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34 Reasons Why Evan is Still the Best Ever

Happy 34th birthday to Evan!

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Well, it’s actually on Saturday but I thought I’d post it a little early. 

As you may know, for the last several years on Evan’s birthday I have been posting a list of reasons why he is the best ever. The first time I did this we had been together for nine months so our relationship was still in the new phase and I was still blown away that he even existed. I didn’t originally intend for the Evan is the Best Ever post to be an annual thing. I thought it was a one and done. But he continues to prove that he is the best ever. And I am STILL blown away that he exists. He does something thoughtful every day that surprises me and I find myself recording the little things he does throughout the year so that I remember them. This is something I’m so glad I started doing because it forces me to focus on the positives and not concentrate on the little things he does that annoy me (come on, we live together, you know we annoy each other).

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Just look at that sass face.

I don’t know if I’m going to be able to keep doing this forever, but I do have a list of 34 reasons why Evan is the best ever in honour of his 34th birthday, so here we go!

Past Reasons Evan is the Best Ever

Those 96 reasons still apply. I’m trying not to repeat! And I’m sorry, but this is long.

34 Reasons Why Evan is Still the Best Ever

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34. He is the handiest person I know. I feel like he could build anything. And he is SO. HELPFUL. He has his own renovations business and this year he took time out of his busy schedule to tile three of our friends bathrooms/kitchens (floor, back splash, shower, etc.). I like to think of their houses as the houses that Evan built ūüėČ (helped build, whatever).

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Here is he just casually fixing his dad’s lawnmower. With a turkey.

33. So I have this annoying whisker on my chin that pops up every couple of months. Just one whisker. Evan can always tell when it’s starting because I can’t keep my fingers away from the area, so he’ll just look at me and say “the chin whisker is coming?” Yes. One night we were lying in bed talking and the conversation went like this:

Me: What is the purpose of eyebrows? (as I trace his eyebrow)

Evan: To keep things out of your eyes.

Me: I thought that was eyelashes.

Evan: I think eyebrows too, I dunno.

(short silence)

Me: And what’s the purpose of beards? (as I run my fingers over his beard)

Evan: I don’t know…to keep things out of my mouth?

Me: That doesn’t sound right.

(short silence)

Evan: Well, what’s the purpose of a single chin whisker?

I’m still laughing at this.

32. Wedding planning with Evan has been quite hilarious. Before I bought my wedding dress I was browsing online to get an idea of what I liked, and the conversation went like this:

Me: Wow. Wedding dresses are really expensive.

Evan: Just buy the bottom.

Me: What?

Evan: Well, I guess you need the train or whatever, to make it special. So, just buy the bottom of the dress. And then wear a tank top or something.

Me: I think people would probably notice I’m only wearing half a dress…

Still laughing at this also.

31. Still on wedding planning, I was looking at how much we should be budgeting for flowers and I again was like “Wow, flowers are expensive, but I really want our bridesmaids to have some in Cuba.” (Our destination wedding package only covers flowers for me, not the bridesmaids).

Evan: Just have the bridesmaid’s carry their drinks down the aisle.

Me: (laughing) What?

Evan: Well it can be a fancy drink, like we could fill a pineapple or a coconut or something, for some “greenery.” And get a little cocktail umbrella.

I kind of like this idea.

30. Okay, speaking of wedding things, his proposal was amazing. An intimate moment in the ocean at sunset – it was so perfect to us. And the fact that he had the ring since February and kept it a secret waiting until the right moment until the end of April. I wouldn’t be able to do that, that sneaky minx.

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29. The ring he chose is THEE most amazing ever. It is absolutely perfect and I could not love it any more. And it even fit on my fat Simpsons fingers.

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But I think my favourite thing about the ring is that he paid for it fully in cash. He told me he purposely took on a lot of weekend cash jobs and put that money aside until he had enough to buy it in full. I find this so romantic, I think mostly because it is SMART.

28. We have this long white dresser in our bedroom from IKEA and we had been talking about getting the matching tallboy dresser at some point. One day I came home from work and it was set up in our bedroom with a big bow around it. Bless him for not only getting it, but for putting that puppy together without me!!! IKEA furniture is the WORST.

27. I really enjoyed that at Christmas there were presents for me under the tree from Winnie and my Subaru. My cat and my car are so thoughtful.

26. When I was talking about going to Choir!Choir!Choir! for the first time and I told him that I felt a little nervous singing in front of people, he said “Well I’ve heard you singing in the car and I don’t want to give you a big head or anything, but…I think you’re really good.” nd’awww.

25. Sometimes in the morning before I leave for work when I hug and kiss him goodbye he’ll hold me out at arm’s length and say “Wait, let me look at you. You just look so beautiful!”

24. Sometimes he’ll even text me later in the morning and say “You looked so beautiful when you were leaving this morning.” I melt.

23. Recently he was in the middle of telling me a story and he stopped abruptly and looked at me and said “I’m sorry but I just have to tell you, you are so beautiful.”

22. One time this winter I wasn’t having a great day. The weather had been cold and dreary for a while and I felt like it was starting to get to me. I texted him that the weather was making me sad and my brain felt cloudy and he wrote back “Well I’m thinking about you, and you are sunny.” and I know that is such a simple thing but I really appreciated it. It did cheer me up.

21. He loved Winnie just as much as I did.

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When Winnie got sick at the end, Evan took action. I wasn’t home, he was the one who took her to the vet and comforted her while he waited for me to arrive so we could make the decision together. And then he comforted me. For weeks.

