Today was an atypical Monday. My nephew is in town from Colorado and he’s about the same age as my son so we all spent the day together playing games and stuff. I had to drive back and forth to CB, IA twice to pick him up from my moms house and drop him off and that took about two hours out of my day too. It kind of felt like I had taken the day off of work because it was so different and special and I kept having to remind myself, I’m not on PTO. I’m unemployed.
With all that activity, I did not have much time to accomplish much else, but that’s OK because I have all week to figure out what to do and when. I’m not going to fib, it’s pretty amazing.
I think it will take me about a week to get into a rhythm of what my new schedule might be, but after that, I have a feeling I am going to be rocking and rolling on getting stuff done – with a heavy dose of reading and naps and hanging out at the pool.
All of this is sort of swirling in my brain but there is also a new development that is taking over some of my thoughts at this time, so I may as well dive in and expose it… I’m actively seeking someone to date.
It started about a week and a half ago when I finally took the advice of my friend Lance from Colorado and downloaded this new dating app, Bumble. I may have mentioned it in a previous post, but I don’t remember at the moment. It’s fairly simple and straightforward dating app with a bumblebee theme (because I guess you have to have a theme?). A persons profile is composed of a few pics, their age, occupations (optional), where they went to school (optional), and a 300 character bio (also optional). You provide some basic settings, like age range and distance from your location and it automatically pulls in the profile of other people to show you. Then you do the swipe right on someone you might be interested in. It’s that easy.
At first I was really gun-shy and didn’t want to swipe yes or no to anyone, but the only way to see more pics is to make a decision about the one that you are on. So one night I went through 30 or 40 pictures and ended up “swiping right” on a bunch.
The persons on the other end are doing the same thing, and then when you “like” a person who also “likes you” it’s a match and you can start a text conversation. With the rules of this app, only the girls can start the conversation, but then the guys have 24 hours to respond to that or the match goes away.
By about a week ago, I had twenty matches and had started 12 text conversations. I might have bit off more then I could chew, but once the initial back and forth was out of the way the time pressure was off and so the chat could just evolve organically.
Some of the conversations fizzled, some were by my choice and some by the choice of the person on the other end. Some folks I have had a regular back and forth with daily and even a few have asked if we could meet in person. So that is pretty much where I am at with it now. I’ve got a lot more to say about all of it, but really feel sleep taking me over now and it is late, so I am going to pick up here tomorrow.. because now I can. 😃