Thursday, September 30, 2010

So Fresh for SoFly

Nicole:  So I started a new job this week and I have to say it's so different from my old job, in a very good way.  It has actually been kind of weird because I am so used to the crazy chaotic mess of the old job and this is very calm and relaxed, its so so different.

I know this is my first week but I feel like I have a good handle on what I have learned so far.  They will slowly be adding tasks for me and I will be taking on more work and I'd have to say I'm pretty darn excited about it!  Everyone is friendly, my boss is great, and I don't feel stressed which was a major issue with the old job because it was making me grumpy and not fun.

The best part about this new job though happened on the very first day.  Actually, I was on my way to work when it happened so it made the rest of the day that much better.  I was headed out to my car, opened the door and saw these!

 with a very sweet card from Justin :o)


It was Awesome!  A great way to start my day, he's always so thoughtful.
And I am truly blessed  :o)

Justin:  THIS JUST-IN:  I'm awesome!  I'm blessed too!!!!  I'm very proud of Nicole for finding a new job.  Something she's wanted for a while.  I've always told her she's capable of anything and getting this slick new job just proves how amazing she is.  Good job love!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Night in The Town

Justin:  Like I previously mentioned in another post, we really wanted to see Ben Affleck's new film, The Town.  Here's the imdb synopsis:
Welcome to the bank robbery capital of America. 
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down
We both really dug the movie.  I think I liked it more than Nic though, as I'm down for multiple viewings and she's more of a one time viewer.  It's good to see Affleck grow as a director and I'm looking forward to his future efforts.  It had a good balance of action and drama and was really well paced.  Jeremy Renner was the shit.  The "Nun Mask" heist was really fun to watch.  Any thoughts Nic?

Nicole: Like you said, I'm generally a one time viewer.  I am really glad I saw it, but probably wont watch it again.  I don't really think the trailer portrayed it for what it was though.

I'm not really the best movie reviewer as I don't watch that many movies, as Justin has pointed out, but I did enjoy the action.
 Good times at the movies.  We'll see ya next week!

Wanna watch a movie?

Justin:  I had previously stated how important watching movies have been to us.  Other than being awesome, "going to see a movie" was my move.  I didn't have much luck with the ladies all throughout high school and college.  I think it was because, at that time, my interests in anything social we're lacking.  Clubs, parties, club-parties, were all non-enjoyable to me and movies were fun because it didn't bother with all that awkward socializing.

With Nicole it was different.  However, the first thing we did together was tour Downtown Chicago, which I never did and she was an expert at.  At the time I had yet seen the Cloud Gate a.k.a The Bean and well I felt like doing some picture taking and when Facebook became available to the public I found myself reconnecting with old high school people on the world wide web.

After that first day, which maybe Nic can elaborate for you more.

Nicole:  Call me lame, but just reading Justin's post about the movie nights makes me smile.  The sweetness, funniness and lameness.  It all made me smile.  K, no more mush.

Soo our first hang out day since high school.  We like to call it Sunday in the City.

Facebook was getting all popular and people were reconnecting and being friends with everyone and their mother that they had met for 2 seconds or had known but were'nt really friends with.

I talked to Justin in high school and was friendly with him but I wouldn't say we were exactly friends, he was pretty quiet and kinda goofy.  I mean, the only two things I really remember about him from high school were us making fun of my cheesy smile and him telling me that my armpits and my crotch were the two warmest parts of my body.

So back to Sunday in the City.  We started chatting because of facebook and I had found out he had never been downtown to the Bean and I worked literally across the street at the time.  It was a must, we were going, whether he liked it or not. 

So we were going to take the El downtown and since I lived close by we were meeting at my house.  He shows up on that 60 degree rainy day in shorts.  Shorts! and a tshirt, minus a jacket of any sort, or an umbrella. I look at him skeptically, make fun of him a little (ok, a lot) and we are on our way. 

