Friday, December 12, 2008

love you I do

today we're back to Broadway: 
 
It's almost too good to be true - 
You're the perfect man for me,
I Love you, I do.

Hope you enjoyed song week!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

walked a 1000 miles to fall down at my door

Back in my spring fluff days ('cause I suppose I'm still in my "spring chicken" days) I would hear "500 Miles" by the Proclaimers on the soft rock radio station. (Ah yes, I've come so far . . .) Anyway, I just love the chorus: 
But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks 1,000 miles
To fall down at your door

na na na, na na na
na na na, na na na
lika lika lika lika lika la, la, la . . .
Aside from my love of singing nonsense words I loved the romance of the song, all about a man who would walk 1000 miles just to fall down at my door.  Then all at once the other day I realized I have such a man. Because he'll go to the store, or down the hall, or up the stairs, or into Tigard, or over to Utah to please me, care for me, help me out.

It's so nice when our "dreams come true" . . . then add Johnny Depp added to the mix, couldn't be better . . . push play to see what I mean.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

agony

start playing at 47 seconds

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

me

Gaston's song "Me" took a long time to find . . .

Anyway Cory likes cheesy things - like Gaston
and he has dimples - like Gaston
and he can eat a lot of eggs in the morning - like Gaston
and, well since he started biking, he can truthfully sing that "we'll be the perfect pair rather like my thighs."
too bad there are no children in the background to sing "his thighs"

go to 1:56 (one minute fifty-six seconds)

Monday, December 08, 2008

song week

I thought it was about time for a theme week. I haven't done one before . . . anyway, welcome to "Song Week" I thought I'd kick things off with "our songs"

First we have "Love Me" by Colin Ray.



I know the video is a bit cheesy but it's the best there was (truly). This song is proof that the songs choose you, you don't choose the songs. Because had I chosen a song this wouldn't have been it . . . but I feel emotional all the same.

Instead I would've chosen "Baby Baby" by Amy Grant - which I tried to sing at our reception but forgot . . .



Or perhaps, for "our" song I'd have chosen "Eternal Flame" by the Bangles. Which we danced our first "dance" too.



Great as those songs are though if we really do have another "our" song it comes from the amazing songwriter Jason Robert Brown, "I'd Give It All For You." And believe or not this is the best that You Tube has to offer, it's either bad sound with JRB or a ton of amateurs - primarily high schoolers - and "our song" deserves better than that. So here's a fan take:



Oh! Wait!! I thought of one more . . . I know, I know, I'll keep the other posts to only one song okay? Anyway it's the first song we ever slow-danced to: "I'll Be" by the Goo Goo Dolls. Now that's a proper song to have as "our song" don't you think?

Monday, November 24, 2008

fair maiden's birthday

A series of hallmark birthday e-cards sent to me from Dragonslayer:

Monday: Happy 2 days before your birthday, you beautiful sweet girl. Just remember, this semester is almost over - then you can never go back, if you so choose! I love you!

Tuesday: You are adorable, and worth every effort - even if it knocks me out! I love you a ton, and hope you have a happy birthday!

Wednesday: I love you now more than I ever have. When I think about hanging out with you, I get a smile on my face and I hear your adorable giggle. I love you, you sweet, adorable, beautiful woman. I hope you'll be my wife for ever and ever.

Then the day of my birthday dawned and Dragonslayer delivered on just what I had asked for: presents. Which he proceeded to give to me over the course of the day. There were perfume samples and moisturizer (proof Monsieur Dragonslayer reads my blog); a funny gag gift: a paper bag full of del scorcho sauce from Del Taco - delivered via a joint venture with sistah Sarah. Lastly some books: Anne of Green Gables 100th Anniversary Edition and the box set because mine was ruined a few years ago.

As for the rest of the birthday celebration (which Dragonslayer supported) it involved having dinner with friends Matt, Kathryn & Riley [and out-of-town guest] here on Wednesday (my birthday) at Noodles & Company to which I wore the crown sent in a pampering supplies care package from Mary. Then on Thursday we went out with Melanie & Jason to a local brewery & restaurant called Deschutes(the root beer is super yummy) where I was presented with my gift of a poem. Friday Kathryn had made dinner [yum!!] and a pumpkin cheesecake. Thankfully Josh & Teresa; and Ben & Jenica were on hand to help us eat it all up. Lastly Kathryn and I went shopping at Anthropologie on Saturday [using the gift card from her in conjunction with my current store of gift cards].

Basically it was a perfect birthday celebration!

