The New Trainers (2 of 4)

Taking the hairdresser for a curry tonight. Second date. Planning on bringing her back to mine after.

Check bedside cabinet for condoms. The packet's full. Spot some old fungal cream - best hide that.

Sling my sheets in the washer. Hopefully she'll be doing this for me soon.

My trainers look a bit scruffy. Think I'll head to town for some new ones - if I get a shag have a nice evening it's a good investment.

Try them on with my date outfit back home. Bit shiny. Do a few laps of the back garden, scuffing them on the lawn.

Sheets are just about dry. Make the bed in record time - one minute and 32 seconds. Will have to teach Emma my trick of climbing inside the cover and pulling the duvet up.

Do 10 press-ups to firm my pecs before admiring myself in a full-length mirror. If I was a girl, I'd definitely bang me.

Read through all our texts. She messages every day now. Even called me 'hun' yesterday.

Phone vibrates in my hand. It's her. Probably saying how excited she is. Open the message.

Hey Fishy. Really sorry about this but I'm going to have to cancel - Chris is ill! Another time... x

Fall back onto the sofa and gaze at the crack in my ceiling. Seems to be getting bigger. Mildred jumps on my lap. Wants feeding. Got to soldier on for her sake.

Analyse Emma's words. The ellipsis is so noncommittal. A question mark would have given me hope - but those three little dots stink of indifference.

Finally send a casual message back.

Hey, no worries. Hope the little fella is okay. Chat soon... x

Debate whether to return the new trainers. Shop probably won't accept them with all the scuffs.

Have an early night - all that cleaning's worn me out.

42 comments:

30-F-London said...

Ah bless!!

A new pair of trainers? You'll get wear out of them...

Try a new dress, stockings and matching underwear, a new pair of shoes - and then he goes and vomits on those new shoes!

Try returning those bad boys!

Little Sophie said...

Ah, poor you.
Three dots aren't a bad sign per se.
But they might be.
Or she's just very caught up with her sick son and didn't really think the message through.
Wouldn't worry if I was you.

http://littleprincesssophie.blogspot.com

Keren David said...

You're over-thinking the punctuation. Another time means another time. Or she wouldn't have written it at all.

Hunter said...

Curry? Don't do it, man. Nothing kills the mood faster than curry farts.

Or so I hear.

Anonymous said...

Decent blog but the question on everybody's lips is - what brand and model of trabs were they?

Kato said...

Poor Fishy! Your return message was sweet and probably appreciated. Hopefully she didn't notice the three little dots...

Kidding :)

Matt DeBenedictis said...

The trainers will get the love they need. Live it up.

f8hasit said...

Oh.
The dreaded ellipsis.
WITH return ellipsis!

So many dots and condoms to use.
:-)

Dr. Emily said...

Sounds like a distracted worried mum to me. Don't worry until you have to is my motto. Sux to be cancelled on though. At least you've got new trainers and clean sheets now!

Aunt Juicebox said...

Probably better off anyway. She's no pet shop girl. And rethink the curry if there's a next time.

Blogger_babe32 said...

Better an ellipsis than a dangling participle, eh?

Defintely rethink the curry...

BB32

LOST PLUM said...

climbing inside the cover and pulling the duvet up is MY trick, who told you!?

Dater at Large said...

I was canceled on this week because of illness, too! My text message included a "miss you, though" inclusion, which I assume means he's super bummed he had to cancel.

Or not. Fingers crossed for a reschedule soon!

http://rightingthecourtship.blogspot.com

theblueeyedboy said...

This kind of situation is exactly why I'm terrified of dating. I hope everything works out with her!

Beautiful but Grumpy said...

oh, poor you. Don't worry. She will be back, for sure.

clo said...

Awk no! She'll reschedule in no time...she likes you too much. She was probably disappointed too.

Sarah said...

here's a tip: get a small present to cheer the kid up. drop it off at her work or something. it goes a long way with the mom.