So we get downtown and start walking around.  Justin's freezing but wont really admit it and we go around taking pictures and catching up.  He was so excited that I volunteered to be in pictures and was patient while he got artsy.

After a fun day of pictures and freezing we decided to go to corner bakery and warm up with some hot cocoa.  Justin bought mine and as we are sitting there chatting and answering questions from each other about our lives I remember thinking how I hoped he wasn't interested in me in more than a friendly way.

Well we head home and as we are chatting we realize that Justin's cousin and my sister are roommates in college and good friends.  I knew from that moment on we were destined to be in each others lives in some way.
Justin:  These were clearly ingredients for a solid friendship stewing.

So when we would hang out, most times we'd go to the movies.  It was what I was good at.  We'd talk a little on the way there and then talk about how awesome or bad the movie was at dinner or on the drive back.  It was, to me, genius set up.

As the friendship grew and the feelings began to surface, we moved the movie watching to the downstairs of my parents' house.  My dad had a projector and we would watch movies projected on the wall while chillin' on the couch.  So it was like being in the theater but we were the only audience.  The best part about that was: No arm rests...(BLOG POST FIVE!)

Ok now some nights, through no fault of my own, the dvd player downstairs would flip out and skip the disc.  I would suggest finishing the movie in my room....and at this time I still had a bed.  I would emphasize that in hopes that she wouldn't think I was trying to get her into my bed and I scratched the crap out of the disc before she got there.

One particular night, we were watching the Michael J. Fox classic, The Frighteners, which she would on occasion forget the name and call it The Firefighters.  (She's cute like that)  The disc had started skipping downstairs and I suggested finishing the movie in my room.  There we were laying in my bed. I kept a safe distance because I was nervous I might do or say something out of sheer awkwardness to send her screaming out the door.  BUT I never had any intentions like "Oh man, I'm going to score" because I'm not that kind of guy and I didn't think she liked me like that.

What happens next?  She falls asleep during the last 20 minutes of the movie!  I was like, uhhhhh what?  How could you fall asleep during The Frighteners?!  I wasn't outraged at all really because she kind of fell asleep on me...and well that was awesome!  I didn't know what to do so I just let her sleep til she woke up. And when she woke up she apologized for missing the movie and went right back to sleep.  Now I remember turning off the T.V. and just letting her sleep and I just kind of laid there and seriously thought how AWESOME this was but not to make any sudden self-celebration gestures so I didn't wake her up.  I think it was like 2 or 3am when she woke up and just kind of hugged goodbye and that was it.  It was a general stepping stone.  It gave me the notion that this friendship COULD go somewhere.  I didn't want to push it so I just let it be and took it for what it was.  I didn't want to amp myself up but it got me thinking about her and that was never a bad thing.  I was liking this girl more and more.

One of the other memorable movie nights we had was when we watched Superbad...but I think I'll leave that story for another time. Because this was just the beginning of it all and I again emphasize movies being very important to the forming of our relationship, til next time!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Actin' like Grown Ups

NicoleSo we had a pretty awesome weekend I'd say.  We both got to take Friday off for a wedding.  And taking off a day of work from either of our jobs is awesome on it's own.  The reception was great, it was pretty, the food was really freaking good and I got to dance with an awesome dance partner, and Justin's a pretty good dancer too, haha, just kidding.  He dances just as crazy and goofy as I do so I know I look crazy, but I'm not doing it alone.

And on to the important stuff....Movie Review!

JustinI originally wrote this long intro into what Movie Nights meant for us and how important they were to the beginnings of our relationship.  I decided to ditch it and give it it's own separate post for  another time.  For our movie nights, we usually watch the movies from our collection...which is really my collection. Nicole hasn't really seen a lot of the films I own.  Its a plus too, because we're not dropping 20 bucks to catch some 3D piece of crap (I'm talking to you Avatar) and we can do a little bit of saving on our part.  Also, when we became "official" we started doing more couple-ly things and movie nights at home got lost in the shuffle a bit.  Which isn't bad but we both feel we kind of miss those days of staying in and cozying up to the warmth of each other.

