I was gently reminded by France last week that I am far overdue for a blog post. So.. here goes.
I haven't had much to talk about these days - since my Month of Movement ended I've gotten a bit lazy (and a few pounds heavier. Not cool, man). I have done a little running, a little more climbing, but mostly I've been cutting myself a little slack. I have to say that the biggest contributor to my lack of writing has been the fact that I'm dating someone (GASP! SHOCK! HORROR!). I mean, funny stories about guys I've dated in the past happens to be the basis for this entire blog (ergo the kissing frogs name). But I'm always hesitant to write about the people I'm dating while I'm actually dating them. I think a big part of it is that talking about my life in nauseating detail is MY decision, but not one that the dudes have made. Also, when I first started my blog, a majority of the readers were people I'd never met. Now, it's a mix between internet and "real life" friends. And while that's awesome, it's made me a little more hesitant to share personal details about a fledgling relationship.
So, I have a new dude in my life. Some may even use the words "boyfriend," a term that feels totally alien to me. I don't think that I've been a girlfriend since my ex and I broke up for the second time in late November of 2009. That's not to say that I haven't dated since then - I have. Some casually and others semi-seriously, but nothing really seemed to stick. New Dude (for lack of a better nickname, right now) and I met at the rock gym a few months ago and have been dating for about a month and a half. I don't remember the last time I met a guy when I was just out and about living my life - most of my dating for the last five+ years has been through online dating websites. He's seen my in my climbing gear, sweating and cursing up a storm, and still somehow likes me. I think that's a good sign. And you know what? Things are good, really good. And I'm tremendously happy.
Now I'm trying to figure out how to re-balance my life. I've always lead a pretty full life, but then you add a new relationship into the mix and shit is gettin' real. It's been a really long time since I've truly taken another person's
schedule into account and I think it's
going to take a little adjustment on my part. I'm really excited at the potential for this, but I just want to make sure that my lady friendships don't suffer. My friends are so important to me and I want to make sure that I spend enough time with them as well. I also want to make sure that I can put in enough time on the bike for the Five Boro bike tour and when the time comes, for NYC marathon training (ugh). I have an overwhelmingly hectic next couple of months coming up and I'm hoping that I can keep up with all of my responsibilities while still spending time with the important people in my life. Oh, and it would be great if I could manage all of that and still get in a few hours of sleep a night. Basically I want to do all of the fun things with all the fun people and not have to sacrifice ANYTHING. That's totally realistic, right?
So.. how do you manage your life and still make time for your friends, hobbies, and significant other? Shared Google calendar? More lunch workouts? Stop sleeping altogether? Enlighten me!
(and I'm not sure if he reads my blog, but if so, HEY BOO!)