Thursday, December 30, 2010

Helloo from the Left Coast!

Hello gorgeous readers!  How've you been?!


I've felt quite disconnected the past few days since I've been here...which may be a good thing?  I'm in LA staying with my bestie, Jendel, and her bf, G, who is undoubtedly regretting agreeing to have me as his houseguest for EIGHT days.  [hee hee!]





We were lucky enough to get invited to their friend's timeshare in Palm Desert, so we were hangin out there for the last few days. And when I say "hangin" I mean complete vegging-out slothery. AMAZING! Not to mention, a burst of NICE. FREAKIN'. WEATHER!  Which, from what I've heard and seen
from the NYC "snowpocalypse" that happened a mere DAY after I departed, I'm pretty freakin lucky.  Check out this pic, sent to me courtesy of The Chef
 Ouch.  That hurts. But tres cute that The Chef sent it to me!  Speaking of, I had started to ponder what the roster o' dudes was up to and if anyone of them were missing me [ie. had they forgotten about me yet!] You know, outta sight, outta mind...  Funny enough, I heard from THREE of them all at the same time last night here!  How random is that?  But it definitely made me feel all warm and fuzzy!  I mean, how badly would it SUCK to have all that groundwork I've done go to waste while I was gone.  But all the boys came through with a cute/sweet little "check-in" text.  Although, there was one VERY NOTEWORTHY text-change between Me & The Streak. Even though I haven't blogged much about The Streak since the last time we hung out [see: mid-November], he and I have had many a text-change and IM conversation.  He's been a very tough nut to crack.  He's amazingly brilliant and funny, and we always have a GREAT banter back and forth, but at the end of the day, he never has asked me to hang out again and I just figured he's not that into it.  Lo and behold, he surprised the hell out of me early this week with this text-change [also tweeted a few days ago, so skip if redundant]:
HIM: Also can we totes play back in NY?
ME: Um duh. Yes we can play,you know where 2 find me. 
HIM: Just saying that you're pretty and sh*t and I'd like to "see" you.
ME: Haha! Yes, I'm down for being "seen"...
Um, I'm sorry--- did a boy just tell me I was PRETTY and express interest in SEEING ME? Okay, okay...so it was all over text, but still!  That's progress, right? [kinda?]  Anyway, I'm just curious if it was a drunk text, so I guess all will be revealed upon my return.  
SoCal popped in again today to tell me he heard my voice-over on a Zoosk.com commercial.  Weeee! I LOVE when that happens.  It's kinda like "reminder advertising" for me! 

In other news, we had one hilarious night in Palm Desert when we slothed around for too long and then realized that post 8:30p on a weekday there, NO restaurants are open.  So, we ended up here:
grody.
This led us to discover something very interesting happening on their sauce  packaging. 
Hmmm...Saucy!

Saucy!
Not to mention the way we felt after we ate.  Lets just say, we were all kinda in some pretty heavy denial. Not to mention, pretty heavy food coma. Bleech.
This never happened.

That's it for now!  Sorry nothing juicier to report, but that's the way it goes when you're away from your home[boys]!

Let's just hope there's more to report post-New Year's....

xoxo

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Good Quote

"A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him, just to find her." --Unknown

Monday, December 27, 2010

Part 1: Before You Start Dating

Part 1

Intro

- Why do you date?

- Where did this idea come from? Who taught you?

- Ever felt really close to God then fallen away because of a boy or relationship?

o Ever felt like God wanted you to break-up with someone?

§ How many have actually done that?

Think about all of these things and compare them with God’s will for your life and dating. If you have truly made God the LORD of your life, you will seek his will in ALL areas of your life, this includes dating!

We’re influenced by so much, (friends, tv, music, parents, etc.) but where does God’s will come in?

That’s what we’re going to talk about. First you need to know:

· Dating is not in the Bible, our western culture started it

· Essentially, the purpose of dating is to find someone to marry.

· Therefore, when you date someone, the outcome will be one of two things—a break up, or marriage.

So I don’t recommend dating until you’re ready to get married….Buuutt at the same time I know that’s really hard and you are not all going to agree with that. Soo here is what I recommend if you do plan on dating.

