Posts Tagged ‘Andrew’

    Home Sweet Home

    Posted on: December 3rd, 2016 by Randi 2 Comments

    Until this morning, this place didn’t feel like home despite us living here for a week now. Since my mom was in Ohio with extended family, I took Zack and Breya for the week. They are 11 and 14 and while they are better than they used to be, because they are older, they bicker nonstop, don’t clean up after themselves, and can be a tad disrespectful (had to take Breya’s phone off of her). Our house did not feel like our home because it felt like we were in someone else’s home. Home doesn’t feel like home until I can lay on the couch, sprawled out and spend 45 minutes trying to figure out what I’m going to not watch while I play on my phone in the quiet.

    The kids left yesterday and when I woke up this morning, it just felt right. I took the dogs out, said hi to the kitties who are exploring (including Reese!) and straightened up.

    I have no plans for today. I want to enjoy it. Then I may take a bath because my amazingly large tub looks so damn inviting!

    We bought a home!

    Posted on: November 17th, 2016 by Randi 4 Comments

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    Yes, you read that right. Our very first home. We are both so very excited and can’t wait to move in. We’re in the process of painting and will be moving in the day after Thanksgiving. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an open floor plan, a nice yard for the doggies, laundry room and all new appliances. We’ll have central air in the summer time and the previous owners had cats too so their are carpeted shelves hung above the doors in the hallway.

    We’ve been trying to get out of this shitty neighborhood for so long and now we finally can. It’s a very nice, quiet area. We’re not far from my mom and siblings either. However, my brother, Patrick, will be moving out. This will be just Andrew and me. It’s so exciting. This means the beginning of so many good things and memories. I can’t even believe we are finally there.

    Once we’re in and begin to make some changes, I’ll be posting more photos. It only needs a little bit of work, all cosmetic, and we are so excited to do it because it’s OURS. I can’t wait for the nice weather so I can paint the door and start to garden. We are beside ourselves with excitement. We can’t wait to be moved in.

    9 Years

    Posted on: October 15th, 2016 by Randi No Comments

    aboutmepic9 years ago, Andrew and I sat on my couch, his head in my lap, and he asked me to be his girlfriend. I had been waiting for that moment for a while and as simple as it sounds, it was the sweetest thing. When I said yes, he kissed me and my eyes welled up. I was 16 years old and I thought he was cute and funny and so smart. I never thought we’d be here, 9 years later, getting ready to get married. You don’t meet the one at 16 unless you’re in a movie and I thought it would take me a long time.

    I can’t say for certain when we crossed over from gf/bf to soul mates. I guess I expected there to be a definitive moment. There wasn’t, it just happened gradually. You could say that I knew it was something really special when we made it through months of being long distance when I went away to school. Nobody expected it to work, and as much as I loved him even I was fearful. I watched my friends’ relationships drop like flies around me. We spoke every night and texted all day. It was a rough 6 months but we made it through.  We did it again when he had to move and thanks to my mom and grandma they made sure I never went too long without seeing him. I hated when he would go and one day he came over and just never left.

    He was there for me when I lost my grandfather and couldn’t have been more sweet and comforting. I was there for him when he lost his father. Every single one of his tears shattered my heart. We’ve been through a lot together and we will go through a hell of a lot more. He is my best friend and I can’t imagine not having him in my life. I have no idea where I’d be. He has been with me for more than 1/3 of my life and I have many more memories of us together than not.

    I still get butterflies with him and he makes me laugh uncontrollably constantly. We make bad jokes and laugh at each other. We fight like an old married couple and I call him Walter and he calls me Diane. He’s my player 2 and we yell at each other when we are bad. He does whatever he can to put a smile on my face. The love I feel for him is beyond words. He is my entire world.

    Neither of us is really interested in an extravagant display of a wedding. We aren’t comfortable with getting up in front of a bunch of people and prefer to avoid public displays of affection. Weddings are expensive and a lot of work to plan. Sure, I’d be happy to have a wedding if someone else planned and paid for it. That’s not happening for us and both of us would much prefer to put any extra money towards a house. So, that’s what we planned to do.

    Andrew and I have are having a self uniting marriage1. We are tying the knot ourselves. I’m not worrying about possibly regretting not having a wedding. If we decide we do want one, we can do a vow renewal down the road. What’s important is we are married. What’s important is that I finally get to call the man I love my husband. We applied for the license yesterday and will get our license on Monday. Even if we need to wait until Monday for it to be “legal”, for all intents and purposes we are married and I haven’t been able to stop smiling since.

    1. A self-uniting marriage is one in which the couple are married without the presence of a third-party officiant. Although non-denominational, this method of getting married is sometimes referred to as a “Quaker Marriage”.

    We’re going to MINECON!

    Posted on: May 7th, 2016 by Randi No Comments
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    We’re going to MineCon 2016!

