Tuesday, October 21, 2008
My Christmas Ball Date
So, yesterday, I'm out with my friends heading out to our volleyball game. I used to work with a bunch of them from my previous co-op term, and we still play sports together. Volleyball and soccer.
At my old work place, the Christmas party was less formal. People dressed up -- but not too much. No evening gowns. Maybe a sparkly shirt or something. The best part was, it was just for the people at the company. No guests.
For a single gal, like me, this is awesome! Nothing to worry about.
At my new company, we have this fancy Christmas ball. Yes, that's right. A ball.
I like to dress up. I like free delicious food. I don't like it when I don't have a date. So here was my dilemma. My two close guy friends from university had moved away. To the other side of the country. And I don't want to make anyone feel obligated or feel sorry for me and accompany me.
So I asked my sister. Turns out she has exams to study for. Drats.
So, I was telling my friend, N. about it. Kinda complaining to her that I had no date to this fancy ball, and it sucked. Then, one of the guys walking ahead overheard, and volunteered to be my date. Let's call him, Sporty.
Sporty turns around, and puts his arms around my shoulders.
Sporty: Don't worry, Des. I can be your date.
me: Huh? Really?
Sporty: Yes. I've always wanted to go to a fancy ball.
me: Ummm. Sure.
Then, somehow the topic was changed.
I wasn't sure if Sporty really meant it. So after our volleyball game, I asked him if he was serious.
me: So, you're serious about the ball?
Sporty: Of course, I am.
me: So, you're free on the 29th of November?
Sporty: I will make it free.
me: Great. That's awesome!
Sporty: So what colour is your dress?
me: Umm. Not sure yet. What colours are your shirts?
Sporty: I can always get a tie or another shirt to match your dress.
my internal monologue: For real!? Yes!!
So, Sporty and I play soccer and volleyball together. I think he's cute. I don't really know him that well. We hang out cuz we're in the same group of friends and he works with my friends. I know I shouldn't make it more than it is, which is that he's just coming with as a friend. But, I just can't help how I feel, and it is a little jittery and happy.
So today, there were a few emails going back and forth about entree choices and what I would like him to wear. I told him I had a total of about 3 dresses that I had in mind. Two were the Hong Kong style dresses, and one was an Ao Dai (Vietnamese styled pants suit). He said he really liked the Asian styled dresses, they are "refreshing."
Sporty: Would you like me to wear a dark shirt with a light tie? Or a white shirt and coloured tie?
me: The latter.
I offered to help him out with shopping for the tie, if need be. I said that my engineering guy friends usually didn't like shopping, and I didn't want to be too much trouble.
Sporty: I would for sure love some help picking out the tie. I find a female's touch is almost always needed. I am in computer science so I should hate shopping even more since I am a big computer nerd.
Is this flirty? Or no? I'm just going to assume the latter, and enjoy my date.
To recap: I have a date for the Christmas ball. And he's nice. And cute. Tall. And he's going to match me! I'm in a better mood from this weekend, already. And that is why I need to get out more.