Sunday, November 28, 2010

Yes.. I went there... And I'm not going back...

Ok, so this is probably going to turn out to one of the longest posts I’ve written, but I assure you, it is one of the best.

Last night I went on 14 blind dates.  Yes, you read correctly.. 14.  Where do I find 14 blind dates you ask?  Why, speed dating of course.  So let’s back this train up a bit and give some background.  A couple people had previously mentioned to me that speed dating could be one of my challenges that I could take on, and who knows.. I could maybe even meet someone.  Now to be honest, my thoughts on speed dating can pretty much be summed up by the picture below:

It turns out, the venue was really nice, the lighting was soft, and it wasn’t just a line of people across the table from each other.  There was a lounge and each “couple” had a table or couch with a number on it.  Basically, the women stay seated and the men move from table to table.  How it works is at the beginning of the night the host gives you a card and tells you to write down the people’s names that you meet and then when your 6 minutes is up with each person, you tick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ beside their name.  If two people both say ‘yes’ to each other, then they’re set up to have more face time together. 
So now that we all know how this works, let’s get on with it….  First, our outfits:  Hot right??

Yes, I went with a friend.  Was not gonna attempt this one solo.

For date #1 through #3 I was still kind of getting my bearings and figuring out how to answer the question “so what do you do in your spare time?”… Like really? Nothing!  I’d rather diet than go to the gym, I’d rather be sleeping than playing any sports, and I’d rather have a glass of wine than take up jogging.  Ahh I digress… So for the first 3 dates, I don’t really remember anything specific about them… Starting with #4 is when I decided that I could not continue without writing something down about them to let the whole world know just what I had to sit through…  Take a look below for highlights…

Me: So what do you for a living?
Him: Well, I just got off probation.
Me: Pardon? (get me the eff outta here now!!)
Him: Well….I was on probation for 3 months
Me: (Starting to clue in).. You mean, the first 3 month probationary period at your job??
Him: Yea, that’s what I meant

#5 – Student. Enough said.

#6 – Student.  Again.  Seriously, what students go speed dating?  Answer that question, then put a visual to it.  That’s what he looked like.

#7 – The Russian.  Drinking straight vodka. 

Me: Hi, my name is Kristy, nice to meet you
Him: Hi, good to meet you too.  What are your expectations?
Me:  Excuse me? My expectations for what? Tonight?
Him: Sure. What are your expectations for tonight?
Me: Nothing.  (given that the past 42 minutes have been a complete waste of my life)

#9 – The gamer.  For real.  He designs video games for a living.     …next!

Him: (as he’s writing my name on his sheet) Geez, this pen has been very tempermental all night.
Me: Ahh.. ya, they can sometimes be a bit tricky! (wtf?)  Did ya get that working there?  Great.
Him: So what do you do?
Me: I tell him, then ask him the same question.
Him:  Well, I have a great job!  I just got promoted to a supervisory position and now I have people working under me. 
Me: Congrats.  Sounds good.  So what exactly is it that you do?
Him:  I work as a security guard.  At an apartment building.  I tried to become a police officer and went to college for it, but when I wrote the tests, I failed them.  Twice.  But it’s not so bad, cause I love my job now.

#11 – Works in the IT department and rarely gets out.  (his words, not mine)

#12 - #13 – These guys weren’t too bad… Just pretty normal.. but nothing to write home blog about

#14Let me preface this by saying that this actually really was my last date.  I couldn’t have planned it better myself.
Me:  So do you do this kinda thing often?
Him: Oh yeah, I do this all the time.
Me: Really?...  So I guess you find it successful then? (There’s no way this guy is successful…he’s about as cute as a old brick wall)
Him: Ya I have success here, but if you really want to get some good results, you need to go online.
Me: Hmm?
Him: Oh ya!  I’ll tell you all the best sites!  Here, write them down… He then proceeded to tell me how amazing internet dating is and had me write down 3 of the top sites (which were all free sites by the way)
Me: Um, wow.  That’s great.  Thanks for the info…

So there it is folks.  I shit you not.  I could not make this stuff up.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New job - check. New boy - umm.. no.

