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Met A Boy...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

...and he took me shopping!

OK, so it wasn't exactly the scene from Pretty Woman, but it was a pretty damn good day and I'm feeling really great about where this is going.

Saturday was an epic date - 12 hours from start to finish, we basically had 5 dates in one, after which I was completely exhausted...and just a little smitten.

So for all my girls who want the sordid story, this blog is for you:

We made quick plans for another rendezvous after our great Cheesecake Factory date on Thursday night, so by the time he put me in a cab to go home, I knew we were seeing each other on Saturday and that he was planning on taking me on a picnic.

*Record Scatch!* - hold the phone! Yes ladies, HE suggested the picnic, and HE wanted to do the cooking and show off his culinary skillz. (And I can officially say - he's got some serious culinary skillz!) Haha.

I told him that I wanted to do some clothes shopping on Saturday and that I was interested in hitting up Macy's, so he agreed to meet me there with lunch in tow to start our date.

I woke up early Saturday morning for my Zumba class, showered and dressed in a cute jean skirt and white t-shirt, frowned at the crappy weather outside, and took off for downtown.

The weather was not in our favour. Cold, windy and drizzling in the morning - but the sun was fighting hard to clear it off, so we opted to stick with the plan. By the time he arrived on the 5th floor of Macy's to meet me (in the Petites section!) I already had selected a new pair of jeans, a couple of tops and a couple of dresses that I needed to try on. Keep in mind that this is my FIRST "real store" shopping experience where I walked in and pulled what I wanted off the rack, AND ALL OF IT FIT!!!! Holy crap. It was already going to be a good day. I ended up going with the Levi's 515 Bootcut jeans (so far so good - I need to wash them once to see what happens with their shape, but after 2 wears they seem to be doing pretty well in the stretch department). I also bought an adorable dress (Size L) that I can wear on dates (in fact I told him if he wanted to see it, he had to take me somewhere nice - haha) and to my theatre benefit in July.

After I cashed out, we decided to head towards the lake. The sun had come out and we had a bit of a walk through Millennium Park to get there, so we made our way through the crowds heading to the Blues Festival and finally found a quiet patch of grass by the water. He is Indian, and had made delicious chutney sandwiches with a variety of toppings - cucumbers, tomatoes & potatoes. Really wonderful. And for dessert - watermelon tossed in traditional Indian spices, which was also very good and a change from what I'm used to. I'm digging this cultural mash-up. I'm a WIMP when it comes to spice. But he made the chutney very tame for me :) We'll have to see how I do with the next round of spice!

Unfortunately, our picnic by the water was cut a little short because it got very cold & windy again. After he went chasing a bag that blew away, he offered me his jacket (so sweet) which I gratefully accepted, but then he got too cold again, so we had to pack it up and go. We decided to head for hot chocolate, and took off for the Mag Mile in search of a cafe that I had been to a few years ago.

Sadly that cafe was under construction, so we crossed the bridge and found a bench overlooking the Wrigley Building and, sheltered from the wind at this point, had a great discussion about his work and studies (he's half way through his MBA right now, so I got a better idea of where he's headed and what he wants out of his career).

The need for hot chocolate won out again, so we continued on our way and finally came across Goddess and Grocer - perfect! One hot chocolate and one skim chai latte later, we were huddled up in the restaurant together talking while he tried to figure out how to put my puzzle ring back together again. Haha. I finally had to show him the trick.

Once we had worn out our welcome in the restaurant, we decided that seeing a movie would be the next best thing to do. After a toss up over X-Men vs. Thor (X-Men won), we headed out into the misty night again in search of food on the way to the theatre. As we were walking back up the Mag Mile we passed Express (which he had mentioned earlier he'd like to visit for a new pair of jeans). So we stopped in! I helped him pick out a couple pairs of pants and then headed to the ladies side of the store and started pulling stuff off the racks. Every single thing I pulled fit. I modeled a couple of tops for him and he chose a couple that he liked, so I bought them. We joked around trying on sunglasses in line - so much fun. I have never had a shopping date with a guy before. Usually it's the guy sitting in the car or on a bench while you beg him to try on clothes, he settles on a couple of polo shirts that you insist he needs to buy, and that's it. This one has a sense of style, girls. Like, actually LIKES clothes, and it shows. He is definitely put together and pays attention to how he looks. LOVE that. And add to that my complete and utter excitement at shopping off the rack for myself for the first time ever - I was completely elated!

We checked out from Express and continued to the theatre, making a pit stop at Dominick's first to grab some sushi trays and what was left of the fried chicken sandwiches and home fries (I'll let you guess which food choice was mine!) for dinner and sailed out of the store just as they were closing. Got our movie tickets almost an hour early and held a bench hostage outside the theatre while we ate our dinner together. And talked, and talked. We didn't stop talking all day (besides for a few stolen kisses and the movie, of course).

