June 18, 2014

A Meet – Cute

Kissing Frogs: A Meet - Cute by Anna Johnston. www.shenannagans.com


‘A Meet – Cute is a situation in which people meet for the first time in a way that is considered adorable, entertaining, or amusing. It can also be applied to two people destined to become buddies’.

Meet-Cutes are, without a doubt, probably the best thing about being single. Those little surprise encounters where you bump into someone (sometimes quite literally) who momentarily stops you in your tracks, and makes your heart do a little flip flop. They often happen when you least expect them, like it did for me at a Charity Sleep Out on the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) running track, just hours before one of the coldest nights last winter.

A Meet - Cute by Anna Johnston. www.shenannagans.com

Every year Cheffie and I put our hands up to participate in a different fundraising gig in my fine city.  Normally it’s a cooking demonstration, a spot of bucket money collection or a hospitality trivia night, so the Centenary Sleep Out was admittedly, a little left field for even us… I’m not entirely sure why I agreed to it now I think of it, as I’m not a massive fan of camping and bugs freak me out, not to mention the cold… Well, that’s a massive #nodeal

A Meet - Cute by Anna Johnston. www.shenannagans.com

We arrived at the Oval with about 150 other keen beans ready to discover what it’s like for our homeless people who sleep rough regularly; everyone had swags, heat packs, some of us even had our Onesies on to add an extra layer of warmth. Bless the 3 degrees of separation in the Berra, as everyone knows everyone and we had connections with the Restaurant owner across the road to escape into warmth & hospitality with plenty of booze & food on tap.

We set up ‘camp’ and watched as the peeps settled into their open air home for the night… Enter Hottie McDave! #swoon #hello… A gorgeous specimen of a man sporting a smile that lit up the whole oval, and Boom Diggity, he was moving into the patch of ground next door to us.

A Meet - Cute by Anna Johnston. www.shenannagans.com

Ladies…. You’re Welcome!

Hottie McDave as I’ve called him, not only looks pretty, turns out he’s got the smarts too, he is a full time Sailor, a part time Physics student, adores Canberra almost as much as me, is single and open to offers, and is a volunteer for my fave charity too. I guess this is what makes a Meet-Cute so great; even the most unromantic can’t help but think that maybe fate was playing a part.

A Meet - Cute by Anna Johnston. www.shenannagans.com

Cheffie and I raised about $800.00 which went towards helping the Berras homeless people.

Hottie McDave has teamed up with us to do the 2014 Canberra Community Sleepout. Over the coming months I’ll do shout outs for support and assistance in spreading the word.

I give Hottie McDave

5 frogs

So tell me dear reader, have you ever experienced a ‘meet-cute’? And do you enjoy camping, or have you participated in a charity sleep out?  

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Monika Sharma - August 6, 2014 Reply

Wow 🙂 It’s really amazing & cute post “A Meet – Cute” ! I think we all should meet like this it ! Really Nice Post !

    Anna - August 6, 2014 Reply

    So do I Monika, it is such a great memory. 🙂

My Inner Chick - July 17, 2014 Reply

I’ll take the dude w/ the striped tie, please. I Like!

    Anna - July 17, 2014 Reply

    Ill be sure to let Hottie McDave know. 🙂 I like too. Very much.

Alaina - July 1, 2014 Reply

I don’t think I have experienced a meet-cute, but where do I sign up for one? 😉
Great work Anna! Your stories always bring a smile to my face xoxoxoxo

    Anna - July 1, 2014 Reply

    Hahaha… Done & Done my lady. 🙂 Consider yourself signed up. LOL! 🙂
    Thanks for the support and encouragement Alaina. xxx

Hannah - June 26, 2014 Reply

Meet-cutes are the best and so cute (i know it’s in the name but still)!!!

I’ve had a few good ones.

I love camping! Lots of good times and memories. I can set up a tent like a pro!

    Anna - June 26, 2014 Reply

    I have never experienced a meet-cute like this one before, maybe it was super because the meet was CUTE! 🙂
    Ohhhh…. details Missy.
    Haha, love the camping enthusiasm, we all know how I feel about it. LOL!
    PS: Are you and your little person joining the team this year?

