This week I read a PPP post at Blog Out Loud, an event of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. It was an honour to be chosen and a wonderful experience (gold star for Lynn at Turtlehead for organizing this great night).
I was surprised at how nervous I was. My job has me speaking in front of groups all the time, but there was something about this crowd, perhaps the fact that it was more personal, that had my knees shaking. But I got though it okay and got to hear from and meet some fantastic local writers and bloggers.
Each of the 11 readings was so special and different; it would be hard to pick a favourite (FYI…you can read them all here).
It was also a great night because it turned into a somewhat impromptu grownup double date. Some close friends came to see me read and when it was over, realizing we still had two hours until the babysitter turned into a pumpkin, the four of us went out to dinner at OZ Kafe on Elgin Street. We enjoyed some good food and a glass of wine and even made plans for another night out.
After dinner, as the man and I walked back to the car in the rain we talked about what a nice evening it had been.
The thing is, we both have active evening social lives…but not with each other.
Sometimes we entertain at home after the little one goes to bed but often one of us goes out while the other minds the home front. So it’s always a treat to have a night out together…without the little one.
We (and probably you) really have to do it more often.
So in honour of spring and leaving the kids at home…Here are 10 upcoming urban Ottawa events…for grownups!
May 8 – 9
May 30 – June 1
June 3 – 21