Taken on my way home from dinner. I haven't had enough sleep this week, so I was really dragging at work. It didn't help that the office was a beehive of activity. I just wanted to do my relatively easy task and go home. I got some of it done.
I almost went home early, saying I was sick. Good thing I didn't. My out-of-town boss called. I'm glad I was there. Better to look lively, even when I don't feel it.
I had dinner plans with a friend anyway. I need to do that way more often. First, it was great to see my friend. Second, I felt like an actual grown-up. Having dinner after work with a view of the lake and all the people enjoying the beautiful summer evening was just what I needed.
No kids to entertain and harrass into good manners. Just a great conversation with good food that I could finally afford. It made me realize how little I get out purely for enjoyment. I haven't been able to afford anything, really, until now.
I know now I need to plan a lot more activities like that. It can't be all kids and horses. I remember the days when dropping a hundred or so dollars on dinner was no big deal. More like par for the course. It was nice to get a glimpse of that way of easing through life again. Only with wide-open options for work, love and friendship inviting me forward.