20. And seeing him now with Tilly just melts my heart.

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He shows pictures and videos of her to our friends like a proud cat dad!

19. I was really sick with the flu back in June and I basically could not eat anything without throwing up for about 12 hours. It was awful. Evan researched all about BRAT foods (bananas, rice, apple sauce and toast), what you should eat when you’re sick and came home early from work with bread, bananas, rice crackers, soda crackers, apple sauce, ginger ale and Gatorade (to rehydrate myself). It was cute.

18. I LOVE how excited he gets to do things around the house, like for example vacuuming. On Saturday night he’ll be like “Let’s talk about what we’re going to do tomorrow. I want to vacuum and mop the floors, and clean the bathrooms and do laundry and maybe wash the windows.” and I’ll be like “That sounds great, I’m going to read.” ūüôā

17. He cleans out and vacuums my car. He just gets urges to vacuum my car, and so he does it. Even at the cottage, when it is clearly leisure time!

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16. We were at my friend Melissa’s wedding in November and there was a snowstorm overnight. First thing in the morning guess who was outside scraping my car off? Evan was.

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Ughhh, that picture reminds me that summer is over and winter is coming.

15. We were watching Judge Judy one evening and talking about our celebrity crushes, so I asked him who his celebrity crush was and he thought about it for a moment and then said “I think it’s Judge Judy.” with a total serious face. I died laughing. I think he’s attracted to her no-nonsense attitude.

14. On my birthday Dawn brought my present to the restaurant in a Disney Princess gift bag. We went to a bar after and guess who carried the Disney Princess bag around all night with zero complaints? Ohh Evan did.

13. We needed a side table for our guest bedroom so one day Evan decided that he was just going to make one. He went to HomeSense and bought some crates that fit well together, and then he just…nailed them together.

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And it is awesome!

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Such a cute night table.

12. He is just good at things and this results in him winning free booze for us all the time! Rum on the beach in Cuba, twice, on two separate trips!

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And then he won a Texas Mickey of Jack Daniels at a Stag and Doe in the Tooney Toss.

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Marrying him = free booze for life. Yasssss.

11. I love how excited he got when he was working on our friend Will’s food truck for Sherrie’s annual games day.

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He talked about helping out and how he was going to chip those fries all week long! And he just about lost his mind when Will handed him a uniform. It was a dream day for him.

10. At the end of games day I was in the boccia ball finals with my partner Chris to take the Games Day title! Evan pulled up a chair at the side of the yard and was just sitting quietly by himself and one of our friends came up to him and was all “What are you doing sitting over here alone?” and Evan said “What do you mean? My woman’s in the finals! I’m spectating!”

9. Evan’s schedule is slightly more flexible than mine is, so when we are going away for the weekend it’s Evan who does the prep work. He goes grocery shopping, prepares the food, packs the car, cleans the house, gets a bottle of wine for our catsitter, etc. so when I get home we can just leave right away. It is amazing. And when he’s grocery shopping I get notifications that it’s happening because we use the Hub app with our joint list. It makes me so, so excited.

8. I have not yet decided if I’m going to change my name when we get married. Evan is completely indifferent, he says it’s my decision and he is A-okay with whatever I decide (personally I think I should get Evan to change his name so he can be officially Evan Evanoff but I don’t actually think that’s going to happen). We were talking about it recently and I mentioned that if we have kids I’d probably like us all to have the same last name. He said “Okay, well we can make a compromise. Every third kid can have your last name.” Hahaha. As if we’re having more than two.

7. I was at my friend Melissa’a bridal shower and Evan’s week had been pretty busy so his plan for the day was to take ‘er easy. Shortly after I left I received this picture:

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And it’s hard to tell if you don’t know what that normally looks like, but usually we have a ton of stuff in the closet and the long buffet on the left is against the wall on the right with the fish tank and a bunch of other crap on it. Oh and normally our floor is intact. I was like “WTF is going on over there, I thought you were taking it easy?!” Well, I guess Evan decided he was going to clean the fish tank. While this was happening he accidentally knocked the filter off and it somehow hit the back of the tank, smashed it, and water exploded everywhere, all over our laminate floors. He didn’t want them to warp from the water, so he ripped them all up and then sent me that picture. By the time I got home just a few hours later, he had replaced the fish tank with a new one, reinstalled our floors, and everything was back to normal like it never happened. I don’t think I’ve ever been so impressed.

6. Tilly has recently discovered the fish tank. It’s not that she even likes the fish, she’s after the water. She is obsessed with water! We were going away for the weekend and Evan was reluctant to leave Tilly home alone with the fish tank (even with our catsitter dropping in). I was at work and wasn’t around to help him actually move the tank, so I told him just to put a towel or a sheet over it and she’d probably be fine. Evan went a step further.

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He encased the entire buffet and the fish tank with cardboard and then taped it up. No cat is getting in there!

5. His cooking. Still his cooking. Dinner is pretty split these days depending on who is home first, but this is what it looks like when Evan makes dinner:

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On this particular night he said he felt like I had been making dinner a lot more lately because he was busy with work, so he wanted to do something special. AND he made that from a recipe in the cookbook that I made him for Valentine’s Day a couple years ago!

