Or, do you view this as being a confortable situation in which the "M" word will not transpire.
I myself have trouble with that term, and I don't use it anymore. It implies that any unmarried person is a fragmentary half-self awaiting completion in a spouse.
Most healthy relationships already have enough space and alone-time for a person to do their contemplating about how they feel.
Many men use this sentence as a break-up strategy, with the idea that once they are away from you, the break-up will be easier for them to execute.
which means that marriage is definately a possibilty... Everything was the same except for the lighter bank account and the bling bling on her finger.
it means that you're only seeing each other and deciding if this is the person that you want to grow old with I look at a committed relationship as relationship where you only see each other. And you are ready for for the next big step, but you don't necessarily have to be engaged or married. I got the impression that she was talking about dating and not friendship but I could be wrong (though not likely).