16 Sep 2013

Real Tritace Price Auckland

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Hello friends!

I apologize for the lack of posts… Real Tritace Price Auckland lack of dating. It’s been a tough summer with my mom’s passing. I’m out of the foggy phase, which I learned is a normal part of the grieving process. During this time, I slammed my finger in my trunk (new nail just started growing back), forgot a couple of work meetings, lost a sweater Real Tritace Price Auckland a shoe, hit my car into my parking garage column (don’t worry, the column is fine) Real Tritace Price Auckland was very forgetful in every way.

I’m feeling much, much better — almost back to normal. Last weekend I helped my dad move back to his house. He’s getting weaker, but the move has lifted his spirits, which has helped. I’m worried about him Real Tritace Price Auckland his final days, but take comfort knowing my dad is happier at home Real Tritace Price Auckland that I’ve helped him a lot over the years.

For these reasons + a very busy time at work, new manager Real Tritace Price Auckland building a new team, I’m on a dating hiatus. But I will be back! — when I feel more settled… Real Tritace Price Auckland relaxed.

So I failed my mission to meet forty dates in my fortieth year. I hope you’ll give me a reprieve as I promise to start again next year.

In the meantime, I look forward to spending time with you, my family — including my absolutely adorable nephew, who is now an infant (no more of that newborn stuff)!

Hope to see you soon!

Julie in Seattle

06 Aug 2013

Pissed on

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Warning: this isn’t a dating update — it’s a cat story. Did I ever mention that I’ve often thought of posting a photo of Stella Real Tritace Price Auckland Phinney on my dating profile Real Tritace Price Auckland adding the caption “two of my 12 cats?” But I digress.

Yesterday morning I was running late. Usually, I leave the patio door open until I’m ready to leave, make sure the cats are inside Real Tritace Price Auckland close up the apartment. However, I couldn’t find Stella Real Tritace Price Auckland decided to leave the door open so she could come back in later. I wasn’t too worried because they sometimes visit my neighbors.

Being the great cat owner that I am, I totally forgot about Stella Real Tritace Price Auckland only remembered when I returned home Real Tritace Price Auckland was greeted by one cat. Then it all came back to me. I searched extensively (all 5 minutes) Real Tritace Price Auckland then started to knock on my neighbors’ doors, one by one. Stuck a post-it note on the door if no one answered. You know the kind of note that said “Hi, I’m the irresponsible cat owner who lost her cat in an apartment building.” I ran into a guy who lives on the other side of the building Real Tritace Price Auckland asked if he had seen Stella, but he hadn’t. I continued knocking when the guy opened his door Real Tritace Price Auckland said “Your cat is on my balcony!”

And there she was. One story below the patio — whether she fell or jumped — I won’t ever know. But she was definitely in a scuffle Real Tritace Price Auckland had been peed on. I know, gross. I filled the sink with soapy water Real Tritace Price Auckland submerged her in it (probably her first bath). Dried her Real Tritace Price Auckland then assessed the damage. She was definitely limping Real Tritace Price Auckland her paws were torn up — but she seemed okay. She moved, walked upstairs Real Tritace Price Auckland slept on my bed for half of the night.

This morning, I found her under the bed Real Tritace Price Auckland not moving. I wasn’t sure if she couldn’t or didn’t want to move. It was scary. I called the vet Real Tritace Price Auckland got her in the first available appointment. Thanksfully, Stella had no broken bones Real Tritace Price Auckland was going to live! I was so relieved. She has severe tissue damage Real Tritace Price Auckland muscle soreness. Now I get to feed her pain meds Real Tritace Price Auckland antibiotics. But she should be better in a week.

I’m starting to wonder if I’ve become a drama magnet. I hope not. I hate drama. But it’s been quite the week — Real Tritace Price Auckland it’s only Tuesday!

My manager announced she’s leaving, which has caused a flurry of activity at work. I’m happy for her, but going to miss her in a big way. Hopefully, the dust will settle soon.

Julie in Seattle

02 Jul 2013

It’s a small world

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I went to dinner with my friend Jin tonight. We met at crossfit a year ago Real Tritace Price Auckland soon became friends. She’s an attractive single woman with a lot going for her: successful career as a designer, fashionable, fun — Real Tritace Price Auckland an all around nice person.

