Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Do you want the good news or the bad news?

Let's start with the bad news.

As some of my readers know, I had a bit of a setback with my exam results, which means that instead of being on holidays with my med mates from 22 November, I have to keep studying for the supplementary Barrier exam (to be held on 13 and 14 December). [If I fail, I have to repeat second year, so obviously I have plenty to motivate me.] Very upsetting - I cried for a day, but then I gave myself a stern talking-to and started studying again.

That meant I had to put my grand plans of finding a place to live on the backburner. I can't spare the time to research online, and then inspect units all day Saturday (and other days), and then pack up and move out. I was resigned to living here until early next year, when I'll have time to look again.

Time for some good news.

Enter my knight in shining armour, otherwise known as my sister's fiancé. He lives with my sister in London, and he recently bought a house in the inner west with his best mate. His mate is moving in, and is looking for a housemate.

That's where I come in! The rent is great, the location is great, and it's a house - not a bloody unit. Yay!!

And I'm also very excited because my new housemate has a dog! I haven't had a dog since my beautiful Snowy died over 10 years ago.

So now I need to focus on these exams, then move into the new place a week later - just before Christmas. Looking forward to celebratory Christmas drinks...

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Speed dating, redux

A few days ago, I went speed dating again.

This time went by myself, and I did it with a different company. It was much better - better organised, better host, all drinks provided (and filled up as soon as they were empty), and lovely food provided too.

It was slightly different to standard speed dating - this one had a theme. The theme was "university educated". I don't care if the man of my dreams is university educated or not (as long as he can spell!), but the deal with this theme is that you receive a trivia question to answer with each guy you meet, and the winner gets a prize at the end. I love trivia, so it was the obvious choice for me.

The trivia was fun - quite hard actually - and I didn't win the prize.

What surprised me was that everyone took the "university educated" theme quite seriously, so I had to explain my current and past university history to each guy. I suppose it was the obvious thing to talk about, but it was quite different to last time, where I only revealed my career details to about half of the guys.

I met 11 blokes (there was one no-show), and they were all nice and fairly normal. No scary/strange stories - in fact I didn't find myself praying for the 8 minutes to be up all night.

Despite that, I wasn't particularly into anyone. Like last time, I put "yes" beside 2 guys, just because I was admonishing myself for being too picky. Neither of them picked me, so no matches again! Unlike the previous speed dating company, this one doesn't tell you how many other men picked you - they just say "other people expressed an interest in seeing you again". So it could've been one, or it could've been 9! Who knows...

I think that'll be my last foray into the world of speed dating (for a while at least). Time to come up with a better idea. To quote Charlotte from Sex and the City: "I've been dating since I was fifteen! I'm exhausted! Where is he?"