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Online Dating

online-dating_broken-heart_58729801Online Dating seems to be the most prevalent way to meet someone in 2015. I still think knowing someone that knows them makes it easier, but if your friends do not know anyone, then online dating would be the next pathway. It does not matter the age, gender, sexual preference, or preferred activities of an individual. There is an online dating site for everyone.

Five Best Online Dating Sites
http://lifehacker.com/five-best-online-dating-sites-1594072317

eHarmony
This site was recommended by a friend. I actually paid money around $27.00. The questions were a little redundant, and the whole process of when you find a picture that you actually liked was to me unnecessary. You send questions, they send questions, you send break or makers, they send break or makers then just maybe you can message the individual.
This would eliminate anyone that is not serious about seeking a relationship and someone who thinks this should not be this much work (ME).
All of the “matches” presented to me were not matches for me. I had heard that eHarmony did a better job with matches because of the lengthy questions you complete before it begins. It could be me; Maybe, I did not do a good job of answering the questions. The matches were also very far away. I do like to travel, but four states over for a first date that you may or may not like did not sound like a smart financial decision.

Meetmindful
This is a site I stumbled upon while reading an article written by Elephant.  This site is for very spiritual people who are interested in a mindful existence.  Some interests on the profiles were meditation, self-development, and fitness as lifestyle, organic or natural foods and spirituality.  Most of the participants were very far away.

Plenty of Fish
This was a better option because it is free, and you can put a little bit of personal information in this option. You can view more locals which can be a good thing or a bad thing. Several people I know are dating someone they met on this site.  Last year, I met a guy on this site who wanted to talk about football. We never met or discussed meeting; I had someone to talk football with at least twice a week.

Tinder
 The first time I tried this in Charleston, it was a fail! I swiped the wrong way, and I got some interesting messages.   This is when it was a swipe thing and only in a limited mile radius. Now it is much better with a little heart and an X. You can insert some personal information and your educational institution. Your mile radius is much bigger now, and I do not think it is viewed as the hook up site now. It is more like a dating site.

Online-Dating-to-Offline-DatingProfile Pictures
The pictures that guys will use for their profile are unbelievable! If you are a guy read this carefully. If you are a female, ask your male friends to see their profile pictures and help them if help is needed.

If your profile picture is any of the following, change it!
This is my opinion.  Some experts do not agree.

  • A dog is licking your ear
  • Your children are in the photo
  • You are looking at a mirror and your phone is in your hand.
  • Showing your chest- really…
  • Flipping a bird to the camera – yeah, that is the man a woman would want to take home for Thanksgiving.
  • Your grandchildren are in the photo
  • A cat is in front of your face
  • No picture—a picture is worth a thousand words– remember that phrase!
  • Half a face in your picture
  • A picture where your past girlfriend or boyfriend  has been cropped out… her hair is still in the picture or his hand is still in the picture
  • Animals in the picture
  • Dead animals in the picture
  • Your truck or your boat

online-dating-red-flagsBe aware of scam artist on dating sites.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/6-red-flags-of-a-romance-scam/

  • They will tell you a long sob story. How many people are going to write you a three paragraph message or an e-mail the first time they contact you?
  • You can tell sometimes that English is not their first language.
  • They are looking for a soul mate nothing temporary.
  • The picture is too perfect. You can sometimes google the picture, and it is something chosen from a website.
  • Sometimes they use the military as a front. They are soldiers stationed in a foreign country. They would eventually ask for money to come see you.

Ask for their LinkedIn profile and their Facebook name. This usually scares them away. Be direct.
As always, research anything you consider doing and remember anyone can create a profile. I think most people are legit, but there are always a few creepy scam artists lurking.

imagesFirst meetings should be always in public places with people around and preferably at a place where people know you.

Consumer Affairs
“With an estimated 1,000 online dating sites in existence, it can be hard to sift through all the options and decide which the best site is. Being able to know how to evaluate a dating site is essential in the decision process, and it will bring you that much closer to finding a good match.”
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/dating_services/

Boulder, Colorado- Day #2 and 3

June and July 2015 195Boulder, Colorado- Type A Retreat -Day #2 started out with grading and enjoying my great breakfast of egg whites, fresh bread with organic blackberry jelly, an avocado and straw berries. My head was also hurting! I do not adjust well to altitude changes. This would always happen when I visited the West. The headache left around lunch yesterday, and I will be good for the rest of the trip.  I need to use saline nose drops to ward off nose bleeds from the dry heat, but that is the only concessions needed.