Before You Start Dating

- What do I need to know before I start dating?

o 3 things: Know yourself, know God’s will, and know what to look for.

§ 1. Know yourself (Identity)

Before you get heavily involved with someone else’s life, it is a very good idea to be heavily involved with your own life. If you don’t know what you believe and why, or who you are, or what you stand for—you shouldn’t be getting involved in someone else’s identity. Things get messy in this situation, beliefs get compromised, personalities momentarily change, and confusion and chaos result in the end.

How do you figure out who you are?

1. You find your identity in Christ

· “You don’t know who you were truly meant to be until you have experienced the love of Christ”

o Know your purpose in life

o Hole in our heart only God can fill—Hole in God’s heart only you can fill.

- We are nothing apart from God, and he chose to make us special anyways.

o None of us deserve his love.

o Romans 3:23-FOR ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT

o He CHOSE to love us and adopt us as his children.

o Ephesians 1:4-5 says he CHOSE us before the creation of the world. He predestined us to be ADOPTED as his sons through Jesus Christ.

- YOU are a princess!! ACT LIKE IT!! (Go through 3 slides fast)

· Romans 8:15-17-“A spirit of sonship”

§ Deut. 14:2 “Out of all the people on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen YOU to be his treasured possession.”

§ Psalm 45:11 “The king is enthralled by your beauty, honor him, for he is your lord.”

He has something amazing in store for you. The best.

2. Know what God wants (PURITY)

o What is purity?

§ 4 elements

§ Guarding your soul and mind (Spiritual and Mental)

o We don’t wake up one morning and decide we’re going to have sex with a guy down the street. It starts with temptation. Temptation primarily starts in your thoughts.

§ 2 Corinthians 2:11 “We are not unaware of his schemes”

§ Read James 1:14-15

· Temptation leads us away by our own evil desires—which leads us to the action of sin—which leads us to the consequence of death.

· Recognize the devil and his tricks!

o Call him out on it!

o Quote scripture, pray, say Jesus’ name.

· Fantasizing set us up for heartbreak.

o Gets your hormones pumping with no intent on following through.

· Where do these bad thoughts come from?

o Examine your life: friends, movies, music, tv shows…

God, does this please you?”

“Is this going to cause me to stumble or grow closer to God?”

Music limitations.

Romance novel/movie limitations.

§ Guarding your heart (emotional purity)

Prov 4:23-Guard it above ALL else.

First, you must realize that no man will ever completely satisfy you. Everything you will ever need can be found in Christ alone. He is the only one who can completely satisfy our souls.

· Keep your relationship with God first.

o Matt 22:37 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and the greatest commandment.”

· Attention, attraction, affection…attachment, affairs, addiction

o Don’t set yourself up for heartache; remember God is the only true satisfier of our souls.

· Pray for God’s will to be done and not yours. Then accept it.

· Again, this starts with your thoughts: limit your intake on things that stir up your emotions.

§ Guarding your body (physical purity)

Sex outside of marriage is destructive, while sex in marriage can be creative and beautiful.

· 1 Cor 6:13-The body is not meant for sexual immorality.

o Def: Sex as an appetite to be satisfied rather than a gift to be cherished and used carefully

· 1 Cor 6:18-20-FLEE from it!! And..

· Heb 13:4--Respect the deep significance of physical intimacy

· Galatians 5:19-21—Says the acts of sinful nature are obvious—Sexual immorality, selfish ambition, envy—those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

· 1 Thess 4:3-8—It is how we live in God’s will. We are called to live holy lives. If you reject this your aren’t rejecting me, your parents, Gary, etc. but you are rejecting God and the holy spirit.

· Coll 3:5-Put it to death.

Sexual Immorality includes: adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, incest, and prostitution

o 2 Tim 2:22- do whatever it takes to stay pure! Flee from evil desires!!

· No dating at all

· Only group dating

· Never let yourself be alone with a guy.

· Accountability partner (ask for more details)

o James 5:16 says confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

o Our responsibility as girls:

§ Dress modestly (Guys are extremely visual)

· My story-Super Summer, cleaning out my closet

· Booty shorts story (Austin morris)

§ Watch your actions

· Flirting, hugs, sitting in laps, etc.

