First week of the new job is behind me now, and I feel like I am settling in well. In my personal life, I have been contemplating 2017 goals, but mostly just staying busy. In the past week and a half I have met up with friends at a board game night, met a friend at the zoo, and gone to dinner with some people I haven’t spent time with since the fall. I did all this with my toddler along, and it worked out pretty well. I also went to a local developed hotspring with only the toddler on Superbowl Sunday (I am not a sports fan), and it was really nice to just enjoy hanging with the kiddo. Tomorrow I am taking him snowshoeing with some friends. Then on Sunday I *think* I will be meeting the Backpacker for a hike, sans kiddo. (Update: Yes I am. It’s finally settled.)
Speaking of the Backpacker, he is maybe the most frustrating text communicator I have ever met. Here is the shorthand version of the conversations we have had since our first in-person meeting:
B: I like you. I look forward to getting to know you better.
Me: I like you. Definitely interested in meeting up again. Hike, maybe?
B: Would like that a lot but won’t be able to see your beautiful self until next week. About to head out to the field for work.
Me: Okay. BTW, just got offered the job I interviewed for!
B: That’s great, sweetheart. I’ll have to give you a big hug and kiss next time I see you.
*The evening of the day Backpacker said he would be back in town…
B: Just got back. Congrats again on the job
Me: Thanks! Hope to hear more about your trip! Want to go on a hike, now you are back?
B: That sounds lovely
*A day later….
Me: Want to hike on this specific trail on one of these three days?
B: I am interested in a hike. *Shares opinion on location.*
Me: Great! How about location on Sun morning….
B:I like you
Me: ….. (Thinking, “was that a yes?”)
I could go on. And it did go on for a while. Backpacker showing enthusiasm but leaving big gaps when it came to actually making plans. It was a lot harder to pin something down than it should have been. But in person he seemed like a really great guy. Hope I agree with that judgement after this next date.