4. I was out without Evan a few weeks ago and when I got home I asked him if he ended up getting up to anything. Turns out he was hanging out with these two ladies in our building who are in their 80s (one is our catsitter), and they fed him drinks and talked to him all about Bachelor in Paradise, which he knows well because he watches it with me! Hahaha.

3. Evan’s nana is unfortunately not doing well. We were visiting her in the hospital a couple weekends ago and Evan patiently sat at her bedside for hours and comforted her. He even clipped and filed her nails for her. That is love. We also stayed at his nana’s that weekend while she was in the hospital, and in the morning he got up and watered all of her plants for her.

2. Evan has taught me that acts of service is my love language. Before we started dating I would have rated my love languages as the following: 1. Quality time 2. Physical touch 3. Words of affirmation (those three might have actually been tied) 4. Acts of service 5. Gift giving. Before Evan I did not realize how much acts of service actually has an effect on my every day life. Every single day he does something that makes my life easier, and I never knew how important that was. He is the most thoughtful person I know and he makes me strive to be a better person, to be a good neighbour, to do more for my family and friends, and all that jazz. He always, without fail, puts other people before himself. And that is just really nice.

1. I get to marry him. I get to MARRY HIM. He is going to be my actual HUSBAND.

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I am excited. 

So Evan, a very happy birthday to you. I’m sorry that I am not here to spend it with you (I’ll actually be at my bachelorette party, haha), but I will make it up to you because you are the BEST. EVER. and I love you a ridiculous amount!!!

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33 Additional Reasons Why Evan is the Best Ever

Happy Birthday to the amazingly cheeky Evan, who is turning the big 33 today!

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If you’ve followed my blog for a while you may remember me posting 31 Reasons Why Evan is the Best Ever and also a 32 MORE Reasons Why Evan is the Best Ever on Evan’s birthday the last two years, so I thought I would keep up tradition.

It’s interesting¬†because I feel like it is almost more socially acceptable to be negative about your spouse and to complain about them than it is to rave on about how amazing they are. But you will never convince me that more positivity is a bad thing. I personally love hearing about how awesome other peoples’ lovers are, and Evan truly¬†is amazing. He deserves a blog post dedicated to his amazingness at least once a year. At least!

Also, this means I have done 96 reasons in total why Evan is the best ever and you’d think it would be difficult to come up with that many, but it wasn’t at all! I will try not to repeat the ones from the last two posts.

Here we go! In no particular order…

33 Additional Reasons Why Evan is the Best Ever

33 ¬†Every morning before we get up we read together in bed for half an hour while we drink our coffee (like separate books, we’re not THAT cheesy). It is my favourite part of my morning routine.

32  He gutted and then rebuilt our entire kitchen. With his bare hands.

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31  He cooks very often in the kitchen that he built with his bare hands, and he looks hot doing it. Even while wearing a ridiculous apron.

I sure do love a man who cooks…in luau attire.

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I also like that we make dinner together whenever we can.

30  In said kitchen, he built me a custom wine rack to hold my box of wine.

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Because it’s very important you have a spot for your box of wine.

29  I was incredibly busy at work and also really stressed out about it back in January. I was rarely home before 8pm. Every night I came home late, Evan would have dinner waiting for me on the table. I appreciated this so much. We were also doing the Whole30 at the time, which means we had to be more creative with our meals and they could take longer to prepare.

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I would not have been able to do it without him.

28  Evan pretty much lives to help people, and continually goes out of his way to do this however he can, especially with people in our condo building. helping other people seriously recharges him!

27 ¬†He was a total saviour when it came to our friends Emily and Corey’s wedding. Our friends filmed¬†a video for Em and Cork¬†that I was editing to show at the wedding, and it was taking a long time and I was on a deadline and starting to get frustrated with it. Evan totally swooped in and smoothed it over and fixed things that I hadn’t noticed and did the little frustrating things like making sure the audio in¬†the video was consistent. It sounds silly but I was so thankful for this. And I love that he is technically inclined and is better with multimedia than I am. On the day of the wedding, Evan acted as the runner¬†all day while the bridal party was getting ready. Anything Emily or Corey needed, Evan was all over it, running all the last minute errands. And not because anyone asked him, because he wanted to. I know it was really appreciated.

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26 ¬†When the power was out in our building and I had to leave for work, Evan didn’t want me to have to walk down the pitch black stairwell and into the equally dark parking garage alone, so he quickly got dressed and escorted me with a flashlight.

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25 ¬†When my friend Sherrie was going in for her knee surgery, Evan texted her to tell her good luck. I was even more touched because it’s not something I asked him to do or even really mentioned to him at all. He just knew she would appreciate it.

24 ¬†He is incredibly supportive of my decisions. I mentioned in a previous Evan is the best ever post that I trust him so fully¬†that I believe¬†anything he does will work out, and I know that he truly feels the same about me. I left my job in June because I was very¬†unhappy there and I didn’t immediately have another job lined up. When I brought it up to Evan, his words were “You need to leave. So what if we don’t save as much money as we wanted to this year, it’s more important that you’re happy in your job.” I was so grateful he was supportive about it.

23 ¬†If my dad needs help putting up a light in his kitchen, Evan is there, and he’s bringing his brother along to help.

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22 ¬†My mom really enjoys collecting rocks. Evan knows this, and when we were visiting her he went out of his way to find cool rocks for her. When I mentioned to my mom that I was doing this post she said “Make sure you tell them about the rocks he found for me!”