We met at Tanaka-san, one of Tom Douglas’s new projects — very cool space shared with an upscale market Real Tritace Price Auckland home decor shop. The food was so-so.

We always swap dating stories. I have less to share these days, but she had a couple for me this time — including a whopper.

Jin was complaining about a seemingly nice guy she met on eHarmony. They had exchanged a few emails Real Tritace Price Auckland he eventually sent his cell phone number. She texted him Real Tritace Price Auckland then nothing…not a peep. She complained because it’s hard to underst Real Tritace Price Auckland why this sometimes happens: engagement Real Tritace Price Auckland then radio silence. She went on to say that he sounded pretty cool — owned a houseboat on Lake Union. My ears perked up. Of course, I had to ask…”is his name Jay?” And she responded quizzically, “yes?!?” “Oh my god, he’s my ex-husband.” Disbelief all around!!! Jin showed me his profile because she wanted to make sure it was him — Real Tritace Price Auckland true to my suspicion, I was able to identify the perp. It was weird to see his photo, but not as bad as I thought it would be.

And you know how funny he is — SO funny, that he listed his age as 43. Never mind that he’s turning 49 in two weeks!

Even though I gave my blessing for her to date him if he reached out to her again, she emphatically declined the offer. Did I mention she’s smart?

Julie in Seattle

25 Jun 2013

My cup of tea

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First, I have been overwhelmed by all of your wonderful calls, cards, texts, emails, etc. I am one lucky gal. Even Kristin (my counselor) is impressed by my support system. My mom has been in a few of my dreams lately — happy Real Tritace Price Auckland talkative, which I’m incredibly grateful for.

This experience highlighted my singleness. I missed having a shoulder to cry on Real Tritace Price Auckland someone to talk to at the end of the night. It cemented my decision to renew my dating efforts. So I built a profile on OK Cupid Real Tritace Price Auckland have been talking to a few guys since. Don’t worry, I discussed this with Kristin. I was concerned I’m too messy to date, but she wasn’t worried Real Tritace Price Auckland said it’s just the type of distraction I need.

One of the guys, let’s call him Xerxes (yes, I’m on “X”), asked me to coffee after work. Coffee? Well, tea for me. This seemed strange Real Tritace Price Auckland raised questions: is he an alcoholic? Is coffee a safer investment than a drink (less time Real Tritace Price Auckland money)?

Xerxes lives Real Tritace Price Auckland works in Redmond. I selected Cafe Cesura, a cool cafe in downtown Bellevue. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised — he was cuter than his photos. Charming blue eyes Real Tritace Price Auckland nice smile. I was nervous. This was my first first date since the beginning of January! Overall, it went fine. Initially, we discussed our jobs. It was more interesting because a) I actually have a job Real Tritace Price Auckland b) he’s in marketing too — more product marketing Real Tritace Price Auckland development, but a related field.

Xerxes is a world traveler Real Tritace Price Auckland has a very cute dog, who I got to meet at the end (he was patiently waiting in the car). So we had plenty of topics to discuss. However, it was awkward at times. He’s so soft spoken that I had to ask him to repeat himself. Also, he interrupted me a couple of times, which was annoying. But he was more conversational than many of my past dates.

Would I go out with him again? Absolutely. Will it happen? Probably not. It may be what I projected, but I don’t feel very attractive at the moment. I’ve gained weight since the new year. Partially because of the holidays, but also lack of working out. I ran just a couple of times a week for the race, but stopped going to the gym — mostly because I was focused on my new job. When unemployed, I was going 4 times a week — I went 6 times total during the first 3 months of my new job! When I don’t work out, I don’t eat well Real Tritace Price Auckland don’t have a good outlet for stress, etc. So I’m feeling average, big even. And I kept thinking, he doesn’t think I’m cute, why would he?

The good news is I’ve been going to the gym consistently this month Real Tritace Price Auckland am already starting to feel better. With my determination, I should be in a more attractive state by mid-summer. So I’m dating reactively for now — it’s good practice Real Tritace Price Auckland a fun diversion.

