Secrets, celebrations, and stalkers.

First things first: my blog has reached 400 followers!

Well, 401, to be exact. And by followers, I mean people who have subscribed via email. I didn’t count the people who have liked me on Facebook or followed me on Bloglovin’, because I’m not sure how many of those are doubles. Β (Side note: I know a few people have asked about Google Friend Connect and RSS feed: Friend Connect doesn’t work with my widgets, and my RSS is broken and I can’t get it to work. So email/Bloglovin/Facebook (also, Twitter) are your only options. Sorry.)

I don’t know why I think 400 is so exciting, but it is. I have been watching my subscribers for the past week thinking “Oh, come on, just fifteen more! Just ten more! Just five more! Just three more!” and then today I got home from errands and voila! There in my inbox were a bunch of new subscriber emails, and my stats proudly announced that I have 401 followers.

And as I am not a planner, I Β knew I wanted to celebrate, but then I thought “wait… the weather is terrible right now so I have no special outfits, and I have nothing else that is exciting to share!”

Except that I do.

See, there’s this secret I have been keeping from you because I’m devious and I wanted to wait for a good time to share. I thought I might wait a lot longer, and I considered waiting for 500 followers to come around (because 500 is halfway to 1,000, and that’s kind of a lot), but I am an impatient person and also… I have nothing else at the moment.

I guess really the best way to share news is to just jump in:

I have a man. All for my own. We’ve been dating (or something similar– those of you who have been around long enough know I have slightly different methods from most people) for six weeks, which is the other reason I decided to share him with you now and not wait for 500 followers. You know back when I said that life had taken an unexpected and fantastic turn? That was him. (And this post was two days before our first “date.” On that day, I was processing things and I didn’t know what to do with myself.)

When you were all guessing what it could have been, only one person hinted that it could Β have been a special someone. And she was right. But, being me, I wanted to save the news until I could reveal it on a special day.

So today is special. Yesterday was the third week of our seeing each other every day for at least three hours in the day (is that weird? Are we pathetic?), today my blog reached 401 followers, and today it’s been six weeks of us… together.

I think he’s pretty cute.

But then, I could be prejudiced. Y’know.

I’m not going to say a whole lot about him now, except that he’s wonderful and he has a cool name (no, I’m not going to tell you. You have to wait for that) because it’s more fun to write posts after you’ve asked questions. So if you’ve got questions… or anything else to say, shoot. I might be able to convince him we should do a question and answer vlog together.

He’s a little shy, though. So don’t scare him away. Please.

P.S. In other news, the snow is melting and the rain is back.



  • Marie

    GASP! :)))) SO happy for you Mara! He looks to be quite a catch if I may say so…I literally gasped out loud when I saw the picture (my brother rushed into the room and was like, “What happened??” LOL!). So yes, my excitement for you is not exaggerated whatsoever.

    And yay on the 400 (+1) followers πŸ™‚

    Now I’m going to go somewhere else and giggle over the absolute adorableness of you two in that picture. Tehehe

    • Marie

      Note on the followers thing on the sidebar where you enter your email to become a follower it says “Enter your email. You know you want to. Join 555 other followers.” Just wondering about that?

      • Mara

        He IS quite a catch. πŸ˜‰ Hehe. That’s so great! Yeah, I couldn’t hold it in any longer, partly because we do SO much together that some of my adventures would be hard to share without revealing him. I love that it made you react! Thank you!

        It might be that it counts not only blog post subscribers but also comment subscribers, or twitter followers. Because in my stats, it puts all three together for a total of 600 something, but blog-post subscribers ONLY is 401. It’s just weird like that.

  • piccolaitaliana

    GAHHH!!!! CONGRATS! πŸ˜€ And I’m with Marie, he’s kind of totally adorable. I made the mistake of drinking while I read this and semi-inhaled some water…and almost died…but it doesn’t matter because I’m soooooo happy for you! I sometimes worry about myself…

    Congrats on the 401 followers too. I’m just barely behind you with 42. Eh, close enough πŸ˜‰

      • Mara

        Hahaha! One of my best friends called him my Eccentric Owl, because he’s a little weird like me. πŸ˜€ So it totally works.

    • Mara

      Yeeah, he’s pretty cute, like I said. Actually, I think he’s quite possibly the most attractive man I’ve ever seen. I feel bad for all of you not being able to see him in person. (You must excuse me if I swoon a little.)
      I’m glad you didn’t die. That would have been very tragic. πŸ˜€ Thank you!

      Ah, you’ll catch up. You have one of the best blogs I’ve ever read. πŸ˜€ And 42 is a good sized number for how relatively young your blog is!

  • Kelly

    he’s so cute! Look at his eyes! His hair! His smile! And he’s a decent dresser? I remember you talking about what you do instead of dating, it’s like courting right? He must be an awesome person. I’m so alone =(
    But seriously congrats on 401 followers! =) And Idk if it makes sense to congratulate you on getting a man, but congrats on that too!

