Tuesday, February 13, 2018

10 Things you might not know about me and Loyal

Since Valentine's Day is tomorrow, I wanted to share 10 things about me and Loyal that some may not know!  I love reading things like this on other blogs.  I think it really helps to get to know someone better, aside from just pretty pictures, recipes and whatever else shows up on the routine blog schedule.


1. Loyal and I met when I was 23 and he was 30.  I had only dated people my age before him so it was definitely a little weird at first!  We met at work, shortly after I was hired.  I was a cocktail waitress and he was a bartender at Tavern at Phipps in Atlanta.  I wouldn't say it was love at first sight.  In fact, I never expected it go any further past our first date!  I didn't think he would have any interest in me once he realized I was just a young and naive girl.

2. Our first date was basically my first real date.  Before Loyal, my relationships started either in high school or shortly after, back when you just started "talking."  I was so incredibly nervous!  He was older than me and had obviously been on a million dates and there I was with shaky knees and sweaty palms trying to play it cool.  He didn't pick up on it and had no idea that it was my first date.  We still laugh about it today! Anyway, the date went well and here we are, 10 years later.

3.  I never wore perfume before I dated Loyal.  Well, I wore Burberry in high school but once I met Loyal, it had been years since I even thought about perfume.  Loyal asked me if I wore perfume one day and was shocked when I told him that I didn't even own any.  I'm assuming that the girls he dated prior to me all wore perfume so he must have thought it was absurd when he found out that I didn't lol!  I can't remember what occasion it was, Christmas maybe, that he bought me Be Delicious by DKNY.  He has bought me many perfumes since and it has become something that is so special to both of us.  We have a few favorites but Be Delicious will always be our #1.  I try not to wear it too often because when I do, the scent always reminds us of the beginning and I never want to lose that.

4. Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans a few years before Loyal and I met.  When it happened, I remember following the storm and the damage that it caused the city.  I was in Barnes and Noble a year or two later and I came across a book that documented the rescue process of all of the pets that were left behind.  I will never forget that day.  I sat down on the floor, in the middle of the isle, and cried while I read the entire thing.  I left with that book that day having no idea of the foreshadowing that it would signify.  The first day I talked to Loyal, he told me he was from New Orleans.  I told him about this book that I had so deeply cherished and looking back, it was right then that our worlds, and everything leading up to that point, were about to collide.
I still have that book and it is Not Left Behind, for those interested.

5. New Orleans is such a big part of our relationship.  I had never been or really even thought about going before I met Loyal.  We lived in New Orleans for a little while, got married there, and have made many trips and memories over the years.  One of the most standout characteristics of New Orleans is their accent.  Loyal has a New Orleans accent and sometimes (like when he's drinking) it can come off rather thick.  A lot of people misinterpret it for a Boston accent or somewhere else up North.  For probably the first year of our relationship, I had to translate a lot of what he was saying to my sister!  It gave us a few good laughs back then.

6. Loyal and I got engaged 2 years after we started dating.  He has this funny thing about him where he will try to throw me off when he has something up his sleeve and will instead give it away in the most obvious of ways.  For months leading up to the highly anticipated proposal, we all knew it was coming.  He was constantly saying things like "well I guess I've got to buy a ring soon" or some other blatantly obvious remark.  We went to Savannah for our anniversary and he proposed after dinner on our first night there.  No one really knew this but we had booked our wedding date and venue months before that!  So yeah, OBVIOUSLY I saw that coming.  

7. Loyal and I met in September and for our first Thanksgiving I completely blew off my family to spend it with him.  I told my mom and sister that I was coming, which I actually did plan on doing, and then never ended up showing up.  Loyal and I had to work that night and I guess it was just too hard to leave so I never did.  We went to Starbucks and the grocery store, bought ribs and spaghetti, and that was our Thanksgiving dinner.  We had the best day!
(It took my mom a couple years to get over that one.  She was so pissed.)

8. Our first Christmas that Loyal and I were together, he went home to New Orleans and didn't take me with him.  He had never brought girls home before me and was overwhelmed with the thought of taking me with him "so soon" into our relationship.  I remember being really excited when I saw that I wasn't scheduled for work so I assumed he would bring me but that didn't work out that way.  I was so bummed!  Once he got down there, he was telling me all about New Orleans and finally admitted that he should have just brought me.  I STILL give him a really reeeaally hard time about that one!! But!  We ended up spending the next 6 in New Orleans so I guess that made up for it.  Kinda. 

9. Loyal is my biggest motivator.  I had never exercised or knew anything about diet or nutrition before him.  He persuaded me to get into working out because that was a major part of his lifestyle and I'm so glad that he did.  It's something that we do together and hold each other accountable for.  He gets up every morning at 4:30 and goes to the gym before work, even when he's sick which makes me want to strangle him.  He has yet to learn that sometimes your body needs to rest!  Aside from that, him going to the gym at 5 a.m. every day motivates me like no other! 

10. 5 months after Loyal and I got married, his job sent him to Dallas, TX.  I had 2 semesters left of school before I graduated and we both agreed that me transferring so close to the end wasn't worth losing credits that didn't transfer.  So, I stayed in Atlanta and he left for Dallas.  The day he left was one of the hardest things we went through.  He was in Dallas for the entire year that I had left of school.  I look back and think that a situation like that can either make or break a new marriage and fortunately for us, it made us stronger than we ever would have been if it hadn't happened.  We gained a tremendous amount of strength, love, and appreciation for each other and our relationship spending that year apart.  I graduated in May and finally moved to Texas that day after I graduated college.  From that day until we left in September, it was our "honeymoon phase" and probably our most cherished period of our entire relationship.  Every time May rolls around we both miss Dallas so much! 

Well I now feel like I just gave you all a big glimpse into our relationship.  I know that a lot of our close friends know about most of these but sometimes it's nice for those that don't to feel like they know a little bit more about us.  Marriage is something that is so important to me and while we can all get carried away with stress and other negatives in our lives, reliving some of these special moments keeps me grounded.  I'm so glad I sat down and wrote this because now I'm feeling allllll the feels for my husband this Valentine's Day.
Our story will always be my favorite. :)     
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