It is with appropriate cheerfulness that I can report I had a thoroughly good night out at Chams. I think it’s important for the mood to be just so, because otherwise, I feel there’s a risk of a visit to SmugTown, and no-one likes those folk 😉
If I compare last night out to the first meeting of the year, things were all very different. To start with, I made the effort to pack in advance, set off home so I could get a good shave, and we had lots of interest from new visitors.
Indeed I think there were about four people who said they’d pop along, although one sadly couldn’t make it. So it goes! You do what you can to support people, however sometimes other stuff gets in the way, and they have to duck out. So it goes! Still, at least with regular meetings, there is always another opportunity.
After making a bit of a mess with the payments last time – the first meeting was supposed to be free. Oops! – this time I kept hold of the payment sheet Val kindly runs off, so folk knew if they got a freebie or not. Frankly, I really needed that as January has been quite the expensive month, what with insurance payments and upcoming birthdays for the extended family. Yes, too much month at the end of the money. 🙂
Outfit-wise, I had a few items in the bag: butterfly top, a new dress, a new red skirt, and a backup – because you never know! Well, the dress wasn’t really me, so that needs to go back. The sleeves were a bit too boxy for my liking, and it’s not like I need any help in the shoulder department. The red skirt was lovely, but I now need to buy an underskirt (slip?) as it’s not lined and I don’t like the semi-opaque look in that area 😉
So, it was over to the backup! Now, I’m a little conscious of my knees, so I felt a bit nervous at said skirt length. I did toy with the idea of switching to boots – less leg – although Diane, Nicola, Steph, and Val were kind enough to allay my fears. Thanks, ladies ♥
Once downstairs I met a few of the new folk – including some irregular regulars, who’d come back after a long time away. Always good to see old and new faces! I had a good long chat with a new lady, Joanne, and she seemed really happy with how her first time had gone. I asked her about how she’d found the group, and she said that the Our Stories section of the website had helped her see that she’d fit in okay. “Five points to Chameleon House!” 😉
Everyone seemed in good cheer and the place was pretty busy for us. Andrea ran her discussion group, although I think the lack of warmth in the other room made it somewhat quicker than usual.
The next meeting isn’t for a good few weeks, so I was really glad I made the effort. I certainly feel a lot better for having had a night out as all of me.