Monday, October 26, 2009

Our Story: Let the Dating Begin!

The day after we kissed, my girl craziness kicked in. I was really happy, but at the same time I was really nervous and worried. I was still second guessing if he really sincerely like me. I knew that Brady had school on this day, Wednesday, and that he most likely wouldn’t be contacting me that day so as the day went on, my worries increased. After work, I expressed my feelings to Julie who reassured me that he did like me and he will call. I just had to keep telling myself that, and that he was doing school stuff all day. I didn’t hear from him that day.

Things looked up again on Thursday. I was at work, and around 9:00am, Brady text me asking if I wanted to go get that sushi that night. I’m not proud, and immediately said yes. He picked me up around 6 or 6:30 that night. We drove up to a sushi restaurant in Scottsdale called “Sakana”. He had been there before and assured me that it’s good. While we waited for a table, we sat in the chairs in front of the restaurant and he held my hand again. When we got seated, Brady ordered everything since I knew nothing about sushi. I then tried sushi for the first time, and I loved it. Good thing he ordered a lot of food, we devoured it. We talked about weird dreams we’ve had and embarrassing situations, which I had none. Brady saw me stumble along using chop sticks, I’m really clumsy with them.

After dinner, Brady took me to Trader Joe’s. He wanted to get some black licorice that he had told me about earlier that week. We had both talked about how much we love black licorice and he claims he knows the best kind. Sadly the Trader Joe’s we went to didn’t have any. Brady didn’t have any more plans after dinner so since I had never really seen all of Tempe Market Place, we went there to walk around. It was pretty cool. We saw at the theater that “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” was starting the next day and I got excited, I love Cate Blanchett, as well as the first “Elizabeth”. Brady suggested that we go see it. I asked him if he had seen the first one, and he hadn’t, so we go back to my place and watch it.

After the movie, we share our second kiss. It was fantastic.

The next day I went to see “Jersey Boys” at Gammage with Mom and Sarah. Before the show, Sarah and I were standing in the lobby and I was telling her about the date the day before. I was really excited and Sarah just said, “You’re going to marry this guy.” I was like, “What?!” I didn’t have marriage on the mind, and I didn’t want Sarah to jinx anything so the subject was changed. “Jersey Boys” was the longest play ever! Really I just wanted to be able to leave and hang out with Brady. My mom pointed my restlessness out to me during the intermission. I couldn’t help it. But the play was great and I don’t remember if I did hang with Brady that night. Oh well.

True to Brady’s statement, on Saturday, we go and see “Elizabeth 2”. Not as good as the first one, but still, a pretty solid movie. After we get out of the movie. Brady gets a call from his dad asking him to go to the carwash they own. Brady thinks his dad just needs the keys, so he brings me along. We get there, and both of his parents are there, Brady quickly tells me, “sorry about the impromptu meet the parents”, I tell him it’s ok, but I was nervous. Brady’s dad wasn’t just wanting the keys, he wanted Brady to help him work so off they went to “work” while I stood with Brady’s mom, doing the “small talk” stuff. But his parents were nice, so it wasn’t too bad.

So now at this time, we are dating, but we’re not establishing that we’re “exclusive” or “boyfriend/girlfriend’. We were just having fun. The weekend after our first date, Brady takes me shooting, since I had told him that I’ve never shot a gun before. We took Brian with us and stopped at Brady’s parents house on the way to the shooting range to get the shotguns. So another meeting of his mom and seeing the house that Brady lived in since he was in high school. I was a little leery of his house since it is in Scottsdale. Seriously, I'm from Globe/Miami. However, his house was really nice but not uncomfortable; it was homey. So we go shooting, and I suck at it. We shot clay pigeons, or Brady and Brian shot clay pigeons, I shot in possibly the general direction of them. I wouldn’t hold the gun correctly and ended up with big bruises on my arm. Gross!

Our relationship was great. We hung out almost every night, and always on the weekends. I felt like such a grown up the first time I went over to his house and gave him a small kiss when walking through the door. Brady started going to church with me at my ward, and I went to his ward every other week. It’s kind of strange the way people would talk to you as if you had gratuated from singledom to coupledom. We're just dating people, let's not have a parade! OK, maybe we can. :)

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Barbie?

So I found an article today about how Mattel is trying to make Barbie popular again. They even created this dance called "The Barbie".

They aren't kidding with this either. Mattel made that video.