· The way you dance. (Grinding=no, not even on other girls)

o Story about how my friends and I do it.

· View guys as brothers in Christ, not as your next boyfriend or cuddle buddy.

3. Know what you want/deserve.

o Dating is practice for marriage; therefore don’t date anyone you wouldn’t marry.

o Cheesy but very good advice. So you need to know what you want in a husband.

God has a handsome prince for each and every one of you. You just haven’t met him yet. J

Some people are called to be single for life, and we need to pray that if that is God’s will we should accept it.

· So what type of man do you want to marry??

· No one is perfect, so don’t look for the perfect man, just the perfect man God picked out for you.

· Talk to your parents! Trust them and obey them. They know what they’re talking about. This will save you a lot of heartache.

o Prov 19:20, Prov 15:22, Prov 13:10, Exo. 20:12 (5th commandment)

· Ask God to make your heart desire the type of man he has in store for you. –and continue to ask that throughout your life.

· Pray that got keeps you from settling for someone less than his best for you. And make it your point not to!

· Next: what characteristics does the bible give for godly husbands?

o 1 cor. 11:3 -God then man then woman, not someone who tramples on you though

o Coll 3:18-19- Someone who loves you and treats you with respect

o 1 Peter 3:7- someone who treats you with respect. Part b. says we are heirs WITH them. Someone you can work together with. A partner, a buddy.

o SOS 5:16- Your lover AND your friend. “You want to marry your best friend.”

o Eph 5:25- Someone who loves you as Christ loves the church.

o Eph 5:33-Love you as themselves, we must respect them too though.

§ Matthew 22:37- God first, then your neighbor. Make sure they keep God first and foremost. Also, make sure you do too.

o 2 Cor 6:14-16 A Christian!! No missionary dating.

§ 1 Cor 15:33- bad company corrupts good moral character

§ Preferably someone deeper in their walk than you, if he is going to be leading the household, leading you, etc. I think you would want someone who is going to lead you closer to Christ.

· Write a list of these standards and others that are important to you.

Look at things like background, family life, career paths, his behaviors, habits, etc. These sound superficial but it’s things like these that have a huge impact on whether or not marriages work.

o My bible

o Star the must haves (above biblical traits and personal ones such as Baptist, etc.)

o Don’t date a guy unless he clearly meets the starred characteristics. Usually after I check the first one they’re out. Lol Stick to these standards and don’t settle for anything else.

· Pray for your husband.

o If you’re really serious you can pray for your mother-in-law and his family.

o Make a commitment to wait for him. (all forms of purity)

o Write a letter to him. J

o REVIEW

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Dating story #27, a very un-silent night.

Merry Christmas, Pretties!


I am currently en route to the City of Angels and, thanks to modern technology, my flight has interwebs! That's pretty fantastic, as now I can recount the tales of last night.


'Twas the night before Christmas
As I donned high heel shoes
To go out on the town
Like any good Jew
If you'd told me of this merriment
I would not believe
Yet it seems the night before Christmas
Is the new New Year's Eve!


