Mr. Clingy

2234617585_3pnhfc_xlargeI was just finishing at the gym in Liberty Village when I was surprised to see many frantic texts from Kaitlyn. “Remember when I said that I told Nathan that we were just going to be friends? Well, last night when we were out he introduced me to his friends as his GIRLFRIEND!!” I felt bad that her annoying love life was my main source of entertainment this week. “And his profile pic on Facebook is of him and I!” She sounded like she was having a meltdown. “OMG, he is calling me right now!” Poor Kaitlyn, I hope she has some extra percocets to get through this one.

Kaitlyn had just hit that frame of mind after the ending of a long-term relationship where you finally feel that it is ok to be single. Unfortunately, that was when Nathan (a.k.a “Mr. Clingy”) came into the picture. He was tall, beautiful and worked in the music industry. I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty perfect to me. And so did Kaitlyn, until one day when Mr. Perfect turned into Mr. Clingy.

After a few weeks of seeing each other, and a few too many cocktails, Kaitlyn had accidentally agreed to becoming more than just friends with Nathan. However, she was not at all ready for what she would face the next day.

Mr Clingy“He wouldn’t leave! He wanted to cuddle the whole day, and his morning breath was so bad!!!” I tried to contain my laughter and be more supportive when Kaitlyn was showing signs of fleeing the City. “I finally made my friend text me to say that she just “broke-up” with her boyfriend so that I had an excuse to leave.”

Even though Kaitlyn was extremely annoyed by the love from Mr. Clingy, I was very happy to see her confidence in being independent. I mean, we all see girls break-up with the love of their life to only run to another man a week later. Hell, I am even guilty of that sin. But, is being alone really that bad? Do we need to have our love jump from one man to the next without anytime to heal? And, can we fully embrace and find peace within being alone?

Well one thing is for sure, Kaitlyn has no trouble being an independent woman and I love her for it. I just hope Mr. Clingy is as accepting of her independence.

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The Obligatory Valentines Day Blog

I’m not sure if theres something wrong with me as a woman but, I’ve never been particularly into Valentine’s day.  Maybe because most years I never had a significant other to shower me with love and affection…and chocolate.  I mean besides my mother.

But I feel like day after day this year my friends have been asking me what me and my boyfriend are doing for the big night and I always reply with, “I’m pretty sure we’re not doing anything.”  To which they all look at me like I’ve just shot a kitten.

I just don’t feel like a I need a particular day to show my boyfriend that I love him.  Pretty sure that’s what his birthday is for!  Oh, and our anniversary! Not to mention his birthday is two weeks after, thats a lot of events to pack in during midterm season.

If life, and hallmark, are going to force us to celebrate such a day filled with nonessential items that will inevitably be eaten or wilt, I would much rather it be a day to appreciate my friends and tell them how much they mean to me.

Therefore, I now dub Valentines Day to be Love One Another Day.  But, seriously this is my new holiday I don’t want to hear anything more about Valentine’s Day because I may throw up soon.

Is Everyone Getting Hitched?

It was a lovely, work-free night at the apartment. Two roommates, some avocado face masks, and a few glasses of home-made apple martinis later when we discovered on Facebook that our mutual friend Marisa was engaged.

And there it was, that awkward moment of disbelief, bitterness, and an ounce of jealousy.  The feelings we all experience once we have discovered that one of our friends is getting hitched.  “If I have to go to another wedding this year I am going to impale myself on the CN tower!” Sheila, one of my roommates, is a hot up and coming Toronto actress that shares a strong resemblance to Sandra Bullock and unfortunately has been to three friends weddings this year. “First comes marriage, then comes pregnancy and then you might as well kiss your life goodbye, because no one is going to hire you with throw-up on your shoulder!”

“Great, my friends are planning a wedding and I can’t even pay next months rent,” says my other roommate Robin as she reaches for her apple martini and finishes it with one gulp.  Robin is a gorgeous blonde with blue eyes, a boyfriend in the army and real cleavage that woman envy over.  “I just can’t fathom the fact that people share this shit on Facebook, marriage posted beside a video of Honey Badger.”

I quickly try to change this topic by throwing in our favorite episode of Sex and the City, you know the one where Carrie gets to walk down the runway. As my roommates start laughing with the girls of Manhattan, I go to make some more martinis and then the question hits….. what happened to happy couples just staying …. well not married.  Today people are either getting married to the love of their life or can’t even hold down a man for two weeks.

In today’s society there is either extremely rich people or extremely poor people, with the middle class slowly moving to extinction.  Are relationships starting to represent the class structure?  Where are the couples that just live in the moment of the relationship?  Or is every couple planning on where to be registered for their wedding gifts?  Where is the middle ground?  What about the couples that focus on when they are having sex next or the people who are just happy that they finally have their own drawer in their lover’s apartment? Do we have to rush down the aisle the second we have dated someone for a few months?  I mean honestly, what is the hurry to get married?  When did days of “this is my boyfriend” turn into “this is my fiance?” Or are there only two categories; happily married and happily single?