Saturday, December 11, 2010

Most of All I Like Liking You

When We Met

December 31, 2009—I show up an hour late to meet him. He mentions my blog within the first five minutes. I decide he is witty, interesting, and a gentleman. He decides I’m quirky, artsy, and enjoyable. He decides to ask for my number. I decide to give it to him as he’s dropping me off at 3:30am.

We both seem to independently and simultaneously decide to not play the waiting game.

January 1, 2010—Joe picks me up and takes me to a dueling-piano bar (coolest date ever). I order water and he chuckles. He mentions Duchamp and takes me to the Freemont Troll. He puts his hand on the small of my back while walking across the street. I decide I’m interested. For these and many reasons.

And the reasons just kept coming.

January—Joe and I exchange the first of over 500 e-mails. And Joe calls for the first time. We talk about eggplants while I’m at the grocery store. The phone became an integral part of our always-long-distance relationship.

February 13, 2010—Joe gives me an early Valentine’s gift, a vegetarian cookbook. I hate vegetables but Joe is supportive of my goal to eat and like vegetables. He’s shown again and again how much he supports whatever I’m interested in. I have a shiny new yellow yoga mat and seven hours of yoga instruction to prove it.

February 14, 2010—Joe gives me a real Valentine’s gift. I thought he would never kiss me. I realize I care a lot about Joe.

April 2010— Joe and I begin seeing each other on a regular basis as we start living in the same when we start living in the same state. He brings me the first of many bouquets of flowers. I’m more impressed when he brings my sister a bouquet. I send Joe weekly thank-you cards. I discover Joe is a phenomenal cook. Joe discovers I take pleasure in insignificant things. I learn Joe knows a lot about a lot of things. Joe learns I don’t play team sports but make great tortellini soup. I begin to learn what makes Joe tick. Joe begins to see what makes me come alive.

May 2010—We make a few pretty big moves.

June 2010—I discover six hours in a plane can be fun when shared with Joe.

July 2010—We discover being together is not optional. And take this really great picture.

September 2010—Joe and I take a nine-hour road trip and still love each other by the end. I find out Joe likes podcasts, jerky, and talking on road trips. I like those things too. But Joe aslo finds out I like sleeping on road trips. We find out we are good at making us both happy.

Day We Got Engaged
November 2010—Joe begins a series of big weekend surprises. 1) Visiting me at school for the weekend. 2) A six-hour drive for a visit of three. 3) Hiding behind a car when he’s supposed to be out of the country. 4) A ring more beautiful than I could ever imagine and a feeling of happiness and peace I didn’t know was possible when the realization sinks in that I get to marry my best friend.


Tiffany Fackrell said...

yay!! congrats!! I may or may not have teared up a little when i got to the end...! I LOVE long car rides with David...the first time he told me he loved me was on one of those car rides from utah to moses lake! I hate long distance relationships...and even more long distance engagements...but i am hear to tell you they figure themselves out and we all survive, just not always with a smile (at least it was hard for me) Anyway, i am super excited for you, when is the big day?

Tiffany Fackrell said...

I will say one good thing for long distance relationships though...they make you figure out how to communicate!!

Charlotte said...

This is so sweet! I derive great enjoyment from love time lines. And given that I got to marry my best friend less than two months ago, I really love these kinds of stories. Congratulations!!

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Ande I love this post! Especially this line: "I begin to learn what makes Joe tick. Joe begins to see what makes me come alive."

I can just hear Joe's chuckle when he'll read this post.

I love you. I can't wait to see you both.

Renny said...

That is so perfectly lovely and well organized.

I am very, very, very happy for you :)

When is the big day? Which temple? Burning questions that must still be answered!

Cassidy said...

Bo says, "Awwww." I say "YES!!!"
Congrats guys!

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Chelsea Roylance said...

Ande I'm so happy for you!! I wish I were as good at using words as you are so I could tell you how it made me feel to read your love story. It's one of those stories that just makes you feel good, and by the end you realize you're grinning and letting out a big sigh... haha. It's as good as any novel :) Congrats on your engagement, he sounds like a terrific guy!

Kelsey and Jon Edwards said...

Most of all...I like you liking him.
and I like you being happy.
Happy love and Happy Engagement.
Love you sisterfriend!

Rachel said...

I'm so excited for you! And I loved this post! So cute!

Grace said...

I loved this post, Andrew! I LOVE the picture of you guys at the temple! Whoever took it did an amazing job! It makes me so happy to hear that you guys both care so much about the other persons interests. That is a very good quality you both have. I'm excited for you guys! I love you!

Tyler - Danielle - Emree said...

Congrats! I can not wait to meet him:)

the binghams. said...

such an amazing story!!! so happy for you ande!!!

Nikki said...

I love this post Ande! Congrats to you both!

Anonymous said...

Your big day is almost here and I am so happy about your happiness!