love love love love love.
the ever elusive... love.

i am aching for... pining for... craving a decent affectionate relationship right now. while, yes, something ridiculously serious has a nice ring to it (ring = NO pun or insinuation intended!) right now i could really go for something sweet and fun. no... i am not looking for a fling. as i have said before, i love to flirt, but deep down i'm really a hopeless romantic looking for true love. in the meantime, what i wouldn't give to have someone that makes me feel special. i miss holding hands... hugs... silly talks... serious conversations... sitting together on opposite ends of the couch, legs tangled in the middle, reading/writing in a comfortable silence with the occasional loving glance... making out... doing laundry... the list goes on.

thing is, i haven't been on a date in years. yeah... about 3. (3 years, that is, not 3 dates). about 3 or 4 years ago i dated a guy for about 4 months (long-distance, he broke it off) and i hadn't dated for about 2 years before that. and even before that, i was in about a 7 year relationship. granted, i have been through a LOT of medical / hospital issues in the past 3 years, but that reason doesn't make it suck any less. another technicality is that i don't like to randomly date. if you know me, you know i have no problem going out on my own (usually to music/comedy shows) and striking up conversations at random. but at the same time, i do feel somewhat like i am imposing on already established groups of friends and/or significant others.

let me explain it this way:

i love music and comedy. i especially love live music and comedy. there are no words for how wonderful i feel when live music is reverberating through my body and soul or when i am just plain laughing and smiling at comedy shows.

that being said... unless previously confirmed otherwise, i go to every show figuring that every musician/comic/artist i see/meet is probably in a relationship. i would imagine that anyone dating a performer of any kind has to know that fans of the opposite sex come with the territory. if this is something they cant handle, maybe they shouldn't be involved with someone in any kind of spotlight. anywhom... i am not out to break up any relationships. there are some people i just genuinely want to be friends with... and they happen to be performers. but i have, at shows, been given nasty looks or comments within obvious earshot. heck, i met a guitarist a few years back while waiting in line for the bathroom. he gave me his phone number... and when i came out of the stall in the bathroom his wife confronted me about leaving married men alone! i didn't know he was married and i didn't give him my number, he gave me his.

another thing i run into is that some performers are guarded, thinking that i am looking for a foot-in-the-door to do something for myself. i have no desire to be a stand-up comic or musician. well, let me clarify... i have all the passion and desire in the world to be a musician, i just don't have the talent. i have quite a few comedy and music friends and acquaintances... and i have to say, that early on in many of these friendships i was asked "so are you a comic/musician?" and/or "are you looking for stage time?" no, i am not looking for stage time... i am looking for friends. and that is especially true since a month ago i moved from michigan to nyc and only really had 1 friend when i got here. pretty much everyone else i know are warm-acquaintances.

okay, i think i am getting off topic here.
if you don't already know this happens quite often, you might want to prepare to get used to it. *wink*

what was i talking about?! oh yeah... love and relationships.

i don't usually ask a guy out. i'm too nervous and giddy and swoony and will probably make a fool of myself. a while back i was somewhat interested in a guy and casually i asked if he would like to get lunch or dinner or something just to hang out. he somewhat blew me off, but then we saw each other at a show and started talking. about 2 minutes into the conversation, he asked, point blank, if i asked him out to have sex. ugh. no. i honestly just wanted to hangout and get to know each other better. he proceeded with the age thing... that i am too young. i'm 34 and he is 43. whatever. i'm too young but he wanted to talk about the sex thing? i still like the guy as a performer, and i could write off that single odd conversation and be friends, but i feel like now it is an underlying uncomfortableness when we are at the same venue.

then there are the younger guys. not one in particular. but in general, when someone in their 20s asks me how old i am and i say 34, while they are sweet and tell me i don't look 34, i tend to notice a resignation of flirtatious vibes.

as my lovely friend [lauren]@causticsoda tweeted:

"I've decided [angela]@imaginebttrfly is overly prone to school girl crushes. She's lucky I'm the same way otherwise I'd totally mock her for it."

i know "they" say that "good things come to those who wait", but i have been single about 6 1/2 of the last 7 years. yikes.

something else that feels like a blemish on my relationship resume is the fact that i can't have kids. due to miserable female health issues, i had to have a hysterectomy in august 2006. it was not a tough decision for me. i had been suffering in pain for about 14 years. it took a ton of doctors, surgeries, and experimental treatments until i finally found a doctor that was willing to give me a hysterectomy. every other doctor just wanted me to be on drugs the rest of my life... and even on the drugs i was still getting sick. they said since i was young, not married, no kids, they wouldn't give me a hysterectomy. i just wanted the pain gone! if i ever want kids, i can adopt. i just wanted to be out of pain. in the 4 1/2 years since my surgery, i have only had related pain once. i am overjoyed with the success of the surgery! however, most guys i tend to like are the artistic/creative type and want to create a little creative jr of their own. (if you know what i mean). so, there's that.

i suppose these are all of my current thoughts on this topic. but i am certain this is not the last of them.

and so i will conclude this entry with a song that has always been dear to me.
much love.
be well.

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