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Catherine’s Dating Resume

March 24, 2011

To whom it may concern,

My name is Catherine and I am uniquely qualified for the position of X’s girlfriend, soul mate, life partner and future wife. Enclosed you will find my resume, which details my extensive dating and relationship experience. I would like to point out that I am a dedicated and independent girlfriend, a self-starter and very loyal. I also have completed considerable research on the topic of love, including countless hours reading dating/relationship blogs and watching romantic comedies.

In addition to my observational studies of human romantic relationships, I have dedicated a substantial amount of my research to experimentation. My last position, a relationship of close to seven years where I almost got married, taught me many things about love. It helped me know what I want, what I deserve, and how immensely strong I really am. I believe the lessons I learned from this relationship, as well as my other relationships detailed in my resume, greatly prepare me for my next role: X’s girlfriend, soul mate, life partner and future wife.

Per your request, I also included my weaknesses in my resume. As I am dedicated to self-improvement, I am working vigorously to improve upon my weaknesses to become a better life partner.

Thank you very much for this opportunity and your time to review my materials. I look forward to talking with you further about this exciting position.




Catherine Marie

Richmond (okay, Chester), VA



To obtain a fulfilling and rewarding position as X’s girlfriend, soul mate, life partner and future wife.


Pseudo girlfriend (September 2010-current; short recess in December 2010)

Currently serving as a pseudo girlfriend for a local Chef. While this relationship is structured as having no titles, we hang out at least once a week and text each other daily. Going out to eat at new restaurants and spending lazy Sundays planning to do things – and then never really doing them – are key components of this relationship. As are mild confusion, love and general “let’s enjoy it while it lasts” attitude.

Girlfriend; Fiancée (July 2003-April 2010)

A committed and loving girlfriend for many years, and fiancée for approximately six months. Handled many challenges, including health problems and differences of politics and opinion. Successfully lived with my partner, including sharing responsibilities for housework and finding innovative ways to share our space. Multiple vacations, romantic moments and promises of forever. Diligently planned (and cancelled) a beautiful wedding. This relationship proved my ability to love almost unconditionally, and willingness to commit my life to one person. The survival of the end of this relationship proved my internal strength and ability to love myself.

Dates and Other Romantic Encounters (June 2010-September 2010)

Romantic encounters with Break Guy, Unbelievably Smart Guy, Raúl and Police Officer, among others. Also dabbled in online dating on several fun occasions (click on the links to read more). Through these experiences, improved my dating skills and obtained experience in the art of the first kiss. The results were remarkable: All but one date I attended resulted in the request of a second date. More importantly, had a lot of fun in these roles and learned a few lessons in the process.  

Other Positions (Youth-July 2003)
Served in various other positions, with individuals including College Guy; Cheater, Cheater Pumpkin Eater; Ring Guy; Nice Hair Guy; Hot Gym Guy; as well as My One High School Boyfriend; The One Who Got Away; and Short Guy. More details on those roles can be found by clicking the links.


In the past 26 years, viewed countless romantic comedies, read many novels of love and seduction, and observed relationships of all ages. Own the comprehensive DVD collection of Nicholas Sparks movies and have memorized Jerry Maguire. Took life lessons from Oprah for more than ten years, except for when she endorsed Obama and I knew Hillary was the better candidate.


While no written record exists of this award, I recall of several occasions hearing a romantic interest say, “Best girlfriend ever!” Although, in the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that this statement was used sarcastically a few times.


  • Doubter of true love
  • Carry some baggage
  • Lack of culinary skills/desire (except for desserts)
  • Slightly untrusting of men
  • Experiencing a quarter-life crisis
  • Do not have ESPN on cable package
  • Live in Chester
  • Incapable of parallel parking
  • Frequently lost or unable to follow driving directions
  • Frequently require car assistance, such as the changing of flat tires


  • Great job
  • Willingness (and ability) to pay the tab my fair share
  • Considerate
  • Intelligent
  • Expansive gift-giving abilities
  • Live alone in a nice apartment
  • Independent
  • Enjoy being single
  • Self-starter
  • Own a flat-screen TV
  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Great with parents (unless discussing religion or politics)
  • Previous suitors have remarked positively on love-making skills
  • No debt (except college loans, but those don’t count, right?)
  • Not crazy
  • There are big things ahead for me
  • Ability to make the right man laugh, cry, forgive, excel, fight, make-up, take pictures, travel, dream, believe, dance and most of all, love.  