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - June 22, 2014 Reply

I’ve never heard of a meet-cute but now I’m intrigued! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us, and what a great cause it was! High 5.

Now let’s talk about those adorable pajamas?!?!

    Anna - June 22, 2014 Reply

    🙂 Oh Pamela… I should have known you’d dig my dorky onesie. LOL!

Sriprae - June 22, 2014 Reply

Now THAT’s a great story to start my weekend! A worthy cause, an outdoor adventure and a hottie to boot! Girlfriend, how fantastic was that?! Love your sense of adventure and radar for fun. 🙂

My definition of camping is staying in a hotel. I love the great outdoors but just don’t feel compelled to embrace it all through the night. So, way to go you!! Especially on a cold night. Girl, your ranking is climbing on my hero’s list.

Have a terrific weekend, Fabulous Anna!!


    Anna - June 22, 2014 Reply

    Oh you do make me smile Miss Sriprae. 🙂 Twas indeed a fun little adventure. So fun, Im signing up again.. Whhhaaattt?!
    Hahaha… there you go again, speaking my language… My idea of camping is a hotel too, access to hot running water, a roof over head, comfy bed and a loo, I just don’t understand the attraction of sleeping in a situation where ones life is at risk (spiders and wild animals… Bleh!!!) Hmmmm… Seems there is some Princess left in me. LOL!
    I do hope you have a wonderful relaxing weekend lovely one. Giant hugs, high fives, fist bumps and happy dances (YOU ROCK) headed your way. xoxox

Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner - June 21, 2014 Reply

I love this phrase! The first time I heard it was on the movie, The Holiday. 🙂

    Anna - June 21, 2014 Reply

    Meeee too! Good film, even better when it happens for real.

Mandy - The Complete Book - June 20, 2014 Reply

Ooo, a meet-cute, what a lovely thing and no guessing 😉 you had a fab time darling and a big round of applause to you and Cheffie on raising such a grand amount of money.
Have a beautiful weekend my dear Anna with love from a damn chilly Sundays River.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - June 20, 2014 Reply

    It was REALLY great fun Miss Mandy. 🙂 We had a ball all onesied up, and yes, we were super stoked with the funds we raised. Thank you lovely one for your support, you really are a superstar!
    Thank goodness its the weekend, MASSIVE week. Love right back at chya from a flipping freezing Canberra.

Susan - June 19, 2014 Reply

Very cute indeed, such a worthy cause & so much fun too.

    Anna - June 19, 2014 Reply

    Teehee… Yep, super cute! Cold aside, was a really great and fun experience. 🙂

Alyssa @ My Sequined Life - June 19, 2014 Reply

Love, love, LOVE this, Anna! Your onesie is fab (…wishing I had one myself!) and it’s a great cause you’re bringing attention to and raising funds for. I’ve never heard the term “meet-cute” before but it’s sweet! By the looks of it, it was definitely a meet-cute, emphasis on the ‘cute’! 😉 And I’ve gone camping in the sense of we were young girls in cabins with sleeping bags and bunks. No heat or A/C, though! My boyfriend is very outdoorsy so he’s itching to go seriously camping, as in wear everything on your back and practically forage for food. We’ve not gone yet though, but will probably soon. I hope I’m ready! haha

    Anna - June 19, 2014 Reply

    Noooooooo, its the opposite of fab Alyssa, its ridiculous, but I sure wore it with pride. LOL! Are onesies big in your neck of the woods? Do you folk in states love them as much as we Aussies seem too? Haha.. yep, Hottie McDave has a serious case of the cutes. 🙂
    Whaaaattt??? You are going to go camping-camping, like the kind of camping Bear Gryles does? #hardcore #imimpressed 🙂

Kris Johnston - June 19, 2014 Reply

The adventures of Anna. LOVE. Count me in for a cheeky donation toward the sleep out this year. Wine or Cash, what ever you prefer. 🙂
Looking forward to next weeks post already.

