Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Little Things

I figured I'd start an ongoing post of the little things that See Ya does to make me smile.  There are a lot, so I hope I remember to update this post as they happen!

10/28: We were driving out of town to visit his grandmother.  He was driving separately so that he could go back to school directly from her house, and his car was right in front of mine.  On the side of the road, we passed a dead cat that had been hit by a car.  He knows how much seeing things like that upsets me.  Not even five seconds after I saw the cat, my phone was ringing.  He called me to ask me if I was okay and talked to me for a minute to make me feel better.  So sweet.

11/9: He called me at 5:21 AM.  Did I want to kill him?  Yes.  But he sang his official wake-up song for me, which goes, "Time to get up, time to get up, boodoodoodoo!"  I had to laugh.  Thank goodness I could sleep in as long as I wanted after we said goodbye.

11/11: He texted me when he was out at a club with a lot of his single friends: "I'm glad I'm not single."  Amazing how something so simple can mean so much.  And I feel the same way.

11/15: He called me at 6:57 AM, minutes before my alarm woke me up.  What did he do?  He sang The Lonely Island's "Dick in a Box" to me.  It was amazing to laugh myself awake.

11/17: He is coming down with a cold, so I got him some medicine. When I asked him how he felt, he said, "Good, because I'm here with you."  Too. Freaking. Sweet.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Nine Months: Arf Arf

Best nine months ever.  We're so comfortable around each other and so compatible that we now communicate by barking like seals. I know it sounds weird, but it works.  We work.  The thing is, I could go on forever about how wonderful he is and how great things are, but I know that happy, successful relationship stories are not nearly as interesting to read as are funny, epic fail dating stories.  And guess what?  I'm fine with that.  More than fine.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

One Wonderful Weekend

This weekend was perfect.  We've had so many fantastic weekends together, but this one was my favorite so far!  I drove up to visit him on Thursday night and was excited about getting to spend three nights there rather than just two!  When I arrived, we grabbed dinner at Mellow Mushroom.  Maui Wowie is our favorite pizza, and we had a pitcher of Blue Moon.  After that, we walked around a little bit and decided to put on our bathing suits and get in the hot tub.  Funny story, I bought one of my favorite bikinis in Boone last February when I was visiting him for the first time and we had hot tub access.  This is the bikini I always take with me now when I visit him.  Next, we went to Marble Slab for ice cream.  Coffee ice cream with Heath bar pieces.  So good.  And finally, we ended up going back to his room and watching Cabin in the Woods.

The next morning, we went outlet shopping in Blowing Rock pretty much all day, grabbed an early dinner at Black Cat, and went back to his room for margaritas!  His roommates invited us to see Ted with them for a dollar in the student center, so that was fun!  We fell asleep pretty quickly afterwards.  On Saturday morning, we decided to go back to Blowing Rock and explore the downtown area.  They were having Art in the Park, which is an event where vendors showcase and sell their work.  It was awesome to see all the handmade jewelry, woodwork, and pottery.  We went to Best Cellar for lunch, and I ended up tipping the waitress five pennies because she was absolutely awful. I'm normally a generous tipper, but she was just terrible.  After walking around some more, we went to Bald Guy Brew and had coffee and caramel apple cider.  I also got a little bit of homework done there! Eventually, we headed back to his room and made spaghetti for dinner. Somehow, we then ended up back in Blowing Rock at Six Pence Pub, which is an awesome place.  I had Snakebite, which is a mixture of Newcastle and apple cider.  Delicious!  As soon as we stepped outside of the pub, the most wonderful chocolate aroma hit us. It was time for some homemade fudge.  At Kilwins, we got three slices of epic fudge: chocolate English walnut, chocolate peanut butter, and salted caramel with walnuts.  It was amazing.  To end the night, we went to visit some of his rugby friends at a small house party.