**References, work samples, photos and auditions available upon request.**

92 Comments leave one →
  1. Zak permalink
    March 24, 2011 8:43 am

    This makes me want to come up with a resume. Well done.

    I especially liked, “Previous suitors have remarked positively on love-making skills.” I need a girl with THAT on her resume, for sure.

    • March 24, 2011 12:55 pm

      What a great post Catherine, and I’m with you, Zak! The author of “Around the World in Eighty Dates” (whose name currently escapes me) did a “dating resume” too… methinks your fellow bloggers are going to be stealing your/her idea soon! 🙂

      P.S. I can’t parallel park either.

      • March 27, 2011 8:26 pm

        That’s cool – I’ll have to check out that dating resume! When I wrote this, I imagined it wasn’t original, but I really wanted to do it, so I didn’t Google any others until I finished mine. I didn’t want to accidentally borrow any ideas. Once I was done, I did Google a little, and found a half dozen (I’m sure there are more, this is just all I saw) other dating resumes online. Some funny stuff out there!
        Haha, thanks for sharing you can’t parallel park either. Makes me feel less of a failure! I have a coworker who is going to teach me how in April. Wish me luck!!

    • March 27, 2011 8:06 pm

      LOL, thanks Zak. You should write one too 🙂

  2. March 24, 2011 8:54 am

    This is adorable and super clever! But you know me – I have to gently remind you about what the psychic guy said – that this is supposed to be the time for you to work on your own personal health resume (physical, emotional, and spiritual). Once you get that one figured out, the right boy will come. 🙂

    Oh, and I’m not sure if you want to keep listing the Romantic Comedy education as a strength, since it could possibly tend to lead to unrealistic expectations in a relationship. 😉

    • March 27, 2011 8:07 pm

      Haha, Katie. Thanks for the reminder. I just wanted to do something a little different when I wrote this – I’m by no means passing out this resume on the street looking for a man! 🙂

  3. March 24, 2011 9:08 am

    I love that you added “Not Crazy.” After some stories I’ve heard, that’s hard to find. Maybe move it to the top. =)

    • March 27, 2011 8:08 pm

      Yeah, thoughtsappear, seems “not crazy” should be a given – but I’m not sure it is! Lots of crazy girls out there, for sure. Sometimes makes me feel like I have a leg up!

  4. 2blu2btru permalink
    March 24, 2011 9:16 am

    This was too cute! It does feel like you are interviewing for a job when you are dating. Your cover letter was really good; I should have you write a real one for me, should I ever be looking for a job.;-)

    I’m sure you will get this position. You are uniquely qualified for it. I’m still deciding whether or not I want to apply for such a position–hence what is turning into a book about marriage derived from my marriage kit interviews and extensive “research” of my own!

    Fun post! This is definitely going to be one of my Freestyle Friday Link Love choices…once I get around to writing a FF…;-)

    • March 27, 2011 8:10 pm

      Thank you! Now, that’s a good point. I’m not sure I’d be applying for this position just yet – but it doesn’t hurt to have my resume up to date in case an opportunity that I can’t pass up presents itself, right?!

  5. Danielle's Dish permalink
    March 24, 2011 9:55 am

    This was a cute post! I might just have to steal this 🙂

  6. March 24, 2011 10:16 am

    Haha, nice. Too bad so many guys only work through temp agencies, huh? 😉

    • March 24, 2011 10:59 am

      If there were a like button I would have liked this comment! Dennis, you deserve a hug for that one. Is there anyone in your life who will give you a hug cause I said too?

