When I last wrote, Dec 14, I wrote that I had three dates lined up for the following week.
I'm happy to report some positive news: one of those guys is still in the picture, a month and a half later. Not only that -- I'm liking him more and more, and (wow!) seems the feeling is mutual.
Before I get to my giddy news -- I'll fill you in on some of those other December guys:
Guy #172: (the one who kissed me the way a pelican might try to swallow a huge dolphin): he actually wrote to me a week or so later, saying he'd had a really nice time, but had been on a few dates with somone else, and wanted to see where it would go. I graciously replied that I understood, and wished him the very best.
#207: 8 or so years my junior, seemed fun and interesting. On our first date, we had wonderful, pricey cocktails, then street truck tacos -- my idea of a good night. Wound up smooching in a Chase bank vestibule. Made plans for the following week -- and he called to cancel two hours prior, saying he wasn't feeling well. Never heard back from him again -- just as well.
Then there was My Current Awesome Guy (#206) -- will come up with an appropriate blog name soon.
On the first date, we had a nice enough time. Good kissing, good conversation -- but I've had enough of those on first dates to know that that doesn't guarantee a second.
He emailed the next day to say he'd had a really nice time. We went out again the following week. And again shortly after that.
Fast-forward -- we've now been out nine (9) times. Yes, I keep track of these things. And he's just plain awesome. Cute, smart, thoughtful. When I was out of town for two weeks at one point, he continually stayed in touch -- even on days when he knew I wouldn't have email access, just so I'd have his notes to come back to.
Last week, I was feeling under the weather on a night we had plans -- he brought me red tulips (my favorite), and we had a low-key night, skipping the party we'd planned to go to.
I've sometimes dated guys in the past who I felt weren't really right for me because I felt that I "should" try to like them -- they were nice guys who deserved a shot, but in the end, I had to admit to myself that I just wasn't feeling it.
There's no "try" with this one - I just plain like him. It feels really good – and really easy – and really promising. No angst. No worries that I’m trying to like him because I “should”. I just do. A lot. And the fact that the feeling seems mutual makes it all the better.
More to come! Wish me luck in the meantime... this weekend, we're going to meet a few of each others friends for the first time...!
And if you have an appropriate blog name for this awesome guy -- well, I'm open to suggestions!