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Monday, June 9, 2008

All About My Man

A while back, Missy tagged me for this meme, and it's a really fun one. It's fun, cause, well... it's not about me!! So, brace yourself. It's an unauthorized biography...

1. Who is your man? Matt, aka Mocha Man.

2. How long have you been together? Dating since Aug. 1993. Married Aug. 1997. We were high school sweethearts turned college break-ups turned lifelong partners.

3. How long dated? I guess I'll let you do the math. Minus about 9 months there in the middle.

4. How old is your man? 31. He's 4 months my senior.

5. Who eats more? Ummm. We both eat a lot. But I think he eats more. If this question said "Who enjoys food more?" the answer would be a big fat, ME! But that wasn't the question.

6. Who said "I love you" first? I honestly don't remember the first "I love you", but I can not imagine that I would have been so bold. I am sure he did.

7. Who is taller? He is, by a couple inches.

8. Who sings better? He definitely sings better. No doubt.

9. Who is smarter? Oooh. I plead the fifth.

10. Whose temper is worse? Mine. All mine. He is no fun to fight with, actually. He rarely gets mad. Sometimes I wish he would so our fights would be even. It's no fun fighting with someone who's as calm as a cucumber. Try it sometime. It is NO FUN.

11. Who does the laundry? Depends. Lately since Operation Family Laundry, it's been all me. Before then, he did a lot.

Speaking of OFL, I am happy to report that I have NOT fallen off the wagon (yet)!!! Yay! I have no piles of laundry alternately on my bed and then floor... and then bed and then floor! They're all in the drawers or on hangers! AND, my children were all wearing underwear today! Hallelujah!

12. Who takes out the garbage? Usually him.

13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Me. I've offered to switch places a couple of times for different reasons, and he'll have nothing of it. He says he'd never be able to sleep.

14. Who pays the bills? Me. Almost all of the time. The other part of the time, nobody does. :) Oops.

15. Who is better with the computer? We're pretty matched, but I might be a smidge ahead.

16. Who mows the lawn? He always does. I've never worked the thing.

17. Who cooks dinner? I always do. He can make a mean grilled cheese, though.

18. Who drives when you are together? Depends. If I need to put on my makeup, he does. If he needs to make some business calls, I do. If I feel like driving, I do. If he starts being a backseat (passenger seat) driver, I pull over and he does. :) Kidding, kidding.

19. Who pays when you go out? It doesn't matter. Mi dinero es his dinero.

20. Who is most stubborn? mmm. I think that award goes to Matt. But it's not over stupid stuff like the stuff that I'm stubborn over. It's over REALLY important stuff like how important it is to have a woodburning fireplace in our house. According to my hubby, it's more important than indoor plumbing. Yes indeedy.

21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? I'd like to plead the fifth on this one, too. The short answer is that neither of us like to, but we're learning.

22. Whose parents do you see the most? My mom lives with us in our basement, so we see her the most. Next would be Matt's parents who we see a couple of times a year usually. And least often would probably be my Dad who we see once a year or so.

23. Who kissed who first? Our first kiss could have been in a chick-flick movie script. It went like this:

We were sitting in the car outside of my house after a date, talking, and it suddenly got quiet.

Me: What are you thinking about?

Him: (Leaning in) I'm trying to decide if I should kiss you.

Me: (matching the lean-in) What do you think you'll decide?

Him: I think I will.


It was beautiful.

24. Who asked who out? Our first actual date was to Junior prom. His mom made him ask someone, and I was the lucky girl. Don't know if he was actually interested in me at that point or not (I think only mildly). Our first real date once he really was interested was to a Padres game.

25. Who proposed? I have proof:

This was back in the day when you could *gasp* go past security at the airport and meet your family/friends at the gate. I was returning home from visiting my family in California. I was... NOT expecting it.

It was New Year's Eve, 1996. The sign reads "Jenny, Will you Marry Me in 1997?"

Dazed and Confused.


Two indisputable facts:

a)It's hard to kiss while smiling

b)Matt is kissing my teeth in this picture

"OK, I think I know what's going on now."

(check out the people in these pictures! They're hilarious. Especially the guy to the left, he's clapping and he doesn't even know why. He's not even looking at us.)

"Larry! Soon to be Father in Law! Taking my picture!"

Dazed and in Love. But still dazed.

Here's proof that I said yes:

26. Who is more sensitive? Me, of course.

27. Who has more friends? I guess me, again, of course.

28. Who has more siblings? We're even. He has one sister, I have one brother.

29. Who wears the pants in the family? I hate this saying. We both wear pants. Jeans to be exact. The question means "Who is the leader in your family"? Matt is most definitely the leader on all the big issues in our family, and issues that he feels strongly about. I will put in my .02 cents and defer to him to make the decision. It works best that way. Sometimes I have to sit on my tongue. Sometimes I argue my side. He always listens graciously. But our tradition is that he is the leader. We don't generally fight over the big things. It's biblical, and it works for us.

On the other hand, however, on issues of the daily grind, what-makes-the-home-go-round issues, Matt almost always defers to me. Which I appreciate.

I love ya, Mocha Man.

I tag Sarah and Jenna.


Tiffany said...

Oh, that was super fun to read!!! You were very stylish back in 1996. I like the bib overalls. Heh heh. :)

Jenny said...

Actually, it was worse than that. It was a denim VEST! like a button down denim jacket only with no arms. Yikes.

Leys said...

On that same fashion sense note.. I had the same exact plaid zipper jacket you were wearing.. oh, the memories. :o)
Question.. so is the right side of your bed closest to the door?? I've always been stuck to the side closest to the door for some reason.. isn't there supposed to be a thing about a man being on the outside to protect his family??

Jenny said...

I have to tell you, Shari, that I *still* have that jacket. It's very cozy, it's my standard "I'm freezing" go-to cuddle jacket. Not the most attractive item, but I can't get rid of it.

I don't know why I'm on the right side. In our current house, it's away from the door. We just started that way and it's the way we will sleep until we die, I think. :)

Elena said...

This is a great post. I really liked the pics and story!

Allison said...

This is so sweet! I almost got teary (it must be the pregnancy - I am NOT a sappy person). I'd never heard your engagement story. It is so cool that you have pictures of it.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

That is a FANTASTIC engagement story. And the fact that you have pictures makes it all the better.

I was tagged by Missy with this meme, too. It's on my list. What a fun read.

Dawn S. said...

HAHA! The only thing I learned here was about that kiss... :)

Yvette said...

I liked reading your story and love that you have all the pics to share too.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh, what a sweet, sweet story. Love the pictures. :) But I think my favorite one has to be the last one, the daddy/daughter kiss. Is there anything more precious?

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Wow, my husband would be so jealous of your husband's hair.

And your first kiss story made me get all fluttery. The only downside to getting married is no more first kisses ever again.

Ok, here is what is really sad. I was just thinking about an hour ago how I needed to do this meme. And, um, I did do it. My brain. How I miss it.

Uncle Doctor Jeff said...

Oh my gosh, 90's hair. HAIR!!! Did you donate all that to charity to help out gorillas undergoing chemotherapy? HAAAIIIR!!! Matt's hair, curiously, hasn't budged in a decade.