    A couple of weeks ago, right after it was announced, we decided we could totally go to MineCon. I hadn’t said anything because I wasn’t sure how getting tickets would go. They went on sale last night at 9:00pm EST. Andrew and I were ready to take it on, even though he was more excited for the Nvidia announcement (Andrew will be upgrading in a few weeks, woot-woot! which means I get his gfx card!) that started at the same time. The clock struck 9, the green button appeared and we were off. By the time it loaded, Andrew’s journey had ended with an “Unavailable” and I was typing faster than I have ever typed in my life. I was done in 2 minutes!

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    Andrew and I don’t travel, ever. We’ve gone to visit family in New York, and once we went to Massachusetts to go to an arcade VERY early in our relationship. We’ve talked about planning a trip for our honeymoon but really, we’re just happy being together and with our video games. When I saw MineCon announced last year, I was very upset that it was in London, not like I would have gone. I kept saying, “If it’s in America next year, I’m going. I don’t care if it’s in California.” Well, I would have preferred the east coast, but I’ll take it!

     

     

    Our 8th Anniversary

    Posted on: October 17th, 2015 by Randi No Comments

    Yesterday was our 8th anniversary. Our fucking 8th. I know I’ve been with him a long time but 8 YEARS?! That is 1/3 of my life. I don’t even know how to begin imaging a life without him. At this point, life before him is fleeting memories. I was only 16 years old when I met him and we got together. Never in my life did I imagine he was THE ONE. I was 16, I never openly thought about it but if you had asked 16 year old me who I saw myself with in 5 years, he wasn’t it. Not because I didn’t love him. Simply because I had dated other guys and I was in high school. You only marry your high school sweetheart in movies.
    We got engaged!! I couldn’t explain in words what that means to me. I am over the moon with excitement and I’m looking forward to our wedding now. I want to say how excited I am how well Andrew’s family took it but I’m not. They were so excited for us. 8 years together is no rush job.
    I haven’t stopped staring at my ring. Yes, I picked it out. But I never expected to love it so much. 50% is how pretty it is. The other 50% is that he GAVE IT TO ME and what it means. I feel like I’ve fallen in love with him all over again.
    I bawled. Like a god damned baby. He presented this: 

     
    I saw the edible arrangement and portal box and I was so surprised. That was enough to excite me. He said the portal box had more presents inside. I guess I thought he had the ring. I opened the box and he said, “You have to choose one.” That was it. I cried. I have watched proposals on YouTube before and I cry every time. My biggest fear is that I would be too shocked to cry. When he told me to choose I lost it. I hesitated for a moment because I love the love ball but I also have a love for the premier ball. Knowing what was happening and that the love ball was the center I chose that one and he helped me open it. I’m crying like an idiot. Who cries at a proposal that you know is coming? He did so well that I was shocked.
    He got down on one knee. The exact wording of what he said is lost in the void as I tried to gain my composure. His voice cracked and tears welled up in his eyes. He said he loved me and that every day with me was better than the last. Even when we were fighting. He wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. And he asked me to marry him. I just looked him in the eyes and said yes, still bawling. I kissed and hugged him and didn’t want to let go. He is my life. I can’t describe the feeling I felt in that moment. I love him but this was something so much more than love. Maybe I’ve never loved him as much as I did in this moment. He showed me a side of him I’ve never seen. It didn’t feel rehearsed. He was speaking from his heart and I knew it. I didn’t want to let go of him. After a few minutes of holding him I looked back at the ring in the box and he started telling me about the troubles and worries he had about making sure everything was perfect and all of his plans. Yes, the ring is so damn gorgeous but I love it 1000% more because of what it will always remind me of. This moment. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced. All that time spent worrying about it, it. was. perfect. In every definition of the word. Perfect.
    I am beside myself with excitement and every time I look at the ring I well up. He is my soulmate, my life line, my best friend. The love of my life. I want to die with him beside me. I’ve never loved anyone or anything more than him. He completes me. I can’t wait to marry him.

    Gonna Have to Knock Him Out

    Posted on: December 20th, 2014 by Randi 4 Comments

    Getting Andrew to go to the doctor is the hardest thing in the world. He makes up whatever excuse he can and will even claim whatever the issue is no longer exists so I will stop harping on him about it.

    He had something stuck between his teeth today and I was trying to help him get it out. The first thing I noticed looked like he had a broken or chipped tooth. He also had this abscess that had been on the inside of his cheek for the longest time. From what I assumed, was biting his cheek when he was bored. He claims it’s not there anymore but I didn’t get up to verify. I know it was there a few months ago.

    It came out that he’s afraid to go to the dentist. He’s paying for the damn insurance. I couldn’t figure out why he wouldn’t want to use it. His first response was, “I don’t want drills near my mouth”. The last time he went, he was a teenager. He had braces put on his 2 front teeth but that was it. To have a fear of the dentist strikes me as odd. He’s not the only one I know who has the fear but Andrew doesn’t fear anything, at least I thought.

    Now I’m on the hunt for a dentist in our area who will put him under. We have a few places in our area so I’m going to start calling on Monday and try and schedule something for after the holidays.

