I’m at least doing more, and maybe this is an anomaly inspired by the long streaks of gorgeous 80-degree days, but I’m pretty happy about it. I’ve had a busy few weeks, and during them have spent time with some great people who make me feel liked, appreciated, and included, which is something I’ve lacked recently, both socially and professionally.

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View from my tent at Lake Sylvia

My sister and I have been getting along a lot better and spending more time together than we have in recent memory. Maybe it’s because she isn’t dating anyone and has more time and drive to focus on others, but I’m glad she lets me tag along with things like camping trips and Big Brother viewing parties. We went to Lake Sylvia at the end of July with a couple of her friends, and even though the weather wasn’t great, we had a nice time drinking beer, wine and prosecco. Plus, she introduced me to Kubb, which is an awesome game that’s kind of like bocce ball meets lawn bowling. And I’m kind of good at it. And, of course, I taught them Turkey My Mayo.

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Green Lake with Stephanie and Austen

We also went floating on Green Lake (like, all day) another weekend! We need to do this again, for sure. Booze, music and water? What more could anyone need?

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Post-CHVRCHES selfie

A couple weeks ago was the CHVRCHES show at Showbox SoDo. I was a little iffy on this day as it was happening, but I think it was good in the long run. The evening started out with me feeling self-conscious (why didn’t people want to watch the Seahawks pre-season game with me?!) and ended with being annoyed by the fans at the show and car2go complications. But, I got to see JDH for the first time in a while and watched some of the first Seahawks game since the Super Bowl with the person I went to the Super Bowl with (and against the same team). Christina and Capri left pretty soon after the show started, but not before Capri used her spiky bracelet to edge out some annoying girls who were pushing against me. :)

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Pete Lake

Last weekend, I went camping at Salmon La Sac with more of the same awesome people. It was great being out in the fresh air, next to the river, and my little dog didn’t even really mind the big dog who was there (maybe because everyone kept giving her people food). We decided to go on a hike that we thought was six miles round-trip, but turned out to be closer to nine. Thankfully it was fairly flat, with a lot of up and down both ways. When we got back, everyone was exhausted, and we quickly made dinner. People started dropping off and went to bed, but a few of us watched the Perseids meteor shower from the riverbank, which was cool for a former astronomy nerd like me. I got a flat tire on the way back, but thankfully Raj was there to help!

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Trivia winnings!

On Tuesday, after going on a disaster of a run in Capitol Hill with Christina (disclaimer: it was only a disaster because I’m slow and don’t know how to run on hills), I met up with a couple kickball friends for trivia near my condo. And we dominated!

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JDH and I in the sixth row

My uncle won four (awesome) tickets to a Sounders game, and they were offered to me. I don’t love planning things, because I’m never sure what the response will be, but I know I need to make that kind of effort, if I want it to be reciprocated. (Sometimes easier said than done.) Well, Capri, Christina and JDH snatched up the other three super quick! On the day of, Christina couldn’t make it, but the rest of us had a fun evening!

I don’t have pictures of some other things (Friday breakfast date with Christina, subbing for kickball, beer lunches, etc.), but I’m so happy to spend time with and get to know these people better. It’s been refreshing to have this positivity around when it’s so easy to focus on what’s hard or lacking in life. And sure, it’s also a little exhausting keeping busy, especially after being so work-focused, but this weekend I finally get to sleep in, recharge, and take care of things I’ve neglected during the fun. And then I’ll be ready for more!

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I’m not sure why, but I’ve been feeling sort of anti-social lately, and when I try to be social, I don’t feel fully present. So, what have I done since Bunnarchy? Not a ton…

Last week it was really, really nice for two days, and I spent them solo. That was sort of by choice, sort of not. I suppose I didn’t make a huge effort, and was mostly fine spending time with my Kindle instead of people. I was sort of tired of trying: trying to be pleasant, trying to make small talk, and trying to be interested. Being alone was just easier, and I wanted easy.

The last time I did a Meetup event was a brunch over a month ago. Since then, I’ve skipped a wine and book swap and a book club discussion (granted I didn’t have the book with me for the latter, and hadn’t read it in eight years). I just couldn’t convince myself to go. I kept overthinking how hard I thought it could be, even though the other events I’d gone to had been mostly fine. I’m planning to go to a happy hour/free movie Meetup next week, though, so we’ll see.

I have spent more time with my kickball team, including going to a party with a few of them for someone on their other team. I met some cool people there, but didn’t really feel like drinking too much, so I didn’t feel very fun toward the end of the night. (I did stay longer than I said I would, though, so that counts for something, right?) I appreciated being invited and included, though, and they’ve talked about adding me to that team, as well. (If that happens, I’m going to have to play a lot better than I did in our last game!)

I went to two Sounders games in the last week, but that’s a little deceptive with regards to how social I was. The first game on Saturday was a last-minute thing and extremely wet. I was super hungover from a work party the day before, so I didn’t have any alcohol and went straight home after the win. Yesterday I went with a friend and her co-workers, meeting up beforehand at Elysian. Her boyfriend was with her and we didn’t get much of a chance to hang out, but I did talk a lot with her boyfriend’s friend. She and I were kind of the outsiders there, and it turns out we had a bit in common!

So, I hope I start feeling differently about being putting myself out there soon. I wonder if I just got burned out from making so much of an effort in late March/early April, and maybe a quick trip to Arizona this weekend will help. Fingers crossed!