21 ¬†Watching Evan with his new baby nephew.¬†Seeing him with a baby that he loves so much is a whole other side to him I haven’t yet experienced. It melts my heart.

20 ¬†He is incredibly handy and it somehow even translates to boat motors. When he couldn’t get those boat motors running he took the motors apart, took out the pieces that were broken, replaced them, and rebuilt the motors until he could get it going. His patience and dedication is incredible.

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It was so impressive!

19  Winnie is turning 22 this fall, and as such she is not as spry as she used to be. She loves to be up on our bed, but she is having trouble getting down now because jumping to the floor is tough on her little legs.

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So, Evan made her a step.

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He found a storage crate at Home Depot and then he customized it by adding a cushion on the lid that he made with padding and fabric that he found at Fabricland (stapled to the underside of the wood).

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Winnie loves it, and I love the fabric that he chose.

18 ¬†He still cleans and he still loves to vacuum. When the power went out at the cottage this summer his first thought was “How am I going to vacuum tomorrow before we leave if the power is out?” This made me laugh.

17 ¬†When we were at the hunting camp with Dawn, Mark, Emily and Corey in the spring, we were playing BINGO and we discovered that Evan was cheating. He was calling the numbers but rigging it so that his numbers were the ones being called. When we discovered this Emily and I were SHOCKED. It was hilarious, but I was absolutely blown away. It was so out of character for him that I could not get over it. When we asked him why he cheated he said he just wanted “a cheap thrill.”¬†We were dying and it still makes me laugh when I think about it. (I should note that he purposely let himself be caught cheating by us, he did it so we would discover him and think it was funny.)

16 ¬†He can come across as kind of shy at first, so his hilarity is always a surprise to people because it’s unexpected. He’ll be quiet but then he’ll bust out with some fantastic one-liner. I love watching people’s reactions to it!

15 ¬†I continue to love his descriptions for things. He was describing a dog that lives in our building and he said “It’s the one that looks like it was shot out of a cannon,” which so perfectly describes how the dog looks that I could not stop laughing. Another time he was talking about some ridiculous thing he saw and he said “Man, they must have been smoking coconuts when they came up with that!”

14  It is amazing that he loves to eat and he is just as food-oriented as I am. Happy or Hungry Eats the World was actually his idea!

13 ¬†He’s confident and comfortable in his own skin.

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12 ¬†When we got back from camping last summer, I¬†put all of our stuff in the washing machine, turned it on, and it immediately broke. Everything we had with us smelled like a bon fire, so this was not ideal. I was like “Welp, I guess we’re going to the laundromat,” but somehow he had the machine fixed in 10 minutes.

11 He is always up for anything. Whether it is going to a demolition derby, or hiking a 15k trail, or squeezing into a tight cave. He loves adventure and needs very little convincing.

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10 ¬†He is unbelievably¬†attentive, to me, but also with everything. I have never before experienced anyone who is more in tune with my needs, my moods, my emotions, my facial expressions, my tone of voice. It’s nuts.

9 ¬†He has a bit of a hilarious sass face, and when I look back at photos I can tell that it’s always been there.

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Sassy.

8 ¬†When my single friends hang out with him for any length of time they will say “I need to find myself an Evan!”

7  I once walked in on him trying to teach himself how to play my favourite Jack Johnson song on the guitar. I nearly melted.

6  He is always so flabbergasted when I tell him how lucky I am to have him. Like he genuinely thinks he is the lucky one!

5 ¬†He didn’t fart in front of me once until we were together for an entire year. I still don’t understand how that is possible.

4  His level of enthusiasm for things makes me enjoy them more.

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Like his love for footlong hotdogs.

3 ¬†He is a true partner in life and not a day goes by that I don’t think about how fortunate I am to have him.

2  He makes me so ridiculously happy I feel like it should be illegal. I feel almost guilty for how happy he makes me.

1 ¬†He still offers me the last piece, the biggest piece, or the best piece of whatever we’re eating. That is love right there.

So a big happy birthday to my favourite lover Evan! You are the BEST. EVER.

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32 (MORE) Reasons Why Evan is the Best Ever

Happy Birthday to the amazing Evan, who is turning 32 today!

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Last year on his 31st birthday I wrote 31 reasons why Evan is the best ever, and after I published it I was all “man, am I going to have to top that every year?” but as the year has gone on, I realized that I wanted to. Last year I wrote that just before we moved in together, and since that happened I honestly think of something every day that I could add to the list. I’m sure my friends are pretty sick of hearing about how amazing Evan is all the time, and the beautiful thing about the internet is if you don’t like reading it you can just click X and get out (or you can start a thread on me on GOMI, but I am a secret hamcat so I may join you in the snark).

Anyway, if you do enjoy reading about cheesy love things every once in a while then gather your cats, settle in, and read on.

32 (MORE) Reasons Why Evan is the Best Ever

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32. He is Mr. Community. He is friends with nearly everyone in our condo building and he seeks out situations where he can help out and be a good neighbour. A man in his 80s left a note on the bulletin board in the parking garage asking for help with his computer, Evan saw this and called him immediately offering his assistance. Evan is now not only his resident IT support, but also his friend.

31. Along those same lines, we rent our second parking spot from an old lady in our building (who actually just passed away, so that is very sad). Evan would go down every month to pay her for the parking spot, and she would invite him in and make him a drink. Three fingers of rum, straight. He would sit with her and chat for about an hour while he drank his straight rum, and it is especially heartwarming because she did not have any other friends in the building that we know of and I don’t think anyone else took the time to talk¬†with her.

