Why We Work

Monday, November 4, 2013

Well friends, as of November 3rd this guy and I have officially been dating for six years...

We've celebrated this little dating anniversary of ours all over the Midwest depending on where we living at the time- anywhere from Nebraska to Kansas to Missouri and finally Illinois. Our next stop will be New York... Just kidding, but I wouldn't hate it.

Because I had an extra hour in the day thanks to daylight savings, I spent a little time reading some blog posts from anniversaries of the past. That's the fun thing about blogging, I can constantly track past-me in order to keep future-me on task. Anyway, way back in 2010 we celebrated in Topeka, Kansas and I may have sensed a bit of bitterness in my tone when talking about dinner reservations at either Red Lobster or Olive Garden... And then I got all mushy and wrote a really sappy post for our "4.5 year anniversary" and it still makes me blush, I don't know what got into me this day.

Finally last year on 11.3.2012 I just made a timeline of all the states/countries we've lived (and haven't lived) in together until we finally decided to buckle down and plant our feet in Chicago.  So while I'd love to have a cute little "our love story" or "the story of us" page at the top of my blog like all of the cute bloggers do, if you've read any of those posts above you know our story is pretty simple. We met at a frat party, had our first date at a mexican restaurant that served minors, and the rest is history.

I think instead what I should have is a "why we work" page. And it would go something like this:
Because we both appreciate the beauty of a lazy Sunday... and on those lazy Sundays we take turns walking to the 7/11 on the corner to buy each other our favorite snacks- Cool Ranch Doritos for me, a Slim Jim and an Arnold Palmer for him. And we both like the snooze button. And we like the silent noise of a fan when we sleep. And we're okay with (occasionally) letting a dog run our life. And we get a stupid amount of joy out of seeing that silly dog run like a wild man at a dog park. And we both like ordering in Pho from our favorite Vietnamese restaurant on a chilly night. And we like to go out, but also love to stay in. And we laugh together. We laugh a lot. And we cook together. And put way too much salt on everything. And we tell each other when we look cute. And we both like beards. And skinny jeans. And neither of us can stand fake nacho cheese on our nachos, give us shredded cheese or nothing at all please. And we both want to be Anthony Bourdain. And we wait for each other to watch important shows like Homeland, Shark Tank, or 60 Minutes. And he watches SNL with me even though I know he sometimes doesn't think it's funny. And we like gummy bears in our ice cream. And he doesn't get mad when I steal his socks. And I don't care when he uses my hairspray (that was only when he was rocking the hipster 'do in the summer.) And he never drinks the last of the milk because he knows I'll want it for cereal the next morning. And I'll never eat the last string cheese because I know he likes to eat one every day after work. And because we're both dreamers. He won't admit it as much as me, but I can just tell. And because we both just really like to be around each other. It didn't take us long to realize it's just better that way.

I'm going to end this by showing a photo that was taken exactly six years ago, the night before Chris "officially" asked me to be his girlfriend. It was taken at a little slice of heaven on earth known as the Hawk in Lawrence, Kansas. I have a feeling we weren't the first relationship that got started there.


Cheers to more November 3rds in the future.

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42 comments:

  1. Aww shucks. And then I got all the warm and happies inside. I frankly would like the frat party/Mexican restaurant story as a tab more than all the other ones out there.

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  2. Chris' beard.

    That is all.

    (I'm aware I look like a creeper, and I am.)

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  3. 6 years?? That really IS practically forever.

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  4. It all started at a frat party... and a bus ride home.

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  5. Well... this is officially adorable.

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  6. this is pretty much the cutest thing I've ever read. congrats on 6 years!

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  7. I am not going to lie, this had me tearing up. Maybe it's because I feel the same way about michael. we just get eachother and its awesome and unexplainable. except for you explained it perfectly. he's a lucky guy. well really, y'all are both lucky.

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  8. This is really sweet! I love that you do not have a love story page, because it is still unfolding. I am all for the why we work page.

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  9. This post definitely gave me the mushies. Happy Anni Tay!

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  10. This is such a sweet post. I love the idea of a why we work post way more than a story of us post. It's interesting to hear about how couples got together of course, but the little things like saving the string cheese are so much sweeter. Congratulations on six years!

