Before you I never:
- wore pink.
- wakeboarded or snowboarded or did any other activity where you strap a board to your feet and hurl yourself against hills or bodies of water.
- knew what the beginning sounds of an asthma attack sounded like. I can get up and retrieve your inhaler in my sleep now.
- cooked much of anything at all. First lesson in cooking: boil the noodles!
- listened to a single thing put out by Nine Inch Nails or Pink Floyd or Rage Against the Machine. Still couldn't REALLY tell them apart though. I know, I know!
- rode on a motorcycle. First thought the first time I did: Huh, the ground is like RIGHT THERE.
- dreamed of getting rid of my (stupid, not-cute) bangs.
- understood how anyone could spend $50 on a fish that wouldn't be served to me on a plate with sides and a glass of wine.
- played a single hand of Texas Hold 'Em. Since then I've taken money from men twice my age plenty of times. Also? I've outlasted you in more than one tournament.
- knew how to garden. Turns out "full sun" is what a plant requires, not what a plant actually is. (Funny story to share another time.)
- gave a damn about watching anything in HD or recording live TV.
- heard of Blue October. Two of their songs played at our wedding, including our last dance, which was one of my favorite memories of life, not just of that day. (18th Floor Balcony, if you want to listen.)
- traveled with a boyfriend.
- dated a redhead.
- thought much about Shark Week or life on other planets or my carbon footprint or seeing a picture of a giant squid. I've begrudgingly let you make me a smarter, more knowledgeable person on subjects that still bore the heck out of me. Although, fine, that squid show was kinda interesting.
- watched Southpark or Family Guy or Futurama any other animated television show that caters to the funny bones of grown men and 13-year-old boys. AND ONLY THOSE TWO GROUPS.
- regularly put my cart back in the cart thingamajig in grocery store parking lots. Since you? I've never not put my cart back in the cart thingamajig in grocery store parking lots. You make me better.
- knew all the work and sweat and tears and sleepless nights of the daily grind of life could be wiped clear out of memory with one smile, one look, one twirl, one kiss.
- laughed so damn hard.
Guess it's a good thing you came around.
(Inspired by Taza at Rockstar Diaries. Really quirky and cool and inspiring blog. Go take a look.)