Nobody said it was easy

Single and trying to navigate the world of online dating was never going to be easy.

Dating apps are everywhere and the same faces tend to pop up on them all~including mine!

This particular email made me chuckle when I saw it in my inbox ‘Natalie they meet your expectations ‘.

Expectations? That word has huge meaning ,anyone would think that I am sitting here with a long list of expectations for any suitable male to have to wade through!

Besides that~I’ll be the judge of who meets my expectations thanks very much and trust me it will take more than a photograph and a few typed out words that’s for sure.

Maybe that’s why I’m still single haha.❤x

Music

I heard this in the car earlier~had to turn it up and sing along of course!
Then recorded it and sent it to my big sis. Was one of our favourites back in the day. I love how music can bring back so many memories.❤x

The girl with the rose tinted glasses.

Do you ever wish you could see yourself through someone elses eyes every now and then?

During a conversation this weekend,  I was told I view the world through ‘rose tinted glasses’ interestingly this is something I have been told before in a few different ways, I don’t feel that’s a bad thing, its true I do try and find positives where I can~although when the hoover decided to throw its entire contents across the landing tonight~positive vibes were definitely failing me!!

I have decided I like the title ‘the girl with the rose tinted glasses’ so I’m claiming that,even though I’m 43yrs old! ❤x

Mother’s day and everyday

In this ever changing world we find ourselves in ~one thing that never changes is the love that holds us all together even during times that we must be apart.


Today and everyday~we celebrate the love, the memories and the wonderful times ahead.
In a year we have said goodbye to our wonderful nan ,we have also welcomed new arrivals and one of my beautiful nieces (I am blessed to have 3) has become a Mummy for the first time too.


I simply cannot wait for us all to be together to hug you all and to meet my new great niece and nephew.

Happy Mothers day everyone.❤ x

Oops

Picture the scene~you’re in tesco, you bump into someone you dated for a while a few years ago,you have a quick chat and then continue shopping.

As soon as he is out of sight you phone your friend~ she answers and without pausing you say ‘guess who I’ve just bumped into?  you’ll never guess!’

After you’ve been round the houses and establish who it is etc, you find yourself at the self checkout and he is a few people behind you in the queue.

You say to your friend ‘hang on one second, you are on speaker phone’ at the same time as she pipes up  ‘can you still see him, or has he gone?’

With a face that’s burning every shade of red imaginable you are barely able to utter your reply  which is ‘ your on speakerphone and he is standing right next to me!!!!’

Fully aware that the ground wasn’t going to open up and swallow me, I finish packing as quick as I can.

Daring to glance sideways as he calls out ‘bye,nice to see you!!!’

This was almost a year ago but it makes me laugh just thinking about it! ❤ x

Dating disasters continued…

Hannah took a deep breath and said ‘ok, here is what really happened…..

After work I went home,got out the outfit I thought I might wear, had a bath then decided to try said outfit on.

Obviously I decided I didn’t want to wear that, so basically emptied out my whole entire wardrobe all over my bed.

I then tried on approximately 6 different tops and ended up wearing my first choice naturally!

By now time was getting on so I dried my hair and did my make up.

I was really pushed for time but being my ever optimistic self I decided I was going to put some false nails on, easier said than done when your rushing and you’ve got more glue on your skin than on your nails, but once I had started I had to finish.

So the nails were finally on, I was about 10 minutes late leaving than I had planned but thought I might just make it, however just as I opened the front door a nail pinged off,I ran upstairs to stick it back on but couldn’t open the glue.

For reasons best known to myself (definitely do not try this at home) I opened the glue with my mouth~carefully trying not to smudge my lipstick as I did so.
Smudging my lipstick was the least of my worries as I ended up with glue in my mouth, I thought I had removed it all but then spent the next 25 minutes of my journey trying to pick the remaining glue out of my tooth!

By the time I pulled up and parked I was 30 mins late~so jumped/tripped out of the car, trying to hurry to the door of the pub, when my heel broke on my shoe, thinking nothing else could surely go wrong I stumbled into the pub and scanned the room for my date~ who I have to say looked rather different to his profile picture which he later admitted was about 8yrs old.

Anyhow we chatted for about half an hour~he then asked what my plans where for the rest of the eve as he was going home to watch a film!!

