1999: Brian and I met in the Spring. I was dating his coworker at the time. I attended one of their work get togethers at Walt’s on Central and Rock Road. That’s where Brian and I met for the first time. Brian and I ran into each other a few more times through their work functions and became friends. My boyfriend dumped me by the time Summer rolled around. We weren’t together for a year, but it was the longest relationship I’d been in at the time. I was devastated. Brian was there for me. He helped me mend my broken heart. In Fall, I fell in love again. This time with my best friend. By the end of the year, we were practically living together.
2000: This is the year I moved in with Brian and Kevin. They were living in a two-bedroom townhouse on 32nd and Rock Road at the time. Brian and I occupied one bedroom and Kevin took the other. Brian and I had quite a few sleepovers prior, but I didn’t actually have any closet space until this year.
2001: We bought a house! Little did we know that it was going to be a big mistake. LOL. We were so excited at the time. We moved in on April 14, 2001. Three weeks later, Brian proposed.
2002: After being engaged for almost a year and a half, Brian and I got married on August 10, 2002. It was a really exciting time for us. Neither of us had ever been married before. For our honeymoon, we went on a seven-day Caribbean cruise. It was the first time that Brian had ever been out of the country. We had a blast!
2003: When Brian and I first met, I was in the Engineering program at Wichita State. I was on a four-year scholarship that ended in 2000, before I could complete my degree. College was not a priority at the time, so I dropped out. Brian tricked me into going back to school in 2003. I changed my major to Management Information Systems and attended the Barton School of Business at WSU.
2004: This is the year I became a naturalized US citizen. I had been holding out to do it with my family, but they were taking forever and my green card was about to expire. Well, technically I had a while (about another year or so), but those of you who know me know that I don’t like waiting until the last minute. So I went ahead and did it. This is also the year that Brian lost his job. Thankfully, I had just gotten promoted at work so that helped out a little. This was the year that changed our lives forever.
2005: Our first year in credit counseling. This was a really rough year for us. We had to completely change our spending habits. Brian got a job at Cox Communications and we got introduced to Ogame. Life was challenging and stressful. Thank God for poker. It was a great way to destress after a tough week of fulltime school and fulltime work. This was the year of the Park City Poker Roundup. After several tries, I actually qualified. Brian didn’t stay at Cox for long because he got a job at LSI. He only worked at Cox for a couple of months.
2006: I finished my bachelors degree. I was actually going for three minors: Management, Accounting, and Computer Science. I didn’t get my CS minor, but two out of three ain’t bad. My graduation gifts were Molly (who lives with Tita Sol now) and Bebot, the first brand new card we’d ever bought. I wasn’t done with Wichita State just yet, though. During the week of finals, I took my GMAT, applied and was accepted to graduate school.
2007: Brian got Crichton. It was the first time that we’d ever paid cash for a car. We felt like such grownups. LOL. We finished credit counseling and celebrated by taking a trip to Jamaica. We spent a week at an all-inclusive resort as an early anniversary present to ourselves. We had to go in July because I didn’t want to miss any classes. It was our best vacation yet.
2008: Brian started his new job at Viega. I graduated from grad school — got my MBA (with Finance concentration) from Wichita State. Finished with school, we finally had the freedom to travel. We didn’t have much money to do so, though. Lucky for us, Kurt hired us as dealers on a poker cruise. We got to return to the Caribbean. The ports were the same as our honeymoon six years prior, so we got to relive some of the happiest days of our lives.
2009: This is the year that I completed Leadership Westar. I couldn’t do it before because it was a huge commitment and I didn’t want to miss any classes. Being out of school, I could finally participate. Brian got to visit both the Philippines (pleasure) and Germany (business) for the first time. He did quite a lot of traveling this year.
2010: Brian got to visit San Francisco for the first time. We finally got rid of our house and are taking advantage of our new found freedom. Without any pets or a house to take care of, we are pretty much free to pick up and go whenever we feel like it. We took several road trips this year. We learned a lot about our relationship and each other this year as well. We both went through individual therapy and also couples therapy and it has helped us a lot.
2011: I’m looking forward to what this year will bring. We are ending the 2010 and starting 2011 in Las Vegas, which should set the tone for the entire year. If 2010 was the year of therapy, 2011 will be the year of adventure. So far we also have a trip to the Philippines planned. I am every excited. I hope I have some exciting things to share with you guys in the coming year.
P.S. Did I miss anything babe?