A year in people #73 – Rick

Rick was one quarter (the boyfriend – now husband – of Kim) of the forced-couple-socialising by my ex-husband. As way of introduction, I was told Rick was a DJ, funny and a nice guy. Rick and I share an appreciation of beer and late night deep chat. One Saturday night in September 2008 we’d all hadContinue reading “A year in people #73 – Rick”

A year in people #67 – Gemma

I came back from a few weeks abroad and Sian had made a new best friend. I vaguely recognised Gemma from BMF sessions but Sian had brought her into the fold. I’m not quite sure whether Gemma had a choice about being in said fold. The first Saturday I was back, I went to BMFContinue reading “A year in people #67 – Gemma”

A year in people #65 – Siany

Sian is a little Welsh rocket. A lean mean fitness machine who just keeps going and going and going until she literally drops (or gets meningitis). She’s also the kind of person you just want to pick up and put in your pocket and keep safe from the world. See, she’s tough and feisty andContinue reading “A year in people #65 – Siany”

A year in people #63 – Amber

“You will be fine the world does not end at Mike I assure you!” Wise words from Amber when I’d split up from my ex-boyfriend here in New Zealand last year and wondering what to do next. I knew I’d get good sensible practical advice. We’d chatted many a time about relationships, being single andContinue reading “A year in people #63 – Amber”

A year in people #59 – the definitely not a date guy

A few years ago after I got divorced there was a man (DC) who used to ask me out a lot. I kept saying no. I gave him credit for his persistence, but my answer was always no (just didn’t fancy him and I wasn’t interested in dating). One night, we’d all been out somewhereContinue reading “A year in people #59 – the definitely not a date guy”

A year in people #58 – the 21 year old

I was 31. There was 10 years between us. We met at work; he was doing some kind of graduate placement. It sounds like some kind of Mrs Robinson thing, and if I’d seen that film I’d be able to comment on whether there were any similarities. As it is, I haven’t, so I can’t.Continue reading “A year in people #58 – the 21 year old”

A year in people #53 – Kim

My ex-husband had just started a new job. He came home one day and was telling me about his friend there, Rick. They had stuff in common like music and DJing and beer. I was pleased for him, as this meant I wouldn’t have to listen to his music and feign interest at a weekend.Continue reading “A year in people #53 – Kim”

A year in people #51 – the guy with the mini

“Hello is that Tara?” said a voice on the phone. “Yep, speaking.” I replied. “This is Jane* from the DVLA.” she said. Oh crap, I thought. What’s happened? What had I done (or not done)? I was sure I’d paid my car tax. “Errr, well, this is all a bit awkward.” she said. Jesus? WhatContinue reading “A year in people #51 – the guy with the mini”

A year in people #50 – Katie the cryer

This year on March 9th I tweeted “Laid in my van listening to a couple breaking up next door. Can’t now move as I don’t think they realise I am here”, and several follow ons as an hour or so passed. I was having a little lay down in my van at a campsite inContinue reading “A year in people #50 – Katie the cryer”