I went to a party Saturday night where I didn't know anyone except the one who invited me. One of the women in our knitting circle works at Vanderbilt and invited me to the Christmas party hosted by doctors she works for and with in the psychiatric department. It was held at the home of one of them who renovated a beautiful home on the historic register. HERE is a photo and information about it. It was a lovely house with fireplaces in all the rooms, many beautifully decorated Christmas trees, and food in every room prepared by caterers and served on festively appointed tables. There were lots of people there.
Soon after we entered the house, this guy introduced himself to us and said he and the host whose house we were in had been friends since they were in school in Memphis. He is a pediatric dentist and gay. We hit it off really well and spent most of the party on a couch chatting away. He's been with his partner for 20 years. This worked out well because I was enjoying the conversation, and Yvonne could mingle and talk with people she knew. She came by and checked on me periodically, and I got up and walked around the house several times. Mostly I enjoyed the conversation there on the sofa.
Week before last I had lunch with my friend Janey and her good friend John. They are both law professors in Australia. Janey is from here, but he is from Australia. She's been there around 20 years and really likes it there. We all went to McKay's and Hot Kabobs last week and had another good visit. They told me another reason to like living in Australia - no tipping! That would be nice.
They went to Publix with me since I like to stop in when I'm in the area to get this bread I like they bake there that has oats on the top. They said they don't have all those choices there and instead of shelves of maple syrup there might be two kinds. John said, "Land of plenty and Americans do it better than anybody." I enjoyed our conversations and had a great time. I'm saving for a trip there and hope I can go in a couple of years.