The movie was great. Since I had never seen any X-Men movies before, I thought it was pretty awesome. Him, being a big comic book fan thought it was only so-so. But he confessed to me later that he didn't really care because he was with me and he was just wishing the movie was longer so he could have 10 more minutes with me. (How adorable is that???) Neither one of us wanted the date to end. But since it was pushing 2am, it had to. He walked me to the train (hoping out loud that my train came first so he didn't have to be the one to leave me - gah, ridiculously romantic). Mine did come first, so he kissed me, saw me on the train, and waved goodbye as the train pulled out of the station.

*Le Sigh*

Seriously. Trying not to be completely besotted, but this guy is kind of a gem.

We're seeing each other again on Thursday. Is it Thursday yet???

Cue the cooking date! I get to show him my skillz this time, though I'm gonna have to do it in HIS kitchen. This is gonna be fun :) On the menu - Melted Mozzarella Turkey Burgers on Foccacia Bread. He's taking care of the dessert. Wish me luck. Though, something tells me I don't need it.

Jenn = Happy Girl

I'll keep you posted *wink*
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BEATRIZ269 6/29/2011 10:41AM

    I really liked your blog and very happy to see you attracted a really great guy for yourself who knows to treat you well because you treat yourself well and seem to very happy from the inside out. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Congratulations on buying off the rack too!!!! emoticon

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SHEILAB64 6/28/2011 4:25PM

    Sounds like you found a keeper! Very cool story.

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SARAHSSUNSHINE 6/28/2011 1:50PM

    Rawr. I'm jealous. :P Sounds like a SUPER catch!

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THINWITHIN18 6/22/2011 11:48PM

    Your glee is so evident: congrats and best wishes for your next adventure with him.

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JECKIE 6/22/2011 9:48PM

    Sounds awesome! (and secretly I'd marry an Indian man for the food alone. Oh how I miss good Indian food!)

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EMSJOURNEY 6/22/2011 9:40PM

    couldn't help but beam ear to ear the entire time that i read this. finger AND toes crossed for you girl!! =)

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HDHAWK 6/22/2011 9:35PM

    I married a guy like that about 9 mos. ago! Congrats on the shopping too!

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/22/2011 9:10PM

    Hey now! That's sounds fabulous! Congrats on the Levis 515's - I love them! It must have been such a rush to just pull stuff off the rack and show off that awesome body that you have worked so hard on.

You deserve all of the lovin' and shoppin' and anything else that comes your way.

You sure do!

Go hot stuff.

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LINJO66 6/21/2011 11:33PM

    Such a wonderful marathon date!!!
I had one of those too oh so long ago and we just celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary!!!!
Good luck. He sounds amazing!!!
So happy for you.

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 6/21/2011 9:06AM

    He sounds GREAT!

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SHARON-MARIE 6/21/2011 9:02AM

  This was so fun to read! I hope everything goes well for y'all on Thursday!

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CHICAGOHEALTHY 6/21/2011 12:04AM

    So there are still nice guys out there? Jenn he sounds like you two are great together. Hope you had a wonderful date on Thursday, and that it was a top chef evening!

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ALOFA0509 6/18/2011 6:21PM

   
Soo much fun!!! Shopping, Kissing, food, Movies= GR8 Date emoticon

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WYND10 6/16/2011 11:30PM

    EeeeeeeeeEEeee! I am so excited for you!!!!

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SNOOKUMS19 6/16/2011 4:36PM

    Ahhhhhhh new love! So endearing! I'm celebrating my 19th wedding anniversary this month and it is wonderful to bring those moments back to mind. Maybe we need a new love date night! Thanks for the tip!

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MOCOHOLO 6/16/2011 12:57PM

    What an great date!!! I hope you have another super one today!

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TEAM-SARAH 6/16/2011 12:13PM

    Wow sounds like a keeper!! I don't think I knew you lived in Chicago either, nice!

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NANASAMM 6/16/2011 10:29AM

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Have fun! I can't wait for date #2.

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SHELLYBABE2 6/16/2011 7:31AM

    How romantic, plays out like a movie, enjoy every moment and hope all your dates are as good! Look forward to the next installment - yay it's thursday already! :)



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RONOSOF 6/16/2011 7:23AM

    it's Thursday! Have fun:)

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STEPH-KNEE 6/15/2011 11:43PM

    Wow, this has given me faith that REAL dates and GOOD guys still exist! :D

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BALOOSMUM 6/15/2011 5:45PM

    Oh what a date! *swoon* I'm totally adding you so I can be sure to hear the next chapter of the story.

P.S. Shopping at Express?! Congrats!