Thank you to all who cared.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

attention. attention, attention


Dragonslayer is not what you would call romantically-minded. usually his attempts go a bit awry, all very sweet and endearing, very much the "thought that counts" but I wouldn't say I'm often swept off my feet (unless he picked me and then knocked my head or my feet into a wall or door jamb)

anyway . . . what Dragonslayer is, is extremely attentive. if I'm thirsty he brings me water. if I'm sleepy he tucks me into bed. if I'm hungry he gets me food. if I'm weary he makes sure I have bubble-bath and warm water. he lets me decorate however I want. and gives me spending money to buy things from my favorite store. he makes sure I can get my hair cut at a place I like. he always smiles at me when I come running out of the grocery store because I stopped to smell the flowers. he holds me if I ask to be held - or if I'm just crying - and lets me change the channel when  I ask. he cancels outings when I don't want to go. and calls financial institutions because I don't like talking to them. in fact, he makes phone calls in general for me because I'm afraid of the telephone. and when I'm ill, as I often am, he cares for me and stays with me and does what he can to make me comfortable. and, yes, (as the picture illustrates) he'll hold the umbrella for me in the rain.

he's really a wonderful husband.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

favorites

Sunday is my favorite day of the week.

Monday, October 20, 2008

men are like a box of chocolates . . .

so begins a number of jokes about men, almost all sad.  Not this one (though it isn't a joke) . . .

Dragonslayer is 
like a box of chocolates:
always welcome
desirable
appreciated
and satisfying.
Yum!




 image courtesy pbO31

Monday, September 22, 2008

under lock and key

Dear Dragonslayer,

Thanks for taking the time to see that everything is locked up tight when you leave to hunt dragons and demons and goblins for slaying.  It makes me feel quite safe.

All My Love,
Fair Maiden

Thursday, September 18, 2008

09.17.2008

we went tango dancing.  well sort of.  we had a private tango lesson from Adam (& Courtney).  we learned about proper connection for the most part.  though we also learned the hero or "mellanga" step which segued us into learning ochos or a turning across the man's body.  I can see where the sensuality comes in - or sort of - since the woman always has to keep herself on parallel with her partner; and it's all about the man's torso and the woman's hips. (it's always about the woman's hips isn't it?)

we also ate at Saint Cupcake!! yum!! Dragonslayer tried the Elivis, and my favorite is still the chocolate.  lastly we played Rummy which Adam soundly beat us at.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

09.10.2008

tango dancing!! yippee skippee!! hurray for moving downtown.  it's going to take some work to have sufficient stamina but . . . we'll get there.  I can't believe everyone is dancing the same dance it all looks so different!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

08.08.2008 - 08.09.2008

our "golden" anniversary, the day when the numbers line up. of course in a way we always have a golden anniversary since the numbers are doubled up, and we'll have another one in 2010 when we've been married eight years. for this particular "golden" anniversary we went to Newport Beach. Dragonslayer had it all planned out and before we journeyed gave me some gorgeous flowers - which I took along with us. we saw some planes; stopped for some famous grub - Fair Maiden learned she likes buffalo meat. met some sharks and fishes. touched star fish, sea anemones and a few other fishes. a sea otter flirted with yours truly (Fair Maiden). tried flying a kite and were woefully unsuccessful. saw the Yaquina Head Lighthouse (pictured) and took away as our souvenir for the trip a button proclaiming that we had survived the climb. we also ate some extremely yummy seafood. on the way back we wound our way towards tillamook. the factory was boring but the drive was gorgeous. bundles of wrapped hay were christened giant marshmallows and the trip was ended with a meal at the Newport Seafood & Grill in Tigard.

Monday, August 04, 2008

scrabble

just because it made me think of you . . .

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

very superior

I came across this 1930s spouse "quiz" just for fun I took it.

I rated a "72" which makes me a "superior 1930s wife."

Dragonslayer's results (For kicks I filled out the husband portion)




100
As a 1930s husband, I am
Very Superior

Hooray for "marrying up" I definitely have a very superior husband!

