Wednesday, August 7, 2013

10 Years

This week we will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. 10 years! Where did the time go?

My 10-year anniversary eternity band on top of my engagement & wedding rings.

Mr. and I met over a decade ago and our encounter was nothing short of drama. Let's just say we were almost like a real-life version of "You've Got Mail" (just by quoting this movie makes me feel old). He's in the medical field and I was an analyst at a financial firm - we had nothing in common and wouldn't necessarily mingle in the same professional or social circle. Or maybe not!

As busy professionals, the only common denominator we had was that neither of us had much time to date so we resorted to online dating/friend-finder sites. And we started exchanging emails, talking over the phone, and even sharing some personal information such as where we worked. Online dating was very new to me back then, and I had no intention or was in any rush to meet someone in person any time soon. 

And then this happened: through friends' friends, Mr. and one of my best friends ended up at a same function. They chatted and Mr. was surprised to find out she worked for the same company as I did, so he moved on to ask if she knew me. My girlfriend later told me he tried very hard to hide his excitement when she told him not only did she know me, she and I are best friends. I didn't really know what he said to my girlfriend, but she was adamant that I went out with Mr. With a friend's assurance, I felt safer so I did.

The first date was good but our second date took a nosedive. He was a big movie fan and a part-time movie critic, so he constantly received free passes to watch and review new films. Our first movie together was the first ever of the "The Fast and the Furious" franchise (they are now onto the sixth of the series and believe it not I still watch it. The first one however wasn't great. It was "The Slow and the Tedious" IMO). First of all, you'd think a dude would take a girl to a more tasteful movie for the first time; and secondly, he actually made an effort to tell me he was taking me to see a movie on free passes! I later found out that after our first date on a Saturday and by Tuesday he already really wanted to see me, but he didn't want to seem too deliberate to scare me off - so he came up with this hey-I've-got-free-movie-tickets-do-you-wanna-come-along idea, very smooth (not) eh? I just found it more funny than anything else (and no, he later proved that he's not cheap at all - he was just nervous and nerdy!) so I gave him a third chance. The third date went great and I got to know him a lot better. After that, the rest is history.  

Our lifestyle hasn't changed much since we were married - we are still busy as hell and building a life together that we both want. Granted, we also drive each other nuts at times, but we are also best friends, and at the risk of sounding like a cliché, soul mates. Thinking of him always puts a smile on my face. Time flies when we have fun, so we don't really feel we've been married for that long.

Mr. is not in my blog world much but if he is reading this post, happy anniversary!

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