Dancing, Dates and 28

Mmmmm…hello my lovelies!

It’s been awhile since I last checked in. Life has been crazy with school this semester. I have survived the world of Business Analytics, one of the more challenging courses in our program (at least for this non-math kiddo!). Y’all!! I have three classes left…three!! Can you believe it?

It seems like yesterday I was getting sweet notes of encouragement from y’all telling me to go for it! I’m so glad you’ve walked this journey with me!

This year I’ve been trying to do new things…things I’ve never done…things that challenge me!

I’ve been going to a Lindy Hop class here in town and I was super scared the first time I went with CB. I’m not very coordinated and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up. But I’ve been learning a lot and practicing a lot in my living room. Penelope thinks I’m crazy some nights haha.

It’s been fun learning the Charleston, Lindy Hop and a little bit of East Coast swing…and I’ve discovered…I LOVE DANCING! I mean I’ve always loved it but kind of felt like the ugly duckling at the ball haha. But now I think I’m finally getting the hang of it.

I’m literally the world’s best kitchen dancer haha. I dance while I cook. I dance down the hall to put the linens up…I could literally dance all night. It’s been a fun challenge!

And now…the dates! So what’s it like to date at 28? As awkward as it was to date at 27. There are so many rules and ques and smh moments. I really don’t get it haha. Why can’t a guy just say: “Hey, I’d like to take you out to dinner because I’m interested in getting to know you more.”

Instead it’s this awkward guessing game that leaves this girl sooo frustrated. So I went on a first date last weekend. It seemed to go really well. There were a few awkward moments but that’s to be expected on a first date right? At the end of dinner, he asked if I would like to grab coffee and a donut so I accepted. We drove across town and grabbed some coffee. He left shortly after that to get back home for work and ended by saying how much he had enjoyed the date and that we should do this again soon.

And apparently we have different definitions of the word soon….because here it is a week later and homeslice hasn’t texted, hasn’t called…so needless to say I got that signal pretty quickly.

But ehhh…it is what it is.

I seem to be in the season of friends setting me up on dates! But I’m not complaining. I like meeting new people and so far none of them have been creepers. So Jess set me up with his friend Austin. And y’all…this boy is cute! I mean seriously cute!! Tall…he’s got that mid-western drawl and a cowboy hat. Yeah…that’s right! This boy is the real deal…straight from Montana. He rodeos, he rides, he runs, he’s deliciously tall and I was really excited when he called and asked if we could go out on a date.

Ladies….little sidebar here. His first invitation was to come over for a bbq at his place with his friends….ummm yeah no! DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT drive over an hour to meet a guy for a first date. So I politely responded and told him that was out of my comfort zone.

Needless to day, I quickly got a backtrack and he asked me for a dinner date in my town. I was really excited! With our work schedules it took a bit of finagling. We figured out a date and I happened to have tickets to the USC baseball game so I invited him to come with me. I love the anticipation of a first date… the texting your best friends for outfit ideas, Pintrest stalking outfits, and running around town to find the perfect aviators.

We were talking on the phone last night about waffles for some reason…and Austin was like hey…let’s do something crazy…and I asked what…and he said lets go get waffles. Mind you this boy is an hour away from me, was out with his friends, and dropped everything to come eat waffles.

So our first date was I think one of my favorite first dates so far..We met at a hole-in-the-wall diner for waffles. And before I knew it…it was 3am. We laughed, cracked jokes, and ate waffles to our hearts content. Austin had to get back for work at 5am…bless his heart he pulled an all nighter…so we said goodbye and made plans for Sunday.

I spent today working on my garden :) It made the time go by faster. There’s something catharthic about having your hands in dirt. Before I knew it, I was covered from head to toe in dirt and of course that was when my neighbors walked over to introduce themselves. I guess they got to see what a country girl looks like haha. But I’ve got blueberries, squash, poblano peppers, jalapeno peppers, sweet peppers (I went a little pepper crazy), habanero peppers, spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes, kale ursa, onions, tomatoes and herbs! I love me some herbs…mint, spearmint, lemon balm, basil, purple basil, lavender, rosemary and I finally got an aloe plant :)

I’m really excited about tomorrow! So excited I can’t really sleep haha.

So here’s to first dates, dancing and being 28!


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