On-Line Dating, Soy Sauce and Travel

Right around Christmas, I had this brilliant idea to try on-line dating. Not that I’m even sure I want a man underfoot, but you know someday these boys of mine will want to leave the nest and when that happens maybe I’ll regret my singledom.

I’m not sure how hot a woman has to be to get a viable date offer on an on-line dating site, but apparently I’m a long way from that hot. My most notable offer was from a fellow who had no teeth, no job, no vehicle and thought I should be honored to drive to where he was and leap on his magic swizzle stick.

Ladies I saw the hair on that man’s head, and even with all of his other fine qualities, there is no way in hell I ever want to see the bush that would have come flying out of that man’s pants – or anything else that was in his pants. We’re talking Beetlejuice look-alike, with fewer conversation skills.

So I’ve spent the past three months or so wallowing in books while reveling in singledom and never hearing a man wonder why my dishes aren’t done or there are two or four loads of laundry piled on a chair waiting for me to fold them, or better yet, someone to just wear them so I can skip the folding all together.

But now it’s time to quit wallowing because this weekend I’m off to California for a week. Which means I’ve gone from zero to full on panic mode. Actually it started Saturday with a shopping trip for suitable clothing. Monday was shopping for food that could be ready and stored in single serving containers for my boys to eat while I’m away.

I spent at least ten minutes trying to remember which soy sauce I had at home. The one I don’t like and was waiting to use up, but then decided soy sauce isn’t that freaking expensive so why use up soy sauce I don’t like when the store has soy sauce I do like. Happily the soy sauce I bought wasn’t the same soy sauce I had at home and don’t like so we’re good.

Tuesday was the night to make two pans of lasagna, fried rice and honey garlic chicken. I won’t be able to serve fried rice before September once they’ve spent a week eating it, but that’s life. Lasagna of course is no issue, up until recently both of my boys thought that was only served for Christmas Eve.

That just leaves giving myself a pedicure, shaving my legs, packing, reserving parking, and making sure there are enough provisions left behind for the boys while I’m away while obsessing about night wear and hot flashes and wondering if the hotels have laundry facilities.

Author: Vanessa D.

Thirteen years ago, I was newly separated with a leaky faucet. I bought a new cartridge and came home to turn off the water while asking myself "What's the worst that could happen?" and got started. The worst that has ever happened is I've accidentally reversed the hot & cold and had to turn the water back off to fix it. Since then I've taught myself how to do as much as I can, because waiting for Prince Charming is not an option. I'm not so great at relationships, but I can handle this single thing and so can you.

8 thoughts on “On-Line Dating, Soy Sauce and Travel”

  1. Okay, have you tried Tinder? Is it only for the young’uns? A friend’s son met his new wife via Tinder.

    Have fun in California! Where will you be?

    1. The on-line dating experience left me thinking it’s mainly for three groups – the young and attractive, the married and looking to cheat, and losers who just want to get laid.

      California is a work trip, so it’s a different place and hotel every day.

        1. Oh Kerry, don’t ever sell yourself short! You are young and attractive! When I was in my late teens I used to think I wasn’t, now I look back at old pictures and realize how crazy I was to worry I wasn’t attractive enough. I get you probably face dating challenges that are unique to you, but trust me your appearance isn’t one of them!

  2. Yayyy, I have missed you. I can’t wait to catch up. You can turn that into a tomato joke if you are still doing the greenhouse thing. I guess I will find out soon enough.

    1. I’m still doing the greenhouse thing but in a far different and much nicer capacity. Flowers instead of Tomatoes, and working from home instead of being stuck in a packhouse for 60-80 hours every week. Two years later, I’m finally starting to enjoy the taste of tomatoes again.

  3. Hi Vanessa, omgosh, I know nothing about on-line dating. It seems like people find the one or they find no one. I have a friend and a nephew who were on there and not happy with it. So, you’re not alone. I love the way you wrote this post. It was fun to read. I like how you describe ‘the man underfoot’ Ha! I think there are many benefits to living single.

    Hope Cali was great and you got to enjoy some local delights. Hot flashes? I’m getting them too, lately. I hate waking in the middle of the night in a sweat! 😛
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    1. California was great this year and hot flashes are the devil. I’m convinced the reason women originally started going to shorter hair styles as they hit middle age has nothing to do with looking younger and everything to do with trying to avoid dealing with that sweaty mess of hair every morning.

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