"time trickles down, and i'm breathing for two"

So Hanna and I -- like lots of couples, I imagine -- don't (yet) have any sort of definitive anniversary date on which to celebrate the miraculous grace of being together. Depending on which version of the story gets told (aren't there always competing narratives?) we've been together anywhere from one to three years, give or take.

The awesome thing about this, Hanna informs me, is that it means we get to pick at least two dates on which to take special note of this thing we have going together. And -- according to my version of the story at least! -- today is one of them. So hooray! Let's celebrate!

Thing is, neither of us is all that good a celebrating milestones like this, so rather than do anything super-duper splashy I thought I'd make a list. I'm good at lists! Hanna is also good at lists. We enjoy making lists together, in fact. So here's my list for today, which is a list of all the beautiful, funny, wicked, delicious, true things in the world I would not know about (or know far less about) if Hanna hadn't walked into my life.

Allston, Mass., which we now call home.
Boston Common Coffee Co., the first place we ever had coffee together (we talked for six hours -- I really ought to have known then).
Catherine Tate, aka Donna Noble.
Dear Agony (Breaking Benjamin).
Walking on the Charles River Esplanade (much more fun with two).
FIFA World Cup Football (and why the UK England lost even though it was a tie).
The importance of having green things in one's home.
Holding hands (way more intoxicating than I could have imagined).
Ice cream that comes in monthly flavors!
Joe Hill.
Kisses (also Kiss Kiss Bang Bang).
Let the Right One In.
Metta meditation.
The Ninth Doctor.
The Ood.
The Peabody-Essex Museum.
Quotations (and Quality snark) for every occasion.
Irish republican nationalism.
The Super 88, where we had dinner the night I decided to move in.
Terry Eagleton who introduced us to the ever-useful term "Ditchkins."
Underwater Light (best Harry Potter fanfic ever, sadly no longer available on the internets).
Vampires who do not sparkle
Waving not drowning.
Always vote X saxon if you know what's best for you.
Yoga practice.
Zombies (along with Christopher Eccleston, who might be scarier than zombies).

Thank you, love, for all of this. And let's keep making lists together for years to come.

image credit: lesbian romance by made underground @ Flickr.com


  1. Congratulations. I too mark my anniversary on a date that may seem random but it's meaningful to me and my chap which is what matters.

    Glad you've discovered football but remember it was the English team who played rubbishly; we don't have a UK team. If there were some Scots, Welsh or NI players it may not have been so dismal.

  2. @soirore thanks on both counts :)! I edited my post to reflect your point about the English football team -- my Scots cousin once chastised me for identifying someone Scottish as "British" -- it seems I'll never learn the proper nomenclature!

  3. What a nice list! And congratulations - Larry and I also quietly celebrate a couple of "anniversary days, " the first being the Christmas day I spent at the Cook's (being introduced to the "family").

    Also, I'd like to say that if it hadn't been for Hanna (and you!)we would also not have the pleasure of knowing, the Ninth Doctor ( or the Tenth ), The Ood, Donna Noble, and every single episode of the last 4 seasons of Doctor Who all of which has given both of us great joy.

    Cheers to you and Hanna!

  4. This was a very sweet post, congratulations to you both & I hope you enjoy celebrating your special (1 of 2) day(s) together!

    On the world cup:
    Germany have been playing consistently good football this tournament, but that goal bloody well should have been counted, so we can only hope FIFA are prepared to open discussion about adopting video refereeing.

    & on Let the right one in:
    I cannot believe how fast US studios leapt at the chance to ruin the story with a remake