30. I am routinely in the elevator with older ladies in our building, and this excited outburst¬†is a common occurrence: “Are you Evan’s girlfriend?! OHHHHH!!!! He’s such a nice boy!!!!” Yes, yes, I know.

29. He picked up two of those reaching grabber things so that we can pick up garbage when we’re out on walks in our neighbourhood (we have a lot of litterbugs in our neighbourhood). We definitely plan on using them, but in the meantime Evan has been using them on Winnie. And she loves it.

Winnie loves being touched SO MUCH that she doesn't even care what tools you use to get the job done. #catsofinstagram

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28. He uses surprising words/phrases to describe things and it always catches me off guard and makes me laugh unexpectedly hard. I mentioned last time that he calls people who are acting crazy a coconut. If we are in a crowded public place he will say that it is a banana plantation or a coconut factory. We were at the cottage and we were watching a group of people in this pontoon boat that they CLEARLY just rented because they obviously did not know what they were doing (they lifted the motor up while it was still running), and after watching them for a bit Evan said “Man, it’s like watching a box of doughnuts.” I didn’t even know what it meant but it made me laugh for a long time. One time I asked him to describe someone he had met and he said they were a “vegetable lasagne” (which is actually from Seinfeld), so I asked him to elaborate and he said “like a limp noodle. Plain Yogurt. Just…dull.”

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27. He will always offer me the last bite of whatever we’re eating if it’s really good. Or the last chocolate. Or the last slice of cake. Or the biggest piece. Or the best piece. Always.

26. I mentioned this before, but he’s clean. And it’s worth mentioning again because I noticed this before we lived together and I thought it might be an illusion, but it isn’t. I notice it even more now. Our condo is always neat. He makes the bed, he puts his clothes in the hamper, he does laundry, he cleans the kitchen and bathrooms, he does the dishes/loads the dishwasher, he’s a freak and he LOVES to vacuum. When we have cleaning days, we do it together (but in truth he is more neat and more thorough than I am).

25. He does not procrastinate. He¬†is on things immediately. I briefly just sort of mention something that maybe we should do sometime, Evan picks up on it, and it’s done. He just gets it done. I have never had to nag him about anything…actually, I don’t even know if I’ve ever had to ask him to do something. He notices the toilet paper roll is empty, he fills it. The bathroom garbage needs to be emptied, he does it. His family mentions they want to redo the wood on the side of the driveway at the cottage sometime, Evan is on it and he is picking up that wood immediately.

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And he is looking hot doing it.

24. One evening he asked me how I would feel about having a ceiling fan in our dining area to replace the overhead light. I said I was down. The next day I get home from work and the fan is installed and running.

23. Last year when I went away for work for three days, I came home and he and Brotherman had redone our master bathroom.

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It was a quick fix and they did it on the super cheap, but it was so horrible before. It hadn’t been updated since the 70s. I appreciated it so much. I was SO excited. It was like While You Were Out! (the tile hadn’t been grouted yet in the above photo, so ignore those dark grout lines)

22. When my Bestie Lisa was visiting recently we were planning on having a best friend night here in the condo. Evan was totally welcome to stay around, but he knows we are loud when we get together (we basically just sit there and scream at each other) and that we had a lot of catching up to do, so instead of crashing our party he and Brotherman went to the cottage for the night just to get out of our hair.

21. He cleaned up for Lisa’s arrival, he tidied the kitchen, vacuumed, and he made our bed all nice. Then he texted me to let me know he left an extra (new) toothbrush and toothpaste in the bathroom in case Lisa needed it.

20. He and Brotherman installed the backsplash in the kitchen at my work.

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19. When we were staying with my mom in BC earlier this summer he fixed all the things in her house. No one asked him to, he just noticed that the toilet seat was loose, so he found her tools and tightened it up. The faucet in the bathtub was leaking, so he went out and got her a new one and installed it. Etc. etc.

18. He is the easiest traveler in the world. When we were galavanting around BC and Alberta, we were so busy every single day. I had us on a pretty packed itinerary. I have a feeling that Evan would have preferred to leisure around a bit more than we did but he never complained once. He was always up for anything and he was always very happy about it. I know he had one of the best trips of his life and was grateful that we did as much as we did.

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17. The shadow boxes he got me for Valentine’s Day.

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I am not the one who has been populating those with content.¬†That’s all Evan right there.

16. He made me a really awesome stocking for Christmas, and it included this mug.

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15. He’s the most thoughtful gift buyer ever. He really listens when I say I like something or I want to do something (hence the Lion King tickets for my birthday). He and Brotherman do a lot of work around our condo building and they were painting the outside of the parking garage and the retired Super was helping them, just because he wanted to. They wanted to get him something as a thank you to let him know they really appreciated it, but they couldn’t figure out what. They brainstormed and brainstormed. Then his walker broke, so they decided to buy him a new walker. He LOVES it and he uses it all the time.

14. He makes coffee and breakfast every morning.

13. Ahem.

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No explanation necessary.

12. He sends me pictures of Winnie and Bolt when I’m away. His love for Winnie especially just melts my heart.

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11. I also love how he looks after Bolt and Winnie. He feeds them, cleans Winnie’s litter, takes Bolts for walks. So do I, of course, but he will do this also without my asking.¬†It warms my heart that he takes care of them.