    • March 27, 2011 8:11 pm

      LOL, Dennis. You are hilarious. True story – temp agencies TOTALLY run the game for this position!

  7. March 24, 2011 11:00 am

    I’m totally stealing this idea and writing a dating resume for myself to post on my blog. Do I have your blessing? I promise to link back to you!

    • March 24, 2011 7:28 pm

      ABSOLUTELY! I would love if all my favorite bloggers would do this. Would be so interesting to read! I thought about putting the suggestion that others work on their “resume” at the bottom, but I forgot before I published it 🙂

  8. Just Sayin permalink
    March 24, 2011 11:05 am

    What a great way to learn about yourself (pro/con)!!
    Love it. I may do this, just to see where I can improve. Of course I do not think I’d be brave enough to post it, for fear of ridicule.

    Great job!!! So cute to read first thing in the morning.

    • March 27, 2011 8:12 pm

      Thanks, Just Sayin! You should write one – I’d love to read it! And you are right about the strengths/weaknesses piece. Sometimes it is good to take a look at what exactly you have to offer – at least then you know where you stand!

  9. March 24, 2011 11:53 am

    Yay! Glad to see someone else doing this and tell me – didn’t you look at your completed work and think “I’m really a GREAT catch”?

    The way I see it, if more people took time to look and I mean really look at their own strengths and weaknesses, perhaps dating wouldn’t be so crappy.

    I even thought about making copies and handing them out to men when I meet them. Okay, a little overboard but for giggles and blog material from their reaction, just maybe.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • March 27, 2011 8:15 pm

      I think when I looked at it, I realized that although I have my issues, there are many things that I have to offer, for sure. I’m not such a bad package. It’s sort of nice to be reminded of that, for sure.
      Now – handing out copies of something like this? Not sure I’d have the confidence to do that! But it would be pretty darn funny! I’m just imagining the reactions of the guys if I were to pass this out at my local bar…
      Thanks for your comment 🙂

  10. March 24, 2011 11:59 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!

    • March 27, 2011 8:15 pm

      He Who Laughs Last, thank you! Appreciate you reading and commenting!

  11. Grey Goose, Dirty permalink
    March 24, 2011 12:13 pm

    Love it! I now have to set aside an entire day, however, to click on and read all your links. 🙂

    • March 27, 2011 8:16 pm

      Grey Goose, Dirty –
      Thanks! Haha – it might take awhile to read all of those. I won’t be offended if you just skimmed. When I wrote this, I was amazed at how many posts I had written – some of them I’d completely forgotten! At the very least, this blog is a good “diary” of my experiences!

  12. March 24, 2011 12:18 pm

    Love it! You forgot one thing under Strengths, ‘Maintain fabulous, hilarious, and insightful blog ‘ Great post. -SG

    • March 27, 2011 8:18 pm

      Awww, thank you! That’s really sweet and means a lot to me. What’s funny is I thought about putting the blog on here, but couldn’t figure out if it’s a strength or weakness! LOL! It could go either way. Some guys think it’s cool to be written about, but some others find it to be a real turnoff. So it’s an interesting fact on my resume, for sure!
      Appreciate your comment!

  13. March 24, 2011 12:27 pm

    You know, I just had a thought:

    I remember learning that you should never address your cover letter to “whom it may concern.” Instead, you have to be specific and indicate that you’re actually familiar with the company you’re applying for.

    Thus, I recommend that you change the greeting to “To the hot guy wearing the red shirt and jeans standing in front of me in line at the bank”… or someone else equally appropriate.

    Just trying to help here.

    • March 27, 2011 8:21 pm

      Great advice. Really appreciate the critique – another eye on your resume and cover letter is a great help. When I wrote this, I didn’t have anyone in mind. I’m pretty comfortable and happy in my current position, but I figured it doesn’t hurt to have your resume and cover letter ready to go. Just in case an opportunity presents itself, you can respond accordingly. When I feel the need to apply, my materials will be edited accordingly – haha!

