Last week in my Weekend Edition, I shared my struggle with adjusting from city life to full on suburbia. Hell, my town pretty much invented the mall. I’ve been feeling pretty sorry for myself to say the least. Living in the city made excitement accessible. All I had to walk out my door and I’d find myself in a street festival, market, next to my favorite cafes and restaurants or I’d simply run into a friend. The suburbs require a little more effort. I sat down today and thought about what I liked about the city or my life while in the city and found ways to do them here. I swear there has to be more to this town than the mall!
Meet the neighbors
Aside from one neighbor, I honestly don’t know any of my neighbors. I am a little disappointed that our neighbors didn’t try to get to know us when we moved in. However, I’ve decided to swallow my pride and make the first move. I have a bunch of blueberries which are just asking to be made into muffins. Who doesn’t love the neighbor that brings muffins?
Take Beau to a dog park
When we lived in the city, we used to love taking Beau to dog parks. Although Beau prefers going from human to human asking for belly rubs over romping around with other dogs, he still manages to get tired at the end of it all (which is the ultimate goal.) I’ve also found that dog parks are a great way to meet other locals and find out about what’s going on in the neighborhood. Whether that applies to suburban dog parks is yet to be seen. I just found one not too far from our home which looks promising and this one a little further away looks worth the trip.
Give the running club a try
My neighborhood has a running club which meets several times a week for various length runs. I pretty much despise running but desperate times call for desperate measures. It is organized by the one neighbors I do know so that’s working in its favor. I think after a few days on the treadmill I’ll give them a shot.
Take a class
I love learning. That’s not to say that I can’t or won’t learn outside the classroom. I do it every single day at my job and I always try to have a non-fiction book in progress. However, there is something fun and social about going somewhere to take a class #nerd. I am eyeing the Shibori Dyeing and Street Photography course at Fleisher Art Memorial.
Start a book club
One of my favorite things I did in the city was participate in a book club. It was a bunch of 20 something women who were a friend of one or two of the original founders. We picked a book each month and met to discuss it at a bar which related to the story in someway. I really loved the routine of a girls night once a month and of course getting new book recommendations. I think I’m going to initiate a book club with a mix of work girl friends and other friends who live close by but I don’t really have a routine of seeing. Anyone in? Ha!
Attend local events
Despite my unending love for all things Philadelphia, it’s ok to admit that there are somethings worth attending in South Jersey. This weekend my eye is on a local flea market and weekly farmer’s market. I also have to be willing to put my big girl pants on and go into the Philly more often, even on work nights… gasp!
I should be volunteering more already. I’m on the hunt for a charity that I can volunteer with a few times a month. I have a pending Board application with a charity that means a lot to me so hopefully this one will be resolved soon!