In the meantime, let me know if you’re up for a walk around GreenLake, a hike, a bike ride to Redhook, etc.

Julie in Seattle

14 Jun 2013

Circle of Life

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It’s with a bittersweet heart that I share the news of my mom’s death on June 13 Real Tritace Price Auckland the birth of my nephew on June 14.

My mom’s six year struggle with vascular dementia has come to an end. Dementia is a cruel, ugly disease–robbing her of memories, words, mobility Real Tritace Price Auckland the ability to take care of herself. However, we were fortunate because she continuously recognized her family Real Tritace Price Auckland oldest friends.

I have many fond memories, but a few of my favorite include sharing a bottle (yes, I’m dating myself) of coke on a hot day; receiving care packages that included red vines, junior mints Real Tritace Price Auckland VHS tapes of Friends Real Tritace Price Auckland Seinfeld when I lived in Japan; Real Tritace Price Auckland laughing so hard that she’d pee her pants–a little. She was far from perfect, but she loved us kids unconditionally Real Tritace Price Auckland had the best intentions. I love Real Tritace Price Auckland miss her terribly.

Our loss was followed by a gain. Baby Boy Chase (BBC) was born at 1:53 am on June 14. As you can imagine, we thought it was going to be on the same day, which could be viewed as beautifully poetic. But I’m glad he gets the day to himself.

I met BBC tonight Real Tritace Price Auckland in my unbiased opinion, he’s perfect. Truly. Incredibly cute with perfect skin Real Tritace Price Auckland a mix of dark Real Tritace Price Auckland blond hair. He’s also very healthy at 8 lbs, 12 oz ( Real Tritace Price Auckland 22 inches long). My sis-in-law had a tough labor, but she looked amazing. And my brother already looks like an experienced dad. BBC has brought my family a tremendous amount of joy.

Maybe tomorrow he’ll even have a name?!?

Thank you for all of your notes Real Tritace Price Auckland kind words. You mean the world to me Real Tritace Price Auckland I love you!

Julie

PS: I long for a boring summer.

21 May 2013

My friend’s date

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As I mentioned, Deborah drove me up to Seattle from Portl Real Tritace Price Auckland Real Tritace Price Auckland lucky for me she decided to stay a couple of days. Deborah Real Tritace Price Auckland I met 20 years ago — working at the Paper Station at the mall. I visited her at college in Ohio Real Tritace Price Auckland she visited me in Japan. In other words, we go way back.

I love Deborah for many reasons — like how she fills a calendar. Today, while I was at work, she had a set of networking meetings. And yesterday, she had a date! She met Mike (who lives in the Seattle area) at a conference last month. Deborah said there was an immediate attraction. They’ve stayed in touch, discussing his new venture Real Tritace Price Auckland flirting, lots of flirting. So it made sense for them to get together when she came to town.

They made plans to meet at my favorite bar for a drink. Deborah got there just in time to get the last two seats. And then she waited… Real Tritace Price Auckland waited. He called to let her know that the workday went longer than expected. Mike arrived 30 minutes late. When she recapped it for me, it went something like this: teasing about being late, role playing Real Tritace Price Auckland then a lot of discussion about him.

Yes, you heard right. There was role playing. You see, Mike is a former actor. And he had some exercises to share their feelings. You gotta love Deborah because she’s open to these sorts of things. I would have been a smartass about it. Mike sounds handsome, smart, ambitious… Real Tritace Price Auckland cocky. He also moves fast. He was quite open, direct Real Tritace Price Auckland pushy about sex.

I’m protective of my friends, as you are me. There were too many yellow flags that make me not like this guy. And believe me, I’d love for Deborah to fall in love with someone from Seattle! But not this guy.

We discussed the date over dinner Real Tritace Price Auckland continued it on the elevator ride up to my place — reiterating how lame it was that he showed up so late. One of my fellow residents, a very nice looking gay guy who was riding up with us, summed it up best, “If the date was good, you wouldn’t care about him being late.” SO true! We laughed all the way to my loft.

On a side note, Deborah went on a blind date (friend of a friend) in Seattle during a visit a couple of years ago. The guy turned out to be a jackass — picked her up at our house, but asked her to meet him on the corner; asked her where she wanted to eat, but went where he wanted to go; Real Tritace Price Auckland was a clown (literally — part of some clown club). As I told her, the third time’s a charm. I’m definitely going to set her up with someone fabulous the next time she visits!