  14. March 24, 2011 12:38 pm

    Does living in Chester outweigh the positive lovemaking skills and flat-screen TV? I’m not sure how to weight your pros and cons here, west coast person that I am. Love this idea, though!

    • March 27, 2011 8:23 pm

      LOL, Mark, I certainly hope that living in Chester does not compare to the benefits of the lovemaking skills and a flat-screen TV, but I gotta tell you, some people hate the suburbs. And you can’t imagine the look people give me when I tell them I live in Chester – gasp, 25 minutes away from the big city – they look like I live in another state. I may have to do some follow up research to really understand how much this weakness weighs 🙂

  15. March 24, 2011 12:43 pm

    BTW: “except for when she endorsed Obama and I knew Hillary was the better candidate.”

    Hell yes!

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  17. March 24, 2011 11:25 pm

    Oh, interesting thought! I tell you, Catherine, I know many men who would look at a resume like this and say, “You’re hired!”

    Now that my brother is single again, I might tell him to require resumes from his future love interests… I think you’re on to something.

    • March 27, 2011 8:28 pm

      Thanks, Maura. What if we were required to submit a resume every time we started dating someone? It’d be a great way to get everything out there immediately – no suprises. But, that’s a lot of the fun, peeling someone apart like layers of an onion, learning a new thing here and there. As long as you don’t learn something awful – 5 months in! Haha! Good luck to your brother – I’m sure he’ll do great!

  18. Nikki permalink
    March 25, 2011 10:02 am

    Too cute! Sooo many GOL’s (G= giggle)

    • March 27, 2011 8:29 pm

      Thanks, Nikki! GOL’s – that’s a new one for me. My sister says “CTM” – chuckle to myself. Ha!

  19. March 25, 2011 11:46 am

    Quite clever! And it looks like you have a lot of folks that want to copy the idea. Not trusting men and not sure if true love exists seem to run hand-in-hand. I feel betrayed by my male counterparts because so many of them have failed to live up to the standards that should be the overwhelming trends of trust and good character, and in doing so they have created the profiling you and a lot of other women are feeling. I believe true love, however that may be defined, does exist but only on a limited scale. I know because I am in such a relationship and have been for 43 years. For some it takes an extensive search and for others it is their first love. But, it is not based on total compatibility, or sex, or any of the factors one may think – it is based mainly on friendship. My wife is my best friend and I am hers. So, maybe that is something you may want to put into your search criteria. Good luck on your job search – I believe there are lots of employers out there who would love to see your resume and give you a shot at the job.

    • March 27, 2011 8:34 pm

      Thanks for such a great comment! “Not trusting men and not sure if true love exists seem to run hand-in-hand” – guess I didn’t think of it that way, but you are right. I like what you said about friendship. That’s a very important part of a relationship for me, and it’s a good reminder. Your relationship with your wife sounds wonderful – you are very lucky. Appreciate your thoughts!

  20. Beatanoelle permalink
    March 25, 2011 11:57 am

    I agree with Thoughtsappear- “Not Crazy” should go at the top!

    This is a good exercise, if for no other reason than it makes you see what a wonderful catch you are!

    Question for the guys: How important is it to
    you that a woman split the tab? (Ignoring circumstances where the woman expects you to become her sugar daddy- we all know to avoid those girls like the plague) I’m particularly interested in generational/cultural differences in this, since i’ve seen a variety of attitudes/habits.

    • eternallyemo permalink
      March 25, 2011 3:57 pm

      Personally, I like to have the opportunity to pay for dinner. Maybe not every time, but the first few times and for important occasions especially. Don’t get me wrong, independent/self-sufficient women are great. And there are times when I’d be fine with splitting a check or even letting her pay (birthdays/major accomplishments/etc.) but… as an old-fashioned (but not *old*) guy I at least want the right of first refusal.

