September 2009

Ahem. I have an announcement. A BIG announcement.

No, I’m NOT getting married. Jeez, you sound like my mother.apartment

Drum roll, please …. My boyfriend and I are moving in together. Cheers, applause and a crash of symbols.

Believe it or not, it was his idea.

Upon hearing the news, my mother asked about wedding plans. She started talking about my dad’s work bonus and my sister’s possible deployment next year to Afghanistan.

Um, hold it. Let’s just see if I could live with the guy, first. Yes, he’s perfect. No, really, he is. But maybe after living with him for a few months – maybe THAT’S when the little bits of crazy will start dribbling out of him, oozing into a pool in the floor that I have to step in each day.

My mom is pretty perfect, too, because she’s the one who suggested to me years ago that maybe I SHOULD live with a man before marriage just to make sure he wasn’t really annoying before walking down the aisle ‘til divorce court do us part. (more…)


Did you know there are 904 dating services nationwide? Actually, there are probably more now; that number is from 2002. DatingGm_tns

These services, which include Internet dating services, employed nearly 4,300 people and generated $489 million in revenues.

And guess what? If you’re single, take heart. You get your own week to celebrate! It was actually last week, Sept. 20-26, but you might as well celebrate yourself all the time, right?

The Census Bureau puts together some interesting stats on Singles each year. This is from their site:

“National Singles Week” was started by the Buckeye Singles Council in Ohio in the 1980s to celebrate single life and recognize singles and their contributions to society. The week is now widely observed during the third full week of September (Sept. 20-26 in 2009) as “Unmarried and Single Americans Week,” an acknowledgment that many unmarried Americans do not identify with the word “single” because they are parents, have partners or are widowed.

In these stats, unmarried people include those who were never married, widowed, or divorced, unless otherwise noted.

Single Life

95.9 million
Number of unmarried Americans 18 and older in 2008. This group comprised 43 percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older.

Percentage of unmarried Americans 18 and older who were women.

Percentage of unmarried Americans 18 and older who had never been married. Another 24 percent were divorced, and 15 percent were widowed.

15.8 million
Number of unmarried Americans 65 and older. These older Americans comprised 16 percent of all unmarried and single people 18 and older. (more…)

I couldn’t sleep last night.

For the past three months, I’ve been sleeping next to Kevin every night. I even complained about it a little, (Is there a Nap for That?) because neither of us has a bed bigger than a full.

Now, on an out-of-state vacation without him,  I find I miss having him next to me.

Maybe they’re right — you just can’t please us women!

Vacation, by the way, is why I’m slacking on the blog lately. I promise to post more soon. Meanwhile, have a great weekend!

I love Skype. When my boyfriend when out of the country for about two weeks, it was the most useful technological tool I’ve ever tried.

But Skype dating?

Apparently a new service called Skyecandy takes online dating to a new level. Think of it like speed dating, but over the Internet.

You’re matched up with real people via Skype and your webcam. Just like with speed dating, you then chat for five minutes and then click yes or no to indicate if you’re interested.

Flashback to fifth grade – passing notes that say, “Will you go out with me? Circle yes or no.”I stop sending those after I got my third rejection.

If you both say “yes” then you keep chatting for free.

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Would you try this? Since I tried speed dating, I’d think I’d give this a shot, too.

And, for the men out there, here are two sites for you:

Need to know how to be a hobo? Or cook a manly recipe that “will put hair on your chest”? Maybe you need some money advice or the scoop on dressing to impress. The Art of Manliness is a site run by a man and a woman, similar to many magazines in that it provides content in a variety of information with a good dose of humor.

The Rakish Life is a site run by two men, dedicated to teaching other men “the finer points of rakishness and moral abandon.” It doesn’t look as though it has been updated since August, but I cruised through some of the posts and found them amusing.

The DPAC singles group I mentioned last week replied to my email. Here are a few more details if you’re interested:

DPAC’s MixNMingle Club for single adults launched last Friday. This new social club is free to join, and will offer a “Singles Night Out” to select events throughout the season with a main focus on Broadway. Club nights will usually include a chance for members to meet up before the show, enjoy a performance at a great price and continue the party after at a DPAC restaurant partner. Our kick-off event included a pre-show lounge in the lobby, discounted ticket to Cirque Dreams Illumination and post-show drink specials at Dos Perros.

In just one week, the club has grown to over 100 members. Most have signed up through our presence on The ages range from 20s to 60s! To join, simply email with contact info. We will keep members updated on upcoming events. The next event is planned to be announced early next week.

One cool thing about being single is getting out, trying new and random fun things. And that includes singles groups. (I promise, the people who go are not all the guys from the 80s montage you just watched.)

The Durham Performing Arts Center, aside from looking cool and having cool shows, has started a singles club. Here is what their Web site says:

Ready to mingle? The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) introduces a new club for singles: MixNMingle. MixNMingle is for single adults, and offers the unique opportunity to meet up with other singles in the community while enjoying world-class entertainment. The club is free to join and will feature discounted outings to select Broadway series shows.

Thanks to all who attended our kick-off night during Cirque Dreams Illumination! Stay tuned for announcement of our next event. To keep updated on new events and to join this club, email with your contact information. And visit us on

I emailed them to get the scoop. So far, I haven’t heard back. Meetup, as I’ve mentioned before, is a great place to meet people in general, and also has several singles groups in the area, whether you’re a 50-year-old Christian widow or a gay 20-something.  If anyone joins this one, I’d love to hear how it goes!

This is just too hilarious not to share! Which one would you choose? (If this was 1985, I mean.)

Dating Montage
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