    Anna - June 19, 2014 Reply

    LOL! Thanks home slice, the adventures of Anna indeed. 🙂
    You legend, thanks for the support, most appreciated. I’ll take the cash and a key to your digs (in case it gets too cold).

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - June 19, 2014 Reply

Hehe I haven’t experienced a Meet-cute. In fact I hadn’t heard of the term before I read your post! 😛 He looks cute! Where is that shirtless photo from? Did you take it?

    Anna - June 19, 2014 Reply

    I first heard Meet-Cute in the film, The Holiday. I don’t think its a commonly used term.
    Yep, Hottie McDave is cute. I found the shirtless photo on his FB, I think he has done some modelling, the photo was taken by Adam Vujic 🙂

Krista - June 19, 2014 Reply

Aww, you guys are adorable! I love your jimjams. 🙂 What fun to meet such a fabulous person while doing such a good, good thing. You are an inspiration, luv. 🙂

    Anna - June 19, 2014 Reply

    I seriously have no shame, wearing my onesies (possibly one of the most unattractive pieces of clothing I own) in public. Hottie McDave is a treat! Thanks for the kind words lovely one. Hugs. xx

Allison - June 19, 2014 Reply

What a fantastic event! And what a hunk! 😉 It’s so awesome to see people spend their free time doing good for others. You go girl!

    Anna - June 19, 2014 Reply

    Cold aside, it was really great fun. Haha… Yep, Hottie McDave sure is a hunk. 😉
    Thanks for the encouragement lovely. 🙂

Choc Chip Uru - June 18, 2014 Reply

A meet-cute sounds too cute to be true, I would love to experience one!
Cant do the whole sleeping outside thing, but can appreciate and admire your amazing determination! And congrats on raising so much for such a great cause 😀

Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - June 18, 2014 Reply

    CCU… Great to see you girl, I’ve missed you.
    Yep, the meet-cute sure was fun, and because it was for such a good cause, the sleeping outside bit wasn’t so bad either.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - June 18, 2014 Reply

Nice way to describe meeting a good looking person! I don’t camp anymore as I’ve had my fair share of bugs 🙂

    Anna - June 18, 2014 Reply

    Teehee… Thanks Tandy. He is a bit of a cutie. And with you on the camping, don’t like the bugs at all! 🙂

Alice - June 18, 2014 Reply

Such an adorable story Anna! I love your bubbly quirkiness & I can hear all the angle ladies swooning with excitement in seeing your meet-cute! Lol, I’ve loved that phrase, ever since I heard it in The Holiday!!! Ps, congrats on supporting such a great cause too 🙂

    Anna - June 18, 2014 Reply

    Teehee… Why thank ya lovely one! 🙂 Yes, how good is The Holiday? Love that film. Totally a worthwhile experience, a meet-cute, I made a new buddy and I was doing good things for my community. Turns out sleeping in sub degree temps is pretty great fun. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - June 18, 2014 Reply

Well done you! I have heard of these sleep outs but have never done one as I’m not good with cold weather or with being out of my comfort zone. Pathetic to be sure! I’m glad you found it to be a lot of fun xx

    Anna - June 18, 2014 Reply

    Haha… Thanks Charlie. 🙂 Nope, no way, not pathetic, you know what ya like, totally with you on the cold and comfort thing. Camping really isn’t an enjoyable experience for me, but I will say, this was super fun. Thankfully this years sleep out is in November, so it should be lovely and warm. Yay!

Lizzy (Good Things) - June 18, 2014 Reply

I did experience a meet-cute, though it was online nine years ago and he is with me for life! Love this idea! And I don’t like camping, and haven’t done a sleepout… but I do act as a sort of advocate for homeless people, and those with a mental illness.

    Anna - June 18, 2014 Reply

    Wow Liz, thats wonderful… Yay to finding your one true meet-cute! I do enjoy the soppy romantic love stories. 🙂 Also very cool you are a advocate for homeless people, go you lovely. Thats really fantastic.

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