THAT being said, if we're feelin' a bit crafty, will hit up the show for something we both REALLY want to see (The Town), or we'll take in a show at the cheap theater.  Since we had a good weekend, we decided to treat ourselves to a showing of Grown Ups.

Here's a quick synopsis from IMDB: After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.

There's something about Adam Sandler movies that when viewed at the right time,  are really funny.  I think this hit the right spot on our funny bones that night because we were coming off a nice weekend.  That being said, the film's just ok.  I think it's not as funny as some of his other films and you'd think with a stellar comedy cast you'd play to their strengths, but in that department the film came up short.  They made good use of Scheinder and Spade...I don't know if that's good or bad.  You be the judge.

Editor's note - We'll keep these reviews short as to not drag on and on and on, but basically we liked it. Haha

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Shrek The Musical, the date!

Justin:  So the way this'll go is that some days you'll get a post from just Nicole or you'll get a post just from me.  And if we feel like it, which will probably be all the time, we'll both chime in on a post that the other one has done. (did you get lost? haha)


When we first started dating, we thought it would be cute if we "named" our most epic of dates as if it were a sitcom.  (more on that as we take a look back and forward through the course of filling this blog up with our silliness)

So on this date, it was my first time seeing a big broad way production and what better way then with a musical based on the hit animated film, Shrek.

I think we both agreed it was a blast and I found myself laughing loudly throughout, which you wouldn't think to do at stage theater BUT it was also a kid friendly show and there were tons of kids laughing along with us.  There's something to be said about songs that can work fart and burp jokes into the lyrics.

So if the show is playing somewhere by you, go out and check out Shrek The Musical!  It's good times.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

This is the Start of Something Good

Nicole:  Don't you agree?

In case you didn't get the reference, it's a Gavin DeGraw song lyric. Ohh do I love that music.


Hi!  We are Nicole and Justin and welcome to our blog.  We hope to have all sorts of things on here.  Not just random goings on in our lives, but podcasts, adventures, maybe a web comic.  Basically whatever we find interesting and entertaining.  We just hope you enjoy it too or at least get a laugh out of it!

Ok, well as you can see, I don't really know how to start this thing without sounding lame.  Maybe there is no way, but either way, here we go!

Justin:  Great intro girlfriend!  And I don't mean that in a *snaps fingers and *shakes neck kind of way.  I literally mean girlfriend.  Nicole is my girlfriend and it's awesome!  And she's awesom(er) for wanting to start a blog with me which is basically a love letter to each other....for you all to read! 

We want to talk about places we've been, thing's we done, people we've met, the things we love.  And since we love each other very much, we'll talk about that too.

Not to worry now, we won't get too romantic and sappy on here but we're not going to WILL happen and since you are reading our first post, we might as get some of that romantic sappy crap out of the way.

So why is the blog titled So Fresh and So Fly?  WELLLL before Nic and I started our "relationship" relationship, we had more of an email relationship and we would email each other at work talkin' all lovey dovey.  Most importantly we were at the point of falling in love and on email we felt we could be ourselves and express our emotions in a way we both found difficult to do in person.  So amongst one of 300 + (and counting) emails we wrote to each other.  I laid down this bit of geeky charm on her:

I'm picking up Zack And Miri Make A Porno tuesday and also Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist...that movie's really awesome.  You should come over Tuesday so we can watch them. Anyways I'll talk to you tonight. If we were a hip hop group..I'd be SoFresh and you of course my dear would be SoFly.  SoFresh n' SoFly! TTYL

How awesomely lame and sweet is that?!  A hip hop group...that was my go-to move to swoon her.  And it was so random and silly too.  But it was I right people? (*crickets crickets)  From then on, that SoFresh SoFly thing has stuck with us and when we decided to put a blog together it was the one name we both thought of that I guess, represented what we wanted this blog to be about.

So stick around and as my lovely other half stated, here we go!