She is the new SO of a very old friend of my husband. They've been around a lot this summer, and she's not from around here, so it's been fun to show her our midwestern ways. She's from out east, has traveled a lot and is a very interesting person. I'll call her R.
This is significant because... well... I'm kind of a natural home body. My choice, I'd rather stay home then go out and party, and it's not exactly my thing to go out with the girls... in other words, I guess I don't have many close friends that I hang out with.
I mentioned to her a while back that I had a chair in the basement that I had been meaning to recover for about 15 years. She jumped on it and offered to help, pick out fabric, etc. She brought me swatches, evaluated the chair, helped me take it apart and measure the old fabric. Then we went to find new fabric and spent last weekend recovering. I don't imagine I'm the kind of girlfriend she's used to, I'm not cosmopolitan or sophisticated, don't wear a lot of jewelry or low cut outfits. I wear jeans whenever I can, and shorts. I sweat when I'm hot... well, you get the picture. But R is a very down to earth woman, she's real, and she's sweet, with a great sense of humor. Plus she is a woman's woman. She sticks up for herself and is self-assured.
I always loved this rocking chair... it was my grandma's (the one who is 97), I remember it from when I was a kid, then she gave it to me and I rocked my own babies. When we moved to the lake, it was all ripped and worn and went straight to the basement. The transformation absolutely thrilled me. There is something so rewarding about making something old new again. And it delights me how comfortable it is for me, no wonder I spent so much time rocking the boys in it. Long story short, it made me so happy.
So, last night I finished putting all the finishing tacks on the chair, wanted to show R before we went out shopping again today. I enjoy hanging out with her. It's amazing how fascinating Wisconsin can be to someone not from here. We always see ourselves as so normal and un-amazing.
I have a friend, someone to be myself with, where I'm not a mom, a wife, a daughter. I think this will be a nice summer.