    • Mara

      I know. πŸ˜€ Secret: he’s even cuter in person. πŸ˜‰ Yeah, my dating is less “we go out on dates” and more… we’ve become best friends via random adventures, spending time with his or my family… and this is a pretty serious relationship. Little things have changed (like, we hold hands) but overall it’s not really dating as most people would do it.
      He Is an awesome person, for sure. Very much so!
      I think you’ll meet your perfect someone when the time is right! Hey, I didn’t go on my first date until I was 23. It’s worth waiting. πŸ˜‰
      Haha, it makes total sense! πŸ˜€

  • Bethie

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPP!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    I nearly passed out from squealing too long!! Y’all are way too adorable!! I’m super insanely happy for you!!! *happy sigh* *tearful sniffle* You got yourself a man. *dabs eyes* And what a lovely man he looks to be! (Also, I love your stripey gloves!)

    My questions are as follows…
    How does Mr. Rochester feel about this? How is it possible for someone’s eyes to be so blue?! Where did you meet? Is he possessing of Irish roots? Does he like kitties? Will he watch period dramas with you? Does he have any brothers or cousins? Imeanwhat?

    Seriously excited for you. πŸ˜€

    • Mara

      Ah, cute man friend. I like that expression. πŸ˜€

      Any new follower makes me celebrate. I just can’t believe they’ve gotten to be so numerous. I don’t know where they come from or why!

  • margaret

    Ahhh!!!! Congratulations! My only question is: Where did you find a man? Because I could use some tips. πŸ™‚

  • Snigdha

    That’s a wonderful news! And I’m so pathetic that I kept reading (and re-reading) this post until I could convince myself completely that this IS real. And I’m so happy for you!

    It’s amazing that you’ve finally found someone who matches you in splendor (which is big, you know. You are the epitome of grandeur, Mara.)

    Of course, I want to know the name. πŸ˜€

    And oh yes, congratulations! πŸ˜€ Every happiness in the world to you both πŸ™‚

  • Demy

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m freaking screaming!!!! AAAAAAAA!!!!!!! I CAN’T BELIEEEEEEVE YOU KEPT IT FOR SO LONG!!!! ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod!!!!!!!!!! I can’t stop screaming and laughing!!!! I’m sosososososososososo happy for youuuu! <3 You guys look just amazing together! I rememeber when you hinted about it, but I nearly forgot about it! I'M SO HAAAPPYYYY!!! Maraaa <3 Yesyesyesyessss!!!! He is really handsome, you're the nicest couple <3 OHHHHH!!!! YEEEEEEEAH!
    Jeez, girl, you made my day! Just a question: is he Irish?? πŸ˜›
    Oh and I almost forgot (sorry but I just can't stop screaming for you and mr.Mysterious :P), congrats for the 401 followers! That IS a lot! Nice! πŸ˜€
    Mara, I wish you all the best! Oh my God…I'm so extremely happy for youuu!!! Thank God you can't see me now because I'm acting like a complete fool πŸ˜›

  • miffalicious

    You are absolutely adorable, and so is he! And 400 followers, oh sweetalicious so so so so proud. Look how far you have come (p.s. how long HAVE WE KNOWN EACH OTHER?!?!?!) Love you to bits, darling. Talk soon? (I know I’m horrible at being around, but I have been really sick and everything πŸ™ )


  • Booksphotographsandartwork

    Ahhhhhhhhh young love, how sweet. How wonderful! Good for you. Adorable pic. Now tell us where you met. That is always so interesting. Gosh I hope it was in person and not on-line. I don’t understand why people can’t meet in person anymore.

  • Avra-Sha Faohla

    Oh my goodness!!! I seriously just got up and did a little dance. I am SO happy for you! AAAAHHH!!!! I wish you two all the best together and a healthy, lasting relationship. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    As for the slightly less squeal-inducing but still exciting news of 400 subscribers, congrats! When did you get so deucedly famous?! Oh, well, I don’t mind, so long as you find time occasionally to talk to little old me. πŸ˜‰

    • Mara

      Haha! Aw! Thank you. πŸ˜€ I sort of do little dances all the time because of him. πŸ˜‰

      I don’t know where they came from! But there they are. Lots of stalkers. πŸ˜€ I will always try to find time to talk to you! How could I not? πŸ˜€

  • whatthefwaah

    Hoot hoot! We’re just starting out on wordpress, trying to reach out to some other bloggers and get some back and forth going!

    And congrats on the cutie patootie with a goovy little booty. We’re all about love here at the Fwaah.

  • Georgia

    Ahh! I am so so so happy for you! He looks so gorgeous and you two are so beautiful together!
    I’m on holidays at the beach house and on my phone at the moment so sorry this isn’t long, but one thing I will say is that you owe me a very long letter Missy! <3 love you and am so happy!

    • Mara

      Yes, I do owe you a really long letter! I’ll try to write and send it to you this week! (We moved, by the way, so I have a new address. :D) I miss our letters! <3