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I don't normally speak of my marriage, just because it's personal, but rest assured I'm lucky and I know it. And since Steve couldn't be here tonight, this Valentine's Day, due to work calling him down to California on short notice, I will fill the time with a little list of things I love about him. They won't be the normal girly schmoopy things like "His hair looks so cute in the morning," or "Best. Kisser. Ever!" Instead I will simply give you...

10 Totally Random Things I *Heart* About 'Teve

He'll read pretty much any book you hand him, or at least give the first few chapters a fair trial.

Sometimes he likes to read while lying on his front on the bed or sofa, with his head over the edge and the book on the floor. At such times he looks a fair amount like Waterhouse's Narcissus. (Just in physical position, not in temperament.)

Every so often, when I point out some plant, he'll pipe up with its Latin name. Latin is HAWT.

He tolerates my Owen Wilson impressions, and even laughs at them.

He once went into this hilarious tirade against the credibility of some weather "expert" on NPR who said that the downpour in California wasn't going to help the drought because "it's like trying to catch a glass of water from a fire hose." (Sample line from tirade: "Oh, what crap. Was he from Santa Barbara? I bet he was from Santa Barbara." No, I don't know what that means either, which only makes it funnier.)

When he's reduced to helpless laughter by something silly on TV or a movie, which is fairly often, he will hug me and haul me down, as if hugging me is relevant somehow to the funny thing.

He's been willing to actually crawl around in the crawlspace of the house, for the sake of fixing stuff. Me, I'd be all, "Yeah, I'll pay someone else to do that."

He remains patient and polite to customer-service people on the phone even when getting the tedious runaround.

He's nice to dogs and cats. That may sound unremarkable, but you know, a lot of people aren't nice to dogs and cats.

He pretty much never holds grudges or loses his temper, and if he does it's usually about something highly entertaining to the rest of us. (See: weather expert, California downpour, 2005.)

G'night, sweet dreams, and I'll leave you with another quotation:
"Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those I love, I can: all of them make me laugh." - W.H. Auden

True dat.



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Feb. 14th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhh I'm all scgooshy now! I'm such a damn romantic. ♥ Yargh, we must have that slumber party sometime (*snerk*), and you can tell me more little happy things about yer man :D

And then we can braid each other's hair. And have a pillow fight. And if everyone's lucky, we can videotape it. *winkwink*
Feb. 14th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
Yes...we shall need a slow-mo cinematographer and a lot of provocative feathers.

Anyway, I have no doubt you, too, will someday get to write up a scgooshy list of dorky "favorite" things regarding some man in particular. ;) (Their hair really does look cute in the morning...)

Feb. 14th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
Hmm, that'd be a helluva way to make money...

I sure hope so :) Like. Really really hope so.
Feb. 14th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
Eee! That's so charming and beautiful! It reminds me of the end of "When Harry Met Sally" when harry goes off about all the bizarre things Sally does that he loves.

"I love the way you get a little crinkle above your eyes when you're looking at me like I'm nuts."

Yeah, like that.

I think I could make a list like that about Rachael, but not yet. I still neet to experience more of her idiosyncrasies.

Feb. 15th, 2005 12:47 pm (UTC)
Exactly - it's the idiosyncrasies that get us, in the end. :)

Rachael sounds totally lovely. I'm so glad you've found someone not only wonderful but also geographically convenient!

Feb. 14th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC)
This is just SO sweet. I loved reading your thoughts about Steve. Thank you for sharing them. You must be such an adorable pair. :-)

Love ya!
Feb. 15th, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
We're almost as adorable as Charlie and Claire. ;) Hmm, nice Phantom icon. I really need to see that...
Feb. 15th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! It was created by iconsomnia. :-) You'd love the movie, it's brilliant.

And yay for the Steve/Molly! Next thing you know, people will be starting an LJ community and writing fanfic about you. ;-D Hee!! <333
Feb. 15th, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
That's adorable. ^_^
Feb. 15th, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks. *nerdly* :)
Feb. 15th, 2005 06:42 am (UTC)
True dat indeed. Entertainment value is an oft-underestimated but valuable asset in a spouse.

The title quote is one of my long-time favorites. I use it to excuse much of the weirdness/silliness in my marriage. ("Oh, you're wearing the +3 Silk Robe of Sexy!")

Feb. 15th, 2005 12:50 pm (UTC)
The compatible senses of humor are an absolute must, in my book. They'll get you through everything else. People think I'm being flippant or unthinking when I resort to humor, but it's the best coping/defense mechanism out there. Serious business, comedy. :)
Feb. 15th, 2005 08:39 am (UTC)
I really like that. It reminds me of a My Life Story song called 12 Reasons Why I Love Her. I tried to google the lyrics but no luck. Anyway, the reasons he gives are either strange or mundane, but that's what's good. You don't love someone just because of the big reasons, but for the hundreds of small reasons too.
Feb. 15th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
Indeed indeed--those small reasons are what make them an individual, after all. I seem to recall Westley has a good speech detailing how/why he loves Buttercup, in the book version... :)
Feb. 16th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
Nice tribute!!

I envy the literati of 'Teve...oh yes I do!
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