Jan. 9th, 2013 07:27 pm
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I suppose I should make my first post. I'm just dipping my toe in the water here, my regular account is at LiveJournal. Everything feels cluttered over at good ole LJ though so I'll just try a post here, see how I like it.

Let's start with the basics, in case anybody new stumbles across this. Two years ago I graduated from Arizona State with a degree in literature and a minor in history, after a semester abroad in Glasgow, Scotland. Amid the threat of my looming student loans I found a job first at Target, then a few months later, most unexpectedly, at a bank. I never thought I would work at a bank, and the first few months were a struggle, but to my surprise I have been with this bank for nearly two years. I am a teller and a bookkeeper, as well as anything else they want me to be. I never thought I would enjoy it but I love my job. I like the people I work with, I'm never bored, and I make enough to pay my bills. What more could I ask for?

I am also a dedicated Christian. I have been attending a small church plant for a year now, but sadly, they are closing. Not enough people. For an introvert like me, a tiny church where the average service holds ten people and the pastor is a good friend of mine was ideal, but it was definitely not a sustainable business model. (Good thing we introverts don't run the world.) Next weekend is their last service. After that, the soul-sucking task of church hunting will be consuming my weekends.

I have very little time for hobbies, but I love, love, love to read. I read all kinds of genres but fantasy and 19th-century British literature are definitely closest to my heart. Right now I'm reading A Song for Arbonne, by Guy Gavriel Kay. I've heard of Kay in various fantasy-nerd circles but had never gotten around to trying him so we'll see what I think. So far, it's a solid fantasy, very good. I'd very much like to be reading it right now in fact, but I'm busy doing this.

In April 2012, I met my fiance. We met online at OkCupid. I realize there's still kind of a stigma about meeting your significant other online, but I was at a loss as to where else I could find myself someone. I work with mostly women, and wouldn't like to date somebody I work with anyway. I don't drink or party, I don't go to bars, and I'm back in my home state of Colorado, leaving all my college friends and any potential mates behind in Arizona. It's hard to meet singles at church - for some reason all the social groups are divided by "youth," meaning teenagers, and "adults," meaning married couples with kids. The church I've been going to for the past year contained very few single men (like, three) none of whom were interested in me or I them. My last option was to start hitting on my customers, and since I was unwilling to do that (old businessmen? No thank you!) I decided it was time to hit the internet in December of 2012, a few months after moving into my first apartment with a lovely roommate I met on Craigslist.

The next few months were a crazy whirlwind for me. I had never dated much before, just a few failed dates here and there, so I didn't quite know what to make of the whole "dating game." For some reason it was mostly men in the 30ish range who were interested in me - I was born middle aged, pretty much. I talked with a few different guys online and on the phone here and there, all of whom fizzled out after a while. I became friends with a guy in Utah for a couple months but I didn't want a long-distance relationship, and then realized I couldn't stand him, so that was that. Then I dated a 30-year old fellow who lived an hour away from me for nearly two months, and he was the first guy I ever kissed, but I ended that somewhat abruptly upon realizing that I simply didn't like him and was never going to like him. After a few more failed dates, I was finally contacted by my Puppy.

Puppy (my nickname for him, since he acts like a big happy puppy) is a comedian. He majored in marketing and works in graphic design and advertising. He lives a little less than an hour away from me. He loves reading as much as I do, and loves movies more than anyone I know. He has hazel eyes and lots of brown hair and is a skinny gangly nerd just like me. After two weeks of talking online, he asked me out, and we met in my city for dinner and a movie. It was the only truly enjoyable date I'd ever been on. Things only kept getting better from there and by June, things were official between us. It hasn't all been smooth sailing - both of us have issues in ourselves and messy things from our past, and some of it has been hard to deal with. In the end, though, we're good for each other. He's weak where I'm strong and I'm weak where he's strong. He's my best friend. In November, the weekend after Thanksgiving, he proposed with a pretty white-gold ring with a ruby that had been his great-aunt's in the 20's and we were engaged. The wedding is set for June of 2013, after which he will be moving to my city. :)

There you have it! That's me in a nutshell. I don't know what I'll do with my journal but lately posting on LJ has just felt...stressful, so maybe I'll just post things over here. Or maybe make this a book review sort of journal. Or wedding planning. I don't really know yet.


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