I have been living in the Charlotte area, and I find myself with an unusual problem: I need to make some friends. I just don't know that many people here!
I haven't had to work to make new friends since I was in 5th grade. I just made friends. I can say I probably never had a lot of friends, but then I was always ok with that. I preferred a smaller, closer group.
So here I am in a new town, working from home with no natural friend-making opportunities presenting themselves and no one actively pursuing my friendship. Making friends as an adult is quite frankly, a little awkward. It is a balance between being interested and aggressive... and being too desperate. Maybe like dating... although I didnt do any of that as an adult either. ...Not only will my new friend-prospect need to like me, but they will have to like my son, and not annoy my husband too much. They will have to be intellectually interesting, but not too much of a smarty-pants.
Oh and the list goes on. As I write it I realize I have high standards. Guess that is why my friend list was always short....
:) -- well, I will continue to look for new friends and try not to overly freak them out with my awkward friend-seeking skills.
If nothing else the process is great research for my next book about introverts and relationships!