I couldn't help but think that it's just a fancy version of "The Sprain"

Which is the superior of the two? Only time will tell.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I know...

My banner is awesome.

I haven't updated my story.

Patience is a virtue.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Our Story: This is getting good!

The next day, October 8th, was my first day at Compass Bank. On my first day I just attended some orientation for new employees, where we learned about the bank and they spent a large amount of time trying to “sell us” on becoming a member of their bank. No thank you. Whenever there was a break, I would text Brady and he would text me.

That night Julie and I went over to Brian’s house to watch “Heroes” Brady came over too. We had started watching the second season of “Heroes” the week before with the guys, and continued doing it through the rest of the much disappointing season. When Julie and I walked in, Brady was already there. Julie sat on one of the couches with Brian so I could sit next to Brady. I sat on one side and Brady sat on the other end, and it was a long couch. Brady then jumped over next to me. I was nervous/elated since he never sat this close to me before. As we watched the show, I made sure to keep my hand available for Brady to hold. It was available the whole time. I wasn’t paying attention to the show at all; I just wanted him to grab my hand. I had my hand at my side on the couch, and he eventually moved his hand by his side next to mine and he just kind of rub his fingers on my hand. My heart was pounding! Finally, when there were only 15 minutes left in the show, he grabbed my hand! OH MY GOODNESS! The best hand holding ever, was taking place, and I was a part of it!

After the show ended, Julie suspected that I was holding hands with Brady, so she asked Brady if he wanted to give me a ride home and he said, “Yeah.” So on the way to my house, Brady asks me what I was doing that Friday. I told him that I was going to a Broadway show at ASU’s Gammage with my family. He was all “oh”. I told him that I was free that Saturday. He told me that he wanted to take me to get sushi, it was one of the things I told him the day before that I had never done. I was so delighted that he wanted to take me, so he said that he’d let me know when we could go. We started talking about books a little bit and he was looking to start another book so he came in to look at what books I had. We chatted for like an hour and he looked at my movies. I found out that he hasn’t seen hardly any good movies that I owned so I had some educating to do. :) He took “East of Eden” home to start reading, which he never finished, by the way. And we end the night with another hug.

On Tuesday after work, Brady started texting me and asked about my day and randomness and asked if I wanted to hang out. I had remembered that he said that he never seen “Moulin Rouge”. I loved this movie and I asked if he wanted to watch it. He said yes and we decided to watch it at his place. So I head over there. I get there and we start the movie basically right away. Brady has one red couch in his living room and so I sit and he sits next to me and puts his arm around me and I lay my head on his shoulder. Riley goes to bed about a ½ hour into the movie. Not his type of movie. Brady and I snuggle throughout the whole movie. After the movie is over, I asked if Brady like it. He said he did. Our faces are so close together. If we looked at each other, we would inevitably kiss. I was afraid to look at him because I was nervous, but then he looked at me and I looked at him and then we kissed!
It was something like this!:
He finally walked me out to my car and we kissed again. We said goodbye and I drove home on Cloud Nine.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Look what I made!

On Photoshop! I'm so good.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Our Story: Alone at last

Disclaimer: This story has been abridged from the original "dramatic" story to protect the party's involved.

The next day I went to Channi’s wedding, which was very nice and then the luncheon afterwards. The reception wasn’t until the next day in Tucson, which I was to be a bridesmaid, so I went home and napped. I kept thinking about Brady and wondering if he liked me or if he liked Jennifer. I got kind of moody about it. I guess I was starting to like him more. Then disaster struck. My computer crashed! My wonderful Mac that got me through 3 years of college and never had a single glitch, crashed hard on me! I was so bummed, I didn’t have hardly anything backed up. Pictures, music, videos, GONE! I was struggling to get it up when Jennifer got home from school. I was almost in tears and she helped me out and I was able to save some pictures. I was so bummed and she suggested that I go to the Apple store the next day for them to check it out. Before she left to her parents house in Payson for General Conference weekend she asked what I was going to do that night. I had no plans and she suggested that I ask Brady what he’s doing and hang out with him. Yeah, maybe.

