A post dedicated to my heart + soul

Yesterday was Jon and my anniversary. With each passing year I am more and more in disbelief that 365 more days really have gone by. I don’t know what I ever did to deserve someone so caring, kind, and as special as him, but good God, am I thankful.

I’ve never felt more at home with someone physically, mentally, emotionally – you are my shelter when I need it most. You give me a sense of comfort and dependence. You are my best friend and are there for me through anything and everything, never letting me face it alone. You’ve taught me how to prioritize my own needs and make myself happy.

There is so much I could thank you for that I could write an entire book. So for the sake of this blog and my readers near and far, I will leave it at this: thank you for being ranked among my father and my grandfather as one of the most honorable, honest, caring men I know; thank you for sharing your family with me and giving me more people to open my heart to; thank you for taking me on countless adventures; thank you for not pushing me out of the car when I sing along to every song; thank you for supporting me through my Master’s degree and pushing me to advocate for what I believe in; thank you for listening to me complain about how tired I am everyday after work, even if it’s only 3:30pm; thank you for sharing bags of popcorn in bed when we binge on Bob’s Burgers.

Thank you for loving me unconditionally through all the ups and downs. For loving me when I talk to our guinea pig like he is a real life baby. For loving me when I am moody and hungry and ready to kill anything that breathes. For loving me when I am bouncing off the walls after drinking one-too-many cups of Starbucks. For loving me when I buy unnecessary things for the apartment at Target that we “have to have.” For loving me when I can’t find it in me to love myself.

I am overwhelmed with love and forever indebted to you for all you have done for me. Nothing I say or do could ever amount to the countless thanks and appreciation I have for you.

I look forward to the years ahead, going on more adventures, and snuggling on our brand new IKEA couch (!!!).

I love you.

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Adventures.

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For the last week and a half, Jon kept telling me he had an adventure planned for us. The catch? He wouldn’t share where we were going or what we were doing – just to be at his house on Saturday [yesterday] at 8:00am. The master planner that I am, I sat stressing out the entire week wondering what the heck was going to happen, where we were going, what I had to wear, etc.

So, yesterday I followed suit. I showed up at 8:00am and we were on our merry way. I sat in the car with the clock ticking, ticking, ticking, ticking. Having absolutely no idea where the heck I was or what direction we were even headed [no shock here]. He had nothing plugged into the GPS. No clues whatsoever. This adventure was totally outside of my comfort zone, and I totally loved it.

Much to my surprise, a few hours later, we were in Pittsburgh! The last time I was there was probably 7-ish years ago for a hockey tournament with my family, and it was Jon’s first time, so this was very exciting. So, here we are driving around, exploring the city and in the back of my mind I am still left wondering, why here?

And then, I saw it ahead of me I was freaking going to IKEA!! I have wanted to go here for honestly over 5 years and, being the wannabe  homeowner / crazy Pinterester that I am, my soul was LIVING. My entire Pinterest collection and many of my dreams were coming to life before my eyeballs [minus the whole ‘having a house thing’ but WHO CARES?!?]. I kid you not, this was the best 3 hours ever spent, solely because I was in this store. I am still reeling in this moment over 24 hours later. Yes, I am a loser. No, I don’t care! The final purchases? We got a new desk, a new dresser, and some odds and ends like towels, plants, mugs, bowls, etc.

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[Also on this adventure were trips to Jersey Mike’s, Primanti Bros., and the Grove City Outlets]. I am so lucky to be with someone who is always spoiling me, surprising me, and going on endless adventures with me. xoxo.

Happy birthday to my best friend!

Today, my honey turns 26 years old, only solidifying the fact that we are now both old and approaching life after retirement. *cringes*

So on the day of your birth [I certainly hope you are reading this at one point in the next couple hours or days] I am going to tell the world why I love you so:

  1. You gave into my obsession and let me adopt a guinea pig. In addition to the whole adoption part of this, you also let me name her Kenneth, and you let her live at the apartment and sleep next to your bed. You don’t get annoyed with my 8,000 pictures of her daily, and you send me 8,000 more back. And you didn’t make fun of me when I suggested we create an Instagram page for her [PSA: FOLLOW @kenneth.the.guinea.pig – you won’t regret it].
  2. You constantly compliment me, even when I feel or look like shit. It annoys the crap out of me that you think I look just as good in sweats with no makeup as I do when I am all dressed for work, but hey, guess it could be worse!
  3. You make me laugh. You are literally the funniest person I know. And your laugh makes me laugh harder – it’s a vicious cycle.
  4. We make a good team. We can do anything together. No matter what it is, we always have a good time. We say the same things at the same times. We think the same thoughts. Sometimes our clothes even match. And, we always run the table in beer pong. *high five*
  5. We always have fun. Whether it’s eating ice cream out of the carton watching Netflix in bed, going to the store at 10PM, or going away for a mini-vacation, we always have a good time. I didn’t know trips to Wegmans could be so much fun before I met you.
  6. You always support me and my life decisions. There is not one thing that I have done with my life that you have not supported. You always tell me how proud you are of me, and that means more to me than you’ll ever know.
  7. You never give up on me. You’ve seen me at the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, and at the end of the day, you are always there.
  8. You love me at my best and my worst. I can act like a weirdo and you don’t question any of it. You love that I wear weird clothes and eat strange things that you don’t like. You’re always there for me when I need a shoulder to cry on or a person to laugh at. You’ve taken care of me when I was sick, and take care of me when I’m healthy.
  9. You’re so good looking. Especially with that new haircut. And dressed for work. And in crewneck sweatshirts. And always.
  10. You’re my best friend. You mean more to me than anyone in the entire universe ever has, and I’m so glad we get to adventure through this crazy life together.HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love you! xoxo.