Sorry I’ve been so shit at writing regular posts, I’ve been caught up in a two week induction training for new staff members and had to prepare to run a full day of training (my first time ever), and I’m ill again!! Sigh. It’s not the flu this time though, I did one of those genetic tests a while back and found that I have a gene that means I have a slightly increased risk of developing Cealic disease (bye bye gluten). To be honest, I’ve been eating a lot of bread recently and I’ve been feeling like shit so it would make sense, but I wont jump to conclusions, I’ll just cut out gluten for a little while and see how I feel.
Okay on to more interesting things.
Island Boy… swoooooooon!!! Let me start at the begininng as quite a bit has happened since our first date.
Island boy said we could go for coffee or he could take me to a vegan restaurant he’d been to before, which was really good. I opted for the coffee date and told him that if we got on we could go there next time and he agreed that coffee was a better first date. I did my usual, talking myself out of the date, but pulled myself together and met him in Leytonstone, which is local to both of us. I still can’t get over how close we are to each other!! One stop away on the central line, its mad! Mr X and the Pirate lived 40+ mins away, which isn’t that bad, but it was costly; I spent a lot of money on travel.
I was wearing blue jeans, my knee high boots, a pink sweater, my leather jacket and my sister’s black and white scarf… and I looked good. My sister had actually told me what to wear, her fashion sense has and will always be light years ahead of my own. I was so nervous when I arrived, he was standing outside the station facing the opposite direction, but I knew it was him straight away, he looked exactly like his pictures thank God! The way his hair flicks around his ears is particularly cute and his stubble was doing all sorts of things for me. He turned around as he noticed me and flashed me a smile… swooooonnn be still my heart! He’s gorgeous.
And what do I do? I did my classic awkward wave lol. I was still halfway in dreamland when he told me there were two coffee shops near by, one of which was a little packed when he walked by and the other which was 15 minute walk away. I hesitated and he suggested the one that was closer “because I know you don’t like walking,” I laughed and said “you remembered!!” and we had a little laugh about that.
The coffee shop was quite busy but a couple left just as we arrived so we scored ourslves 2 comfy chairs in the corner of the room. We had two soy lattes and he had a brownie. He asked if they had any vegan cakes, which they did, then asked me if I wanted one, but I didn’t. He paid. I was worried the converstaion would run dry but it didn’t. We sipped on coffee and spoke for 3 hours about our lives- family, friends, jobs, travel and a bunch of stuff I don’t even remember, until we decided we should probably go. It was a sunday and I had training the next day.
I still can’t get over how well we got on, how accepting he is of my vegan lifestyle, to the point where he offered to take me to vegan restaurants. I know for some it can be a turn off, as they’d rather not have to think so hard about where to go out to eat and stuff like that, but I’m not too much trouble at all. I’ll go to a meat shack if thats where someone really wanted to go and try to find something on the menu I could eat, like a salad and chips. I believe in flexibility and compromise, I would never expect someone to go to vegan-only restuarants with me, if they wanted to I’d be more than happy to go though lol.
He walked me to the station after the date and gave me a hug goodbye. Then continued talking to me, gave me another hug and left we parted ways. I sent him a message confirming I had reached home and that I had a good time with him. He replied: “Me too! Lets do it again as soon as possible.”
We planned to go to the Vegan restuarant he had initially suggested, two days later.
We spoke during the build up to the date. He’s been off work due to his knee injury so he’s been a little stir-crazy I think. We met at Wanstead station and there he was looking cute as ever. We hugged and he led me to his car. It was a 15 minute drive to the restuarant and we talked the whole way there, it felt really easy being with him.
The place was called FED BY WATER and its in DALSTON and THE FOOD WAS BLOODY BRILLIANT!!!!
It was italian style vegan food, I never imagined the food would taste as good as it did. When I told my brother later on that I had been, he was super jealous as he’s been wanting to go there.
The mood was quite romantic, with low lighting and a candle on the table. I had sparkling water and he ordered this green juice, which he let me try. It was poisonous to my taste buds and I knew it would be as soon as I saw it had cucumber in it. He agreed it wasn’t the most pleasant. I’m trying my best but when I think about that night all I can think about is the food. This creamy cheese with chives which we ate on warm bread…*drool* The pasta I had was heavenly too. I let him try mine, but it wasn’t in the “let me feed you from my fork” kind of way lol he agreed it was nice. He had a mushroom creamy pasta and said he would offer me some, but it has mushrooms and I had told him earlier that last time I ate them, my throat got all scratchy. He offered to buy dessert, but nothing looked that appealing and I was so full, so he got the chocolate mouse and it came with two spoons. He encouraged me to try it and said it was nice so I had a little…. 😥 Dark chocolate mouse= poison. He seemed to really enjoy it though.
I know he travels for work sometimes and he showed me a few pictures on his phone of him in Africa. He made me laugh as he kept telling me not to look for too long as he looks really weird in them. I guess he’s not the most photogenic haha but I liked that he felt comfortable enough to show me them anyway. When he was looking down at his phone to search for a picture, I stared at him and it felt like someone had shot an arrow into my chest… he looked just like the pirate, in that moment. Then to make things worse, he bit his lip in the exact way that the pirate did. I was able to shake off the thought though.
One of the waiters was very flamboyant in the way he served us, he was really complimentary and called me radiant which made us laugh, and he also called us beautiful people. So if you want a pick me up while enjoying great food, Fed by water is the place to go!
We walked back to his car and talked all the way home. When we arrived on my road, he leaned over, hugged me and gave me a kiss on the cheek. Then something possessed me, maybe an evil spirit or horny ghost, and I leaned back in and kissed him… on the lips… just a peck, but it felt awkward as fuck! I immediately regretted it even before he said thankyou, which felt even more awkward. I waved as he drove away and told my younger brothers, my mum and called my sister to tell them about the awkward kiss. They didn’t understand what i meant by awkward and thought that maybe I was overthinking it. He messaged me as soon as he got home to say he had a great time, so maybe I was.
This weekend, I’m spending the morning with my big brother 🙂 We’re going to a Vegan coffee shop that just opened up. Then I’m going on another date with Island boy. I asked him if he wanted to see me again and he said of course, then asked if I wanted to see him again, which I definetely do, so we made plans for Saturday evening. The original plan was dinner and the comedy show, but I was telling my sister about my plans and found out she’s going with her boyfriend and so I told him that and suggested we do something else and go to the comedy show another time, which he was fine with. Its too soon even for an accidental encounter, I’m so glad I found out they were going, I would’ve felt so awkward if we had bumped into them, I feel like it would’ve looked so staged like It was all part of a plan I made to introduce them… And there I go overthinking things again.
I’ll let you know how Saturday goes, maybe I’ll get a not so awkward kiss this time. I need to stop thinking about the kiss, because it has led to a whole new set of thoughts about why he hasn’t tried to kiss me yet.
-Love, Autumn x