Thursday, August 14, 2008

Been on a Blind Date?

Wow, Varen & I had a really lovely evening last night. All the way from London, Mr Jones set us up on a "friends blind date". For those who don't know (and I don't think I've ever explicitly mentioned this), Mr Jones & I met while I was over on my business trip to the UK in January. More specifically he sat opposite me for those 2 weeks and got me my free ticket to see the Terracotta Army at the British Museum.

Anyhoo, we've stayed in pretty regular email contact since then and a few weeks ago he dropped me a mail to say that a friend of his and her husband were moving out here. So he swapped our email addresses & she & I started chatting and made a plan to meet up when they arrived. So now they've been here about 2 weeks, started at work last Monday and we finally met up for drinks with them at JB's Corner in Melrose Arch (eep, I seem to be going there far more regularly than the venue warrants ... but since they've been put up at Melrose Arch until they find themselves a home, it seemed like a good choice!).

We were pretty nervous as we drove to dinner ... I mean it really was like a blind date and all I really knew about them was a) they were friends of Mr Jones, b) they were married and c) she was an Aussie and he an Englishman. Not a lot to go on. So the entire car drive over, I was thinking of possible discussion topics. Needless to say this all turned out quite unneccessary - although we did have the cliche blind date bit of "I'll be wearing a green jacket" and "I'll have a green scarf on", but that was where it ended. Conversation flowed so easily and I had to almost stop conversation to ask specific questions I had (like where about's in Aus are you from, and how do you guys know Mr Jones and the like ...). At a cursory glance we really seem to have plenty in common with them and we're already making plans to have dinner again and I'm looking forward to it. Nothing like meeting new and interesting people to brighten one's mood :)

My M&Ms LogoOh and I saw this online this mornign and thought it looked totally awesome :) You can now personalize your own M&Ms with words, faces & colours. How fun and novel! I very much doubt they'll ship to South Africa (I haven't looked into it that closely, but it's a safe bet that they won't), but I still think it's a very cool idea :) If they did ship here, I think I'd totally use them for birthdays or something fun like that!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderufl night! :)

Mr Jones said...

Blind dates? Yes.. well normally I arrange for a friend to call me up 45mins into the meeting, so I can make my excuses if needed.. sneaky granted..
Glad you liked them. I was a little nervous myself.

Sweets said...

why would that couple want to live in SA?? how odd :) do tell if you know!

groovy couple blind date, first time for everything right?

boldly benny said...

What a great way to meet new people!

I LOVE the personalised M&Ms - I think they're just too wonderful!

phillygirl said...

@jane - it really was :)

@mrjones - I didn't even think to do that ... but then again, I didn't need to have ;) thanks again for putting us in touch!

@sweets - I actually didn't ask ... I guess it had to do with the fact that the guy was here for work every 2 weeks. But I'll definitely ask next time we see them :)

@benny - it was very cool ... and I love the m&ms too, it's a totally awesome idea!!

Rab said...

A friend of mine got the personalised M&M's done done for her wedding with their initials
'AB 4 FR'. Really cute.

phillygirl said...

@missem - that sounds so cool ... wish we could get them here!

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