There is something very liberating about being single. It has been over 4 months since The Break-Up and I am happy to report that I am, well, happy! Truly and unequivocally happy. My life is rich with great friends (Steve and Chevy, you know who you are) and a job that I love. I eat/sleep/socialize/exercise/travel when I want. My schedule and future plans are entirely my own. The messes I clean up are my own. There is no compromising or joint decision making. And the only person I answer to is me (and the Big Guy upstairs).
I know this sounds incredibly selfish. I also know that I would eventually like to find the Man Of My Dreams. So how does a serial monogamist working at an all-women’s hospital set out on this mission? Seriously, every “real” boyfriend I’ve had I have met in school (high school, college, medical school). I’ve never really dated before and the few first dates I’ve had have been painfully awkward… I mean, how do you get past the superficial crap and find out what a person is really like? And then there are the dating rules of the 2000s. What are they?!? For example…
* Who pays for dates nowadays? If he doesn’t offer, is that a deal
* Are there any off-limits topics for first dates?
* Who decides when the date ends? How do you do this gracefully?
* What’s the appropriate way to say goodbye? (handshake, hug, kiss
on the cheek?)
* Who brings up the idea of a second date? Are us ladies still waiting
for him to make the first move? Does the 2-day rule still apply?