My Madly Magnificent Manfriend

This weekend is mine and Manfriend’s anniversary, so to celebrate I’m going to take a little break from my usual posts and properly introduce this guy of mine.

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Ain’t he handsome?

If you’re wondering why he’s always simply “Manfriend” here, it’s because it sometimes freaks me out that I’m dating a full grown man. Like, not a boy. A full grown adult man. Am I seriously old enough for that? Anyways, we’ve established that he’s a man, not a boy- hence manfriend. And I’m always seeing bloggers refer to their SO simply as “hubs” or “PC” (Prince Charming?), and I wanted to give my guy his own blogging moniker.

How we met: My good friends had just asked me to be a bridesmaid in their wedding, and after exchanging some sly glances told me, “there’s a groomsman we need you to meet.” I tagged along to a party that he was at, we began chatting…and then nothing.

We had a pleasant time talking, but I got no vibes from him at all. No numbers were exchanged, and when my friends left I headed out with them thinking that was the end of it. Too bad ’cause he was cute and actually taller than me, but life goes on.

Fast forward two weeks, I got a message from him asking if I wanted to go to his house for a party he was hosting. I said yes, showed up, we had a blast, and a week later we went on our first real date in the middle of a snowstorm.

That very first party. I absolutely insisted on the selfie. We were Team Australia for the Beer Olympics, so I had the brilliant idea of taking the pic upside down. 'Cause, you know, Australia is upside down.
That very first party. I absolutely insisted on the selfie; we were Team Australia for the Beer Olympics, so I had the brilliant idea of taking the pic upside down. ‘Cause, you know, Australia is upside down.

I thought that date was a disaster- he had to come find me after I went to the wrong place, we couldn’t find a restaurant that was open because of the storm, and then I got so nervous I started telling cheesy jokes (e.g. what’s the internal temperature of a Tauntaun? Luke warm!). I couldn’t imagine that he would ever want to see me again. Thankfully he didn’t see it as a disaster, because we’ve been getting into shenanigans together ever since. I’m just as giddy to see him every time as I was for that first date and by some happy coincidence he seems pretty pumped about the whole thing too.

What he’s like: Imagine Prince Charming as an utter goofball, and that’s him. He spoils me like a princess, pushes me to work hard to achieve my goals (he’s the only one that can get me to run), and makes me laugh every single day. If he hadn’t encouraged me to go for it, this blog wouldn’t be here now and I wouldn’t be back in the saddle. Of course now he pays the price of hauling tack around for me and listening to me yammer on about site views, but he does it all with his usual smile and enthusiasm.

There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for his friends and family- I call him Mr. Dependable. Guns are his biggest passion (he taught me how to shoot on our second date! His huge focus on safety made it much less scary) but he also gets excited about anything outdoors; no sitting behind desks for him. Instead of a desk job he’s in executive security (and working towards becoming a bodyguard) and in his other life he’s in the Marine Corps Infantry Reserve. It’s a running (terrifying) joke between his mother and me that he only wants jobs where there’s a possibility he’ll get shot at.

He’s my unofficial horse photographer, my own personal comedian, and my best friend. In short, he’s the funniest, sweetest, best person I know and even that is an understatement.

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He’s also an accomplished horse whisperer, but Addy doesn’t seem very impressed with what he has to say.

What’s your funniest first date disaster or favorite meet-cute? Share your story in the comments!

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13 thoughts on “My Madly Magnificent Manfriend

  1. Courtney 02/16/2015 / 3:36 pm

    he sounds so wonderful and its so great you guys have each other! I have a lot of respect for people who emphasize the safety aspect of shooting.
    When you call him manfriend, I have to think of the oatmeal’s cartoons that feature the dog…the dog always calls the person manfriend haha. (I think.. don’t quote me on that)

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    • hellomylivia 02/16/2015 / 3:44 pm

      Hahaha I totally forgot they did that in the oatmeal comics! We joke that his spirit animal is a dog (happy, loyal, loves head scratches, etc.) so maybe I picked a backwards name for him…

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  2. Annye / AnAmishWarmblood 02/17/2015 / 1:15 pm

    He’s so handsome! And I think it takes a special kind of man to love a horse woman πŸ˜‰

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  3. Tracy 02/17/2015 / 3:11 pm

    A guy that goes to the barn regularly is a keeper!

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    • hellomylivia 02/17/2015 / 3:12 pm

      He sneezes the whole time but keeps a smile! (And keeps taking pics for me, so he’s both good looking AND useful)

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  4. Lauren 02/17/2015 / 6:48 pm

    Aw he sounds great! My now husband took a full month before meeting me and then asking me out on an official date. Sometimes it takes a bit πŸ™‚

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    • hellomylivia 02/17/2015 / 6:49 pm

      Sometimes these guys need a little bit of a push to realize what they should do πŸ˜‰

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