I've been doing some research on what the experts have to say on the subject of dating etiquette (a subject close to my heart, as you know), and I stumbled across a copy of 'The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr.Right'. Now this sounds like my kind of book!
I've had a quick flick through the chapters and think I can safely say that, without even knowing it, I am indeed a 'rules girl'.
Here's a few examples:
Be a 'Creature' Unlike Any Other
I think it goes without saying that this sentence could have been written about me.
Don't Talk to a Man First
As you all know, I let the men do the yowling.
Don't Stare at Men or Talk Too Much
See above (although I do perhaps need to work on the staring part - I have been known to deliver the occasional Medusa stare across the garden).
Don't Meet Him Halfway or Go Dutch on a Date
We always meet in my garden, naturally. As far as I know neither of us has ever paid on a date.
Don't Accept a Saturday Night Date after Wednesday
This one's a bit of a sticking point as I have been known to think it's still Saturday on Wednesday, but I've never knowingly broken this rule.
Stop Dating Him if He Doesn't Buy You a Romantic Gift for Your Birthday of Valentine's Day
As I explained in my last blog, a healthy tomcat spray around the hallway counts as a romantic gift for cats, so I think this one's covered.
Don't See Him More than Once or Twice a Week
I try to make a habit of not seeing ANYONE (human or cat) more than once or twice a week, so not a problem.
Let Him Take the Lead
Hmm. I'm not a dog, you know.
Be Honest but Mysterious
Check. To both.
Slowly Involve Him in Your Family
Well, he's had a few stand-offs with Pip in the back garden. Same thing.
Love Only Those Who Love You
Easy - EVERYONE loves me!