So, I’ve been debating about how much of our relationship to broadcast on the great interwebs. At first, I was going to just give you a quick “we met on this date and bam – here we are” but, I don’t like to do anything simply (just ask Chris) so you get the full story (if you desire to continue reading…)
We met on Match.com about 4 years ago. Yep. Match.com – we think it’s pretty awesome.** After talking via email for a few days we decided to meet one afternoon at a locally owned coffee shop. I was standing in line to get a cup of coffee when Chris walked in. (cue awkward meeting). He was adorable and my face turned beet red (oh, so typical for me). After several cups of coffee (and several hours of easy conversation) we were both hinting that the date had to continue.
Chris suggested taking a walk by the river’s edge and I happily agreed – even though it was winter and I was *not* properly dressed for the cold. I figured I could tough it out, after all, I’m from Buffalo, NY and have been to plenty of Buffalo Bills games in sub-zero temperatures…I can handle the cold. I pictured us strolling along Albany’s version of a river walk (and flirting), while waiting for him to take my hand in his and keep it warm. Unfortunately that didn’t quite pan out. Instead I spent the entire walk sniffling, blowing on my hands to keep them warm (because I couldn’t find my “cute” gloves), and thinking of ways I could coax Chris back to the warm car. I have come to find out, now, that “Morris walks” are quite legendary. They can go on for miles – despite the elements. Little did I know. Needless to say – by the end of our walk my cheeks were so red, my nose so sniffly, and it took all I had not to run to the car when it came back within our sights.
When we did reach the car, I immediately turned all the front heaters toward me (what? Chris didn’t need them!) and began slowly defrosting myself. We then visited a pet shop to pick up some toys for our respective pets and, somewhat reluctantly, ended our date. We traded numbers and just before leaving each other I mentioned that I would be heading out that night to the with some friends and that we should meet up if he, just so happened, to be out as well.
I then ran home and rounded up my girlfriends for a night out while simultaneously trying not to get my hopes up. We were out at dinner when I got a text from Chris that he and his friends were heading out. Well – my girlfriends (and their respective others) have never eaten so quickly in their lives! (Gotta love friends who will brave indigestion solely so you can meet your most recent love interest for a drink.)
We then (oh so casually) found Chris and his friends at the bar, right where he said they’d be and had a fantastic night. Everything just felt … right. The way we laughed with each other. The way we cracked jokes at the others expense. The way his fingers laced through mine. It felt like we had known each other for 9 years rather than just 9 hours.
And that was our beginning…What was yours?
*This title will be explained in a forthcoming post…just be patient
**We have a lot of wedding couples that met this way, a lot of our friends that have met this way, and I am big supporter of online dating (with proper safety precaution, of course). But that’s a topic for a different post!