Monday, June 30, 2008

song leading


Yesterday I played the piano and in true masculine fashion my darling hero-of-a-husband, Dragonslayer, led the audience in the singing. It was great! His arm was strong, firm, consistent and clearly visible to me.  Thanks Dragonslayer, for a great husband-wife endeavor!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

05.17.2008

we were very sick, very, very sick. all the same it was a very fun day. in the morning we went to the farmer's market got asparagus, strawberries, and bratwursts. in the afternoon we played backgammon [3-1 in my favor - lucky for me it wasn't checkers] and took a nap [well part of the time we were sleeping]. we ate ice cream cones. I stayed on the warm patio while Dragonslayer played some Rock Band. we watched Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark - I'd never seen it - then off to bed. for being sick it was a very nice day.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

a movie for you



video

I was inspired by your post today.
Thank you for being my husband.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

02.29.2008

we watched the Oscars last Sunday so we decided that today we would rent an Oscar-nominated movie. we picked Elizabeth: The Golden Age. unfortunately, Dragonslayer didn't like it at all. i liked it well enough, it was just hard to get into because there were four plot lines (and i think three sub-plots) and on top of that there were sub-titles that were way too small to read. however the acting was quite good and the visuals were amazing.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

eight lines


some years ago, my dear dragonslayer went away for two years. at the time we were good friends - yes, well, right before we were very good friends but once he left we were just friends - and we wrote a great many letters during those two years. my family can attest to the way that i would haunt the mailbox on wednesday and mope for two days after if there was no letter. for the most part there were no love letters just breezy hello-how-are-you-i-am-fine epistles. dragonslayer must have been gone for at least nine months when the poem arrived. before he left, when we were dating, he regularly wrote poems some about me and some about other things going on his life.

it was about 9 o'clock at night, i was laying on my twin bed, the lower mattress on a bunkbed and i was feeling blue because there had been no letter for over a week. as i lay listlessly tossing and ruminating i saw a piece of paper on the floor. it was folded over twice and since it was from a 2 x 3 inch notebook it was quite slim. i opened it and there were eight lines penned in a hand that i recognized but unsigned. my heart fluttered as i read the precious words and realized that it was a love poem, a delicate poem but a love poem all the same. i read it every day for a month, then i put it in my wallet where it resided until dragonslayer came home and told me we ought not to see each other. then it joined the other letters and cards of his that i had kept, and went in a shoe box.

as you know, of course, we have since married. there are few things i cherish as much though as those anonymous eight lines.

Friday, February 15, 2008

02.14.2008

valentine's day. a day of blissful intoxication, at least that's the direction we always go with it. so i was given flowers - 12 beautiful red tulips - we had a new dinner - chicken radicchio roulade and spinach goat cheese salad at a table set with red napkins, red candles and presided over by my tulips - and my favorite dessert - chocolate cheesecake and lemon raspberry cheesecake from the cheesecake factory - played a bunch of games - blink, backgammon, checkers - exchanged love letters, talked and ended, as the day should, in the altogether.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

dragonslayer skills


juggling skills
poem-writing skills
cheering skills
scrabble skills
word definition skills
combat skills
cooking skills
smiling skills
dialect skills
guitar hero skills
reading skills
chinese skills
german skills
memorization skills
lounging skills
winking skills
play critiquing skills
dish washing skills
reaching up high skills
video controller button skills
playing with dogs skills
music-listening skills
kissing skills
more word definition skills
lifting heavy boxes skills
cell phone skills
directing skills
acting like a villain skills
eating skills
dungeon master skills
nose twitching skills
cartoon voices skills
handling money skills
wrestling skills
rippling muscles skills
corny jokes skills
words-you've-never-heard-of definition skills
loving me skills

Sunday, February 03, 2008

02.02.2008

sushi food at Sinju in the pearl. so yummy. so so yummy. i love sushi! yeah for sushi! back spasms prevent us from watching movie, juno. adventures in transportation make it a long time to get home. overall a good time.

Friday, February 01, 2008

the art of flirtation

I'm a silly-headed lass for a charismatic face twitch.
you know, a wink, raised eyebrow, there-then-gone smile; doesn't matter if the man is 21, 38 or 87, if I'm the object of (or intercept) such an overture of cordiality I color all over and turn into an addlepated jumble of girlishness.

Dragonslayer has several of these facial flirtations including, an excellent wink, a tug-at-the-corner smile, and a single nostril depression (sounds bizarre but it's guaranteed to make any woman laugh out in pleasant confusion) . . . oh and he has dimples too.

The first time I intercepted such facial congeniality from Dragonslayer was on a high school field trip.

He is a Senior and I am a Sophomore. After competing in a drama festival we are attending the event dance, I am already suffering under the weight of my crush on him so when, out of politeness, Dragonslayer asks me to dance I desperately grope for something to say-something to leave a brilliant impression-so what do I do? I say that he seems to like Tall Graceful Senior a lot.
He confesses that he may indeed like her very much.

You could slip me under a door jamb I'm so crestfallen, still I rally the shards of my dignity and tell him . . .um, what to tell him, I tell him . . . that Tall Graceful Senior is a really talented and beautiful girl so they would make a good couple. Ah!! The agony of it all. I'm pained at the remembrance.

