this book that my mom gave me as a bridal shower gift. Since I started, I haven't been able to put it down. It really puts into perspective the true meaning of hospitality and having gatherings in your home. You don't have to be perfect. Your home doesn't have to be spotless. And don't worry if the crust on the pie you made is a little crispy, just throw a scoop of ice cream on top! The author, Sandy Coughlin, also has a blog with the same title, and I would strongly suggest checking it out. She's great!
As I've written before, Luke and I really haven't made many friends here in West Virginia yet. Of course I have a lot of great coworkers that I get along with, and Luke has several friends from school, but we haven't acquired any couple friends that are like-minded quite yet. It's hard being friends with people that are in different stages of life. We live in a college town filled with college-type people. You know the kind. I used to be there. I used to like to go out, but now, all I want is a group of friends we can play board games with. Friends we can invite over for dinner and great conversation.
This book talks a lot about breaking the ice too, and reminds us not to be afraid to invite friends over because of the fear of rejection. Let's be honest, we all fear rejection and judgement, but we could lose the opportunity to make great friends if we let that fear run our lives. As part of my goals for the new year, I really want to break the ice with some people in my life right now. There are several people that I work with that I could see being friends with outside of the workplace (and even a few couples that are a little more like-minded as us), but the initial invitation is what always makes me nervous. Does anyone else feel like this?
This is a fear that I hope to get over soon. Friends are very important, and when your lifelong friends live 1000 miles away life can be hard.
On, an entirely different note, here's a juice recipe that I tried earlier this week straight out of the juicer handbook. I'd definitely suggest it to those who are first-time green juice drinkers. The flavor is fabulous!