I finally got a shower and realized again that I did not bring a blow dryer. I have been in hotels so much that I forgot I was staying in someone’s home. I thought about buying one, but I have three at home, so no, it is what it is.

My destination was Pearl Street for the art festival. I finally made it there after a long walk. I stopped along the way and ate lunch. There are many places here like Neon Pig and KOK in Tupelo, MS,

Pearl Street Mall is unique. There were arts and craft booths everywhere.June and July 2015 199 It started to rain and there was a stairwell that was the perfect place for shelter, so many of us gathered at the stairwell. There was one young man from KY and his dog that was waiting on his friends to exit the marijuana shop. He explained the process to me. FYI- People from the South no matter where they are will talk to you!  He said you go in and show your ID then you wait. There are only so many allowed in at a time. When it is your turn, you will go in and be assisted by the clerks who are very knowledgeable. Your purchase is put in a bag with the receipt attached. The receipt should not be taken off for any reason until you get home. It reminded me of the open container laws in MS. Take it home is basically what the rule implies. As we were talking an older gentlemen walked out with this purchase, he did not obey the law and opened his chocolate chip cookies up and started munching. He said one is good… two you better be home.  The KY guy and I were speechless. The rain slowed down and I exited the stairwell. I made it about a fourth of a block, and the rain set in again. I found shelter under an awning with two girls from Austin, TX. They were also talkers and were glad to be here from the heat of TX.June and July 2015 202

I picked up a map at the visitors center
on Pearl Street, and you would think that would help but not me……. I left Pearl Street and went the wrong way, so I got my phone out and put it 1307 Arapahoe Street. I walked and walked and walked then when I got by Boulder High School it dawned on me that I live for the week at 3107 Arapahoe Street…. Really! I walked for five hours total from when I left the condo! I came back to my home and regrouped and then I realized I was really hungry. I walked downstairs to the Bistro, and I had the most amazing pizza. Fire brick oven and thin crust… Wonderful! The manager was from AL, and he talked also! He has been here for five years and has no plans to ever return to the heat of the South.June and July 2015 211

When I got up this morning, I felt it.  My foot was hurting a little bit at times. I thought my feet would be sore, but I did not expect a big blister on the bottom of my right foot. My friend, Teresa, recommended Calendula ointment; I also purchased Jasmine oil which smells so good.  I went to find that later in the day and stopped by Flat Iron Coffee, and I met a former elementary teacher who is tutoring twenty-five students and plans to open a charter school. He was young and enthusiastic and so nice. He was from NY, but he was friendly also!June and July 2015 205

Today was a day of grading and very little movement except to go to Sprouts which I love  to get foot meds and get some rest. I also finished a no brain waves flowing book that was enjoyable.June and July 2015 194

I also passed a shop that specializes in kids hair cuts. Kaden would love this place. June and July 2015 214Tomorrow bicycle rental on Pearl Street which I think will be easier on my foot and fun in the sun!June and July 2015 183

The sunsets here are beautiful. It is so good for the soul to be in a different environment and totally alone. The street flowers are beautiful.These are the shoes that hurt the feet. They were good for the first four hours! June and July 2015 208June and July 2015 193

Florence: SA Day

Florence 023DT FLorenceHow do you celebrate Singles Awareness Day? Go to Florence – no, not Italy- Alabama!  I started pondering this question, and I decided to do what I love to do best which is go to a different city and see new things and meet new people. Florence, AL, would be a fun quick trip.  I had been to Florence one other time in a conflicting September a few years back with a friend celebrating her birthday and Fall Single Awareness Day, so I had seen some of downtown.  My first thought was my second home Destin, but that needs to be a longer trip.

I asked Michelle what spa to call, and then preceded to book an appointment with Epicurean Spa, and I made reservations for the Hampton Downtown; they have an online check in that is awesome. Do not choose the Hampton Midtown by mistake. I called the wrong one first, and I was informed that Applebee’s was the only restaurant within walking distance. I knew that was not the correct Hampton.  I did check with Marriott, but there were no vacancies, and the spa was a wee bit expensive. Even though it is rated very high as far as Marriott spas, I felt confident that spa treatments are great wherever you go.

