Social Networking, Part Two

Although it’s been quiet here on the blog-front, I’ve actually been rather pre-occupied this week doing more  “social networking.”  My friend M. and I are spending our annual “girls week” in Florida, a tradition we started eight years ago, and one that has become sacrosanct for both of us.

What do we do?  Mostly what you’d expect two ladies of a certain age to do when left alone in a resort town.  We eat, we drink, we sit in the sun, we read,  we shop, we go to the movies.

We talk.

Yesterday, we saw The King’s Speech – first time for M., second time for me.  I don’t see a lot of movies, and  I rarely watch a movie twice in the same season, but I was happy to attend a repeat viewing on this one. It was a stellar film in all respects, and won well-deserved awards.

Today, after a lovely lunch and some shopping, we saw The Black Swan.  Hmm.  That was a horse of a different color.  Natalie Portman was astounding in her role of the psychopathic ballerina.  Her self destructive behavior and its psychological basis was eerily reminiscent of a young woman I’m acquainted with in real life (although not yet to that extreme, thank goodness).  It was definitely not the “feel good” kind of film that M. and I usually gravitate toward – but we both agreed we were glad to have seen it.

We had dinner tonight at Patric’s, a local restaurant that has instituted a tapas style menu in a cozy dining room, complete with entertainment- tonight, it was 1940’s showtunes played on a vintage upright piano. The small plates were perfect for the two of us, neither of whom are big eaters.  After dinner, M. did quite a bit of shopping in a little boutique called Just 4 Dolls, which featured a huge selection of outfits and accessories for American Girl dolls.  Believe me, her granddaughter’s new American Girl will be dressed to the “nines”.

On the docket for the days ahead – an art fair, a choral concert, people watching in downtown Naples.  The weather has been more than cooperative, with the sunshine and balmy breezes that make Florida such a popular destination for winter weary mid-westerners.

It’s a good tradition we started those years ago.  I’m glad we’ve had another year to continue it.

How about you?  Do you have any special traditions with your social network?






2 thoughts on “Social Networking, Part Two

  1. It sounds like a lovely tradition, Becca … I sure can’t imagine a better time of year to get away and enjoy the company of a good friend, nor a better destination.

    My own social traditions are pretty quiet, consisting mostly of the occasional lunch and weekly coffee dates; irregular meetings of my book club; a standing date at the Farmer’s Market. For now, it suits me, but the time may be coming when I’ll want to perk things up a bit. It will be interesting to see what happens then.

  2. It sounds just terrific, Becca — and so warm. Believe me, it’s not warm here. And your time with friends — just wonderful. Isn’t this the best time to be with people you’ve known long and well?

    Special traditions with my social network — hmmm. Wel,l my friend Suzanne and I generally get together in January and then in the summer — here or in Canada; then there are the regular things like my book club and wine group. Then there’s the regular Friday night out with friends. Always seems strange when it doesn’t happen!

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