Well about an hour later, I was feeling down and wanted to watch a good movie, preferably with a friend, and Julie was on a date. I text Brady asking what he was doing that night. He said that he didn't have plans, and so I asked him if he wanted to come over and watch a movie. He said yes and was over in like 10 minutes. By the way, Brady’s place was less than a mile from my place. Sweet! He gets there and I immediately feel better about my computer. I was hungry and wanted “Jack in the Box”, so we go there in his truck. I could tell he was tired, probably from no sleep the night before. I asked him how the Arby’s thing went, he grunted and said that they were too late to be one of the first 25 in line so they just watched “Arrested Development” on Jennifer’s computer. We ate yummy greasy food and chatted about random stuff I don’t remember, I can’t believe how comfortable I was with him already. Talking to him was very easy. We went back to my place and picked out a movie. We decide on “Everything is Illuminated”, since Brady had never seen it. This was the perfect movie to watch, no awkward romantic love story line. It’s funny, beautiful, and surprisingly touching. While watching it, Brady dozed off for a minute and did a body spasm, jerking thing that woke him up. It was funny, I laughed and this will not be the last time I would see this. (Every time Brady falls asleep, his body will do this one jerking motion). After the movie, we chatted a little bit about ourselves and then when Julie and her date got back we chatted with them and tired Brady went home. I was now starting to like him a lot, but wasn't sure if he liked me.

The next day, October 6, I woke up early to make sure I was at the Apple Store when they opened at 10am. I was the first walk-in for the day and they tried saving my computer, but in the end they couldn’t and they needed to take my computer for a couple days to fix, or replace, the hard drive. While I was there waiting for them to figure that out, Brady text me asking what I was doing that day. His poor memory, I told him the day before that I was going to Tucson for the reception that day, so I told him again. He said ok. I had a silent party in my head just because he’s texting me wanted to hang out! I got bold and asked him if he wanted to watch General Conference together on Sunday and have breakfast together. He said yes and said that he would make pancakes at his place. Holy cow! I was going to have breakfast with Brady! I was so excited!

Sarah went with me to Tucson and we hang out a little and go to the big mall there (aka, the most confusing mall in America, so many dead ends!). We get to the reception, change clothes, take pictures, chat with old friends.
My dress that Paula made for me. :)

Sarah and I (we're awesome)

Chandra and Cort

I was a bridesmaid

Channi and I

Then Brady starts texting me again! I was giddy. Sarah helps me think of witty things to say to him. There was some serious text flirting going on. I even text him a picture of myself. (He still has it in his phone today.)

He asked me if I wanted to hang out that night when I got back in town, but I knew I wouldn’t be back til after 11pm so I did the mature thing and told him that I’d see him the next morning for breakfast.

October 7, at 7:00am, I wake up to a text. Brady had text me, “Good morning Sunshine!” Now, I’m not a morning person, and he woke me up about an hour before I intended to get up, and I normally would be annoyed and cranky but I was giddy. I loved that he called me “sunshine”, I’m not a sunshiny person, so I’ve never been called that before. I can’t believe he thought of me so early in the morning. I was getting butterflies in my stomach. I just text back “morning” and he responded asking if I was awake, and I said almost, or something like that, he text back “oops, sorry, go back to sleep. But I couldn’t I got up and went over to his house, in my pajamas, since we planned it that way. He was dressed when I arrived. Color me embarrassed. Well he made some yummy pancakes and not so great hash browns, for me, and Riley, who woke up 5 minutes after my arrival. I forgot about Riley, not realizing that he would be there, so watching conference was kind of quiet since I hardly knew Riley and became shy again.

Between the morning and afternoon conference sessions, Brady and I showed each other funny YouTube videos. It was great. Brady showed me a trailer for a movie he needed to watch for a class he was in that was playing at the Valley Art theater on Mill Ave. It was called “King of Kong”, which is a documentary and that looked so funny. I told him that I would see it with him. He said that he would like that and out popped out of my mouth “Today!” Brady was like “what?” And I said, “Yeah! After conference”. Brady said ok, but seemed guilty about going to a movie on Sunday. I assured him that Conference Sunday doesn’t really count, so it was ok. (Calm down reader, I don’t actually think that, I’m just trying to have fun with this guy!)

After conference we do decide to go to the movie. I go home to get dressed in public friendly clothes and tell Julie how much fun I’ve had so far. I didn’t know whether Brady liked me though and Julie tells me, “he likes you”. I tell her, “I don’t know, we’re just hanging out.” Julie then says, “I can’t tell you how I know this, but trust me, I know he likes you.” I didn’t know what to say but I was officially twitter-pated. Brady comes over and we go to Mill Ave.

