Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Canceled dates & Date #4

Lovelies, I was supposed to go out with College Professor and the Young Lawyer again this past weekend - but I canceled the Saturday evening out with College Professor because I got a FREE ticket to see Tosca at the Met.

Now, I love dating, but I love Puccini more - so I called and apologized to him that I was busy. And Tosca was well worth the date nixing. (is that a word? Nixing? Now it is.) Great singing, great story, respectable set & costumes and one free seat = one happy Miss "Opera" Musical!

And lovelies, I was canceled on by the Young Lawyer who had to work, but it was actually a great thing because my brother (who just got back from OSI Military training) and I got to go to church and have a nice long brunch after. That was nice... Was good to catch up with my bro and check in on how his life is going...

So that Sunday evening I had date number 4 with the Straight Cute Banker. Lovelies - he suggested seeing an off Broadway play!

So we met for sushi before hand and had some lovely conversation - he is just so warm and open and a total gentleman! Helped me into my coat at the end of the meal, got the door for me on the way out, and was careful to have me not walk on the grates when we were walking to the theatre.

We saw "A Perfect Crime" which is an off Broadway thriller/ mystery type play. Very interesting and was pretty well acted. I really enjoyed it, and I enjoyed even more that he suggested going here and he seemed pretty pleased that I was pleased!
After the play we went and got a little Red Mango. I think I could die happy after having a Red Mango... They're just perfect and not nearly as tart at Pinkberry - and don't get me wrong - I enjoy a little tart, but when you get too much it's just overwhelming!
We finished our yogurt, had a lovely little walk towards the park and then (he did it again!) the Straight Cute Banker bid me goodnight and got me a cab ride home!! I feel like such a queen when he does that! Loves it! Can't wait for Date number 5 (which he asked me out for at the end of the date!)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

AWESOME Date number 3!!!

Lovelies! The Straight Cute Banker is winning every round of the dating game! At the end of our date last Saturday night he asked when I was free again and I suggested Wednesday night. He asked if he could see me then and of course I accepted!

So, I'd mentioned in passing that I enjoyed opera - lovelies, he sent me the sweetest e-mail on Wednesday afternoon saying how he tried to get tickets for Tosca, but they were all sold out and he kindly suggested we go see an off Broadway play... Well, I was running errands around mid-town at 3:30 and decided to swing by the theatre where Memphis is playing. (I've wanted to see this musical for a while and it's got some great word of mouth!) So they had Student Rush tickets left -- I got 2 tickets in the first row for 25 bucks each! I promptly texted Straight Cute Banker who was super excited and then suggested that we go to Sardi's for dinner before hand!

Oh, lovelies - ever since I saw the Muppets Take Manhattan I've wanted to eat dinner at Sardi's (I've had appetizers there, but not a real dinner!) And I did! Straight cute banker and I had some delightful conversation & tasty eats - we also have the same pallet for food! Very curious - both of us wanted the same things! And so we ordered and had little tastes of each others dishes! And he got a lovely bottle of wine for us to share - and always asked me first "What are you in the mood for Miss Musical?".

And then we saw the show - ohmygod! This is the BEST musical I've seen in a long time! The dancing/ set/ costumes were great enough, but the winner of the show is the phenomenal book and music! I was totally into it! :) And it made me cry, laugh, clap and jump out of my chair at the end! Just wonderful stuff - go see it! NOW!

After the show we went to grab dessert at my favorite place to eat Etc. Etc. I just love this little restaurant on 44th between 8th and 9th Ave! Brilliant desserts, great food and awesome service. More lovely conversation and Straight Cute Banker asked when I was free next - I said Sunday after 4pm. We're going out again then.

I can't tell you how happy it makes me that he always asks for the next date at the end of the previous date! And he's so open and sweet... I think he may be a keeper! :)

THEN we did a 2 stop cab ride home - his first and then mine -- and he paid for it! (Clappity-clap-clap!) And reimbursed me for the tickets! What a kind and appreciated gesture!

Enjoyable 3rd date?? Oh yes! Bring on date #4!!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

He Likes Me, He Likes Me Not, He LIKES ME!!! (and I'm exhausted...)

Lovelies, I have been a BUSY girl on the dating scene the past 2 weekends! My social calendar is FULL!
Last weekend I went on a date with the Tennis Pro on Friday night, the College Professor on Saturday night and the long time coming date with Straight Cute Banker on Sunday evening... It was a busy weekend, indeed... So let's re-cap...

Friday Night: Tennis Pro
Oh, lovelies, I was sourly disappointed with this whole thing... He did book the date a few days in advance (via text - which always is lame in my opinion! I like when dudes call!) but when it came to what we were doing, he suggested a movie. Now we haven't seen each other in 6 weeks - and he's only texted a handful of times... I wasn't pleased with the fact that we'd be sitting in a dark theatre unable to chat about our months adventures...