During the day yesterday, I met up with my awesome trainer-friend [triend?] Car for one last ass-kicking before I go eat my face off in LA.  As we had our weekly boy recap, we talked about plans for the night.  I told her that SoCal had wanted to meet up before I left, but the Chef had also been steadily [but not overwhelmingly] texting me about coming by his west village restaurant to have some drinks and food at the bar.  So CH decided to join me for phase #1 of the night and then we'd move on to the LES to meet up with a boy she's been dealing with and I figured at that point, SoCal would be ready to meet up as well.  I also guessed it would be the perfect opportunity to get to know the Chef a little better but would be able to leave him at his restaurant [working] and meet up with SoCal later on.
So, we got to the adorable, sexy Betel (pronounced "Beetle") and got comfy at the bar, which had a whole slew of merry diners already seated at it.  As it turns out, they weren't just regular diners, but the restaurant's [primarily Australian] INVESTORS and OWNERS [and a few hussies along with them], who insisted Car and I scoot down and join them. The Chef then came out to say hello and, I must say, he was way cuter than I remembered.  It must've been his "disco sherlock holmes" getup from the first meeting that threw me off, but he's borderline HOT!  I'm not usually a fan of blondes, but he has wavy, shaggy, surfer-esque locks, blue eyes and a pretty nice physique. AND, this time I could also see the large tattoo on his forearm, which gave him an edge that I find pretty sexy.  Let the games begin!  And by "games" I mean: free cocktails, free food, festive music and basically the equivalent of a crazy private party with wild Aussies and resto staff that we were lucky enough to just happen upon.  Car and I seem to get into these random, fun situations together and we are pretty excellent wing-women.  
One of the Aussie owners who looked insanely similar to Stanley Tucci was very much a fan of ours.  But, as he observed my sporadic interactions with The Chef, he proclaimed across the table to me: "I think he LIKES you!"  Yeah, thanks Nancy Drew but it's pretty freakin' obvious at this point.  And when I went to the restroom, Car txted me that Aussie Stanley Tucci also confessed to liking me and apparently said "This should be interesting!" Um, the only thing interesting there is that I have zero interest in you, Stanley, so move aside.  I have a chew toy courting me!  Sidebar:  Yes, the Chef is 25. And yes, I have sworn off chewys and have recently done a very good job [patting self on back] of sticking to that rule.  But I must say, this boy is an old soul.  There's something very different about him and something, dare I say, more mature than most of the 30+ guys I know.  
The party was in full swing, and the boys were shutting down the kitchen seeing as the place was totally devoid of anyone but staff or friends, and Car and I thought this might be our time to bust a move.  I had received a text from SoCal that just said "Babe." Hmm...that sounds kinda un-sober! [And, accurate.]  So I went to the bathroom to re-spackle a bit and prep to move on.  I also texted the Chef to come meet me in the sexy bathroom hallway so I could tell him goodbye...and maybe have a little lip-action. He totally choked. I gave him every look, every opportunity, but he did not complete the transaction. Oh well.


I then got another text from SoCal that he was at a bar on the Upper East side [blech. not going there!]  
vaj-tastic!
But Car and I figured if he wanted to see me, he could meet us wherever we ended up. So we prepared to leave.  And then, halfway into our coats, wondered WHY the hell we would leave a place with a) crazy people b) unlimited, free Veuve Clicquot.  So we removed our jackets and stayed.  The Chef then realized he needed to up his game or lose me to some crazy [non-Tucci] Aussie, so he asked if I wanted to go into a room I had earlier named "The Vulva Room" due to it's amazingly vaj-looking light fixture.  So, I obliged and homeboy FINALLY made his move.  Not bad, yet still, a little too much teeth and not enough tongue.  I think I'm going to have to start a "Kissing Workshop" and make it mandatory for all men to attend.  But he's pretty adorable. And, told me several times that I'm "f*cking gorgeous," which is pretty lovely to hear.  
For your reference.
After awhile, the party took a weird turn.  And by that I mean I looked at the bar and there was a girl lying atop it, prepping to have a spring-break style "Body shot" done off of her. Classy!


So the Chef, Car and I decided to bounce in search of food and Car's boy toy. The Chef also told me how much he wanted to cook for me, and he thought he should cook me breakfast this morning.  Bold move, and I know it probably sounds dirty or presumptuous, but it was actually just really sweet the way he said it.  Not to mention I've never been involved with someone like this and the idea of a man cooking for me is incredibly sexy for some reason!  So, I let him.  [OBVI!]  He was a perfect gentleman slumber-mate and he managed to rummage through my [currently frat-boy esque] refrigerator and whip up an INSANE and gourmet breakfast for me.  Hot. Diggity. Damn! 
Merry Christmas to ME!


What ever happened to SoCal, you ask?  Well apparently he also had several libations and passed out.  Ya snooze ya lose, sugarl!  See you in 2011, buddy.  He did say he wants to see me as soon as I get back.  We'll see if 8 days away changes that. In fact, I'm quite interested to see how many of the guys in the current line-up will still be around when I return.  Guess we'll just have to wait and see!
In the meantime, crazy serial dating Lindsey could probably use this nice escape to LA-la land and some much-needed time with bestie Jendel.  And who knows? Maybe I'll even get some actual SLEEP!  
More to come from the west coast.  And how about you?  Was your Christmas NICE or NAUGHTY


xoxo

Friday, December 24, 2010

Dating story #26, ice ice baby.

