Let's talk about Love...


In case you hadn't noticed my blog is called LOVE and Other Awesome Stuff- so where's all the love??
I will admit, I think the world and its Grumpy Cat is chatting about love at the moment, what with it being Valentine's and all, so I tried to avoid the subject for as long as possible. But yeah a blog which literally states it's about Love in the title, couldn't very well ignore the theme forever!
Now I could have gone down the 50 Shades route but I refuse to give that "domestic abuse story trussed up as erotica" bullshit any time of day. I could have done a post about loving yourself, but I've already read some brilliant ones- like this one from Hannah at Granite City Girl- and I wouldn't want to be putting up posts that were just rehashing someone else's work, and I could have done one on how Valentine's is just a commercial holiday, made by the chocolate companies...blah, blah, blah, but I didn't, because to me it will always be so much more important than that. You see Valentine's Day will forever be the day I had the best bread and butter pudding EVER!!

Oh yeah and it was also my first official date with Damian! :-p

So I have decided to do something a little different, something that no matter how many people do something similar, can never be replicated...welcome to our LOVE STORY! (Stay with me it will be more funny than schmaltzy I promise!!).


because who doesn't love a bit of T.Swift!

  • 27th October 2012- We met! He told me he was my perfect man. I laughed, my boyfriend scowled! 
  • October to November 2012- I friend-zoned him HARD, despite the fact I'd since dumped the aforementioned boyfriend...this girl just wanted to be single for a while!
  • 30th November 2012- Our first kiss- more like a drunken game of chicken! "You bottled it", "No YOU bottled it", "Shut up!!" - how romantic, haha!!
  • November to January 2013- Back to the friend-zone you go Damian! 
  • January 13th 2013- Our first non-date date. This was NOT a date, this was two friends catching a movie, pretty much every day until...
  • February 2013- The Talk, The ultimatum, call it what you will- It was a real date or nothing from here on out! What's a girl to do? Stick to her single pringle guns and perhaps turn her back on love? Or throw the guy a bone and give him a proper date? 
  • February 14th 2013- Our First Date/The day I discovered the best Bread & Butter Pudding ever!


  • Still not official- I don't want to get hurt again...but he is lovely!
  • So let's just date a lot! 

  • March 15th 2013- Would you risk it for a biscuit or be safer with a wafer? It's crunch time- one month of awesome dates, chaste kisses goodnight, and long chats has come down to this...biscuit or wafer?

  • March to May 2013- This isn't so bad!! Then all of a sudden I get a job and move out of town! We aren't seeing each other as much, I'm always busy- can we survive?? Of course we can!
  • June 2013- Sometime in June the first L word slips out- him and then me. It may seem fast but "when you know, you know"!
  • June 13th 2013- You always remember the first time- we were given a lifelong reminder in the blessing of Baby Pip, although we wouldn't find out for quite a while. 
  • July 4th/5th 2013- The proposal. Well, the 7th actually but this one got the yes! "ask me when we're sober", "are you sober yet?", "no", "what about now?" "YES"!!
  • August 12th 2013- Our world turns upside down! "I'm sorry but it appears you have miscarried."- that's it, that's all my doctor said. No offer of support, no warning of the pain (both physical and mental) to come! Just "no more baby". 
  • August-September 2013- It could have torn us apart, but I'm proud to say that whilst we were broken-hearted (and still are) we pulled together and became even stronger as a couple. 

  • October to December 2013- Wedding planning madness! This venue, that cake, this wedding fair, that dress...
  • December 2013- London Baby! Christmas shopping in London, best weekend away so far. 



  • December 25th 2013- Our first Christmas! Jacob and Damian decide to wake me just after 8am by literally bouncing on my bed, screaming "It's Christmas" over and over, and then blaring music outside the bedroom door until I woke up! At least I'm prepared for when our kids do it :-/. 
  • January to May 2014- How do you put up with me? Uni work (final year) causes mood swings, never having free time, and random requests to help organise my dissertation research. My future husband is a saint, and I can be a bitch when stressed! 
  • May 2014- £6,000 for a venue? "Do we really want to spend that much money on JUST the venue?", "NO, let's bugger off and do it abroad!".Dominican booked for August...no going back now. 
  • June to July 2014- Last minute wedding prep. WHY DIDN'T WE JUST GO TO THE REGISTRAR??
  • August 2014- "Ah bliss a holiday!", "Oh God it's hot" "I love our life".
  • August 8th 2014- "Oh crap we have to get married today!" "Sweet Jesus have you ever tried wearing a wedding dress in 35 degree heat?" "YO OS DECLARO MARIDO Y MUJER" or for those of you who like us only speak English- "I now pronounce you husband and wife!"



Now what do two people do right after they get married in the Dominican Republic?? Get dressed up and celebrate of course!!


  • August 9th 2014- First romantic meal as a married couple! Steak and Lobster dinner courtesy of the hotel. The lady had chicken and champagne, the good sire had everything going. Funny story it rained very heavily for about 5 minutes after we arrived at the poolside dinner area...the waiters quickly rushed about trying to cover us from the rain. In the meantime I was given a tablecloth to protect me from the wetness...Damian was left to get wet! Poor thing was soaking by the time the rain stopped. 



  • August to September 2014- Down to earth! Back to reality, back to a new job which saw me being swept away to Glasgow for two weeks training. What a start to married life!
  • September 6th 2014- The hometown reception. More stressful than the actual wedding by far! Last minute balloon pick-ups, "Oh my God my dress doesn't fit anymore!!!", I have to say hi to everybody, over and over again. Did I just toss the bouquet so high it hit the ceiling?? Don't fight over it because you DON'T want to catch it!! Has my big sister really just gotten so drunk on wine she's now just crying and accosting all our guests in the food room? Who the hell ate all the Percy Pigs from the sweetie table? "Thanks for coming, thanks for coming, thanks for coming!" Thank God that's over can we go sing karaoke in town now???
  • September to November 2014- This being married thing is a piece of piss! 
  • November 8th 2015- Our first official home together. Ooh look at the mirrored wardrobes! That hall closet is pretty big huh? "Amanda look how awesome this kitchen is!" "Yes Dear!" "Now how can I redecorate without marking any of the walls???". 
  • December 25th 2014- Christmas at the Wathern's. Friends, food and a fabulous Christmas tree...if the rest of our life is like this I'll be pretty happy. 

  • December to February 2015- Settled into married life at number 74C. It's pretty nice. 
  • February 14th 2015- Two years to the day of our first official date and what romantic things did we do for each other? Well, I got a t-shirt that I love, he got an X-box game which he has played all day, and I went to work!! And do you know what it was still lovely. 
  • February onwards 2015- To love each other more and more every day, and maybe, hopefully, get cracking on expanding our family.. (Okay, sorry that bit was schmaltzy).

Wow I can't actually believe I remember all this stuff, but once I sat down to right there was no stopping me! Hope you liked it. As always comments are wanted and appreciated, especially if you're writing to tell me about places that sell amazing Bread &Butter pudding!!

Much Love
AJ
xx








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