    • March 27, 2011 8:40 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Beatanoelle. You are right – this exercise can definitely show you all you have to offer. As far as your question regarding who picks up the tab, did you see the last Simply Solo Spotlight? You might also be interested in the comments:
      Thank you!

  21. eternallyemo permalink
    March 25, 2011 3:49 pm

    I loved this post, and I really wanted to write a clever little form letter in response. But I thought it would work better as a sort of rhetorical exercise?

    If I run into any qualified single men in the Richmond area I’ll pass this along, but you might want to address some of those weaknesses first. You’re sort of narrowing the field if you don’t get ESPN, lol.

    • March 27, 2011 8:42 pm

      Thank you! You are right – the ESPN thing is quite a problem. I can’t tell you how many guys have reacted with shock and disgust when they found that out. Once I’m really in the job market (right now I’m pretty Ok where I am), I’ll work to resolve that weakness. And as far as the others, I’m always a work in progress!

  22. Mari permalink
    March 25, 2011 6:23 pm

    What a clever idea! Reading your resume made me laugh out loud, Katherine!! You are more than qualified for the position but beware because being over qualified can, sometimes, result in not even making it to the interview! Lol! Thanks for sharing!!! (:

    • March 27, 2011 8:43 pm

      Haha, Mari. I didn’t think about being overqualified – but that’s a great point! Gotta be careful!
      Appreciate your reading and commenting!

  23. March 25, 2011 6:25 pm

    Ahh! I love love love this post. Thank you for making me smile after the worst day ever.
    I love your list, and like others, I almost feel like making a love resume too, lol 🙂

    • March 27, 2011 9:15 pm

      I’m sorry to hear you were having a bad day – hope things have improved. Glad I could make you smile a little. Take care of yourself – and definitely write one – I’d love to read it!

  24. March 26, 2011 4:19 pm

    Totally cute resume. I was thinking, since your “year of yes” is wrapping up, maybe you could do a single girl scavenger hunt. You could put little things on it like “dancing to Beyonce’s Single Ladies in a club” or big things like “Girls’ Trip to Vegas.”

    So that’s my unsolicited idea/advice. Feel free to use or ignore 🙂

    • March 27, 2011 8:44 pm

      Mandymcadoo –
      Thanks for your comment! I’m actually working on an informal bucket list to ecompass some of the things you are talking about here. And I’ll be doing the trip to Vegas – trust me! 🙂

  25. March 26, 2011 6:38 pm

    I love this idea, Catherine! I may have to try it too 🙂

  26. 2NewBeginnings permalink
    March 27, 2011 7:21 pm

    Ok I’m going to go out on a limb here, although cute and very creative I have to say I am a little disappointed. I’m ready to see posts from you that does not have to do with the ex, chef or any other man. I want you to start exploring topics that apply to being simply solo. What new is going on in your life? What are you experiencing New without a relationship? Your year is coming up and I want to see you explore so much more and show us all but most importantly yourself how far you have come simply solo! Hope you take that the right way. I don’t know you personally, but I do know you are so much more than what this fun resume showed us.

    • March 27, 2011 9:03 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I appreciate your feedback, but I have to say that I’m not disappointed in this post at all. I don’t think you should be either. This post is but a recap of my romantic experiences, and what I’ve learned from them about myself. I find some of this post kind of empowering, if you ask me. I’m not lamenting the loss of my last relationship – I’m focusing on what I learned from it that makes me a better partner in the future. That’s a big step for me, because I’ve obviously spent a lot of time being bummed out about the way things ended or what I lost. I’m glad I can see the value in that relationship and what I learned – took me a while to get here. One of my fears when writing this post was that I was afraid people would take it too seriously, and think that I am really trying really really hard to meet a soul mate that I would even consider a resume to aid me in the process. Really, this post was about me looking back at the past year some, and it was fun to read through old blog posts and think about what I’ve learned.
      And about what you said – what are you experiencing new without a relationship? As much as I’d like to write a post about that, it seems my experiences are beginning to be more about what I’m experiencing in general, not who I’m with. It’s not about being alone. It’s not about being with Chef or my ex fiance. My experiences are just those – experiences. And I think I’ve been writing about those. Sorry if I sound defensive, I don’t mean to come off that way, but I’m doing a lot of new things these days, but not things that are defined by a relationship or not. And they don’t necessarily lend themselves to a blog post – as you probably have noted, I don’t generally write blogs posts where I just list what I’ve been up to. I like each blog post to stand alone as an interesting piece – not just a list of happenings. So maybe that’s where it’s lost in translation for you. Until I have a theme I can sum some of my experiences around, I haven’t written about them. And, since my perspective is different than yours – I am not identifying my experiences as “simply solo,” better or worse because I am single or not, they are just experiences. I’ve just been more open to everything this past year. I think that’s a great accomplishment – single or not. So, maybe “simply solo” wasn’t the best blog name when I started this whole thing back in June! 🙂
      Thanks for your comment.

