I know I owe you all an update on FWB.
While I was away over Christmas (10 days in Texas), he called me every day, sometimes twice a day.
He invited me to join him and several friends for New Year's Eve. We went to dinner at an Italian restaurant in Jersey that lets you to bring your own wine, so each couple brought 2 bottles. The service was slow, but it wasn't all bad, allowing us time to talk and enjoy the wine. After dinner, we went to a local bar where they know the owner and bartenders. There were only a handful of people at the bar, so our party of 9 was probably a welcome sight. We watched the ball drop at Times Square on the jumbo screens and all agreed we'd rather be in a cozy bar than out in the weather which was zero degrees and surrounded by strangers pushing in on all sides.
On New Year's Day, FWB took me to a typical New Jersey diner. The food was good, and the patron watching was amazing. There are reasons why movies portray people from NJ the way they do! We spent the day watching movies and just hanging out. It's the longest we've ever spent together, and although we admitted it was unusual for each of us who are so used to being alone, it was also strangely comfortable and very easy.
Since then, it seems we've gone to a new level, although I'm not sure what to call it. I still don't call him "my boyfriend." I do get a little freaked out if I start to think "where is this going? do I want to make a commitment to this person?" so I'm trying to just stay in the moment and enjoy it for what it is right now.
So, you may be wondering about the picture. FWB hasn't told his colleagues yet that we're dating, and I don't want to let the cat out of the bag before he's ready. And I can't go into details without giving it away, but we need to keep it quiet for awhile. Trust me, he looks cute in the picture!