10. When he makes dinner (which is often, which is awesome), he packs it up for my lunch for the next day.

9. Speaking of dinner…

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I love it.

8. And every time that I make¬†him¬†dinner he tells me it is the best dinner he’s ever had.

7. He tells me I am beautiful every. single. day. Usually it is when I am not looking beautiful, as in I just woke up. Last night when I got home from work I immediately changed into my comfy home clothes and put my hair up and when he saw me he said “Look at you! You look so beautiful right now!”

6. He puts in effort to get to know the important people in my life. My family, my friends.

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He even puts in effort to get to know the important people to¬†them. For example, when we were at my Bestie’s parents on Labour Day weekend, he spent a lot of time chatting with and getting to know her parents, and Corina.

5. This is maybe something that I love about our relationship in general, but we¬†have a very similar schedule and are on the same page. We eat dinner together every night, we go to bed at the same time, we wake up at the same time, we eat breakfast together while watching the Weather Network. It’s simple, and I know it wouldn’t work in every relationship, but I really like it.

4. This is the first time that I have felt like I have a genuine partner in life. Evan is my teammate. Every day he does something, even a small gesture, to make my life easier and he genuinely always has my best interests at heart. Always, always! I cannot tell you how absolutely refreshing this has been!

3. He listens to everything I have to say, no matter how mundane it is.

2. He is respectful and confident and thoughtful and genuinely so nice to everyone. He goes out of his way to make people feel comfortable. My brother has a friend who is a bit shy and socially awkward, and Evan went out of his way to talk to him about things they have in common. I could tell it made the guy feel more comfortable and come out of his shell with us. People, in turn, genuinely really like him.

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1. He loves me. He genuinely really loves me.

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Every day he makes me feel like the luckiest girl on the planet. I wish that everyone has someone in their life who is as great as he is.

Happy Birthday Evan! You are THE BEST. EVER.

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One Year Ago Today

I met Evan. Today is the anniversary of our first date.

Of course I have talked about this before, and you may already know the details. Or some of the details, at least. But, my friends, you don’t know the¬†story. I am not sure I even know the story, or if there is even a story. I have never typed it out. But I am feeling all nostalgic and romantic, and I think it is good to have a record of the important moments in your life. So gather round and settle in for a little love story. Maybe make yourself a drink. I have a sneaking suspicion that it is going to get quite rambley, but we’re talking about love here so that is okay.

The Meeting

And so, one year ago today I met Evan. Well actually, I “met” him about one year and one week ago, online, on OKCupid.com. I had taken a little break from the whole online dating thing, as I wasn’t having great experiences (but that’s a whole other story…that I obviously blogged aboutseveral times), but one night in mid-December last year I was feeling a little lonely, so on a whim I signed back up (but on a different dating site, I was originally using Plenty of Fish, but both POF and OKC are free so I guess of the same calibre). I was slightly skeptical of online dating at that point, and pretty wary of anyone who messaged me. I was putting the photos of the guys who had messaged me into Google image search (note to online daters: this is VERY IMPORTANT!) and in the mix of guys who contacted me I found an ex hockey player (for the Edmonton Oilers), a European soccer player (who was also a model), and Hayden Christensen.

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Pretty sure Hayden Christensen was not actually messaging me on an online dating site.

So, needless to say, I wasn’t feeling confident about my luck online.

But… one of the people to message me within the first day of my re-sign up, right before I threw in the towel again, was Evan. And I don’t want to get all clich√© and cheesy, but he really did write me the perfect “I’m breaking the ice here” note and just piqued my interest immediately. In my profile I had written, amongst other things, that I very much liked proper spelling and grammar, and if you wrote me a message that said “your beautiful” (my beautiful WHAT?) I would probably not respond. And Evan ended his first message to me with a simple:

“Oh, and also, you’re beautiful. See, I know my stuff.”

And while that may not seem like anything significant, for me I took that to mean that he knew his stuff spelling and grammar-wise, and also that he knew his stuff beauty-wise. So I liked that. And when I went over to check out his profile, I really liked what he had written there (in immaculate grammar and spelling), and I actually read every word before even looking at his pictures. And when I did look at his pictures, I saw this one:

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And I wasn’t entirely sure what was going on in this photo (is that a chicken?), but I’m also not entirely sure how you say no to that cheeky face. I wanted to talk to him. (I need to note here that I told Evan last night that I NEEDED to have this photo but I could not tell him the reason why because he doesn’t know I’m writing this, and he searched for it for me for an entire hour and even broke out his way old laptop to eventually find it. That man just delivers, I tell you.)

So anyway, I responded. I don’t remember what I said, but we were quickly having novel conversations within the online dating messaging thing, and within a few days or so we took our online talking to texting. And you may think texting is unromantic or whatever and be of the mindset that the guy should always call the girl, but I personally would rather text. I really dislike talking on the phone, even with my very best friends. I feel like I have a hard time reading people if I can’t see their facial expressions and I am thrown off by tone of voice alone. In-person communication is my favourite, but texting is second best to me, because I love to write and I can read what you text me and interpret it however I want.

