I diligently did my run with Mel this morning. Or rather, at the same time as Mel, because she still disappears off into the distance. And then I came home to a message from Ana saying it would be nice to have lunch next week. I kind of wonder if she’s going to be laying down some ground rules about what I can and can’t do with Mark! I said I’d love to, although I’m not really sure now. We’ll just have to see.
I’ve ended up spending the rest of the day preparing this work proposal thing to send off to the Belarusian company next Thursday. It feels kind of sad doing work on a Saturday, but at least life’s moving forwards.
“Experience has taught me two lessons: 1) If you go for a nude walk, always take a map, and 2) If you leave your clothes hidden somewhere, make sure you can find them again.”
I was kind of surprised Ellie could make it on short notice but we had a few drinks after work.
Being nosey, and somehow feeling like I’m kind of her mentor, I asked loads of questions about: what was it like, is he wild on the inside to make up for being quiet on the outside etc etc. Disappointingly it turns out he’s not, and their sex has been very conventional, and she says it’s not really all she hoped for, but she really likes him so it’ll have to do. That doesn’t sound like a great recipe long term.
Anyway, I told her loads of gossip. Firstly all about Russ and Alison, and she listened with a big open mouth and we wondered how many people everywhere have these secret sex lives that you’d never guess. And I had to admit that I was one of them, although she said she could have guessed that already, but then I told her about Mark and Ana, and she was completely floored. And she also said she was really jealous, not just about how much fun it sounded, but that nobody seemed possessive about each other between us. She said the idea of a threesome sounded like a load of fun but she could never stand Stephen making eyes at another woman, let alone anything else. She knew it was okay with me because we were friends, and I had to ask her if she was suggesting a threesome, and she said definitely not! Which is probably the right choice as Stephen is definitely not the type.
I said I was quite jealous that she and Stephen seemed to be going steady, because I could do with some steadiness in my life right now.
After all that we had some dinner and I was home soon after ten.
It was a long day at work, putting together the proposal and doing everything else. It feels a waste that the nights are getting longer but so are my working hours!
Oh, but some good news is I got a message from Ellie, and she’s still seeing Stephen, and he’s even “done the deed” as they say, so she’s kind of happy about that. I suggested meeting up for a drink tomorrow evening to gossip so I can’t wait to hear more.
“It was obvious who was the boss from the start, but it had only taken a few weeks before I had no choice in what I did, what I ate, or even what I wore.”
The meeting went really well, and although I just about recognised the guy who knew me by name I still have no idea whether he saw me during the clothed part of the night or the naked part! It’s not something you can really ask in a work meeting: “Excuse me, but when we met, was I by any chance stark nude?” Anyway, we’ve got to put some proposals to them, so that’s my next week of work carved out (on top of everything else).
I was really tired by the time I got to Pilates this evening, but somehow it’s kind of invigorating.
“Would they recognise me with only this mask to hide behind? I wasn’t sure I cared either way.”
The builders are starting next Monday so that’s when I’m moving in with Ha and Lily. Hopefully just for the week, because I don’t really like living in someone else’s house. Also, I can’t wait to bring Mark back to mine again, and I won’t be able to do that if I’m staying there. I really don’t think they’d like a man in their place.
I’ve spent half of today preparing for the meeting with the new prospect tomorrow with Jo. It’s still on my mind that they might only know me from a nude appearance at a party!