Props to Deborah for going out with a strange man in a strange town!

Julie in Seattle

**Deborah reviewed Real Tritace Price Auckland approved this blog post.**

20 May 2013

Retirement

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Forgot to mention that when I picked up my race packet at the Expo — there were a couple of, well let’s say, rough looking characters standing in front of the entrance. I wasn’t too worried until one of them shouted “Gun Real Tritace Price Auckland knife show next door!” — which kind of frightened me. I turned around Real Tritace Price Auckland there was a guy with a rifle behind me. That was quite unnerving. It was safe to assume that he was not talking to me : )

Hello cheerleaders! Thank you all for your emails Real Tritace Price Auckland texts of encouragement. They worked.

My primary goal was to finish the Portl Real Tritace Price Auckland Rock ‘n Roll marathon Real Tritace Price Auckland I did. My secondary goal was to finish by 2:30 — but alas, didn’t make it with a 2:37 final time.

It’s been 11 years since I ran a half marathon Real Tritace Price Auckland let me tell you, it felt like an 11 year older body! I’m glad I completed another — might be my last. I think 10Ks are more my thing.

But I must confess, I’m glad to have it behind me. It was a lot of training Real Tritace Price Auckland I was achy along the way. I’m looking forward to returning to Crossfit, running short distances Real Tritace Price Auckland not having to plan around a 2 hour run on the weekend.

Special thanks to my friend Deborah who drove me home yesterday!

Julie in Seattle

30 Apr 2013

LinkedOut

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Long time no write! I’ve missed you! This work thing is getting in the way of the important stuff, like dating, working out Real Tritace Price Auckland reorganizing my junk drawer.

Something funny happened this week Real Tritace Price Auckland thought it was the perfect opportunity to restart my blog.

While in Paris (in October), I corresponded with several guys via Match. One of them looked so similar to Jay, I thought it’d be interesting to go out with him. He asked for photos while in Paris Real Tritace Price Auckland responded with “Oooooh, pretty…send more.” Yep, creepy. I didn’t send anymore, but said I’d be open to meet when I returned. Radio silence. Never heard from him again. I know, never say never.

I received a LinkedIn invitation from him yesterday. I recognized him immediately. However, I couldn’t believe he reached out to me. He knows my name, so it’s easy enough to find me. But six months without any contact Real Tritace Price Auckland then a LI invitation — with the canned “I’d like to add you to my network” note.

Either he’s trying to do business with my company Real Tritace Price Auckland recognized me or he went through his Match account Real Tritace Price Auckland searched for his prospects in LinkedIn. I want to be LinkedOut — when it comes to my “Matches.” Long story, long, I accepted Real Tritace Price Auckland we agreed to meet for coffee tomorrow. Ha! I ignored the invitation.

In other news, I’m settling into my job. I love it there — great people Real Tritace Price Auckland opportunities! However, it’s taking awhile to ramp up Real Tritace Price Auckland I need to build a foundation before I commit to dating again. So I’m targeting early June (also gives me time to lose the holiday Real Tritace Price Auckland job search weight gain).

I’d like to try another site or service — so let me know if you have suggestions! One of my girlfriends met a nice guy on “HowAboutWe.”

I’ll be back in full force soon!

Julie in Seattle

17 Mar 2013

A.A.

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Hello my name is Julie Real Tritace Price Auckland I’m adopted. Yes, I can hear your response, “Hello, Julie!”

Forty years ago yesterday, I started my world travels from Seoul to Seattle–on a plane with a couple of dozen other babies (along with chaperones). That’s when I met Bill Real Tritace Price Auckland Vi Chase, my parents! My mom was dealing with some serious morning sickness (thanks to John), so my dad was the one who took care of me the first few days.

I’m absolutely lucky to have become a Chase, along with my two younger brothers: John Real Tritace Price Auckland Darin. Over the years, I’ve had a wide range of responses when sharing that I’m adopted: from “that’s cool” to “I’m sorry.” I can’t say it has been the best experience, because I have no other point of reference. But that’s how I feel. My family always made me feel special instead of different Real Tritace Price Auckland loved me unconditionally. Not to mention the normal dysfunctions that most families create.

