Now, the problem may have arisen because I was joining the class half-way through (all the other ladies had taken 3 classes together already) - but I felt like a total dork! I couldn't get up the nerve to talk to anyone, and I felt very awkward at the beginning of class when we were waiting for it to start and everyone was talking amongst themselves. I truly felt like the shy geek in the corner!
Thankfully, in the pool, one of the other ladies struck up a conversation with me and we chatted during the workout. I found it easy to talk with her, but she had to initiate.
Well....when the heck did this happen? I always thought of myself as an outgoing, easy-to-talk-to person. I'm not sure when it changed, but sometime over the last few years my socializing skills have gone down hill. I think I'll blame it on being in an extremely anti-social environment over the last five years, for being around physicists longer than that, and for not having many friendships outside the realm of academia.
I really hope these classes help me get these skills back! I don't want to be the shy woman in the corner who never speaks to anyone. That's not who I am!