Well, this past Thursday, FaucetCompany finally got everything they needed to officially give me a start date – November 12th. I put in notice at the chemical company, who counter-offered with a pay raise (but still temp status), which I declined.
You’ve already been introduced to LadyFriend. Last night, she officially broke it off with my only competition – a dickhead (her words, not mine) with whom she’s had an on again/off again thing for over a year. He has no interest in a forever sort of relationship, and has intentionally excluded her from certain parts of his life. She and I aren’t exactly talking marriage, but we have both expressed interest in something with a real future. This morning, we agreed to see each other exclusively. I’m meeting Daughter this afternoon, for whom I have a red carnation. She was impressed by Mommy’s rose from our first date, so I’ll see what she thinks about her very own flower.
EDIT to add: Daughter loved it. And she likes me more than OtherGuy. He never got her flowers, even for her birthday. Go me!