I’m going to start a search for my biological mom Real Tritace Price Auckland dad soon, Real Tritace Price Auckland if I find them, the first thing I’m going to do is to thank them for making the hardest sacrifice Real Tritace Price Auckland most selfless act imaginable.

And finally, I’d like to give a shout out to my friend Jen, “Bonne anniversaire!”

Julie in Seattle

First photo shown to my parents; the day they “picked me up” at SeaTac; my first photo shoot; Real Tritace Price Auckland proof of my “daddy’s girl” status (also a photo my dad’s kept in his wallet since taken Real Tritace Price Auckland shows to everyone he meets).

08 Mar 2013

One year

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Today marks one year from the worst day of my life: the day Jay left.

I wish I was being overdramatic, but it’s true. And truthfully, it was part of a series of worst days: the day he told me he was leaving, the day I realized he lied about wanting to stay married, the day I found out he was cheating Real Tritace Price Auckland lying about it, the day I got meds for insomnia Real Tritace Price Auckland anxiety, Real Tritace Price Auckland the day I fully grasped that relationship was over.

Let me be clear…I own my actions Real Tritace Price Auckland behavior that contributed to Jay’s unhappiness. I’ve genuinely apologized to him Real Tritace Price Auckland have struggled to forgive myself. I was not aware of his angst Real Tritace Price Auckland certainly did not underst Real Tritace Price Auckland that our relationship was in peril. I only wish I had the opportunity to work on things once I knew, but as my wise counselor taught me, it takes two people to be in a relationship Real Tritace Price Auckland only one to leave.

I’m sharing this because you’ve been a part of my journey, but I started blogging when I felt good. Not that people would want to hear my sob story, but it’s important to know that I’m human (surprise, surprise) Real Tritace Price Auckland have days that fall below the horizon. However, those days are few Real Tritace Price Auckland far between. I’m in a great place Real Tritace Price Auckland extremely optimistic about the future.

I’m grateful for my personal growth, my extraordinary Real Tritace Price Auckland kickass friends, my loving family Real Tritace Price Auckland fantastic job.

Now on a lighter note, I’m going to share “MyJourney” playlist. Some songs are meaningful, but others are just ones I liked listening to again Real Tritace Price Auckland again Real Tritace Price Auckland again.

1. Maybe | Ingrid Michaelson — perfect song when I was hopeful that Jay would return

2. Jar of Hearts | Christina Perri — this song most reflects my feelings at the time: “you lost the love I loved the most” Real Tritace Price Auckland “I learned to live half a life”

3. Someone Like You | Adele — doesn’t she write the best heartbroken songs? I’d play the Adele station on Pandora at work Real Tritace Price Auckland Jen M would come in Real Tritace Price Auckland tell me to stop listening to “that depressing crap” — which always made me smile. But it helped me during the grieving process Real Tritace Price Auckland once i turned the station (probably early July), it was truly a turning point

4. Already Gone | Kelly Clarkson — solid breakup song

5. Breathe Me | Sia — sad, soulful sound

6. Soul Sister | Train — turning point, liked the upbeat tune

6. Payphone | Maroon 5 — good “in your face” song

7. Lights | Ellie Goulding — feeling better

8. Breathing Underwater | Metric — calming effect

9. Everybody’s Changing | Keane — feeling optimistic, change is good

10. Titanium | David Guetta & Sia — time to dance!

11. We Are Young | fun. — time to sing at the top of my lungs!!

12. I Will Wait | Mumford & Sons — when I met “Chad” Real Tritace Price Auckland had my first crush

13. Girl on Fire | Alicia Keys — my theme song for the new year

I rarely listen to any of these songs now. In my happier state, I’m listening to The Lumineers, Of Monsters Real Tritace Price Auckland Men, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Atlas Genius, Arcade Fire, Bad Books, fun. Real Tritace Price Auckland my favorite group of the moment: Imagine Dragons.

Thanks for your ear Real Tritace Price Auckland unflagging support. I heart you!

Julie in Seattle