I'm driving up to Oregon tomorrow for Christmas and have several things to accomplish today before that happens. The hot fudge is completed at least and most other presents purchased. I guess I'm looking forward to seeing my family (some of them anyway).
I'm still feeling sad but, after talking to sh/cm on Tuesday night, I'm not as darkly depressed. Perhaps I'm in denial, because we are still broken up. But it helped to talk through the situation with his ex, as well as other issues in our relationship.
Regarding his approach to the ex situation, talk about denial! Despite the intense feelings I expressed multiple times on the subject, he still thought, "We'll get through it somehow, it will all be okay." He described this as believing in the strength of our relationship; I call it being thick-headed and stubborn.
He did say he had shifted emotionally and understood my feelings, and admitted he would have had a problem if the situation were reversed (and I admitted most people would struggle with their partner living with someone of the opposite gender, which seemed to mean a lot to him). I think it was something he believed he "had" to do, and clung to the belief that it would all work out somehow with the strategy of him staying at my place a lot, etc.
When the proverbial excrement actually hit the fan and she said she was coming for a month, we also had been having problems and he was hurt and angry, which played into the way he handled it.
Bottom line, I am deeply disappointed that he didn't communicate more openly with me as a partner, with consideration for both our needs and feelings. I'm sad that he didn't initially empathize with my feelings and take them more seriously. He shared that he believed both of our jealousy was "unsustainable" and would have to lessen. And that I would get more emotionally stormy than him about things, and he saw his role as upholding medium and long-term goals. Or something like that.
I see the point of not always "buying in" to my emotions, especially around certain times in my cycle, but this was an issue that goes back to the start of our relationship, had come up several times, and was much more deeply rooted. I know my own reactions to it are partially fueled by my own issues and insecurities but that's part of what I want a partner to do, be sensitive and help reassure me in areas where I struggle.
Granted, we each need to take responsibility for our own issues/reactions versus making the other person wrong, which is easier said than done. But, basically, I wanted him to care about my feelings and work together to find a way to deal with the situation that was tolerable for both of us.
The other topic I want to mention relates to his emotional wound or trauma (he describes it as a dark void), which he had recently gotten in touch with when we first got together. He talked about wanting to actively work with it but never really started on that process, which is what he says he wants to do now. We'll see. But it takes hold of him at times and causes him to see me as a bad person or purposefully unloving or hurtful. It's the worst feeling to be on the receiving end of this, and, looking back on our emails over the past several months, has sabotaged the strength and joy in our relationship many times. I know that my issues around perfectionism, as well as the aforementioned jealousy/insecurity, have also caused problems and pain, so I'm certainly not without blame.
Anyway, sorry for the ongoing analysis! I'm deep in it right now. I did go on a date Monday night. We looked at Christmas lights and all the festivities going on down in Union Square in San Fran.cisco. It was enjoyable and he's an intelligent, good guy, but the attraction wasn't particularly strong. I might go out with him again, just for equilibrium purposes, when I get back from Oregon.
As a side note, sh/cm gave me a romantic, loving card and bought me a huge book of Romantic/Post-Romantic poetry, which felt loving and like an effort of sorts. He also insisted on giving me some money to deal with car stuff, which I initially resisted but ended up taking because I would not have had to spend this money if we had gone to Oregon together, as planned. And we drank wine and spent some time kissing, which may not be a "good" thing but felt very good.