My Life When We Got Married – May 2005
Mr. BFS and I walked down the aisle together in May 2005. 😀
I was 22 and in great health. It was a week after my graduation at the end of the busiest semester of my life up to that point. From January through May 2005, I took my last 12 hours of classes at the University of Houston on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-4pm to earn my Cum Laude BBA in Marketing with a Spanish Minor. At the same time, I worked at the on-campus Game Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30pm-1am. I was also a tax office receptionist Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8am-5pm. And I dealt blackjack for company parties on Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm-2am.
Altogether, I was taking 12 hours of classes, working about 60-70 hours a week, and was planning a wedding to my college sweetheart…all for about 5-6 months straight.
By June 2005, within a month of being married, I was working Monday-Fridays from 8am-5pm at a car dealership software company and had left the other part-time work behind except for the occasional blackjack dealing event on the weekends. We also adopted the amazing Miss Doxie. I barely knew what to do with my free time, LOL.
My Life Now – May 2015
I’m obviously still married to my college sweetheart and we’re celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Not to be too corny, but we are doing even better than we did as honeymooners. Communication and growing out of the nasty part of our 20’s really helped.
I’m 32 and my back has been hurting for more than 2 months, but I’m hoping that is almost fixed. I feel like I’m healthy otherwise.
We had to say goodbye to Miss Doxie last year as well as our Mr. Pug, who we adopted in 2009. We’ve lost two grandmas and welcomed my first nephew into the world. We bought our first home, built our dream home, moved, paid off our first house, and are looking at other rental property opportunities. We made friends – real friends. That was harder than it sounds.
I went self-employed as an online blogger and blog advertising manager in 2011 and want to stay that way for the foreseeable future. I began Crystal’s Cozy Care Pet Sitting in February 2014 and am enjoying it now too.
I had 100+ work weeks for a good chunk of 2011 and 2012, but have since toned it back. Now I spend about 20-30 hours a week working online and about 20-30 hours a week as a professional pet sitter.
Life is good. It’s been an exhausting yet exhilarating 10 years. I feel truly lucky. Our families are solid and sweet. Our friends are snarky, smart, fun, geeky, and perfect for us. My online friends like you keep me writing. And now I know I’m older because I’m tearing up and getting a little weepy like mature people do when they know that they are gloriously blessed.
Taking a Week Off
Here’s to taking the next week off to celebrate the last 10 years on a cruise ship (of course, LOL)! We’ll be helping my inlaws to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary as well. I hope to come back with some wild and sweet stories from their memories too. I’ll catch up with all of you soon! Thanks for reading and for being a large part of my journey thus far!!!