I Forgot

I forgot to post about our anniversary weekend and I also forgot to take a lot of pictures of the food. I’m just a forgetful person.

Our anniversary weekend started out with on Thursday night with Joella’s Hot Chicken. We both had never experienced hot chicken and have been wanting to try it since we first saw the signs go up. At first the meal was amazing! I got a quarter dark in their medium heat with green beans and Parmesan garlic fries and Tyler got a quarter light same sauce with potato salad and mac and cheese. The chicken was spicy but not too spicy with a good amount of sweet and savory. The green beans were my favorite but the meal was ruined by the fries. The first few were great but as I made my way deeper in the more saturated in oil and grease and tasted nasty. I would go back but I won’t ever get the fries again. This was the beginning of me forgetting to take pictures.

Friday began with me returning clothes to the mall and a delicious sushi lunch at One World Market. Its a cafe inside an Asian grocery store and has some of the best food. It’s also a good stop if you need any strange Asian ingredients you can’t find somewhere else. Then we began our shopping to get everything we needed for our food extravaganza. We went to Costco, Aldi, Fresh Market and Kroger before heading back home. We spent the rest of the day watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For dinner, we bought a rotisserie chicken from Costco, which I highly recommend, and had stuffing and fries on the side. Again I forgot to take a picture of both of these meals.

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Saturday was more relaxed because we didn’t have anything to do. It was lovely! We both played Overwatch, we watched Buffy, and just enjoyed each others company. For lunch we had BLTs, which I did remember to take a picture of, and made from scratch coleslaw. I hadn’t had a BLT is forever and it was so good. For dinner I made Beef Stroganoff. I use Paula Deen’s recipe and it comes out perfect every time. But you will never see what mine looked like because, you guessed it, I forgot to take a picture.

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Sunday was the actual day of our anniversary. I woke up with Japandroids stuck in my head, which was weird because I hadn’t actually listened to any of their music beforehand. Again we had a simple relaxed day of Buffy watching, Overwatch, and food. We did re-watch Everybody Wants Some. It’s by the same director as Dazed and Confused and its really good. For food we started out with a new recipe, Croque Monsieurs, pictured left. It was Tyler’s first time making them but they were amazing. For dinner, I did an ol’stand out favorite, Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourginon. I did take a picture of it but that was on Snapchat and now it is gone.

Monday was Memorial Day so I didn’t have to work and got to spend another full day with the love of my life, Opie. Tyler and Percy were there too.

Again, same old stuff (Buffy, Overwatch, etc) but we also watch8C4AFF72-DF4F-4B02-B200-EEAD3B52C6FFed Children of Men. This was one of the first movies we watched together on his little twin bed all those years ago. So we watched it again began it has meaning to our relationship but also because it is a really good movie. Tyler made Chilaquiles for breakfast/lunch which I took a picture of! It doesn’t look that great but it tasted good! For dinner Tyler made a Tomatillo Stew with Chicken Thighs. You eat it with rice and tortillas, it is probably one of my favorite foods that Tyler makes but, yet again, I forgot to get a picture.

I  know it doesn’t seem like the weekend was all that action-packed but that is how I like things. I like to be at home with my dogs and Tyler doing nothing. It is my dream life! This weekend will be a change of pace. Since I didn’t work Monday I had to make up hours and work today/Friday. It is only a half day but it kills the three-day weekend joy I usually have. A three-day weekend would have also been nice so I could build up more energy for tomorrow. What’s happening tomorrow? Tyler, the boys and I are heading up to Rensselaer to watch my nephew Kendal. Kendal is a burst of energy and also a small child. Two things I am not used to. I love getting to spend time with him so the tiredness that will come afterwards is worth it. I also get to hang out with his puppy, Paisley who is the cutest most sweetest little girl ever. The reason we are going up there instead of him coming to stay with us is because he has special tickets to see a showing of Captain Underpants at the local theater. I am a huge Captain Underpants fan! At one point, when I was younger, I had all the books. It is going to be so cool to get to see it on the big screen! We are also going to get some food from some local restaurants we love and hopefully get to see Tyler’s family while we are there.

Stay tuned for more exciting posts from yours truly!

4 Years Ago….

I haven’t been on here in a while, a real long while. When I first started writing on my blog, I loved it. I had a bunch of posts planned and some are even typed out just waiting to be posted but they never saw the light of day. I got bogged down by it. I lost the initial love for it that I started out with. I mean who wants to hear about the life of a 26 year-old living in Indiana? My life doesn’t seem that interesting anyway. But I recently realized who fucking cares if other people don’t want to read what I write, I just want to write! So I am going to get back into the swing of things and I realized what a better way to get started then to talk about a very important upcoming event!

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This weekend, Sunday to be exact, marks 4 years that Tyler and I have been together. On May 28th, 2013 we had our very first date and it marked the beginning of a bunch of firsts for me. It was the first time, in a long time, I agreed to go out on a date with a boy. It was the first time I went out in Broad Ripple, a hip neighborhood in Indy, and set foot in a club. It was the first time I had gone out to see a band I had never heard of before. It was the first time I had actual fun with another human being in a long time. Finally, it was the first time I could actually see myself in a relationship.

