On Monday, Eric and I had our one-year anniversary of being Facebook Official.
He surprised me with a card and a gift (Mad Men Season 4 on Blu-ray! I was so happy!) and I gave him this card.
The lovely thing about having a blog devoted to my lessons is that when a milestone rolls around, I can easily reflect on all the things I’ve learned. And oh…I learned so many lessons this year.
I learned how how to avoid FEMA pancakes, what to cook a guy’s family for breakfast, how to be (or have) a cheap date, how to cook in nothing but an apron, and how to make a guy banana bread in the blender if he doesn’t have a mixer.
I learned about giving a guy a gift wish list, not peeking when you find said gift, how to host a fake holiday, and how to host a tree decorating party for two. Oh and that even if a guy asks you exactly what you want to do on Valentine’s Day, it might not go well…but what happens during your first Valentine’s Day as a couple is not a dealbreaker.
After learning that it’s OK to move across the country for love, I learned all about living in sin — that you’re going to argue about the decor and really argue when you go shopping for the apartment for the first time, but you’ll eventually compromise and end up with furniture you love. And that puppies will really challenge you and change things.
And Eric and I learned the hard way that a normal girl and a normal guy can suddenly become That Couple and that if you’re going to work 70-hour workweeks, you’re going to have to take your girlfriend on a really sweet vacation.
To celebrate our year together, we went out to dinner at BRC (a fabulous acronym — their mascot is a big red rooster) in Houston. I’ve wanted to go there for ages and it did not disappoint. The upscale pub food and long beer list was exactly my style. Afterward I told Eric how nice it was to go into the city for a fun dinner like that.
“I just need you to fuck the suburbs out of me once in a while, you know?” I said.
It’s not easy to leave him speechless, but that did it.
“It’s that kind of charm that’s kept us together for a year, isn’t it?” I said as he searched for words.
And then we went and got delicious gelato and headed home to start Year Two.