And then he picked the bloody movie! I was totally excited to go and see "The Invention of Lying" and he goes and picks "The Informant" - which is a crap movie... Netflix if you must see it, but really, try and avoid it.

At the beginning there was crap conversation, we have no more "spark" AND, lovelies, halfway through the movie he put his hand on my knee and tried to do the "let's hold hands & touch knees" move. Uugh. I promptly removed his hand and said "I don't let my friends caress my knees." Then he fell asleep during the remainder of the film - which was fine with me. We said our good byes, I hopped on the subway and was home in bed eating ice cream and watching 30 Rock DVD's by 12:30.

SATURDAY: The College Professor

Lovelies, let me just say this - I wish I had a stronger interest in the College professor because he is SO nice! He treats me like a queen and is very respectful of me and really honors me. I love that. (and my life coach said that it is good for me to receive that and enjoy it! A dude who is not afraid to show interest & honor who I am as a person!)
So we went to the Shake Shack for dinner - ohmygod - I LOVE the Shake Shack. Outdoors, delicious burgers -- and the Shack sauce... Heaven, lovelies. So he won for location, he won with conversation - we swapped many stories and some of his were actually interesting tonight! He is so kind and mild mannered and soft spoken... A very good thing to balance out the "crazy" in me.

We went to see "The Invention of Lying" after - such a funny & cute movie! And the best part was that he let me pick the movie! I gave him 3 suggestions and he chose! So we both won!

After he walked me to the train and gave me a little peck - was nice and I surprisingly wasn't grossed out by it! (you know when you have an average to good date and then you kiss the dude at the end - if you're grossed out the deal is off... I've had that happen before.) But this was warm and I love that he asked me to text him when I got home safe..

But he lives in New Rochelle... Sigh. I know I live in Queens, but c'mon - New Rochelle is a LONG ASS ways away... We're going on our 3rd date next Saturday. In the city.
SUNDAY: Straight Cute Banker!!!!
Lovelies - I've been looking forward to this for a while. I had actually lost (or thought I had lost) straight cute bankers business card, so when the card re-surfaced when I was cleaning out my desk drawer I thought "I should call him!" which I did.

I usually don't do the asking, but from our brief conversation, I thought that it might just be fun to get to know a little more about him and his story of where he came from, how he got to NYC - and worst comes to worst - I make a new friend.

Well, he took me to the Radiance Tea house (what a great first date location) and we had 2 huge pots of tea and some little nibbles.... Lovelies, he was so handsome I just about fell out of my chair. And so funny, and kind and sweet and non-judgemental!

And I really feel like he knows who he is and what he wants... Very open minded. And he's always ready to add to the conversation! And he loves old movies - AND he listens to Prairie Home Companion, plays the violin and the mandolin, loves Poetry and Opera! (Whew! I'm breathing heavily now - I get very turned on by smart, artsy, language-lovin' dudes who are straight and not in the business...)

Lovelies, I cannot tell you how much I was hoping that Cute Banker and I would hit it off - and he called on Wednesday and asked me out for this past Saturday! (There may have been Happy Dancin' involved after I hung up the phone - I'm just sayin'...)
and dates for THIS PAST WEEKEND:
FRIDAY: Young Lawyer.

A match.com date, young lawyer is delightful! Grew up in Connecticut, is one month older than me, just moved to NYC 2 months ago, works in cooperate law, and is tall with a nice smile, good hair and a charming self-deprecating wit to him. He made me giggle! And the conversation was quite good!
We went to Employees Only for drinks. What a fun bar! I had never been there before, but it was highly recommended, so I trucked my cookies down to the village after work. Brilliant atmosphere! And they had a tarot card reader in the front of the bar! I got my cards read on the way out - and it was word for word everything that my life coach told me on Thursday morning - creepy... And the Young Lawyer wasn't too creeped out by it!

Then the Young Lawyer took me to the trendy Market Table - which had FANTASTIC food! I totally ordered for us - which he seemed OK with! (we got 4 little appetizers to share!) It was such a great light meal! And after the meal of good & fun conversation he hailed a cab for me, we had a very short peck on the kisser and then I went home. (and had to pay - we all know how Mama Musical feels about paying for her own cab on the first date... No likey.) But I can overlook the cab thing, as it was a pretty fun night!