We’re a little early for the movie for we walk around a little bit, the weather was perfect for a budding relationship. We go to Urban Outfitters and go upstairs to sit in their comfy chairs and look at a “Pop Secret” book. When the time gets close, we go the movie and it is hilarious! It’s basically about nerds that are competitive in arcade games. It was strangely riveting. The producer was there to introduce the movie, which was strange, there were probably only 30 people in the theater.
After the movie we go back to my place and just sit and chat. We talked about likes, dislikes, and stuff we’ve never done. I found out in this conversation that Brady has done everything and been everywhere, and I hadn’t done anything or been anywhere. Brady soon decides to go home, I give Brady a hug, our first.

To be continued.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Our Story: Becoming friends

Disclaimer: This story has been abriged from the original "dramatic" story to protect the party's involved.

The two weeks after we met Brady and Brian is blurry to me so things are out of order here. I did finally get a job at Compass Bank, they had rejected me in a letter but then called me offering me a job working in their check processing department. I took it, sounded simple enough, and I was to start Monday, Oct. 8, but I still interviewed at University of Phoenix.

Julie and I started watching "Heroes" with Brady and Brian. The first time, we all went to Brady's place to watch, but the rest of the season we end up going to Brian's place since he had a DVR and allowed us to meet up at a later time so we could all go to our FHE's.

That week, Brady and I would become Facebook friends, Myspace friends, and connect on Instant Messenger, and talk about "Heroes" and movies.

Some time during this period, Jennifer and I hung out with Brady, Brian and Riley again. Jennifer decided that we should go to Wal-Mart to play hide and seek. The guys weren’t really into the idea, but Jennifer is pretty convincing so we all went to Wal-Mart to play. Jennifer and I rode together and realized that we’re all going to have to exchange phone numbers to play this game. We arrive at Wal-Mart and Jennifer gives the rules. We need the phone numbers to be able to get a hold of people that can’t be found. Or get hints. So we ask Brady for his number, he gives it but then he's like, “OK let’s play!” and walks away. He didn’t get our numbers! Two girls are standing in front of him willing to give him their phone numbers, and he walks away? Ok then. Well we play, Brian has to look for people, and we all split up. The guys are basically not into it. Jennifer is never found but while we looked I got to walk around with Brady, just the two of us, which was kind of nice/nerve racking. After Jennifer reveals herself we decide to call it a night since the guys weren’t having fun playing hide and seek. Jennifer was really disappointed in the night all together and complained about how they guys didn’t even try to have fun. Jennifer is a rash person and acts quickly and decides that she never wants to hang out with them again. We got home that night and Jennifer complained some more to Julie. I told Julie that although the night was kind of a bummer, I was still interested in Brady and didn’t want to cut him off.

Jennifer did calm down and we hung out with the guys again that Thursday, I believe it was October 4. I remember the date because it was the day before Chandra and Cort’s wedding. We went over to their place and Brady had bought an Xbox and Guitar Hero games, it turns out the game he had before was borrowed. We all went to the newly built Tempe Market Place and walked around Barnes and Noble. I walked over to the movie book section alone and Brady followed me. Eek! He asked me if I saw anything good. I recommended a couple books about editing that I had bought before and we walked around some more looking at books and talking about the one’s we’ve read. Brady loves reading and although I start reading more books than I finish, I was able to hold my own in this conversation. Yay me. It was pretty late by now, so we head back to Brady’s place. Brian goes home and Jennifer and I were going to Sonic and Brady ends up coming along with us. While at Sonic, we sit and talk in the car for 3 hours! Until about 1am, I think. Mostly the conversation consisted of Jennifer debating with Brady about Robots and other things, Jennifer loves debating over things. I mostly sat back and listened. I did kind of feel left out, because I did have a little crush on Brady.

There was a new Arby’s opening up, and for a week, if you are one of the first 25 customers of the day, you get a free Arby’s meal once a week for like a year or something. Jennifer and I had tried waiting in line earlier that week with no success since people were already camped out, so she wanted to try again that night. She asked Brady and I to go, I said no. I had a wedding to be at 8:30 the next morning and was only looking at 6 hours of sleep, big no! Brady said no, but Jennifer begged and begged until he said he’d go. He didn’t seem excited but, oh well.

We dropped Brady off at home and Jennifer took me home and she freshened up. I sadly went to bed as Jennifer left to get Brady.