Hey guys, here's my situation:
There's this girl that I really like who is also a far-out friend (never been a close friend). Anyways, we met up a while back and things were going great. She always initiated conversation and flirted. After a friends birthday back in late September I messed things up by being too drunk and sending a needy text in an attempt to recover. Contact was cut off for some time until about a month ago when we started texting again and got back on good terms.
I did try to set up a date but while she agreed in principle it didn't happen in reality. It was my birthday on Saturday past and we met up in the same club (after an attempt at setting up a date failed, she said she would be in X club for a work night out on the same night of my birthday and would see me then). Things went well and I tried to escalate physical touch by holding her hand, hugging and kissed her twice on the cheek. She was friendly throughout and there were good vibes. Towards the end of the night she asked me to take some photos of me and her together. Beyond that though, nothing else happened and I was too shy to escalate any further.
I send the following text convo on the Sunday:
Me: How's the hangover kiddo
Her: Don't have one Sir. Happy escape from the womb day
Me: That's an unusual way of saying happy birthday but thanks.. You were funny last night
Her: I was?
Me: You don't remember haha I shall fill you in with the story next time we meet
Her: No tell me
Where do I go from here? Things between us are good but I'm sure I lost some attraction after screwing up when it was my friends birthday. I want to push for a meet up 1-on-1 so I can escalate things before I properly fall into the friend zone. In that last text convo I did tease that we would have to meet before I told her the story. My text game right now is good but I don't want to become a texting buddy either, hence the importance of a date. On the other hand, the more I ask her out then the more value I lose and needy I appear. It's like a catch 22 situation.
Any advice would be appreciated.