      • March 29, 2011 9:11 am

        Thank you for describing this, as like anything else, a process, a learning experience.

        I am sure you see this blog as not only fun and enriching, but theraputic too. I find comfort in what you say, as it’s encouraging to see someone who has been through it (and still going through it), yet can still find moments to reflect, and then look forward.

        I thinks it’s hard NOT to note where you’re going if you haven’t addressed where you are or where you’ve been.

        • April 4, 2011 9:27 pm

          Thanks, KD! I appreciate your support 🙂 I’m glad you find comfort in this blog… I get so much out of it too. I write about what I’m feeling and what excites me to write. And sometimes I want to write something silly like this post. I guess I don’t ever want to limit myself as to what I write because I’m afraid of what everyone will think… because that was never what I was here to do. I just wanted to write and get things out, and if people read, they read. I love that people read; I don’t want to pretend like having readers doesn’t matter to me. BUT, if my topic matters bores peope or I’m not recovering fast enough (I’m not saying 2NewBeginnings thinks this, I’m just saying in general), well, sorry about it – I’m doing what I can here. This is just my journey. It’s not perfect, but it is the truth. And, I agree completely, you must note where you’ve been when you are thinking about where you are going (and importantly, where you WANT to go!)

      • 2NewBeginnings permalink
        March 29, 2011 9:00 pm

        I did not take this as serious either and it was rather funny. And yes you have shown how much you have grown, a lot. You have came a long way and we all cheer you as well as ourselves! What I was speaking to was you have talked about furthering your writing and moving into other topics other than relationship themed in the past. I personally am excited to see where that takes you. So, let me be clear when I say I wasn’t disappointed in how far you have come or questioning that, I would like to just see some fun things that have nothing to do with the past or relationships. Short stories, poetry, whatever. You inspire us all, who have been hurt, who have gone through rough break-ups, etc. and learned from them. But, I guess I’m in a place now that I have moved on from my ex/learned from ex, etc and now I want to live life and not always have to bring every experience I encounter back to the fact that someone did me wrong. Good luck in your adventures, and I look forward to more reading! 🙂

        • April 4, 2011 9:32 pm

          Thanks for your clarification. I have been writing other things – a short story and a few character descriptions on the side – but as silly as it sounds, I’ve been feeling a little nervous to share them on the blog. I’ve never written creatively for an audience beyond this blog, so it’s intimidating to share my writing with you all. I’m working up the courage :).

          I’ m glad you are doing so well and moving on from your ex. I totally feel you – there are moments where I am so happy to not be using my ex as a reference point for anything I’m experiencing. There are so many more experiences lately where he just isn’t relevant. It’s an AMAZING feeling. I appreciate your feedback and will try and take more note of these moments. Maybe for the blog, but probably more for my own personal happiness.

  27. March 28, 2011 4:10 am

    i LOVE this! makes me think bout my dating resume. and sad to say it’s mostly full of short-lived temporary dates if not one times. and i like to think that i too am not crazy 🙂

    • April 4, 2011 9:33 pm

      Not being crazy is a GREAT quality to have. I think it makes up for any lack of experience on your resume 🙂 I’d love to read yours! Do let me know if you ever write one – could be interesting!