This morning, we had breakfast at home and then decided to go back to Blowing Rock for lunch.  It was extremely foggy and chilly outside, so we were thrilled when they seated us next to the fire at MK's Southern Cooking.  As a side note, my fried green tomato BLT was phenomenal.  And just to prove I'm not a terrible tipper or a terrible person, I tipped the waiter at MK's almost 20%.  Why?  Because he didn't suck.  I drove See Ya back to campus, and I hit the road.  I just don't know how this weekend could have been any better.  His fall break starts on Wednesday, so I can't wait to see him again in a few days!  Life is so good.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Eight Months: Life Is Good

Distance is annoying, but we still see each other every weekend, which is wonderful!  I definitely got spoiled by seeing him pretty much every day over the summer.  This month, he came home with me and met a good portion of my mom's side of the family.  Not surprisingly, they all love him, and he handled their craziness like a pro!  Basically, he fit in wonderfully, and we had a fabulous weekend in my hometown. The next weekend, he came with me to Duke's Homecoming.  Even though the dance was lame this year, which was extremely disappointing, we made our own fun and got margaritas at the Dillo. Also, he surprised me and bought me flowers beforehand, which was ridiculously sweet.  Ah, he makes me happy.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Seven Months: Best Summer Ever

So I'm jumping the gun a little bit considering our seven-month anniversary is tomorrow, but I don't think we're going to break up within the next couple of hours.  This has been the best summer of my life, and I have him to thank for that.  Excluding the five weeks he spent in summer school, we pretty much saw each other every single day.  We worked side-by-side as camp counselors, ate numerous meals together, explored the local culture, and spent hours watching United States of Tara, Luther, Sherlock, and Breaking Bad.  Before he drove back to school this morning, we had a fantastic breakfast together at one of our favorite restaurants.  I hated saying goodbye, even though I knew that I'll see him on many weekends and that we'll talk almost every day. This summer has just been so amazing, and I hate that it's over. However, it's wonderful to know that he and I will both be graduating in May.  And now to be totally cheesy and reference one of our favorite movies, 500 Days of Summer, I have one thing to say: I love us.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Six Months: How Sweet It Is



How sweet it is to be loved by you.
How sweet it is to be loved by you.

I needed the shelter of someone's arms, and there you were.
I needed someone to understand my ups and downs, and there you were.
With sweet love and devotion,
Deeply touching my emotion.
I want to stop and thank you baby,
I want to stop and thank you baby.

How sweet it is to be loved by you.
How sweet it is to be loved by you.

I close my eyes at night,
Wondering where would I be without you in my life.
Everything I did was just a bore,
Everywhere I went it seems I'd been there before.
But you brighten up for me all of my days,
With a love so sweet in so many ways.
I want to stop and thank you baby,
I just want to stop and thank you baby.

How sweet it is to be loved by you.
How sweet it is to be loved by you.

You were better to me than I was to myself.
For me, there's you and there ain't nobody else.
I want to stop and thank you baby,
I just want to stop and thank you baby.

How sweet it is to be loved by you.
How sweet it is to be loved by you.
How sweet it is to be loved by you.
It's like jelly, baby.
How sweet it is to be loved by you.
Just like honey to the bee, babe.
How sweet it is to be loved by you.
How sweet it is to be loved by you.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Beach Adventures

See Ya and I went to the beach!  We’ve been together for almost six months, so this trip counted as our celebration.  If you know either one of us, you know that we, individually, encounter some crazy situations.  However, it’s even more insane with the two of us together! Thus, I decided to document our beach adventures!

Day 1:

We couldn’t check in to our motel until 3:00, so we weren’t in any hurry to leave home.  We left at 1:45, and we took his car.  Since I was more familiar with the first leg of the trip, I drove first.  We were having a wonderful time, and I was telling him about how my car broke down a couple years ago when I was trying to drive home from summer school at Duke for my birthday weekend.  We were at a stoplight that turned green when all of a sudden, the car shut off around Fayetteville.  I tried to accelerate, and nothing.  We ended up jutting out in the middle of the intersection with cars honking and swerving dangerously behind us, despite the fact that our emergency flashers were definitely on.  After multiple cranks, slight acceleration, and car death, we were able to pull into a gas station a couple yards ahead.  Of course, the gas station did not have a mechanic.  The oil was fine, but the coolant was low, although the car did not seem overheated.  The same thing had happened to me that one summer, so I said we should pour some water in with the coolant.  It worked, and we were able to drive fifteen minutes to a repair shop, where the repairman confirmed that it was, in fact, overheating that caused the shut-off.  He added more water to the coolant, and we were back on our way.  We only lost an hour and a half, and See Ya drove the second half of the trip.  We were both very stressed out and hungry, but luckily I had brought some leftover brownies I had made a couple of nights before.  We ate brownies and listened to James Taylor the rest of the way.

