After being reminded that I meant to try to get some more social contacts after a thread from Marcia (Newlease) reminded me. I got onto "meetup" last week and today I went to a creative craft afternoon. "Christmas card collage" It was held at an inner suburban cafe, 8 people I'd never met before sitting at a big table cutting and pasting and chatting just because. Some of the women were incredibly creative and I was much less impressed with my own efforts but I'll certainly do it again. The subject of stroke/disability never came up. I wonder if they'll be more curious next time, but right now I'm not even sure that anyone noticed that I only work one handed. I didn't say much, but they seem to be nice people, 3 others were also first timers to the group, but it didn't feel at all cliquey (is that a word?)
I very nearly chickened out on going, I'm very tired today. Last night was the gym Christmas dinner, and it was a great night, at least 50% of the attendees took on the costume challenge "pop and rock stars" ( I went for easy and comfortable as Elton John). We had 2 tina turners, 2 lady Gagas, 2 Madonnas, Freddy Mercury, Pink, Elvis, Slash, "Jake" Blues, Seal, Rihanna and a few I couldn't place, we had the place to ourselves with a karaoke machine and open bar. I actually drank some beer (just one large glass, but I've generally avoided alcahol since my stroke) and didn't get home until 1am. Certainly way past my usual bedtime.