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  11. I seriously DIED when I read that you became official at Hawk. Ohhhh the memories. Super cute post!

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  12. How sweet! I'm a new reader, and I feel like this was a great introduction to your blog. :)

    xo,
    Rachel
    Suppose Anything Goes

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  13. what a fabulous, non-mushy, post.

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  14. My husband and I's romance officially started about 6 1/2 years ago after a night at The Jewel and Bullfrogs in Topeka. Not sure if the Jewel is still a club or not but I bet you know what I am talking about. It was before people starting getting shot there. It was, in no way, a jewel. Congrats on the 6 years! Y'all are too cute!

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  15. Gagggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg. Why so cuuuuute. I love.

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  16. Simple love stories are my favorite. I love the way you described your relationship.. so authentic! Happy Anniversary!!

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  17. If this isn't just precious I don't know what is. Somehow you are one of those really adorable couples that doesn't make me want to vom which says something because I am a super anti-romantic when it comes to blogging! Happy 6 year anniversary!

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  18. Congrats! Love this! We are celebrating 10 years of dating November 18th!

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  19. Complete sweetness! It is great that you know quirky reasons as to why you work.
    ~Krista
    kristiesbluejeasn.blogspot.com

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  20. Awww. Happy 6 year Anniversary to you both!!

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  21. goodness 6 years! wow congrats that is awesome!

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  22. Tay, OMG I didn't know you had lived in Kansas!? Where the hell have I been? I have spent many of nights (most of which I don't remember) at the Hawk. Holy crap. This is awesome.

    xo fal • falfindshappiness.blogspot.com

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  23. Warm fuzzies!!!!!!! I've never met someone who puts gummie bears on their ice cream... i can't believe there's more than one.... You two freaks are perfect for each other!

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  24. This was my favorite. I actually feel like I love you more now that I know how you two operate. And it's a pretty smooth and awesome sounding operation. :) Happy Anniversary!!

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  25. Oh, I loved this! Isn't it funny all the things we learn about each other after living together for awhile? Love the little bits and pieces of your life that your share.

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  26. Very cute post! Happy Anniversary. :)

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  27. I love your why we work story. Meeting is easy. Making it work is the meat of the relationship. Cheers to many more November 3rds!

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  28. I love gummy bears in my ice cream because they get harder to chew due to the cold of the ice cream, this is the exact same reason my husband hates them in his. Happy 6 years to the two of you!

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  29. What a romantic post. I didn't know you had it in you Tay! : )

    Congrats!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  30. Love this! Happy 6 years to y'all!

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  31. Everyone say it together: "Aaaaaawwwwwww." But I like that you see more of the "why we work" vs. the love story part. While cute love stories are awesome... you can have an awesome story but the relationship itself may not work. So congrats on 6 years!!!!

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  32. Congrats!!! Wishing you many many more :)

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  33. awww! That is too cute! I love the throw back pic at the end! Oh, The Hawk!

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  34. Meant to write this yesterday .. I love this, congrats, and this sounds weird, but you are AWESOME for not being married. If I hear another "my husband is so great" i will definitely puke. BOYFRIENDS ARE AWESOME DAMMIT.

    Love,
    a GIRLFRIEND.

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  35. OK that's really freaking cute! Happy Anniversary!

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  36. Congratulations! Yay for The Hawk! I went to KU, and I'm sure that place did start up quite a few relationships:)

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  37. I absolutely love your list of why it works for you guys! All of those little, genuine things are what make a relationship so amazing. Congrats!

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  38. This list of why it works - so perfect, and so true. I'm going on year 2 with my boyf, and I swear it's the little nuances that keep everything crazily fun! You gotta know what flavor of beef jerky is the best, just as he has to know every contestant on The Bachelor for full commercial commentary.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Erica

    Coming Up Roses - ericaligenza.wordpress.com
    RULES FOR DATING: http://ericaligenza.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/5-rules-for-dating/
    NEW POST for this week: http://ericaligenza.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/redefining-success/

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  39. Aw, I love your list! Happy anniversary!

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