SATURDAY: Date #2 with Straight Cute Banker

Ohmystars, lovelies! I was super excited for this date, too - but it's crazy, I work myself up for it (all the while trying to think "This could just be a friend thing, don't get too excited!"). So he let me know that he would pick a place that was in midtown east so I could get there easy. We went to this great Greek place called Ethos - kind of upscale Greek food. It was PACKED when we got there, and we had reservations! (which he made, bless his heart! A man in NYC who knows to make dinner reservations - I LOVE that!
So the conversation was Ah-mazing! He is so great at picking up where I leave off and he doesn't mind my random-ness... (truth be told, I think he enjoys it!) And he really listens to what I say and then references it at times! So great! We talked a lot about music, old movies, our families, trips we've been on, and several other subjects! Just so fun to share with him & hear what he has to say back! (I need to do a better job at listening -- sometimes I get so excited to share that I forget to put on my listening ears...)

He was just as handsome & charming as ever, very kind and warm, non-judgemental and open. All things that I so enjoy. Only (very small, almost not noticeable) downfall is that he's my height exactly, if not half an inch shorter, so it kind of sucks that I can't wear heels and I want to bend my legs a little when we walk together... I don't like the idea of kissing down, but that may not be the case if we're both barefoot... Something to look forward to!

Anywho - after the great Greek dinner we went to a little piano bar called Mimis - was such fun! They played some great songs! And there was this SUPER drunk guy there, we'll call him Dennis, and he kept slurring his words and saying to Cute Banker "God, she's really beautiful, isn't she??" referring to me, and Cute Banker just looked me straight in the eyes and said "Yes, I've thought that for a while now..." I thought I was going to melt into the floor!

Then we went for one more nightcap at a little pub on the UES and after on the street he kissed me - for quite a bit! Was just delightful - and I had the zing/ bells/ whistles! It's been a long time since I've felt that... Now I just have to not day dream about him and focus on me and getting done with stuff I have to get done. But not before....

SUNDAY: Clark Kent

Lovelies, this new guy I went to the Museum of Natural History with was just a scream! He's a little younger than what I usually date (which means he's a year and a half older than me) and also a little awkward, but had pretty good conversational skills and also was very go-with-the-flow kind of guy. And I just about fell over when I saw him -- Mc. Dreamy Clark Kent-type with a twist of school boy!
He was very nice and we went all over the Natural History Museum - it was his first time there! Was kind of exciting to see the Museum through the eyes of someone who has never seen the big whale or the dinos before! And he was funny, smart, kind, warm and all of the good things I look for... but it was still so new and I wasn't quite sure about his sense of humor, so I just tried to enjoy and be myself! We went to starbucks after and took our coffees and sat on a big rock right by the pond in Central Park and watched the sunset! Was kind of romantic - we split a biscotti! (gawd, lovelies - it's the little things sometimes with me)
He walked me to the subway and we had a little peck, and now lovelies, here I am blogging to all of you...
I'd have to say that I was able to take away something from each of these dates! Like my life coach says "Enjoy having others recognize you!" - and believe-you-me, I am! Oh, yes... I am.

Never in my life have I so badly wanted to be Lois Lane!

The REALLY EXPENSIVE Vintage Dress...

Lovelies, in an earlier blog I mentioned my purchase at The Family Jewels - a vintage clothing store here in NYC. My dress was $400 (which is 2/3 of my rent for a month) and is FABULOUS!

Here's a pic for those of you who have been patiently waiting! And below is a pic of the fabric - so SO beautiful! It's a Lord & Taylor Dress, and they had it under "1950's party dress" at Family Jewels, but it's gotta be between '54 and '56... Either way, it's beautiful and I'm obsessed with it! (and that it fit me like a glove!)

Such a fun little frock! Makes me feel like I'm out of a Rosemary Clooney movie!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Can Anybody Find Me -- SOMEBODY TO LOOOOVVVEEE????

Lovelies, I'm OBSESSED with Glee! Obsessed! It's such a great, positive and heart warming show!!! I love that you can download the songs on iTunes a day before - but I also hate it a little, cause then it's not a surprise!

I love the heart of the show! I feel like I knew those people in High School - heck, I WAS one of those people in High School! I don't know how I became somewhat cool when I got to college, but I think my lucky stars that I did...

Kristen Chenoweth, Matt Morrison and Lea Michelle are all just great in the cast! The other cast members are also amazing-but I had to do a shout out to my Broadway turned TV peeps! And the story line is so interesting & silly all at the same time!

Go do yourself a favor and go onto www.hulu.com and watch GLEE!!!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Broadway Flea Market

Lovelies, I went to the Broadway Flea Market this past Sunday! Was a BLAST! I got to go through old bins of Playbills, try on dance shoes they really used in Wicked and saw some Broadway peeps from my favorite shows!

The Flea market benefits Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS and is quite an event! I got a show poster frame, some cool playbill tumbler cups, a Rydell High T-Shirt, and submitted myself for a few raffles for show tickets!

It's usually held in the Schubert Alley, but this year was at the Roseland Ballroom, due to rain. Still, a wonderful afternoon where I got to shop to benefit others... I Love that!