Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Very, Very Single; I'm Carrie from Newcastle, I'm in My 30s and I'm Single

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Very, Very Single; I'm Carrie from Newcastle, I'm in My 30s and I'm Single

Article excerpt

WAS single for nearly 6 years, did I tell you that? ISee, I almost got married nearly six years ago. To definitely the wrong person. For absolutely the wrong reasons.

And I never wanted to end up in that situation again.

It took a while to adjust from being a serial monogamist, to a bona fide singleton.

But once I found my footing, I really relaxed into it. And I couldn't see things being any other way.

Because the truth is, it's really very easy being single.

A month ago a man asked me if I wanted to meet up and have dinner. This is a man I met randomly, in a corridor, three years ago, at an event for a charity we were both ambassadors for. We had a fiveminute conversation. That was it. We loosely kept in touch by very sporadic, quite formal emails. No more than a couple a year. It was off the back of one of these emails (me to him), that the invite was issued.

I'm historically terrible at knowing whether I've been asked out on a date or not. But this wasn't a date. It was two acquaintances meeting up.

So I didn't really understand why I was so nervous. Or why I wailed down the phone to a mate when I made the rookie error of adjusting my makeup under strip lighting in a public bathroom, resulting in a pallor that could give Krusty the Clown a run for his money, and hair that would give his colleague Sideshow Bob some serious competition.

I got to the restaurant early. It seemed to be all windows and no doors, but luckily I found my way in through a side opening. It seemed like an odd place to put the entrance.

Mainly because it wasn't the entrance.

That's right - my dinner companion arrived just in time to witness me breaking into the restaurant's kitchen, despite staff members begging me to reconsider.

I was mortified. But he said nothing about it. …

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