  28. March 28, 2011 8:33 pm

    Hi Catherine, I just happened to read this article – and following the links started to get lost in some of the others – I really like it! I think I’m gonna follow you, and the dating resume is just the greatest idea ever! Good job! 🙂

    • April 4, 2011 9:34 pm

      Thanks, Lena! I appreciate your reading and commenting! Glad you enjoyed it.

  29. March 29, 2011 5:22 pm

    Catherine, this is HILARIOUS! You sound a truly awesome girlfriend, lady! (Not that I’m surprised.)
    I dread to think what mine would resemble.

    • April 4, 2011 9:36 pm

      Thanks!! I like to think I’m a pretty good girlfriend. Although, I think I neglected to include I’m a little (okay, a lot) dramatic on the weakness column. Isn’t that something we decided a while back that we have in common?? 🙂
      I bet your resume would be great. I have this impression of you that you are exotic, deep and intriguing… all things guys LOVE 🙂

      • April 5, 2011 5:50 am

        The fact that I LOVE that that’s the impression I give kind of negates those qualities!

        • April 12, 2011 8:49 pm

          Haha, not quite. You just have to keep it to yourself that you love it 🙂

  30. March 30, 2011 12:21 pm

    Do you hear applause coming from the west? If so, well first kudos on EXCELLENT hearing, but otherwise there’s a guy sitting in a cubicle (in Kansas) clapping and likely getting strange looks from co-workers.

    I like this so much I almost want to steal the idea…but I won’t. Journalistic integrity. I think you may be on to something here though with a Dating Resume. Hmmmmmm.

    The fact that 3 of your weaknesses deal with vehicles I’m surprised they aren’t just bursting into flame when to get near one. 😉 You are missing out on parallel parking. It’s one of my favorite things to do (yes, lame). However your strengths greatly outweigh the weakness.

    • April 4, 2011 9:39 pm

      Haha, thanks Matthew! Glad you liked it. You don’t have to steal it, you can just borrow it or use my post as “inspiration” and then it’s fair use, not stealing.

      I’m telling you, I am cursed when it comes to vehicles. I had another flat tire today. Probably the 6th in the past 4 months. I ran over another nail. I need to sell my car (or, um, give it away) and move to a large city with public transportation. This vehicle ownership is not for me!

      My coworker offered to teach me to parallel park this Friday. We’ll see if I can cross this weakness off my list!

  31. March 31, 2011 7:37 pm

    2newsomething said:
    ” And, since my perspective is different than yours – I am not identifying my experiences as “simply solo,” better or worse because I am single or not, they are just experiences. I’ve just been more open to everything this past year. I think that’s a great accomplishment – single or not. So, maybe “simply solo” wasn’t the best blog name when I started this whole thing back in June!”

    I agree with 2new as well. And your observation, Catherine, that simply solo is not the best blog name or it won’t be over time.

    While it’s true I do mention my partner in some of my blog posts, it’s not all of them. He simply doesn’t fit or is even part of my blog post themes at times. Reading some of my posts which are experiences, one wouldn’t even know whether or not I even had a partner.

    That is the way it can be for every woman…I would hope very much for every woman at most stages of her life after she leaves parents’ home.

    Is there even a memorable vacation you had yourself recently? Maybe I missed something.

    Or maybe it’s just the buzz of always talking about single life, the dream of a partner somewhere that seems exciting?

    I’m on an Internet women’s cycling forum…I’m not sure for the majority of 200+ women worldwide if I know of their marital status …and we don’t even always talk about cycling. There’s so many other themes and things to share..besides men/dream partner.

