Dinner last Friday with old friends turned out to be great. Leanne, my usually thoughtful friend, texted me Thursday night and asked if we could speak briefly on the phone. Leanne is someone who is not into social media, so I knew that she hadn’t seen Candace’s baby shower photos on Face.book. Thus, she didn’t know that I had already known about the pregnancy. When we got on the phone, she said that she wanted to make sure that I didn’t get blindsided by some news that might come up during our Friday dinner. To save her from further stammering to find the right word to break the news to me, I told her that I knew about Candace’s pregnancy. I went on to tell her about the emotions that I had experienced the whole week to make sure that I would be fine during dinner. My conclusion to her was that since I had already prepared myself, regardless of Candace’s presence, I should be fine during dinner. Leanne then told me that Candace wouldn’t be there for dinner as her pregnancy has been very difficult and driving in traffic for several hours on a Friday is not exactly the best thing for her. I truly appreciate Leanne’s thoughtfulness in trying to prepare me for the news. She actually wanted to tell me about it the last time we met up, but because I was telling updating her on our egg donation, she didn’t feel that it was the most appropriate time to bring up someone else’s pregnancy. She sat at home not feeling good about not letting me know ahead of the Friday dinner knowing that I would usually need time to process pregnancy news. Her thoughtfulness is a big contrast to our friend Chloe’s oblivion to my need to process pregnancy news ahead of time.
Dinner was great. It was just the four of us, the core group of friends, plus Leanne’s baby. Pregnant lady couldn’t come. Chloe didn’t bring the kids. Her other friends couldn’t make it. We caught up without having to be careful with what we talked about since there was no outsiders. We could truly talk about anything we wanted to. It was just like old times. It reminds me of why I still want to maintain a friendship with these friends. And Chloe asked me in private for an update for our egg donation, which I gladly told her. She is genuine in wanting me and Bob to be successful and to become parents. Candace’s name came up but nobody talked about her pregnancy. Those were some very pleasant 2.5 hours with some very good friends over tapas.
Bob accepted his job offer and will start his new job on August 31st. He will have the next two weeks off. And we are going to Las Vegas! When we want to take a few days off, we usually consider driving up and down the coast. We usually like quiet time and just hang out. Las Vegas looks like a very unusual choice for us. But since we have not done Vegas, why not? Flight and hotel packages are inexpensive in comparison to other times during the year. I guess Vegas is too hot? The most exciting thing for me is to be able to watch O! I have been wanting to watch this Cirq.ue du Sol.eil show forever. We (or mainly I) have splurged for some good tickets so hopefully I will not be disappointed! We will be there in 1.5 weeks.