Betty Beguiles asked bloggers to post 10 Facts about Me and My Better Half. I'm a little behind as it has been a busy week, but here goes.
1. We first me online. Back in the stone age of the internet, when there wasn't much besides AOL and chat rooms were fairly sane even without a SWAT team, we first met in an AOL Catholic chat room in August of 1996.
2. After developing a friendship online, my dad flew with me from Florida to Texas to meet James for his birthday.
3. I spent my freshman year at Duke University. I'm still an avid Duke Basketball fan, but I hated going to school there. It was after a visit to James that I transferred to the University of Dallas.
4. My most romantic moment during the years we dated was in Florence, still a favorite city of ours. It was evening, strolling through the Piazza della Signoria in front of the Uffizi Museum and I had bought some vanilla gelato with fresh strawberries. We sat beneath an alcove with lighted museum piece statues and James bought me red roses from a woman selling them on the Via dei Calzaioli. We hadn't planned any of it.
5. James and I dated off an on from 1997 until 2004. That happens when both parties keep discerning religious vocations. James had applied to the seminary and I visited 3 religious orders. Fortunately for Cecilia, Felicity, Elizabeth and Teresa, we eventually figured things out.
6. James proposed on my patron saint's feast day, April 29th 2004 when he came to visit me in Florida. I was living at home finishing my Master's Thesis. He proposed at Morton's after a delicious steak dinner with bearnaise sauce and a chocolate soufflé.
7. We spent our honeymoon in a cabin in the smokey mountains. We hope one day to be able to go back as a family.
8. We don't really have a song. I guess we should get one. :) Any suggestions?
9. We like almost all of the same foods. The exceptions being that he likes chorizo and I can't stand the smell of it and he feels likewise of my likes of tuna fish as well as dill pickles. He won't kiss me if I've had any.
10. James does most of the cooking. Not only is he a better cook than I am, he is more of a foodie too. He cooks dinner almost every day. For Mother's Day and our anniversary, he makes me a special meal for dinner (unless we go out). He even mastered how to make, from scratch, bearnaise sauce, chocolate souffle and vanilla bean creme brulee for me.
Bonus: I only ask for flowers once a year - on our anniversary. I always want the same flowers as my wedding bouquet. He has never forgotten and they are always a wonderful reminder of our wedding day as well as a perfect joy in the dead of winter.