    • April 4, 2011 9:53 pm

      I appreciate your comment but I think your perception of me may be a little off. I’m very much a feminist, and I don’t feel like I need a man to define me. You are preaching to the choir here about women having experiences regardless of their relationship status. But what you have to understand is that for years and years my ex was my best friend. All my formative years (18-25) were spent with him. Things were very serious very fast. So, all vacations were with him. We owned a cabin at the lake together. He was much of my life. I didn’t really give my life up for him – I wanted him as that integral role of my life. Since our breakup, I did go on a vacation with some girlfriends for when would have been my wedding day. I’ve been thinking lately about where I would like to go next and when. And, I’m trying to save some money to do so. So we’ll see, there’s definitely more ahead of me. But, I don’t want to get into the rut of thinking I’m not far enough or I haven’t done enough “empowering” things, like taking solo vacations. Spending a Friday night alone watching movies, to me, is an empowering experience. I never had that before. Buying myself flowers. Eating dinner by myself. All empowerin experiences. However, these aren’t necessarily the best blog topics. Especially because I refuse to write a blog where I just list what I’ve been up to. I want each and every post to stand alone as an interesting piece, no posts that are just “I woke up today and had a boring day. The end.” I do not think blogs like that are fun to read. So sure, I’d love to do something big like go on a trip. But I haven’t yet. But I know there’s a lot ahead of me.

      I’ve talked a lot about my ex and about what I want moving forward because that is why I started Simply Solo. To work through this breakup. So it makes sense to me that some, and sometimes a lot, of the topic matter will be love/relationships. But I don’t think I’ve positioned any of this as my search to find “the one” or anything like that. I just write about what I’m feeling and what I’m going through. Sure, I’d love to be completely over my ex and my break up by now. If it were a perfect world, I’d never need to mention him again and I would be 100% healed. But I’m not there yet. And I refuse to call it a flaw. This post was just me trying to have fun thinking through my limited romantic experiences. I actually really enjoyed writing it.

  32. March 31, 2011 7:40 pm

    By the way, you write well. So use that gift for writing on other topics.

    • April 4, 2011 9:54 pm

      Thank you, I appreciate you saying that. I do think I’ve been writing about other topics. I appreciate you may want to see other things, but I can only write about what I know and what inspires me. Hopefully future posts will resonate with you more.

  33. ACommenttoMake permalink
    April 17, 2011 11:37 pm

    To say that I am in love with this is a great understatement.

    This is awesome andd I want to steal it!

    • April 18, 2011 7:33 pm

      Haha, thanks! Feel free to steal it – but make sure to send me yours so I can see it 🙂

  34. smilesndreams permalink
    April 19, 2011 5:12 pm

    I love this idea (I wouldn’t use this, as I’m happily married 🙂 ) ! Great post and love the humor in it!

  35. sakurasunny permalink
    April 28, 2011 1:12 pm

    I just love this post. I am SO writing one for myself!!!!
    I’m only recently introduced to your blog, but now I’m a serious follower. 🙂 Thanks for your courage, honesty and inspiration.

    • April 30, 2011 11:40 am

      Thanks for your comment! You should definitely write a resume for yourself – make sure to send it my way, I’d love to read it. Thanks for checking out the blog. I really appreciate your kinds words – they mean a lot to me.

  36. August 1, 2011 9:44 am

    Have you gotten any interviews from your resume? I would think that you were very busy running from interview to interview. Be sure to check the pay scale before taking on that new work load. Don’t take a position under your pay scale. Good luck and keep us posted.

  37. August 1, 2011 3:37 pm

    I was just thinking…You may have a new money making website. If you open this site so that everyone sends in their resume’s with a photo and let them pick out the one that they want to date after reading all the resume’s. It could be a good thing. Go for it, and think how many wil see YOUR very witty resume to boot.

    I posted on my blog that I am going to open a Common Sense/Sense of Humor store. There is such a need for these two new business. The money will just be rolling in. Shall we both stop playing the lottery?? 😉

    • August 9, 2011 8:38 pm

      Ahhh good idea 🙂 We could make a fortune! About time I found a way to momentize this site 🙂

  38. Sareli permalink
    March 29, 2012 7:53 pm

    Cute! Love the creativity and humor…


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