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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Finally A Cool Kid

   
Today is my first day in ONEDERLAND!!! Very exciting I must say. So I am now with the cool kids on the better side of 200lbs:)
  
I also felt like a bit of a cool kid last night. My Dubai friend and I met at his hotel for wine and then spent the the remainder of the evening, night and early hours of the morning clubbing. No, that was not a typo- Nora went clubbing. I actually enjoyed clubbing in my younger, single days, but Kenny flat out hates it. The last time I had a clubbing night was two years ago... in Dubai with the same Mr. Dubai.
   
When he saw me he very matter-of-factly looked me up and down and said 'You've lost A LOT of weight' just like that. So many friends really dance around the subject of weight, and it was quite refreshing for someone to be rather blunt. It probably helps that he is appearance conscious, body conscious and generally on the vain side. I don't mean that as a criticism, merely some added context. Because image is important to him, he really analyzes these things in other people. Knowing this, I wanted to make sure that I looked as good as possible. He hadn't seen me since February 2010, and he deserved to see the new and improved Nora. I think he was impressed.
   
After drinks at the hotel we hit the first club. Then we made it to the second. Then we went to the third. The third was a popular Mayfair club, known for snooty people working the door. It is more like multiple layers of people working the door, sigh. The people in front of us were turned away and I thought, oh crap, we aren't going to get in. How embarrassing. Mr. Dubai dealt with the door people, who obviously looked us up and down (and then down and up) to determine whether we 'fit'. Apparently we did, and in we went. There is absolutely NO way I would have been allowed in even a few months ago. Even though the opinion of door women is something I would typically not care about at all, I liked the endorsement!
   
We stayed at this club for an hour or two-- long enough that my ears only stopped ringing when I started typing this post. Men were very nice to me, and the club's promoter even gave me his details so he can invite me to a club opening. Not like I will go, but again I liked the endorsement. Mr. Dubai got way too drunk, and I decided that it was time for me to leave. I finally got here at about 3. Impressively, I still got up at 7:30 and was at the gym before 9:)
   
My night with Mr. Dubai was really enjoyable, but it made me appreciate my life a little more. Going out and being part of that scene is fun once in a blue moon. When I haven't been out I miss it and can envy my friends, such as Mr. Dubai, who are single and free-- who can just do what they want when they want and party like it's 1999. I know that I won't need another night out like this for quite some time. More importantly, it reminds me that my life is great and that I wouldn't trade my relationship and my stability (albeit boring at times) for the flexibility to go back into Party Mode. It only took a little dose of actually experiencing my former life to remember all of this!

21 comments:

october 11 said...

OMG!!!! Congratulations!! You must be so excited!! Sounds like your night out was totally fab too!!

trisha said...

congrats Nora!! you've worked so hard!!!

Chris said...

Sounds like fun, bit you're right, I'd probably need 3 days to recover from a clubbing night! Congratulations on onederland - WOOT!!

Fluffy said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

MandaPanda said...

All great NSV's from Mr. Dubai to the door people to the club owner! You are one hot chica now! Congratulations on Onederland...you should feel so proud of yourself!

Darlin1 said...

Welcome to WONDERLAND...sounds like you're enjoying it!

A.J. said...

First off! Congrats on your ONEDERLAND arrival!! LIke all of us, I have had lots of different reactions to my weight loss. However, I tend to prefer the "Damn, you have lost a bunch of weight!" reaction. It gives you validation, gets the issue out in the open, and (for the most part) comes from a positive place. Most of the people in my life who have "danced" around the topic are the ones that I have suspected would/do have an issue with my weight loss or lapband.

Agreed also on the clubbing thing -- it's fun for one night but I no longer have the physical/ emotional stamina for the phony nonsense that so often comes with it. I also prefer the stability/security of my quiet, stable life/relationship.

Jacquie said...

So excited for you! Congrats Girl!

vickyd said...

Congrat on Onederland!! I knew you would be here soon!!!

Sandy Lee said...

You were always cool but only just now realize it. Congrats!,,

Vanessa said...

Congrats on reaching onderland!
Clubbing sounded so fun! Glad you enjoyed yourself.
I need to start appreciating my stability and relationship and stop wishing I were on the other side of the fence! Thanks for the reality check!

Lap Band Gal said...

Congratulations and welcome to One-derland!

Sarah G said...

Congrats on Onderland!!!!

Linda said...

Wow! That's such a great feeling. You've worked hard so enjoy your accomplishments.

Catherine55 said...

YOU ARE SO SO AWESOME!!! Welcome to Onederland, my friend!!!

Liz said...

Yay!!! Congrats! You are kicking so much ass! I look forward to joining you in Onederland :)

When will you be in NY again?

Sam said...

It's great to have a blunt friend who tells it like it is :o)

Rachel said...

YAY - CONGRATS!!! xxx

Andrea said...

YAY!!! Congrats on onderland!!

Ronnie said...

That's so fantastic! :) How does it feel?

Beth Ann said...

I told myself I wasn't allowed to comment as I catch up, but I couldn't stop myself here. Way to go, Nora!! Not only is that any awesome scale victory, I love that you got into that club, no problemo!!