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October 24th, 2014

Yesterday was our nine year wedding anniversary (we’ve been together fourteen years this January). We didn’t exchange gifts, but we did go out to dinner. Since Joe worked late we didn’t feel like going far to get a steak dinner or something, so we visited our favorite Vietnamese place that makes awesome Chinese food. I guess we should really try their Vietnamese dishes one day, but we are rather hooked on the Chinese cuisine.

Anyway, we got Kung Pao chicken, Sweet & Sour chicken, and instead of our usual, Mongolian Beef, we tried the Beef & Broccoli instead. It was amazing! They are the only place who makes edible beef dishes. I usually avoid beef at Asian restaurants because it tends to be fatty, dry, and chewy, but theirs just about melts in your mouth. They are always so nice too. My only complaint is they are a bit stingy with the rice. We got one plate of rice even though we ordered three full dishes, and we finished it all. They didn’t offer to bring us more, nor did they pack any to go along with our leftovers, so I’ll have to make my own.

Afterwards we went around the corner to a chocolate shop and bought some truffles, and stopped in a candy store too.

So I guess you could say it was a very low-key anniversary. I don’t mind because we tend to fluctuate – some years we exchange gifts and some we don’t. We only do it when we know the other person is wanting something in particular, not just for the sake of giving a gift which seems like a waste of money. The honeymoon is not over, though. If anything, I feel like I love Joe even more now than before. Some of that is due to the stuff we’ve been through together. Plus when I was stressed out at my former job I didn’t have the capacity to appreciate him the way I do now. It’s like my brain can only handle so much input at once before it shuts down certain areas. It’s really hard to explain, but I’m just glad I’m not feeling that way anymore because it sucked. I love my husband so much it freaks me out because I worry something is going to happen to him and I seriously would not be able to handle it. He’s my best friend and the one person in the world I trust completely and who I know loves me for who I am. That makes me incredibly lucky and trust me, I do not take it lightly.

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