Saturday, July 9, 2011

From "In a relationship" to "Single"

I’m sure you’ve seen this coming, especially if you’ve been reading between the lines--there's been no mention of beloved boyfriend Mike lately.  Long-term readers know it’s been a tumultuous ride from day one and the people in my inner circle have hardly been able to keep track of whether we're on or off.  Whenever I tell them we broke up, they roll their eyes and say, "Yeah, right" because inevitably we'd be on again, sooner or later.  This time, however, I think we've reached the end of the line.  I wouldn't be announcing it otherwise.

I can’t be airing my dirty laundry and certainly Black Ops wasn't the only problem, but was it weight on the scales? Absolutely.  We didn't split due to lack of love, that's for sure.  I've always said, Mike is awesome.

This is funny. I actually moved all my stuff out of Mike’s house and into Linda Land the first week of May, and in a huff. I was pissed as hell over something, dramatically yanking clothes from the closet and dumping my shit into suitcases, swearing my head off and I mean with those curse words you reserve for special occasions.

At that point my iPhone dinged, signaling I had an email.  With a pounding heart and my blood pressure a thousand over a million, I saw it was a Facebook message from a woman I’d never met, but who had read my book.  Every so often I hear from readers, mostly women, who write to tell me how much they admire me and how brave and together I am, and how they wish they could be more like me.  This was one of those messages.

HAHAHAHA!!!   The timing couldn't have been more perfect.

A couple of days later I got a similar message from another woman.  Again, it cracked me up.  I'm sleeping on a blow-up bed in a one bedroom apartment watching Netflix on my iPhone and I'm your hero???  Aim higher, sister!

Since then I did buy a TV, but I'm not sure I want to give up the air mattress.  It's one of those blow-up beds that's about a foot off the floor and actually, I don't mind it. Plus you know me--I'm a minimalist and I'm not sure I can commit to a big, bulky bed right now.  There are a lot of unknowns in my life.  My lease here is up next month and though fortunately my job has been extended to the end of September, it doesn't look like it will last beyond that point.  So who knows where life will lead?  It's an adventure.

Oh, who am I kidding?  I love Linda Land and I love Las Vegas.  No doubt I'll renew my lease for at least another six months and hope to find a training job or another telecommuting tech writing gig like I have now.  It'll all work out.

I should add that since I moved out in May, Mike and I have been on and off (mostly off).  We remain on good terms.  I'll spare you the typical "We wish each other the best" press release statement.  God knows we've broken up a million times before, but I do believe this time it's gonna stick.  I could be wrong, but in the meantime, I'm moving forward. 

Damn.  After two and a half years, I'm back to holding in my stomach.


Jay said...

Sorry (I think?) to hear of the new relationship status. Does this mean I've got a shot now? ;o) Bad joke, bad timing, I know.

Good luck though..seriously.

Vegas Linda Lou said...

Oh, Jay, you know I can take it. Besides, in the words of David Corsby, "It's been a long time coming." Of course you have a shot--you just have to move to Las Vegas. Minnesota is too damn cold for me!

Vegas Linda Lou said...

Crosby! Duh.

Josie said...

I think it's fantastic that you're freed up and ready to receive all the good things karma and the universe have in store for you. I predict and exciting year ahead.


Debbie said...

Linda I'm sooooo sorry. Truly. IT SUCKS big time. ugh - life. AND DON'T HOLD YOUR STOMACH IN. BE YOUR WONDERFUL SELF. You're hilarious and talented and insightful and full of great wisdom. You have given hope to lots a women out there going through horrible divorces/break ups and that MEANS SOMETHING. Hell, you make me laugh on a daily basis and that's a good thing. So very sorry it didn't work out with Mike. Email anytime to vent ... be more than happy to commiserate.


Mimi said...

I am sorry to read this.
Hope you'll be happy andfind fun in the times ahead.

Donna B. said...

OK...I have recovered from being flat on my back and our of "computer commission" for two weeks, before that a week in CA visiting family, before that...six straight weekends of company... so let's have a long over due about lunch next Thurs (14th) or Fri (15th)??? LOVE YOU!!!

Julie D said...

Ahem, I have to read about this here??? I will beat you for that in 73 days when I'm in Vegas sleeping on that air mattress with you. Lol.

Call me when you have a minute. Love you.

Jay said...

YES, I have a shot! That's all I can ask for! Hope you're having a relaxing weekend.

Fragrant Liar said...

Relationships are so funny. Hot one minute, cold the next, Then hot, then cold. Then somehow lukewarm. I have to think this breakup will only augur well for your future. If it's not right, it never sticks, so something better is waiting for you up the road. Hopefully the road will have big flashing lights that say, "Turn in here, flash your boobs" or something, so you don't miss it. Always good to have a clear sign.

Best of luck.

Lisa Gioia-Acres said...

And whatever you decide to do, your family, friends, and fans will be right behind you!

Liz said...

First of all, stop holding in your stomach. If some guy isn't hip on you for YOU, too bad for him. Second, I have my fingers crossed that the future will be exactly what you want it to be (even if you're not sure yet). Hugs to you Linda!!

Caz Wilson said...

Sending hugs from the Big Easy. No matter how mutual a break up is still that but I know you'll be great girl! You go gett'um!