I was all despairing this morning, and stayed that way until Jenny woke up in Hawaii and called me. Friends are delightful. I think I should get a few more of them, at least local ones. Here is my advertisement for local friends:
Mid-thirties SoHa MWF with 18 MO son seeks like for friendship, support, shopping, and occasional CC swapping. Prefer bookish and/or artsy, spiritually-inclined (tho not particularly toward Islam), with laid-back style. Don't have energy for helicopter-parenting or much advice-giving. Near 2, 3, C, B trains and two lovely playgrounds.