I waited late to book the spa, so I was up bright and early leaving Tupelo for my 9:00 spa time. I had a body wrap and detoxifying treatment and a skin purifying treatment and relaxing deep cleansing facial. My massage therapist was the young and beautiful Crystal Martin. She was very nice and knowledgeable about the products. I was wrapped up like a mommy with the body wrap, but I could move my fingers, and she stayed in the room with me.
Crystal said, “I sometimes leave so the client can relax”.
I said, “Oh no, you are not leaving me in here unable to move.” (I would not be a good replacement for Dakota Johnson for the second part of the Grey trilogy.)
She stayed with me the entire time and started my facial. You lie on the table all wrapped up for around 45 minutes then a warm shower is next to wash off the stuff that she applied to your entire body. It was relaxing. NO dead skin on this chick!!

When I left the spa, I headed downtown and then I decided I wanted lunch at the Marriott and changed directions. I had a fried green tomato pimento cheese sandwich with lots of bacon (reminded me of a similar sandwich at Café 212 in Tupelo, MS  http://www.cafe212tupelo.com/) and wonderful green beans with caramelized onions.  I ate outside on the covered patio, and the view was very nice. Florence 003 After lunch and a little relaxation, I headed toward downtown. The weather was warmer on Saturday, so downtown had browsers.

Florence 022 The first place I stumbled upon was the Court Street Market.  There were several things in this building, but the one place that I immediately fell in love with was The Carriage on Court. It was an open floor plan wine/cheese/ flower, etc. shop. It reminded me of New York. 

http://courtstreetmarket.org/vendors/carriage-court/ 

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I found two adorable tops at a boutique called My Favorite Things that I did buy, but I had to remind myself that there is a certain cash limit to being nice to yourself on this special weekend. I met two nice ladies (one from Virginia), and the owner was very helpful.

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Then I walked in to Jewel’s Accessories. This beautiful women with a huge smile greeted me at the door. I told her I wanted full curly blond hair like she has. This stated our warm honest conversation and our friendship. Graham is a delightful person with a huge personality. When the karma shirt is marked down, let me know. My life has been ruled by karma-some good and some bad! http://www.jewellsaccessoriesboutique.com/  Jewel
I wandered around more and found a great book at the Thrift Store down the street.

Then I went to Rosie’s to relax before heading to the hotel. Fortunately for me, Rene’ Anderson was behind the bar. She is so kind and so delightful to talk to that I ordered food and stayed longer than I had planned. She is artistic, creative and has a great thirst for knowledge and strives for a good life for her family.  Her love story made me smile for a long time.

This store has very classy traditional clothes and a cozy shop atmosphere. I loved the painting above the register.

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I finally made it to the hotel, and the check in was easy. There were no hot cookies yet, but they always have a great coffee for you, and I did walk back to the lobby when the cookies were ready. I tried a strawberry cheesecake cookie- It was so good. I was really into “be nice to Wanda” today! As I was checking in, I ran in to a friend from Tupelo celebrating Valentines’ Day with his special valentine.

I walked down to On the Rocks to watch the Ole Miss game. http://florenceontherocks.com/  I ate a great burger then I walked down to FloBama to watch the second half. Someone had told me there was an eighties band playing tonight.  They were correct, but it did not start until 10:30, so I watched the game and talked to this delightful couple who has celebrated Valentine’s Day thirty-two times together, and they still liked each other! We had a good time conversing and then the Velcro Pygmies took the stage! I do not know how to describe the outfits of the band. My first thoughts were a combination of Boy George, Richard Simmons, and Kiss. The music was really good, and they had a big stage presence. http://www.reverbnation.com/venue/flobamamusichall

Yes, I was a little shocked.

Yes, I was a little shocked.

When I Ieft the hotel earlier, I walked to On the Rocks. When I left FloBama, it was freezing, so I called a cab to go back to the hotel.

I enjoyed lunch the next day with a friend at Ricatoni’s.  The lasagna has a delightful red sauce. It was a warm and inviting atmosphere.Postcard of Forks

Afterward lunch, we went to the remnant of an old plantation- the amazing Forks of Cypress. This is a great video of the Forks of Cypress Tour.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeTWJK-SGtw

Beams of Forks of Cypress

Beams of Forks of Cypress

Before the fire..

