So, I got stood up tonight…I think…I’m not really sure what the plan was, though, so I don’t know if it counts as being stood up…no idea, really.
What’s odd is that, the day I asked him if he wanted to hang out this weekend, I just had a feeling at that moment that something was going to happen and I wouldn’t see him this weekend at all. I guess he’s that type of person.
There was an episode of Seinfeld when Elaine met this guy who knew Jerry, and then later the guy didn’t know who she was, like he had completely wiped her existence from his brain…and then he kept on doing this. So she decided to date him, for the simple reason that he couldn’t remember who she was.
Elliot is like this. I noticed, after he asked for my screen name last week, that when I talk to him online, he’ll repeat things, as though he has forgotten he’s said them—he’ll tell me some of the same things each day. As though it’s the first time he’s said them.
One evening at work, after I had talked to him briefly online the night before, he said, “You didn’t get online last night!” and I said, “I talked to you online last night!” I was seriously starting to think now that he had some sort of weird memory problems. And then he said, “Yeah, but only for a couple of minutes,” which discredited that theory.
Because I had these misgivings from the moment I asked him, I made sure to remind him each day, just to make sure he remembered and was still planning to hang with me tonight…and each time he said yes, so…okay…. Each time he assured me he was coming, though, I still felt like something was off, like he would have forgotten by the next day.
A couple days ago, I told him that since the movie didn’t start until late, I’d be fine doing something beforehand, too, and he said that was great, because he’d gone ahead and cleared the entire day. This surprised me, but I still had that nagging suspicion…so I kept reminding him of what time the movie started (9:40).
Last night, I asked him what he was doing today, because I knew I’d have the whole day to hang out, too, before the movie started. I expected a response like, “Not much,” since the other day he had “cleared the whole day”…but what he said was, “Building a fence.”
I didn’t know whether “building a fence” was supposed to mean, “all day, so I can no longer go to the movie” or what…but I said, “Wow, that’s random,” and he said, “That’s me.” I said, “Well, just contact me sometime before 9:40, okay?”
He said (verbatim), “9? :40 a.m.?”
I said, “No, 9:40 p.m.—that’s what time the movie starts!”
He said, “Oh, okay. Lol,” and went idle.
Still wouldn’t have been such a problem except that, while he had both my e-mail and phone number, I had no way to reach him but Messenger.
Anyway, bottom line is, he didn’t show, so I went with my friend Wendy. And then we went out to dinner, where we made up a story of what I could have actually been doing at that time with Elliot (so I would have something to tell Milo later when he asked how my date went). Apparently, Elliot and I watched the movie anyway, went on the nature trail, and just hung out in his room and watched TV.
When I arrived home, about 2:15, Milo was still up (which is odd—he’s never up this late), and he said, “So what have you been up to?”
I said, “Oh, I just hung out at UNF.”
He said, “Oh.” He didn’t ask anything else, which was disappointing, and now I’m just going to have to drop hints (fake hints, as Wendy and I made everything up, anyway) later on.
I didn’t ask what he was doing. I’m terrified to do that nowadays because it always involves her, and I don’t want to hear that stuff. So I just let it hang there.
He said, “Well, g’night,” and went to bed.
He never asked what I did last night, either. Apparently, he was too caught up in the mystique of her that he didn’t think about it.
Updated perfume list:
- Versace Bright Crystal
- Calvin Klein Euphoria
- Calvin Klein Reveal – I liked this one a lot. It was woodsy and warm, with pepper kind of shining through. It has great lasting power, too! I still had hints of it at the end of the night.
- Lancome La Vie Est Belle
- Jo Malone London Mimosa & Cardamom
- Michael Kors Sexy Amber – No, I don’t like this at all. I thought I did but it smells awful on me! Medium lasting power.
- Michael Kors 24K Brilliant Gold
- Michael Kors Glam Jasmine
- Michael Kors Sexy Rio De Janeiro – Disgustingly sweet when I first put it on, but I grew fond of it throughout the day. A gentle scent, good for summer. Doesn’t last very long, though.
- Marc Jacobs Decadence
- Marc Jacobs Daisy
- Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream
- Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh
- Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet – When I closed my eyes and smelled this one for the first time, I had instant mental images of white tablecloths, crystal chandeliers, a tuxedoed live band, and the word “elegant”. Unfortunately, this scent does not appear to be available in an EDP and did not last very long. It lasted longer than either of the Ralph Lauren scents, however.
- Miss Dior Eau de Toilette
- Miss Dior Eau de Parfum
- Chanel Chance
- Chanel Coco Mademoiselle – This one is making the finalists list. It strikes me as a good spring smell. I had visions of lying in soft grass, staring at puffy white clouds and feeling a light breeze on my face. I imagined being at a Renaissance Faire. It lasted most of the day. Also, I’d be lying if I said the marketing of smelling like the British Natalie Portman wasn’t working on me somewhat.
- My Burberry
- Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
- Elizabeth Arden Untold
- Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu
- Modern Muse Le Rouge
- Vince Camuto Capri – I really liked this one. It was calming and lasted most of the day. It described itself as a “cool breeze off the Mediterranean Sea”, and I felt like I could visualize that when I smelled it.
- Thierry Mugler Alien – I thought I would like this one seeing as it was made up of pretty much all things I enjoy, but maybe I just didn’t like the way they went together? Something about it was too strong and off-putting, and the thought that crossed my mind was that it was just too “adult” for me somehow. Long-lasting, though. I won’t be trying it again, for sure.
- Thierry Mugler Angel – I couldn’t stand it. It wasn’t that it smelled bad, but it smelled like something sweet I would like to eat, like a cookie. I don’t want to smell like a cookie.
- Ralph Lauren Romance – I actually really liked the scent, but it only lasted for about an hour. Maybe the concentration was just too low? But whatever the problem was, I can’t choose as a signature scent something that I’m going to have to reapply several times throughout the day. That’s not simple enough for me.
- Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance – Not a fan. It was too sickeningly sweet and also only lasted around an hour (thank goodness).
- Jimmy Choo Illicit – Another one I liked but that didn’t last long enough for me to give it another shot.
- Victoria’s Secret Endless Love – I actually adore this scent. It smells absolutely enchanting right out of the bottle. But for some reason, it just doesn’t smell good on me. So I have to give it a pass.
- Juicy Couture Gold Couture – This barely lasted at all and just really wasn’t my thing.