Anyway, I’m digressing (I’m sure that will be a theme here). Moving on. After about a week we decided we should probably meet up in person and just sorta see what happened. This was the week before the Christmas holidays, and I had three Christmas parties to attend, as well as my work’s Christmas cookie exchange (and I was making my Nana’s shortbread cookies which are VERY time consuming), so it was a really, really busy time. But Evan was going to be away for at least a week over the holidays and I had a bunch of festive things happening as well, so I knew I had to squeeze him in. We didn’t even have time for dinner, but we met for a drink around 9pm on a Tuesday evening. It couldn’t be late, we both had to work the next day, but we just needed to meet and get it out of the way to see…I don’t even know what. That we both existed? We were who we said we were? In-person chemistry? I don’t know. But we had to see.

The First Date

It was awkward at first, as all first dates are. I don’t think there is any way to get around that. We met in the middle of the street (at the corner of Yonge and Davisville, my old ‘hood) all bundled up in our winter coats and our scarves and our mitts and our hats and just kind of awkwardly patted each other on the shoulder in greeting and then decided that maybe we should hug. Again, bulky and awkward. But it didn’t feel creepy or anything, so that’s a good sign.

We walked to a pub (the Twisted Kilt, which has sadly since changed its name) on Yonge between Eglinton and Davisville.

Once we sat down, the conversation was easy. I can barely remember what we talked about, but I do I remember that we did not stop talking, and everything seemed to flow very naturally. Before I knew it, it was 11 and I had to leave if I didn’t want to be a zombie the next day. We walked together to the corner where we had originally met, arm in arm, and Evan being the gentleman that he is offered to walk me to my door but I was STILL a little wary because of the whole online thing, even though I knew he wasn’t a creepy stalker… So I declined. But I appreciated the offer, very much. And we hugged goodbye, just a standard hug. But Evan told me later that he THOUGHT I might like him because before I walked away I put my hand on his side (more accurately, on the side of his bulky coat) and let it linger there for a minute while I stood there and just smiled at him. I don’t remember this, but I guess sub-consciously I wanted to touch him? I feel like it is one of those Cosmo articles “How To Show Him You Like Him” – touch your hair, your collarbone, let your hand rest on his thigh… I know you know the article. Well I guess it’s legit!

First Date Aftermath

After our first date, I did not see him next for nearly two weeks. Christmas things, you know! But during that time we texted constantly. Really, a lot. Especially at night as we were going to bed. Probably to an annoying amount for anyone who knows me. I spent Christmas day with my good friend Sherrie watching Love Actually and Scrooged in our Pajamas and I kept getting texts from Evan and Sherrie saw his name come up on my phone and was all “Who is this Evan?!” and I didn’t know what to tell her! Of course I was honest and said it was someone who I had met online and had been on one date with, and so far so good and fingers crossed and all that… I played it off as pretty casual. But at that point I already felt like Evan was a game changer, I just didn’t know how to convey to anyone yet that he was a “person of interest”.

I think it was the week and a half between our first and second date that solidified things in my mind. We talked so much during that time that when I saw him again I felt like I knew him so well and we were just…on our way. I don’t know what else to say or how else to describe it. I felt comfortable and Evan felt familiar.

The Second Boozy Date

For our second date, we met downtown at the Tim Hortons at College Station and Evan brought his own little bottle of Kahula to sneakily spike our coffees. A surprise that won me over even further (perhaps some people would disagree and say bringing your own booze on your second date isn’t a great sign, but I really liked it and I thought it was thoughtful). He told me nothing of what we were doing. He just told me where to meet him and what time and that he would take care of the rest. I was intrigued but I figured we were just going bowling or something.

Nope. No bowling. After he sneakily spiked our coffees we took the street car to Allan Gardens, a huge greenhouse in Toronto. I had never been there before, but I was surprised at how big it was. It was almost tropical inside and it felt great to get rid of our jackets and winter apparel and walk around with our spiked coffees and look at all the plants and flowers as we talked.

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Tres romantique. It was the most awesome and thoughtful date that I have ever been on. I thought it was so original. Way better than bowling. He also took me out for dinner to the 3 Brewers afterwards, a local brewery, which is not a fancy restaurant by any means but for me it was really perfect, as I love beer, and we got to try all the different kinds. It was a dream date, for sure.

Annnd we had our first kiss on the way home. All obnoxiously on the subway. If I didn’t know us and I saw us, I may have hated us. We were standing inside one of the door areas and I was so impressed and I thought he was so awesome and I just couldn’t handle it anymore so I just went for it. And it was awkward but nice, and then my giant purse slipped off my shoulder and brought the entire right side of my body down and that was the end of it. And that made us laugh hard.

And then…were we official?

We both deleted our profiles shortly after the second date. Which was funny actually because OKCupid asks for the reason of your profile deletion, and I just said I met someone offline because if you check online it asks for their username. I didn’t want to put in Evan’s username in case he got a notification or something, or a message saying “HEY! Lindsey is deleting her profile because she thinks you’re dating. IS THIS TRUE?!” but then when we talked about it later, Evan said he that he did actually check off that he met someone online and he put in my username… I guess he got shafted.

Before I left for Jamaica I wanted to make sure we were on the same page, so it was me who made the first move official-wise. Actually, I think I am very impatient and hate not knowing things, so I just made the first move to get it out of the way. I remember we were at my place hanging around and I was all “Soo…are you seeing anyone else?” even though I 100% knew he was not. And he confirmed and said he was not. And I said “Soo…do you maybe want to be my boyfriend?” all juvenille-like. I may as well passed him a note that said “Will you be my boyfriend? Check Yes, No or Maybe.”