Last night was the greatly anticipated date with SoCal!


As I mentioned in yesterday's post, he had messaged me to be at the Standard hotel at 8p, "sexy warm comfy casual attire."  This was a major fashion curveball thrown at my plans for a fun, flirty, sexy dress and stockings and it somewhat stressed me out for a good hour yesterday.  Why? I really have no idea.  I guess the pressure and anticipation of the all-too-rare ACTUAL date must've gotten to me!  Plus, it meant I couldn't abide by my tried and true motto for date-wear:
When in doubt, legs out!
But the legs were clearly staying IN last night, after reading the word "WARM" with extreme trepidation. See, I'm a Texas girl. I like warmth. In fact, I like to say I'm "In season" during the summertime, you know, like fruit. Or flowers.  But, I finally decided on an acceptable cute/sexy jeans and boots outfit situation and felt ok. UNTIL.... about 6pm.  This is the moment when I realized, once and for all, I can NEVER, EVER again eat Cilf Bars. Apparently these delicious and satisfying snack bars are the equivalent of gastrointestinal NAPALM to my stomach.  And, well... KA-BOOM!  Disaster struck about an hour before I was suppose to leave for my date.  I'm talking SERIOUS "issues" accompanied with needing to be in the fetal position in my bed to feel any kind of okay.  So, I texted SoCal a casual note saying I was dealing with a "situation to be explained later" and could I please delay our date an hour and a half?  He was cool about it and very patient with me, which is always a good sign. Another good sign?  God BLESS this stuff!  I mean, I probably won't go again until 2011, but it totally saved my ass last night [pun INTENDED!].  *Sorry if you think this is TMI or crossing the line, but this is just real life, people, and that's what I report.  I'm also Jewish and we, for reasons unknown, live for discussing our bowels.*  


Anyway, about an hour and a half later I was finally okay [I prayed!] to leave the house. Funny how I no longer even cared about my outfit!  So I bundled up and went on my way to the Standard wondering what the hell we'd be doing in 28 degree weather. I didn't have to wait long to find out as my taxi pulled up front and I exclaimed "OH HOLY SH*T!!!" 
It seems as if our dear Standard has installed a freakin' ICE SKATING RINK this winter. I stopped at that point to ponder if the universe was trying to play a cruel joke on me.  But then I reminded myself that a super cute guy had gone the extra mile to plan a super cute date for me.  That talk went like this: "SUCK IT UP, LINDSEY!!!"  And so, I did.  Luckily we started with a cocktail to try to warm up our insides before going outside.  And I was also confident in the knowledge that SoCal is from California and doesn't like winter either.  
Fortunately he DID like my outfit and made a point of saying so. I ADORE a man who can give a good compliment.  It makes all that spackling, teasing and glossing well worthwhile.  And we had a lovely time ice-skating-- all 15 minutes of it!  But it was still a really cute date experience and we followed it with a nice hot toddy.  We were both ready to leave the Standard and SoCal invited me back to his place for a glass of wine and to meet his dog, Otis.  I agreed but told [myself] that I was DEFINITELY not staying the night or, if I did, I was going to "behave."  Yeah...NONE of that happened. Oopsie!  But let me just say, even though I'm a Jew, I had a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS last night. And I figured, after all, it was [kind of] our 3rd date, so why not let SoCal Deck my Halls and Jingle Bell Rock me?  'Tis the season, right? Don't judge. 


AND...he's already texted that he had a great time and wants to see me before I leave for LA tomorrow. Weee!  
Hope you all have a happy happy + merry merry holiday! 


LESSON:  DON'T JUDGE A DATE BEFORE YOU GO, AND NEVER, EVER EAT CLIF BARS AGAIN.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dating story #25, It's the most wonderful-est time of the year!