At this point I just couldn't bring myself up to anything like my normal cheery self so I just dance, intensely wishing the song will end now! so that I can go stand in a corner by myself. Dragonslayer, never one to see a Fair Maiden in such distress, uses his patented nostril wink on me. A smile comes back to my face and I amiably chat about
Tall Graceful Senior some more (you'd think a girl could learn) and then, thankfully, the dance does end and we go our separate ways. He to dance very closely with Tall Graceful Senior and me to join a gaggle of dancing girlfriends, though still glowing in the wake of such flirtatious bliss.

Then, about thirty-six hours later, we are on the bus ride home. Dragonslayer is sitting with Tall Graceful Senior who is asleep on his shoulder. I "join" them by sitting backwards, ostensibly to take a picture. (Which to make more plausible means that I had been taking pictures of others on the bus.) As I ready the camera he exchanges a knowing look with me-we both know that he likes her, after all it's the only thing we discussed the other night when we danced together-and I am pained with jealousy. I resolve that I'm not going to like him anymore, I'm through, and then he smiles at me-ah the dimples-my resolve weakens, I take a picture-then he winks, a slow deliberate wink. Right. At. Me.

There was no hope I was fated to be an addlepated jumble.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

halo 3

All Hail Alien Killer!!

my trousseau

i have what, in older generations, would have been called a trousseau. it consists of a hope chest, my wedding dress, favorite books, china, and a red chair, and it's currently all in a storage unit.

so . . .

dear dragonslayer,

thank you so much for paying to keep my trousseau. it means so much to me that you care about me enough to care about my belongings, keeping them safe and dry. thank you for protecting me even from the emotional hurt that would come if i couldn't keep these things. you are truly the best man i've ever known.

your li'l' wife

tireless provider

Dear Dragonslayer,

I am so impressed with how successful you have been at work. You decided that you were going to do well and you have. Every day when you come home you tell me stories that demonstrate your determination, prowess, dedication, and intelligence, and I just think to myself, “that’s my amazing husband.” I want you to know that I really appreciate what you’re doing. I know you get bored sometimes, the fact that you keep going means so much to me. I am also so grateful that you have a job that provides health insurance, it shows me how deeply you care.

I love and admire you so much.

Yours, Affectionately Forever ~

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

for he's a jolly good fellow


dragonslayer has got an excellent sense of humor


and it's lots of fun to be with someone who always has a song in his heart . . .or just stuck in his brain

Sunday, January 20, 2008

01.19.2008

been trying for weeks to go dancing, and finally do. went to Argentine Tango dance with Adam & Courtney. learned from Alex. Dragonslayer is hooked, I want to learn the kick.

Friday, January 18, 2008

'Tis almost morning . . .

Romeo:
I would I were thy bird.

Juliet:
Sweet, so would I,
Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing.
Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

Friday, January 11, 2008

a list about Dragonslayer


I wrote a post on FW telling other women to write gratitude lists of 100 things for their men, I gave the first 25 to them as a starter, here's the whole list.