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We went to The Vogue to see Japandriods in concert. I was introduced to them maybe a week or so before we actually went and actually really like their music. They are a two-man band that play somewhat punky rock and roll. We met at my place, had a drink and went to the concert. It was crowded which made me nervous cause, you know, anxiety and I remember grabbing Tyler’s wrist so I didn’t lose him. It was a small gesture but still really cute. After the concert we got Taco Bell and went back to my place to my place to eat. We talked and watched tv, it was perfect. I loved how simple and sweet our relationship started out.

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It’s really crazy to think how we grew up in the same town and went to the same school but never talked before. I literally only have one memory of actually physically seeing him and that was my senior year after a play I was in with his then girlfriend. I remember thinking it was really cute how supportive he was of her but that was it. But even then I didn’t even remember what he looked like so I had to look him up on Facebook and his picture was a skinny kid with longer hair. That was the kid I was expecting to show up at my door but instead I got a somewhat buff, buzz cut kid and I liked that look way better. I fell in love with him extremely fast, and even had a couple embarrassing early I Love You moments that he still makes fun of me for.

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This weekend also happens to be Memorial Day weekend so we get to spend four whole days together. We usually go out to eat somewhere special but this year I wanted to stay in. Tyler asked if I wanted to do anything and I told him I wanted to move our mattress to the living room so we can watch movies (maybe build a fort….). He meant like go out and do something but nah. We have a full weekend of delicious food and drinks planned and I can’t wait. We are kicking things off tonight by trying a new restaurant, one of only two places we are going out to eat at. The rest we are making ourselves!

I’ll try to make a lengthy food post after the weekend if I can remember to take pictures. I’ll have to write myself a note on our whiteboard. Then I’ll start posting more regularly about what’s going on with us and the dogs. Stay tuned!

A Connection Through Video Games

When  Tyler and I first started talking, we bonded over some of our more nerdy tendencies.  Like superheroes, comic books, and television shows.

Something that we both enjoy doing is playing video games. I, myself, entered our relationship with a PlayStation 2 and a GameCube but he had the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

I know, my systems are way behind the times. While I still own both systems, they have been moved to shelf where they collect dust because I refuse to get rid of them. My GameCube was one of the greatest Christmas gifts I have ever received and all of my Spyro games go with it. The PlayStation 2 was one of my first big purchases that I actually took the time to save up money for.

But the point of this post isn’t to reminisce about my old systems its to talk about how much Tyler and I have grown our relationships through video games.

That seems weird, right?

How can video games grow your relationship? Do you play together on a team? Do you play against each other? How the hell does this work?

Well its pretty simple, Tyler plays and I watch. Or in the most recent case, the opposite but for the most part I am happy to sit and watch Tyler play, for the most part. I think this is due in large part to being a middle child. If you are a middle child, you will know what I’m talking about.  My older sister played the older sister card and my younger sister, she could just be scary. My dad also loved to play video games and we would all watch him like it was a movie.

It can be really frustrating when he is stuck not to grab the controller and do it myself. But the games that Tyler plays, shooters, horror, etc. give me terrible anxiety. I don’t like dying, it makes me mad. I don’t like scary games because, well, they are scary. I’ve gotten better about my anxiety through playing PC games and story games. Your character dying doesn’t end the game, it just teaches you what not to do next time. But Scary games I still can’t do and I can barely watch. I just really don’t like being scared!

Anyway back to the point, again. Tyler plays and I watch. It is something we can do together. If gives us something to talk about and get excited for. I give him hints occasionally or point out an object he missed, I get to watch the story unfold, and Tyler gets the pleasure of hanging out with me! Or, you know, the pleasure of actually completing the game, figuring out the puzzles, etc. etc.

Together we have completed the new Tomb Raider series, a majority of the Uncharted series 2-4, Alien: Isolation, Dying Light, some scary horror games I don’t remember the name of because I watched through a blanket, Batman, and more!

Being a watcher also gives the opportunity to wander if I get bored or do other things while I watch. This is something that bothers Tyler, though. He doesn’t understand how I can do two things at once. I can, I’m really good at, ask my family they will back me up! I can sit down, read a book, and watch Netflix at the same time. I can also tell you what is going on in the book and show if you ask!

Right now, Tyler is working on finished the second smaller story of Dying Light, The Following is the name I think, and I started The Wolf Among Us. I love Telltale Games! They make story based video games based on popular shows and comic books that shape to the decisions you make for your character. I have worked through the two available seasons of The Walking Dead game and am waiting patiently for the third. This series is separate from the main story so its cool to see how other characters are reacting to the zombie apocalypse. They have other Walking Dead series out there too about main characters from the show/comic book and their back stories or side quests. They have also done a series on Game of Thrones that I’ve been wanting to play. It’s similar to the Walking Dead game that features a separate story-line but is still going on with-in the show/book.

The Wolf Among Us is based off of the comic book series, Fables. Fables is about storybook characters that have been forced to flee to the human world as theirs crumbles. I love the characters, the story, and just the whole idea of the game, though it is very similar to Once Upon a Time, just the idea not the story line. The Wolf Among Us has too much cussing, and murdering, and boobies……

Tyler and I have a pretty great relationship. I don’t mean to brag or be one of those people with a mushy, gross, unbearable relationships, but we do get along together really well. It is interesting to think about how we went to high school together (a year apart) and didn’t really even know about the others existence!