It really IS!  
Well, 'cept for the fact that it's freakin' freezingballz in NYC and I LOATHE winter.  Seriously, my nose has been running for an entire month. Gross.
And, speaking of, I'd like to tell you about one of my biggest fears.  Do any of you ever use the NETI POT?
In case you've never been acquainted, it's this little watering-can thingie that acts as a nasal douche [seriously, I'm not just being vulgar. usually I am, but not right now.]  You put a saline mixture in there and flush your nose out, which is supposed to help your sinuses/allergies.  I have serious sinus issues and a lot of people SWEAR by this thing.
This dude is making it look WAY too fun
I've included this picture, mostly because it's gross, awesome and informative.  
Anyway, I've been using this thing lately and, you wanna know what's really cool?  One day, whilst typing away at work, I leaned over to grab something from my desk drawer and my nose proceeded to POUR WATER OUT LIKE A FAUCET! Literally, it was like someone turned on a hose in my nose.  And we're talking, like, FOUR HOURS after I had nose-douched!  Um, are you KIDDING me? So, I have immediately discontinued use. Can you even imagine if that happened to me on a date???  Maybe there's some guys who are into that sort of thing, but my instincts tell me I better play it safe...


Last night, I meet up with superfun friend S-Bomb in Brookland for a dirrty south rap show. This is her sort of thing and she invited me along. I figured it would definitely be an experience.  The crowd was...interesting. [see: "urban"].  But we danced and had fun, and they even sang [rapped] a few songs I knew by Jay-Z and others.  Who knew rappers did covers?  
Rapper "Bun B"
Pre-show, we met for a drink and a chat and, realizing I was probably not far from The 'Stache, I decided to make him aware of this with a txt.  He wrote right back that he was a block away!  So he stopped in to say hi for a minute, but didn't stay for a drink since he had hot food with him (and is apparently lacking in the microwave dept).  He did, however, tell me to hit him up after the show. And S-bomb confirmed that he is def hot! So, after I had reached my rap capacity, we decided to bust  outta there.  The 'Stache texted that he didn't really feel like leaving his house due to the fact it's COLD AS SH*T right now, but I should join him at his place for a glass of wine.  So the lovely S-bomb walked me over there since Brookland is huge, scary and confusing with large parks that undoubtedly have Bloods and Crips hiding in them, waiting to score another tear tattoo on their face. I really love her for doing this, especially since it was ridic cold last night! But it was also definitely worth it for her, as we came upon this photo opp: 
Santa-bulous!  
So The 'Stache and I had a cozy night in and I have to say, he's pretty interesting.  Not exactly sure how I feel about him, oh- and I think he's 28, just hovering on the top of the chewy scale.  And, speaking of, The Chef was also blowing up my bberry last night!  Homeboy really wants to hang out and, even though he was working at the restaurant last night, he said it was "A slow night. Quite boring. Maybe if there was someone at the bar that I could periodically check up on..."  Aw! He's cute. [and 25]. But it could be worth a shot, right?  
Good morning, NYC!
Anyway, I was really not happy waking up at 7:30a and realizing I was still in Brookland. So I decided to leave without waking The 'Stache [he could learn a thing or two about a stealth escape!] Sigh...nothin' like doing 
the walk/drive of shame home. From another city. In fishnets.  


In other news, I have a REAL, actual date tonight with SoCal. As in made plans in advance, real date.  He had also said when we made the date that he wanted to do something "fun and different, not just drinks." So I'm super intrigued by this.  Got a message from him this morning that said "Meet me at the Standard at 8pm. Sexy, casual, comfy warm attire."  CRAP! 
I had been brainstorming date wardrobe all week and had decided on sexy stockings, cute black dress and high boots. Now THIS??  I have already consulted with 3 top fellow fashionista friends this morning and I think we've netted out on: Skinny jeans, high boots (but lower heel), sexy top and sweater or cardigan. I am DYING to know what we will be doing! And, if it involves being any kind of cold for a period of 20 minutes or longer, I'm ending this date early.  BFWB told me to relax and try not to judge before I even go.  Good boy advice. I don't think of myself as a "control freak" but just someone who generally likes to be in-charge. Hmm...maybe those ARE the same thing?  
Wish me luck, lovelies!  Details to come [obvi!].  And I will leave you with this message I found in my new Benefit eyeshadow box:
words to live by