  1. I am grateful he brings me food in the morning if my stomachhurts.
  2. I am grateful that he gets up everyday to go to work, whether he wants to go or not.
  3. I am grateful that he'll leave work at the door.
  4. I am grateful that he likes to kiss me.
  5. I am grateful that he'll warm up my side of the bed.
  6. I am grateful that he will take me on dates.
  7. I think it's awesome that he is so good at word games.
  8. I'm glad that he'll play games with me in the evening.
  9. I am grateful that he asks my opinion.
  10. I am grateful that, at my request, he refrained from being alone with any woman in the early part of our marriage.
  11. I am so glad that I can trust him.
  12. I am grateful that we have a system for dealing with when we're upset.
  13. I am grateful that he handles calling any financial institutions.
  14. I am grateful that he trusts me.
  15. I love it that we'll dance around in the kitchen.
  16. I am grateful that he instituted compliment time each Sunday.
  17. I am so glad that he lets me buy pretty clothes.
  18. I am grateful that he always picks out gifts based on things that I told him I like.
  19. I love it that he has his own hobbies and so doesn't need me to always make everything okay-he can do it himself.
  20. I am grateful when he says, "I need some space." It lets me know what's going on.
  21. I love it that he lets me snuggle up to him.
  22. I am amused with the way he plays with our kitten.
  23. I am continually impressed with how well he speaks Chinese.
  24. I am grateful he had the tenacity to complete his college degree.
  25. I am grateful I can be anywhere with him and have a good time.
  26. I am grateful that he lets me watch the movies that I like.
  27. I am grateful he lets me read all the books I want.
  28. I love the Chinese food he makes! Yum, yum!!
  29. I am grateful he recognizes our different approaches to creative endeavors.
  30. I am grateful he cares about spending time with me.
  31. I am grateful that he wants children.
  32. I am grateful for his dimples.
  33. I am grateful for his strong arms.
  34. I am grateful he gets me magazines to read and keep.
  35. I love the pleasant noises he makes when I run my hand through his hair.
  36. I am grateful he's so good at hunting dragons.
  37. I am grateful he knows himself well enough to be amused when I tell him he's hungry 'cause he's acting crabby.
  38. I love his laugh.
  39. I love it when he's excited and he picks me up in a big bear hug.
  40. I am impressed with how quickly he grasps concepts.
  41. I love it that other people love to talk with him.
  42. I am grateful he plays backgammon, skip-bo, checkers and other games with me.
  43. I am grateful he reads Scriptures with me.
  44. I am grateful he cares about his profession.
  45. I am grateful he seeks to be the best he can.
  46. I am impressed with how intelligent he is.
  47. I love it that others think he's a dancer.
  48. I love watching him roller blade-I love his attitude!
  49. I love how he focuses in on one thing and learns about it until he is an expert in that subject.
  50. I am grateful that he cares about my health.
  51. I am grateful he'll watch musicals with me.
  52. I am grateful he believes in his directing abilities.
  53. I am grateful he perseveres.
  54. I am grateful he was a part of "the machine."
  55. I am grateful he noticed me.
  56. I am grateful he gave me a sparkly wedding ring.
  57. I am amazed at how much he knows about music.
  58. I am grateful he isn't offended when I don't have the time to listen, at the moment.
  59. I am grateful he earns more than enough to pay our expenses.
  60. I am grateful he's breaking so many destructive cycles that were in his family.
  61. I feel giddy when he compliments me.
  62. I am grateful he likes to go to music concerts.
  63. I enjoy looking at him, particularly in pants he likes.
  64. I am grateful he calls to check in with me.
  65. I am grateful he loves my chocolate chip cookies.
  66. I am pleased he likes to talk about me.
  67. I am amused by his jokes.
  68. I am grateful he encourages me to have girlfriends and girl time.
  69. I am grateful he gets me bubble bath.
  70. I am grateful he apologizes when my feelings are hurt.
  71. I am grateful he teaches me how to communicate in a way that is effective.
  72. I am grateful he loves my hair.
  73. I am grateful he goes with me to my favorite store just to see me be excited.
  74. I am grateful that he likes to see me happy.
  75. I am grateful he loves my singing voice.
  76. I am grateful he fulfills his church obligations.
  77. I am grateful he plans romantic dates for Valentine's Day and our Anniversary.
  78. I am grateful he lets me do things for him.
  79. I am grateful he is social.
  80. I am grateful he sticks with our chore arrangement.
  81. I am grateful he cares for me when I'm ill.
  82. I am grateful he accepts my best efforts, whatever they are that day, as good enough.
  83. I am grateful he takes his role as provider seriously.
  84. I am grateful he gets rid of the spiders for me.
  85. I love to watch him play with dogs.
  86. I am grateful for his humility.
  87. I am grateful that he'll humor me and say, "Wow! you did what?" when I tell him that I need loving acknowledgement.
  88. I am grateful for the way he holds me at night.
  89. I am grateful he'll hold my hand and kiss my head in public.
  90. I love his smile.
  91. I feel "all a-quiver" inside when he winks my direction.
  92. I am grateful he tells me, every day, that he loves me.
  93. I am grateful he's gentle and sweet with me.
  94. I am grateful he puts things away when I ask him to.
  95. I am grateful he lets me warm my extremities against him.
  96. I love it when he puts his arms behind me.
  97. I am grateful he'll kiss me on the neck, it's so relaxing.
  98. I am grateful he agreed to move somewhere that I wanted to live.
  99. I am grateful I went to the Redwoods with him.
  100. I am grateful of all the women in the world he chose me to be his wife.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

I'm still in love with a married man . . .


luckily, I'm still the one married to him.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

sleeping


it's been a long day and Dragonslayer is exhausted, he's asleep before his head hits the pillow. a quiet question, "will you hold me?" a few movements, an outreached arm, a murmured "i love you"

all women should be so blessed.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

12.31.2007

new year's eve party with Yi Ang and Susie, Rossina and Emily, Marin and Jonathon. played lots of Guitar Hero after eating lots of fries at Shari's.