A coworker of mine was asking me about this the other day and I told her that I was the one who essentially asked Evan to be my boyfriend, and she said “Oh, you must not have liked him very much then, if you were the one who asked. You wouldn’t have cared if he rejected you,” but that is not the case AT ALL. I asked because I already knew. I knew he was as into me as I was into him, I just wanted to make sure we both knew. I feel like it is important to be up front and honest and NOT play games. If you like someone, tell them. I’m not a fan of dicking around.

Anyway, he said yes, and now we live together, and happily ever after, and all that.

Our first photo together:

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I have already raved on about how Evan is the best ever. But know that I think every day that I could easily add something to that list. He is SO thoughtful and he pays attention to the smallest details…IN THE BEST WAY. I don’t think I have ever known anyone to notice and appreciate all the things about me the way he does.¬†He goes out of his way to make my life easier. He is the most supportive person I have ever encountered. He is always a step ahead of me. It’s like he knows I need something before I even know that I need it.

I just feel so overwhelmingly thankful that he found me on OKCupid and messaged me what he did and that I wrote back. Because otherwise I don’t think I could have met him. I doubt our paths would ever cross. And I am really trying not to get too cheesy, but he is 100% the best thing that has ever happened to me and I don’t think I could have even imagined someone who is as amazing as him.

I know that in the grand scheme of life one year isn’t a very long time, but maaaan has this year dragged on. Just kidding. It has gone by very quickly, and it has been amazing. I already cannot remember a time when Evan was not in my life. It’s good times. It is very good times.

Soo, how to end this?

The End.

Yes.

How did you meet your significant other? I want to hear your loooove stories!

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Quick Calgary Adventures

I am back from my western adventures. That trip was very speedy. I really would have loved to spend an extra day in Calgary, but my last work event is this coming Monday so I had to be back in the office yesterday to get some stuff done. I am really excited for Tuesday, when everything is over. For now…

Anyway, both of the events on Monday and Tuesday this week went really well. After our first event in Toronto I was feeling a lot more confident about things, but because of the travel involved with these two I was very worried that I was going to forget something important. I checked my lists a million times to make sure I had everything. Name badges, label maker, signs, programs, presentations, Sharpies. I had everything. All good.

But it wasn’t until I got to Calgary on Tuesday that I realized I forgot something very important.

Pants. I forgot pants.

It wasn’t a problem on Monday because I wore a dress to the event, but on Tuesday I was planning on wearing dress pants with a blazer. Except I forgot to pack said dress pants. I even forgot to pack jeans. I had my gray running tights that I wore on Sunday and were all sweaty from my run, black Lululemon flared pants, black 3/4 tights also from Lulu (my only two pants from Lululemon, don’t get the wrong idea and think I am rich or anything), and a pair of shorts. So I had a plethora of leisuring clothes, but I was really lacking on the business attire. Rather than wear the same dress, I improvised with the 3/4 length tights and a pair of tall boots. Luckily the shirt I wore underneath my blazer was long enough to cover my bum area, which was my main concern.

The airline accidentally shipped my coworker’s luggage straight from Vancouver to Toronto and missed Calgary, so all she had was what she was wearing and she was also wearing tights. So at least I had a partner in crime. I’m really glad that didn’t happen to me because I was wearing a shirt that had cats on it on the plane. Nothing screams professionalism like cats.

Our event on Tuesday was at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, a super luxurious hotel that reminds me of the Titanic. The lobby was absolutely stunning.

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And the room we had our event in was just as beautiful.

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My bestie Lisa lives in Calgary, so she came to the event!

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I was so excited to see her, and I was so glad she came. I haven’t seen her since the summer! I am definitely more confident when she is around and I really loved having her there for moral support. She ended up helping me out, and she took over the registration table like a pro. The guests thought she worked with us, and she had the whole “And here is your name badge, and coat check is to the right, bathrooms are around the corner, and there’s tea and coffee right there” down pat. It was super helpful.

At one point when the canap√©s were coming around she said to me “I’m really impressed with how cheese-heavy this event is. I can tell you did the menu.”¬†She should have came to the Vancouver event where one of the appetizers was just a ball of goat cheese on a stick.

Afterwards we went over to her sister Heather’s with a bottle of wine to catch up, and it was the most hilarious night I’ve had in a long time. I took a picture of the three of us, but it’s so dark you can’t tell what’s going on. So here’s a good one of us.

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I am the weirdo on the left. Lisa is just to the right behind me, then our old pal Amanda in her fabulous purple snow pants, and then Heather on the far right. We have known each other for a LONG TIME!

Here is a more recent one from the summer.

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When we were wearing our life jackets diapers.

The night with those two was hilarious and I was so glad I was able to squeeze it in. I was hurting the next day from all the laughter (maybe the wine also) but it was well worth it.

I got home from my travels on Wednesday evening and I was sooo insanely exhausted. Just done. Evan totally boosted my spirits though. He surprised me when I got home by redoing our master bathroom ensuite while I was gone (with the help of Brotherman). Like the entire thing. He painted, installed new tile, put in a new toilet and sink, new cabinet and mirror and he put up shelving. I don’t think shocked would even describe my reaction, I nearly had a heart attack. Evan and Brotherman said my reaction was like one of those people on a home show. It was like While You Were Out! Just add this to the reasons why Evan is the best ever. I never would have expected that. Best surprise of all time.

Anyway, work time. I am insanely excited for the weekend. Have a good one!

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