Honestly, I didn't date a lot of guys that I wanted to marry before meeting Matt. Although many of them (note: I did not say "all") had interesting and redeeming qualities, they didn't have the right combination of characteristics that made us a good fit as lifetime companions.
Matt, on the other hand, is an extremely compatible companion. Our weekend is a case in point.
When Matt got home, he spent an hour or so responding to e-mail on the front porch, and I worked on my clown costume for Saturday night. Then we trekked to one of my former colleague's houses that I haven't seen in years. Matt was totally psyched to meet new people and imbibe some Indian food made from scratch! Matt asks lots of sincere questions and genuinely listens to the responses, so it's always fun to hang out with him in group situations.
He was totally game to go to our neighborhood Pooch Promenade. We rode our bikes to the park and entered Hoss in the Most Handsome category. He didn't even place. Matt spent the bike ride home telling Hoss how handsome he is, regardless of what the judges decided.
When we got home, I was in a funk and couldn't think of a single thing I wanted to do. My costume was not progressing very well at all. I didn't want to shop. I didn't want to work in the garden. I didn't want to read. Matt was getting ready to go running, so he invited me along. We drove about 40 minutes outside of Houston to the Lake Houston Park. Matt ran while Hoss and I just strolled for an hour or so. It was exactly what I needed.
Back at home, I suggested we watch a movie, and Matt was totally game. He even let me pick the movie: Rachel Gets Married.
Then we had exactly an hour to get ready for the Clown Gala. I ditched the wedding dress idea because it wasn't comfortable enough and decided to wear my tutu instead. I hurried and made a pink yarn wig using this tutorial. Matt scrounged around in our closet and came up with an adorable costume.
The Clown Gala was a blast. I wish one of my friends would have a clown wedding so everyone could dress up and play fun games. They had a tossing game, a clown therapist, a face-painting station, free clown noses, a Mexican buffet, a stage with bands playing all night, hula hoops, cotton candy, snow cones, an open bar, and a cupcake and brownie buffet. Matt was hilarious. A woman challenged him to lift his weight six times and do six lunges. Matt said, "Ha! That's so easy I'll do them at the same time!" In a very exaggerated and hilarious way, he did the six lunges, threw down his barbell, and proceeded to lift a trashcan over his head. He cracks me up.
We went our separate ways for the morning: I took Hoss running at the park, and Matt went to his soccer game and then picked up some stuff from Target. Then I spent some quality time with a friend--walking, grocery shopping, and working on a template to track students' character development.
That evening, we went over to our friends' house (the famous cook who served us frozen mint lemonade last week) for dinner. Yum!
Of course our weekend wasn't all roses and daffodils. We had disagreements about who was doing more to contribute to the family (I've been doing all the refinancing stuff, while Matt does extra work every week on the yard). And we also had disappointments (he wanted to have sex on Saturday afternoon, and I didn't). But overall, I just enjoy spending time with my beloved.