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Month: April 2016

Going on a Date

I have been staying at my parents house while searching for a house and in preparation for my move. I really wanted to be settled in my own space before beginning to date, because who wants to date someone in their 40s living with their parents. But I met a beautiful woman while getting coffee and just could not pass up the opportunity to ask her out. And she was wearing a Cardinals shirt, so it was surely a sign, right?

So anyhow, I am really nervous about this date. While I have been on many dates in my lifetime, I always knew that not much would come out of the relationship. I was in towns for short periods of time before moving on to other places. I wasn’t seeking anything longterm, just a bit of companionship. But this is completely different. This time I am hoping to find forever. This could be the last first date I go on for the rest of my life. I know it is early to start thinking this way, but it just goes to show how different my mindset is now that I am beginning to put roots down and mentally prepare for the rest of my life.

I have a fun night planned for the two of us. I am taking her bowling. I figure it will be a great way to see how athletic she is, how competitive she is and ensure she likes to have fun. Plus there will be bowling to do if things get awkward and we don’t have much to talk about. Much better than sitting at a meal in awkward silence.

I hope you all have a great weekend and I hope I have an amazing first date with this beautiful woman.

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My Search For a Home

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I am planning on moving back to the St. Louis area shortly. There are a number of reasons why. First, my parents are growing older. They took care of me very well while I was a child and I would like to return the favor as they age. I would love to be around and help them and ensure they have what they need. Second, my brother and sister have both recently started their own families, meaning I have a couple of nephews. I want to be around and see them grow, instead of just looking at them in pictures. Lastly, have I mentioned what a HUGE St. Louis Cardinals fan I am? I want to live here so I can get season tickets and watch the games. Wouldn’t it be great to take my nephews to their first ball game or let my parents experience a baseball game while sitting right behind home plate? That’s what I hope to do with this move.

But before I can move, I have to find a home. This is going to be challenging. I have always lived in condos or apartments, but I really want a home that someday I can bring a future spouse and our children home to. I am putting together a list of all of the features that I want and then giving them to a realtor. I hope she can find me the perfect house. In the meantime, I’m scouring online listings to look at different homes in the area and see what features most appeal to me. I think this is a great way to figure out what styles I like and don’t like and give my real estate agent something to work with.

Wish me luck with the home search. And to all of my readers, good luck with whatever your plans are this week!

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