Around 6:45, we pulled into the motel.  It was an adorable little place just a row back from the beach.  As its sign said, it was “quaint and cozy.”  After we unpacked, we walked a few streets over to Flamingo Grill for dinner.  He had a seafood platter and a couple Coronas, and I had a crabcake sandwich and a glass of white zinfandel.  The alcohol was well-deserved after the day we had!  After dinner, we decided to walk to the beach.  However, a few seconds before we made it to the actual sand, it started raining hard.  See Ya grabbed my hand, and we started running back toward the hotel.  Our flip flops were too soaked to run, though, so we surrendered and just walked in the rain.  A young guy on his balcony saw us walking hand-in-hand, soaking wet, and he shouted out, “Now that’s love right there!  That’s love.”  I started laughing and decided to play it up, so I pulled on See Ya’s hand to stop him, and I kissed him in the rain.  The guy on the balcony said, “Awww!”  We walked on.  When we got back to the motel, we put on our bathing suits and decided to walk outside to the motel pool and swim in the rain.  Of course, it stopped raining as soon as we got in the pool, but the water was so warm and wonderful, so we didn't complain.  After about ten minutes in the pool, we walked back to the beach.  We got in the ocean, splashed around, and acted stupid.  Then we walked along the water's edge for a while.  Since it was pitch dark by then, we went back to the motel, showered, and decided to get some dessert.  The obvious choice for dessert was Kirk’s Ice Cream Parlor, a favorite since I was a little kid.  He had chocolate ice cream, and I had coffee ice cream.  We took the ice cream back to the motel and were planning on watching some Sherlock, but we ended up falling asleep instead.

Day 2:

I woke up to a creepy finger on my face and creepy eyes staring at me.  He was quite effective in waking me up!  We walked to Starbucks, got coffee, and headed back to the motel to do some homework.  After See Ya finished writing a paper, we checked out and went to Southern Pancake House for breakfast.  Then it was time to hit the beach.  We swam out far into the ocean and rode some waves, stretched out on our towels on the sand, and took a couple of walks.  After a while, we got hungry and went to River City Cafe for lunch.  It was great to get out of the sun for a short time.  Next, we decided to change and go play putt-putt at Jungle Safari.  We had a blast, and yes, I beat him by eight strokes.  It was a very busy day because after putt-putt, we went to the outlet stores and shopped a little bit.  We definitely tried to fit in as much fun as possible while he was here!  When we could check into our next abode, the condo my parents rented for the coming week, we ended up napping for a couple hours.  My parents arrived mid-nap, and once we woke up, they took us to dinner at Chesapeake House, my favorite restaurant since I was little.  There was a forty-five minute wait, so See Ya and I hit up the bar and split a piƱa colada.  Once our name was called, we enjoyed a delicious meal.  He had shrimp and a Guinness, and I had baked flounder and a glass of pinot grigio.  And of course, we had the most amazing hush puppies, bread, and cinnamon rolls ever.  After stuffing ourselves, we went back to the condo and decided to watch some Sherlock.  Again, we fell asleep about twenty minutes into the episode.  The combination of being in the sun for a long time and having a little bit of alcohol just did us in.

Day 3:

I woke up abruptly because someone was pinching my nose shut and cutting off my air supply.  He has the most intriguing ways of waking me up.  We made some coffee, he did a little bit of homework, and then we went to Akel’s House of Pancakes for breakfast.  It was delicious.  We gassed up his car and came back to the condo for some more homework.  See Ya finished writing a paper, and then we hit the beach to walk, play in the waves, and lie out for a bit.   We showered and walked a block over to Fiesta Mexicana for some lunch.  They had a huge buffet, and we basically stuffed ourselves silly.  On our walk back to the condo, he held my hand.  We were both pretty morose because it was almost time for him to leave.  He had a long drive ahead of him, so he needed to hit the road as soon as possible.  After we checked the fluids in his car and he set up his GPS, we said our goodbyes.  I hate goodbyes, and this one was no exception, especially since I won’t see him next weekend for our six-month anniversary!  I think that we've only spent about three weekends apart since we first met, which is pretty freaking amazing.  I had the most wonderful time with him, like I always do, and I’m just deliriously happy these days.  I couldn't ask for anything more.