Marry well

This week, My dear friend Noree got married.

Noree and David’s wedding was absolutely beautiful. Rich in sacredness and full of the vibrancy that is Noree’s mark on everything she touches. We prayed and sang and danced and laughed, and celebrated the beginning of their life together.

Then, six days later (last night), the beautiful Alessandra married her love, Jason.

Alessandra and Jason’s wedding was an all-out celebration. The wine, conversation, and laughter flowed freely and an eclectic group of family and friends sent them into their life as husband and wife. In the ten years I’ve known her, I’ve never seen her glow so brightly. Continue reading

Cut loose

Hey, here’s an idea:

Go to a magazine release party celebrating your best friend, who is being honored as one of the top “20 Under 40” businesspeople to watch in your city.

 Marvel at how gorgeous she is, and think to yourself that you must be really smart, because WHO KNEW when you first met seven years ago that you were making such a valuable and influential connection! Pat yourself on the back for thinking ahead on this one. Way to go. Continue reading

Celebrate the small things

Today I made myself a beautiful and delicious breakfast.

Today I walked to Huckleberry’s and drank iced tea and watched all the happy couples stroll in and out with their organic goods and wrote in my new journal. And figured out a few things in the process.

Today I made myself sushi for lunch. It wasn’t half bad.

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Set standards

Just a heads-up to men in the world of online dating: If you’re 40 and you’re “seeking females 18-34,” I’m gonna go ahead and assume you’re a tool.

Same thing applies if you post a picture of yourself with a Hooters girl, list sex as one of your favorite activities, or send me an e-mail that says nothing more than “You should get on IM to chat” (um, nice to meet you too). Automatic no.

Other than filtering out THOSE guys, it’s been a lot of fun so far.

I will not be writing about my dating experiences here, at least not in any specific terms. That’s private, and although I share a lot of private things, I am pretty careful to restrict them to MY private things. Just because someone wants to go out with me doesn’t mean he wants his business posted online for all to see. So that’s where I’m drawing the line. That said, I’m having a grand time, feeling empowered, and enjoying learning about how to date post-college.

Best random impulse decision I’ve made in a long time. I highly recommend it!

Get back in the game

Well, I did the unthinkable. I joined an online dating site.

It was a total whim, to tell you the truth. No thought or consideration whatsoever went into this decision. There I was, minding my own business, surfing the interwebs, drifting about at random on the information superhighway, when a banner ad for OkCupid popped up in my peripheral vision. I have a couple of friends who are on OkCupid, and they’ve met some interesting people and gone on some fun dates as a result. And, hey, it’s free.

Annnnnnd it was 10:00 at night, and I was bored.

So I clicked the ad, thinking I would just look around and see what the whole thing was about. But no sightseeing was allowed! The link took me directly to a page where the only possible options were “sign up for OkCupid” and “exit this page,” and in a blur of uncharacteristic impulsiveness, I entered a username and password. Continue reading

Get out

This morning I had planned to be at the gym at 7. But then I woke up at 8:30, and was like, “WHOOPS!”

So then I thought to myself, “What do you need to do before work this morning?”

And I replied, “Nothing!”

And then I asked myself, “Well, do you want to go to the gym now?”

And I said, “Nooooooo! All the good machines will be taken.”

So then I told myself, “I think some fresh air would do us some good. Let’s go for a walk.”

And I said “Okay.” Continue reading