Before the fire.. 

small replica of FOC - Florence

small replica of FOC

Alex Haley did not live to see Queen published. This was the story of his great-great grandmother and his great- great grandfather’s family and plantation. http://www.alex-haley.com/alex_haley_queen.htm

A friend told me that I reminded him of Frost’s poem and that he knew I had “many miles to go before I sleep”.  I think he knows me well.  I think beignets will be in my future. Until next time…..
Excerpt from “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

First Cruise: Face Your Fears

Cruise - NassauCreative Commons License faungg’s photo via Compfight

My first Carnival cruise will be taking place soon. There are several reasons that I am a virgin cruiser: job and fear of being seasick again. The most important reason is because of my jobs. For the last eight years, I have needed internet access 24/7, but for the next ten weeks, I do not need internet access for every waking moment.

Another reason was my deep sea fishing experience twenty years ago and my para sailing adventure. There are some experiences that you never forget. Daddy thought it would be a great idea for me to go deep sea fishing with the boys, so I did. We arose at 6:00 that morning, and we hit Waffle House with a vengeance. After fried everything, we boarded the boat.

At first it was fun, I actually caught the first fish. It was a small thing, but I was quite pleased then the nausea began. After about thirty minutes, I was hanging over the side of the boat. It is safe to say that I did not want to eat at Waffle House or crave eggs and bacon for a long time.

Finally, I was able to go down in the gallows to lie down. I went to sleep and I woke up feeling better. I walked up to the steps and then I saw myself. I was literally green from the neck up –not a bright green but a pale thick green.   Then I followed Daddy’s advice and ate a few crackers and drank some soda. BIG MISTAKE! I was back hanging over the side of the boat again.

When the trip was coming to a close and we were heading in to the marina, as soon as I saw a land form and focused only on looking at the land, I immediately started feeling better.

Parasailing @ SaipanCreative Commons License

Hajime NAKANO via Compfight

The para-sailing adventure was not as traumatic as the fishing experience, but as the boat was hitting the waves, and I was going up and down in the sky like a yo-yo, I started to feel that same sick feeling as if someone is taking your stomach and throwing it around like a Frisbee.

I have decided to tackle my fear of seasickness and arm myself with a patch, Dramamine, and Phenergan. Hopefully the patch will be all I need, but just in case, I will have the other two meds to make me feel better.

I am going cruising, and I am totally clueless about what is allowed and what time you do everything, but Adelia is a seasoned veteran, and she will direct me and assist me. We travel well together, so I am ready for the adventure to begin later in the month. I will share my trip with my friends.

 Restaurant Recommendations from Recent Adventures

New Year’s Trip to Destin
790 on the Gulf Restaurant was amazing!
http://www.eatmoregumbo.com/
http://www.eatmoregumbo.com/sunday_brunch

View from the inside of 790 on the Gulf

View from the inside of 790 on the Gulf

 

View from the outside

View from the outside

 

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http://www.synergyorganiccafefwb.com/

Synergy is an all organic cafe and juice bar that focuses on using real whole foods from our local and regional farmers. The Cafe is owned by longtime Locals Amy Likins and Christian Echele who have been making wonderful healthy food on the Emerald Coast together for 13 years. Amy has a degree in Holistic Nutrition and Christian is a classically trained chef- combined they make an amazing team to bring you the freshest, best taking and good for you combinations- you will be eating healthier and loving it before you know it!

At Synergy we strive to help others find a path to health and well being by bringing about a greater sense of awareness and wholeness to all that we do. We believe the secret to a life of health and well-being is found in taking a Synergistic or Holistic approach to life with a healthy Organic Whole Foods based diet, daily exercise, and a positive mental and emotional constitution. Come have a seat at the bar and watch as our amazingly talented team create fresh masterpieces right in front of you. Every time you come into the cafe is an opportunity to learn how to make positive healthy choices for yourself and your families’ diet and lifestyle. (copied from the public website)

JB’s
Holly Springs, MS, on the square
Great service! The salmon and sweet baked potato were amazing. There was also a great salad bar with spinach—thank you!
http://jbsfamily.com/

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