I love reading books about history and I love spending time alone, just chilling on the couch, with my cat. Sometimes I am alone, but I am not lonely. I do have friends, quite many, in fact, and I do like to hang out with them downtown. However, I am pretty discreet and mostly contained, so everyone tells me I should be dating an extrovert. They say I should find someone outspoken, who can be the exact opposite of who I am. In my early 20s I was a firm believer in this and I was always dating exuberant men, who overwhelmed me each time we were together.
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It made me more comfortable knowing the area, what kind of food there was, etc. Even if that means saying no to bingeing on another series! No pressure. Do what you'd normally do then, ask how they're doing, ask how work has been, etc.