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JENNSWIMS 6/15/2011 5:32PM

    Oh my gosh, while I read this I was transported back to my first giddy dates with my hubby. The adult version of a mega crush.

I'm so pleased for you! Woot woot. And seriously, shopping at Express? That's like my big dream, because I love the French inspired stuff they have in the window right now at my local mall. Way to go!

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THEAPPLESASS 6/15/2011 4:47PM

  so wonderful!

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JENJESS48 6/15/2011 2:05PM

    OMG, how emoticon !!!! It just doesn't get any better, does it? Congrats, girlie - you've so earned a nice romance!

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LAURIETAIT 6/15/2011 1:40PM

    Ooooo! He sounds like a keeper. Have a wonderful Thursday!

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MOMASAURUS 6/15/2011 12:41PM

    That sounded amazing! (I am melting in my desk chair) I hope that Thursday is just as (or more) amazing.
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MERETHOMP 6/15/2011 12:17PM

    What an amazing date! I'll keep an eye out for updates!

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MANLEYSANDY 6/15/2011 11:48AM

    What a great date!

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KKINNEA 6/15/2011 10:48AM

    Sounds like a great day!

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FYREDRAGYN 6/15/2011 10:28AM

    Wow, sounds like a totally awesome date. Have a great time on Thursday, though it doesn't sound like that should be a problem. emoticon

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KATYMACK 6/15/2011 10:26AM

    What a great date. (now I am hopeful in my own dating future) Have a great time Thursday. Congratulations on your shopping, I'll be that feeling was amazing.

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LMLOPEZ 6/15/2011 10:20AM

    Wow, Jen, sounds like a really great time and a keeper!! Can't wait to hear about Thursday!
I used to be a spice wimp too-then I met my Hispanic husband. Now I'm addicted! Enjoy the culinary eye openers he has to offer!

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KRISKECK 6/15/2011 9:31AM

    Awww that was a fun date! Vicarious enjoyment = the next best thing to having my own fun date! Can't wait to hear more!

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KJDOESLIFE 6/15/2011 9:10AM

    Sounds awesome! Have fun on Thursday!!

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SLFRISBEY 6/15/2011 9:08AM

    wow!!! he sounds wonderful!!! He shops, cooks and is romantic??? Can he teach my hubs that stuff??? :) You deserve a wonderful guy! So excited to see where this is headed! *wink*

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COMMUNITY10 6/15/2011 8:11AM

    What an awesome date! A boy who enjoys shopping?! What a weird and non existant thing. Thursday sounds like it's going to be a fun date too! Enjoy!!

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KIMBYUT 6/15/2011 7:53AM

    ohhhh that's so fun, and exciting! He sounds like a gem so far :) I want one!! LOL ;0)

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STFRENCH 6/15/2011 4:15AM

    How sweet! That sounds like one heck of a good date emoticon

Hope you have a lovely time on Thursday (btw, I'm liking your menu! Yum! emoticon )

Take care emoticon xx

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MELLABELLAS 6/15/2011 12:42AM

    Sounds like you had a great day!

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MANDUCIA 6/15/2011 12:28AM

    such a fabulous blog! Good luck Thursday eve!! emoticon

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KRAWRS 6/14/2011 11:20PM

    omg i'm SO excited!!! What a lovely story. :D I can't wait to hear more! Bask in the glow, woman!

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SKINNYMISSKASEY 6/14/2011 11:10PM

    Sounds like you had a great time! I hope it goes the way you're wanting it too!

Oh - and Thor, was AWESOME. I can understand why he thought the Xmen was so-so, I loved the first ones, with all the original actors (Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, etc.). :)

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/14/2011 10:53PM

    oh, and I LOVE comic book guys, they are the BEST kind. I can't wait to see X-Men myself, I'm sort of a comic book gal :) Love ya!

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/14/2011 10:52PM

    How awesome and amazing!!!!!! I love it, he sounds like a fun guy to be around, AND he cooks? AND he can dress well AND he can help YOU shop? My, my, my, he sounds like an absolute find, and really quite perfect for you Jenn! I'm so happy for you and not just for the dreamy guy, but the shopping experience, too. WOW on all fronts. You so completely deserve all the happiness your wonderful heart can hold! emoticon

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PAMEDEN 6/14/2011 10:23PM

    That is so wonderful!!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/14/2011 10:12PM

    Wonderful all the way around. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

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REDHEADMOM2U 6/14/2011 10:00PM

    ahhhhhhhh, soooooo nice to read this! Great day! Great date! I'm glad for you!

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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 6/14/2011 9:57PM

    This is a beautiful story of an awesome marathon date between a wonderful guy and an incredible woman. WOO-HOO! You got this! And it's great to hear about your shopping success. At first I was thinking about your previous blog and I was thinking to myself, "Don't tell me she shopped for bras on this date..." :)

Have fun next time!!!

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