I know I should be updating my blog a little more.. Like really, it’s been a serious couple of weeks since I’ve put the pen to paper (or finger to keyboard.. same diff). 
I think over the past couple weeks I’ve deluded myself into thinking that this is a blog about dating… And I’m in a little dry spell (but more of that later).  However, when I think back to the purpose if this blog it’s to learn more about myself and things that I may have known or may not have.
That being said, I can now blog about my new job!  For the last year and half I’ve been working as a sales rep for a Fortune 500 Brand through an agency.  It was a great job and everything, but just wasn’t my bag.  Not enough of a challenge and overall just didn’t satisfy me.  So I started looking for a new job and landed one a couple weeks ago! I decided to go back to the marketing industry so I’m in Event Marketing again. This week was my first week and so far so good!  I said I wanted a challenge and to be able to think critically and problem solve and that’s exactly what I got.  I haven’t worn heels in forever and after this first week, my feet are killing me!  Also, I’m pretty exhausted after re-learning how to work 50+ hours a week.

So it was a little nerve racking on the drive there on the first day… Kinda brought me back to the first day of grade 9… Like.., OK, so do I have to sleep with the seniors to fit in and get with the “cool crowd”?  
Clearly the answer to getting ahead in this company wasn’t to sleep with the seniors (a.k.a. management), but to buckle down and work hard.  (Not that the aforementioned didn’t cross my mind.. joking!!..)
But overall, this first week has gone really well and I’m happy with the change of pace.

Now on to the dating scene… I mentioned in a prior post that my girlfriend was supposed to set up me up on a blind date.  She did set me up and it was scheduled to happen actually tonight.  Prior to that I did get a text from him a week before our date:
Him: Hey, its ____, Danielle’s friend.  How are you?
Me: Hey good to hear from you. I’m doing well thanks, u?
Him: I’m doing well, fairly busy.  Next weekend is still over a week away,  I just wanted to touch base
Me: Ya for sure.  I’m going home this w/e so that’s why it’s kind of a no-go.  But I’m in for next Sat. Do you have something spectacular planned? (No pressure or anything)
Him: Ha, no pressure at all! But no, I don’t have anything planned yet… Did you just use the word spectacular?
Me: I did indeed.  Too much? Lol. Ok, I’ll settle for dinner. Can’t blame a girl for trying, right?
Him: I’ll see what I can do J
So it was all good until he texted me earlier this week saying that he has to postpone our date because he has something to take care of.  Was I a little disappointed? Sure.  But my only hope is that he postpones until post-movember.  I just can’t get into a guy with a stache…

Other than that, it’s a complete dry spell.  On the upside though I do have an interesting “date(s)” lined up for next Saturday… more details to follow J

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Slumber Paarty!!

When you think about, when was the last time you and your friends got together and had a slumber party? A real one.  Not the one where your friend came home and crashed on your couch with the catch-of-the-day.  Years ago, right?  In the days of the board game Girl Talk?  Well my friends and I brought it back the other night.

We decided that it would be a good idea because one girl’s boyfriend is overseas for a month, and she’s the lonely lady with the cat right now.  Not good.  We did get together on a schoolnight though, so at least we’d keep it tame right?  No.

Here’s how the basic equation works out: 5 girls + 6 bottles + 1 board game + 0 boyfriends = chaos. Wonderful, real, genuine, screaming, laughing, chaos.

Starting with a litte dinner

The host with the toast

A sleepover isn't complete without someone dying their hair

Cutting said dyed hair though?  Now that's a new one...

But she like's it!! All smiles

Mmmm... time for some goodies

And now time for some ditry jokes about the finger...

Time to do that nails!

You don't know Jacques...

Nothin like a little late night texting...

PJ party!!

It was about this time that we decided to go to bed...

Thought of the night:  Gone are the days of Mike's Hard Lemonade, pizza delivery, and single available guys.  Welcome to the world of dinner parties, wine, and baggage.