So ok then I took that as a subtle hint that the quickest date I’ve ever been on was over and tried my best to stay upright on my broken shoe whilst we walked to the car.

Having got home to the mess which easily resembled a break in~ with clothes,make up and sodding nail glue shrewn everywhere I was very surprised that he text and asked me if I wanted to see him again.’

Hannah finally paused for breath and took a moment to study Sally’s face which at this precise moment had mascara running down it whilst she dabbed at her tears of laughter, unable to save her make up thus rubbing black across her cheeks.

Sally opened her mouth to reply but got an attack of the giggles again~’its the nail glue stuck in your tooth that’s got me hahaha!’

Through the fits of laughter came a deep male voice, Hannah looked up to see the nice looking waiter stood by their table.

I’m so sorry to interrupt but I couldn’t help but over hear and I just have to know about that text~are you meeting him again?

Hannah blushed about 20 shades of red and mumbled’ no I’ve decided not to.
Which leads me to my next dilemma~what shall I reply?!’
❤x

Dating Disasters..

‘So~how was it?
I want to hear all about it!’

Hannah was sitting in front of her friend nursing her second coffee of the morning.
Well she began it went something like this….

‘I rushed home from work, was super organised and had already sorted my outfit~even down to the shoes and handbag!’

‘After a quick shower~ hair and make~up done, I was ready to leave.
I decided to put some false nails on and that new lipstick I brought last Saturday when we were in town, do you remember?’

‘Oh yes Sally replied ‘the dark red one,you said you thought it might be too dark for your skin tone but well sod it, you brought it anyway saying and I quote ‘ its about time I tried something a bit more adventurous’.

Hmm that’s right Hannah mused~swirling her spoon around in the hot coffee,watching the ripples it was making. Followed by me saying ‘ life doesn’t get much more adventurous than trying online dating whilst hanging on to my thirties for dear life!’

‘Anyhow’I snap back into the room,stop stirring my coffee and continue..

‘I arrived 5 minutes early, I was nervous but I really shouldn’t of been, he looked exactly like his profile picture, we had loads in common and laughed and chatted all night. He text me when I got home and asked me if I would like to go for dinner on Saturday night.’

‘Obviously I said yes and now you need to help me decide what to wear for date number 2.’

Sally’s eyes were wide open, looking incredulously at me across the table.

‘What’s that face for I asked?’Is it that unbelievable that someone would want a second date with me??’

‘No of course not,don’t be daft I just can’t get over the fact that

a). you were on time and

b). You have agreed to go for dinner with him.’

Try as I might,I just couldn’t hold the laughter in anymore, my coffee went down the wrong way and my eyes filled with tears and the effort of trying to regain my composure in the middle of a packed coffee shop (where it has to be said one or two of the baristas may of caught my eye on arrival).

Finally I pulled myself together and said ‘sorry I just couldn’t resist, the date went nothing like that at all.
Let me get another coffee and I’ll start from the beginning…….

To be continued tomorrow.❤x

Today…

I was standing in the kitchen washing up, thinking about the day ahead, what food we will eat, what to wear etc, wondering if I would wear shorts as its hot but you know I hate my legs~the list could go on.

When perspective slapped me in the face ~hard!

Tomorrow we have to face a huge challenge saying farewell to our super nan~together but apart from eachother.

With that in mind~what does it matter how I look in shorts? What does it matter if I haven’t got it all together today, if the house is a mess or the ironing is piling up?

It doesn’t but those small things play on my mind and I wish they wouldn’t.

I want to see the bigger picture~appreciate the here and now.
Appreciate everyone who is in my life and cherish those who are no longer here but have shaped my life and filled my heart with love and memories that time can never steal.

I have no words to describe how I feel about tomorrow being so close but so far away from my loving family.

One thing is for sure though we will get through this together.

I found myself quoting Dads words to my boy the other day ‘there is nothing that can’t be sorted together’.

So now as I get my 2nd or is it 3rd coffee of the morning~I am planning to make the most of that ‘prospective slap’, get out in the fresh air, have a picnic with my the kids and make more memories. Seize the day and yes wear the damn shorts!!

Lots of love to everyone.❤ x