    Christmas Party

    Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by Randi 1 Comment

    Tonight, Andrew and I went to a holiday party for his work, his 2nd job actually. I had fun and it was nice to meet all of those he talks about. Now I can put a faces to names. Andrew has worked for his bosses for about 4 years now, much longer than anyone else there. They spent a lot of time commending him on the work he does and thanking me and apologizing for keeping him for so many hours of the day. It feels good to know that all the he does is at least appreciated as much as it is. Andrew works I.T. for a health facility, P (from now on), and his bosses there started their own I.T. business and brought Andrew on with them there, as well. Andrew started with the health facility’s I.T. department and works directly under his bosses who own their own company and are contracted with P. Andrew is paid by P. That is during the day. At night, Andrew works for his bosses at their I.T. company.

    We went to a very fancy steakhouse that I hadn’t even heard of. I had filet mignon which I had never had before. It was absolutely delicious. Now I’ll know what the hell they are talking about when I watch Hell’s Kitchen. lol

    All in all, I had a good time. Also, I’m looking forward to working with them for a web dev project. 🙂

    My Mirena Story

    Posted on: September 5th, 2014 by Randi 2 Comments

    Let’s get real for a moment. This is something I want to share with others who are looking for their information on the Mirena. I want to share my story in detail so I will be explicitly talking about my vagina. Lest this serve as your warning. (more…)

    It Was A Good Day

    Posted on: July 24th, 2014 by Randi 4 Comments

    Andrew brought home the air conditioner that he ordered last week. 12,000BTU on sale for $250. Thank you, Best Buy (and SlickDeals). I love it. In addition to the AC sent from the gods, Andrew brought me a wake up coffee and sandwich from Dunkin. I don’t know about you but that’s the 2nd best way to wake up (you know the first ;])

    It’s a big and awesome AC, too, so I opted for the side window behind our couch (rather than the one on our porch) to prevent the obvious in our neighborhood. Andrew moved the couch out while I did my morning routine and when I came down, it was lighter and animal toy land. And soooo much dog hair. I clean, I sweep, I vacuum but when you have cats it doesn’t matter. It’s like they aim for the places you can’t reach when they play. Anyway, around the lighters, and dog hair, and cat toys lay my favorite bra that I honestly forgot I had.

    It Was A Good Day!

    So, how can this day get better?! It can’t. Tomorrow is Friday. The Friday I get the kids. So, I’m going to be spending the rest of the day cleaning. Tomorrow is a busy day and I’d like to make it as easy as possible by wiping out the housework today.  Andrew took tomorrow off to make it less stressful. He has to get his car inspected, first thing tomorrow. Then, we are off to grocery shop, something that is long overdue. At 4:30pm, Loki, James, and Bella have a vet appointment. Loki needs his initial exam and shots, James somehow contracted ear mites (which still baffles me as no one else has them), and Bella has yet ANOTHER eye infection.

    I don’t know what it is with her. This has been off and on since we got her. Other than that, she’s completely healthy. The only thing I can think is she loves pets so much that she rubs the side of her face on EVERYTHING. Seriously, we watch her do it. I think she keeps scratching her eye. The vet doesn’t even ask to see her anymore and just keeps calling something in but I need to get to the bottom of this. Maybe it’s nothing, maybe it’s not.

    After the kitty appt, we have to go pick up Zack and Breya. My mom claims Breya has been better, so we’ll see. She was given a grounded that everyone followed through with. Usually, and my mom is the first to admit, that after a day or two, she forgets or goes soft no matter what we did. That wasn’t cutting it for Breya. Even at her father’s she was grounded which I don’t believe has ever happened. Maybe she’s learned to think before she speaks. I learned quickly with a few slaps to the mouth (probably why I knew enough to mutter insults when my mom left the room or when he back was turned and Breya screams them in my mom’s face). My mom doesn’t want to do that because, clearly, times have changed.

    In other news, my brother told me he was leaving at the end of the month. Does anyone else remember when he told me that back in (at the end of) May then didn’t move and got a fucking dog instead? Yeah, that wasn’t 30 days notice either. At least this time, he apologized for being so late. He’s never here anymore and I think I played a huge role in that by not watching Mya anymore. He had to find other arrangements and did with his girlfriend’s roommate. So, if he wanted to see either of them, he has to go there. He’s NEVER hear anymore. So, I saw it coming. He’s leaving his furniture which is great. I can’t wait to get in there and rearrange it the way I’ve told him to do since we moved in. There would be so much more space. It also means that we get an extra closet (his is bigger than ours), and the entrance to the attic.

    I don’t know what we plan on doing with his room yet. I may just leave it as a spare bedroom for my siblings or my brother in law with just a hint of storage space. That way, it’s still there for my brother, just in case.

    This was supposed to be a short blog post. I should probably blog more to keep this from happening.

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I’m Randi, short for RandiLynn. I am a 25 year old blogger, web developer, furmama, and gamer from Northeast PA. I live with my husband and 7 animals. I live, eat, and sleep HTML & CSS. I spend my time creating pretty web stuff, blogging, gaming or binge-watching TV shows.


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