The Unreal Life is a witty blog full of dating disasters
Autumn Hubbard is living The Unreal Life, which happens to be the name of her blog. Why unreal? You should read about some of her dating disasters. It’s no wonder she likens herself to Carrie Bradshaw; some of these dates seem like they would only happen on TV. Like Carrie, she’s funny, witty, honest and shares all the wonderful hilariousness of dating. Meet Autumn …
Where I’m based: Currently, St. Louis, but before too long I will be back in my beloved home state of Michigan!
How long I’ve been blogging: One year. Who knew one night with a bottle of wine and a tub of cookie dough would have led to this.
Blog/business basics: The Unreal Life documents my attempts to stop dating (jerks), say no to strangers and use appropriate office lingo. I never say no to a good dive bar, tribal print or adventure. It’s a little satirical, a little witty and always unreal.
Other blogs I love: Two blogs that I never miss are Kayla at Simple Bliss and Meg at The Wild and Wily Ways of a Brunette Bombshell. Their blogs are the absolute opposite of mine — a more serious tone, sentimental, emotional — but the way that they never fear to hit “publish” no matter what part of their life they’re exposing that day inspires me. For funny blogs, I look to Mess in the Making and Gin and Bare It.
Guilty pleasure: Now that I live on my own things that previously were “guilty pleasures” are just common occurrences, which is making me question my life choices. Lately, my favorite guilty pleasure has been coming home during my lunch break to eat crab rangoons, egg drop soup and watch a few episodes of Sex and the City (SATC). It should be a crime to enjoy the middle of the work day that much. Oh and JoJo. Listening to JoJo is always a guilty pleasure.
Last thing I bought: Gas for a day trip to the heart of “Missourah” and chicken strips. Both were a huge success.
What’s the worst date you’ve ever been on? Recently I went on a first date where he proceeded to call me “babe” the whole time. If I can’t even remember your last name, don’t call me babe. Then he told me he wanted to “take me to his favorite spot” which was “just a small road trip — 20 minutes” away.
An hour and a half later, we get to his favorite spot. What is this romantic, scenic place he’s been talking up the whole way? A highway turnoff. Yep. Real special. He then told me he wanted to “take me somewhere and cuddle.” Again, I do not know you and you define a highway turnoff as your favorite spot — so that’s a no.
What’s your most notable adventure? When I lived in Seattle, a few of my friends and I had “Friday Fun Hikes” where we visited a different scenic location every week. The most memorable was when we decided to visit Mt. Rainier. We showed up to a snow-covered mountain in leggings, tank tops and tennis shoes. I’m not really sure what we were thinking. The park ranger looked at us like we were crazy (understandable) and tried to kindly point us back down the mountain to trails that “might not have as much snow coverage”.
We decided that if we had driven all this way, we weren’t going to leave without at least touching the mountain. So we ran around like crazy fools on a snow covered mountain wearing nothing close to appropriate mountain hiking attire. For those of us in the group from the Midwest, the snow was an instant cure to our summer home-sickness. We spread out a tarp, had a picnic and took a nap on top of the snow. Besides being absolutely spontaneously perfect, it was also the only time the entire summer I got sunburn.
Is there a most awkward moment you’ve experienced that you are most proud of? Is it bad to say “every date, ever”? Probably. One time, during a date a boy squirted ketchup onto his palm, licked it off, and declared “I’m too hungry to wait for dinner, but too poor to order an appetizer”. If you can survive this awkward moment and still believe love is possible, that is a moment to be proud of.
What do you like about best about Tina Fey? I think that Tina’s consistent presence in the media not only opened up comedy for females, but really helped shift society into a place where it began to see smart, witty, successful women as not just acceptable, but desirable. I’m a huge fan of Tina and Amy Poehler’s friendship. They are a great example of how women can stop competing and start supporting each other to success.
What movie title best describes your life? Move Over, Carrie. I absolutely adore SATC, but I like to think there’s a new single girl in town ready to take on the world one dating disaster at a time.