The Boyfriend Shopper said...

Lol, I'm loving your blog. will definitely be following.

Farila said...

Just came over here through discussion board and fell in love with your blog...

It was sweet of you to send that message and I think it will bring paybacks.. Waiting to hear more about this.

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You Make My Date said...

Maybe the "x" cancels out the "..."?

Never mind about the trainers, they'll come into use for someone else! Or something else, like running away from a girl with curry methane...I second everyone who recommends avoiding Indian food on an early date!

Amanda said...

Perhaps you should have offered to assist her in taking care of Chris - then you would have known if she was into you...

And by the way, where EXACTLY is that fungus growing?

TheUnwashedMass said...

I can see what's goin on here: classic oedipal conflict. The kid didn't want to lose mummy to some strange geezer, pulls a sicky and gets her all to himself. You may need to take the kid out of the picture...

p.ham said...

ah well, at least you didn't have to endure a night where you had to clench your buttocks together to avoid flatulence. i don't care what men say, its NOT AN ICEBREAKER.

Ash said...

I like Sarah's suggestion..

secret agent woman said...

Here via Jenny Mac.

Your blog made me realize that I often read about women's pre-date activity and obsessions, but rarely men. Nice to know it happens on your side, too! But, sorry, abou tthe last minute cancel- I hate those.

BugginWord said...

Boo. Hiss. But my fingers are still crossed.

lenival said...

i love your way with words. pretty nice blog...

Kitty Moore said...

Speaking as a single mum who has had to cancel dates at short notice due to Mia being ill - I wouldn't be too disheartened if I were you, she was probably too tired, worried about Chris to analyse the text she sent you!

Toni said...

Can't help feeling you shouldn't have wasted all that pre-date ritual, especially the press ups. Nothing wrong with taking the look out for scope around town anyway.

The only text you should worry about is one that says "Sorry can't make it... Can you apologize to all the guests and pay the priest".

I don't think Indian food is risky on an early date - your both adults and should be able to control your emissions. Not to sure about TheUnwashedMass suggestion to "take the kid out of the picture" sounds a little bit Bourne Identity and will probably upset her more than a random curry belch.

Morgan said...

Curry and then your place? You are way braver than I had you pinned for.

But seriously, don't stress, canceling the second date isn't a biggie (she was probably just nervous about the curry).

But if she cancels the third...

http://lifebetweenthesheets.blogspot.com/

Lainey. said...

Gah - I hate the feeling of building yourself up only to be knocked right back down.

I reckon she was genuine and you'll be on date number II in no time.

In the meantime, enjoy New Year!

lainey.

Tomfoolery said...

Ellipses are troubling. I always assume there's some obvious conclusion I'm supposed to jump to.

Good work dirtying up your kicks though. Nothing says trying too hard like dazzlingly white shoes or an ironic belt buckle.

Anonymous said...

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Ani said...

oh no, but its all going so well!!!

This isnt one you should let pass you by, Fish!!

xxx

relationshipgirl said...

ha ha I am loving your honesty!! Do any of thses girls know that you write this blog?? Maybe that where I am going wrong...by telling guys about mine!!

http://thelovesandlifeofalondongirl.blogspot.com/

Dating Diva said...

If she's been texting you everyday, I wouldn't read into the 3 dots as indifference. Have there been any texts since?

I've had the experience of cancellations when I was so looking forward to a date; it sucks. I feel for you.

Plentymorefishoutofwater said...

Second date tonight...

Chrissy said...

You are such a hoot.

Rose said...

As you now know, no reason to worry. I agree, don't read into it, she's distracted by her ill son and doesn't want to organise the next date while she's busy and distracted.

She called you by your nickname which is quite affectionate, and she did put an x on the end, shows affection too.

I think it's funny to see a man overanalyse!

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Angel said...

why do u want to go with a writer on a date??? both of u writers will be too boring.. prob like wht u guessed she must be havin kids...writers usually get settled very fast....and break up also very fast