Chapter 1.15 – Putting Down Roots

Dear Diary, Being promoted to Vice President has been a mixed bag. I work less hours, but I work so much harder. One positive is I was finally able afford to get that coffee maker and some more stuff for the kitchen. And when cleaning up after meals, I no longer freaked out that any…

Chapter 1.14 – She’s A Boss

Dear Diary, Back home, women in relationships didn’t work very hard to maintain friendships outside of their partners. It was like this unspoken thing: that man must become the center of your world. That never made sense to me, and I’m lucky to be with someone who’s secure enough not to care about my friendships….

Chapter 1.13 – Love and [s]Marriage[\s]

Dear Diary, I wonder if Khaled has a hidden clumsy trait. At least once every few days, he almost sets himself on fire at the campfire. Emphasis on the almost though. I maintain that it doesn’t really count. I mean, how many times can one accidentally light up their sleeve before they learn to light a…

Chapter 1.12 – Home

Dear Diary, I’m a boss. Mmm-hmm. Well, I’m not the boss just yet, but I’m so close to my next promotion. I love heading out for work in the morning because that feeling of seizing the day… it just invigorates me! Plus, the view from my front porch is plumming beautiful. I finally got a chance…

Chapter 1.11 – Loving My New Normal

Dear Diary, So there’s this new thing Khaled does now that we have certain luxuries like a front porch and an elevated view of the distant shorelines of Windenburg. He likes to get up in the middle of the night to paint. Whenever inspiration strikes him, he makes a beeline for his easel. He said…

Chapter 1.10 – The Honeymoon Phase

Dear Diary, I know I thought previously that Khaled would make a great roommate, and I was totally right. I haven’t taken out the garbage since he moved in! There’s something in there about the importance of independence. But interdependence is important and a proper relationship progression from independence. Plus Khaled’s so sweet to me….

Chapter 1.09 – Hot Like Fire

Dear Diary, I promise, I love having Khaled here with me. He’s more than fine with our house that’s really a studio apartment. And having him in my home, and in my bed, has been better than I imagined in a lot of ways. But… he does little things that are tough to deal with….

Chapter 1.08 – Is This What I Think It Is?

Dear Diary, After our talk at the bar on Ghost Night, I didn’t talk to Khaled except for a few texts back and forth. I was preparing myself for the worst. I assumed he wasn’t feeling me like I was feeling him, and was just trying to figure out the best way to tell me…

Chapter 1.07 – More Small Victories

Dear Diary, I feel great! Did you know that if you get several nights of comfortable sleep, you wake up in an amazing mood? Being in the business career, I work Monday through Friday, 9-5. So there’s not a lot of time to work on the house on weekdays. But the weekends are mine to improve…

Chapter 1.05 – Home Shopping and Building

Dear Diary, So I’m just about at the point of giving up on Khaled. I mean, he’s my best friend, but maybe that’s all he supposed to be. We flirt and we have more romance interactions than some married couples, but we’re still no more than… what’s a good word for it? Lovebirds. We’re not…

Chapter 1.04 – The Friend Zone

Dear Diary, I did it! I asked Khaled to the Romance Festival! It didn’t quite go the way I’d hoped, but it was still a fun night. When the Romance Festival came around again, I casually texted him to see if he wanted to check it out. He agreed to meet me there. I figured…