The voting rut

So we were pretty neck-in-neck with Lindsay and Christopher...until I left earlier this week to go to Baltimore for that conference. Now we’re over 1000 votes behind! Major bummer, but I’m not too disheartened. I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Right now I’m printing off a bazillion pieces of paper, being covered in tape, and standing knee high in dum dum lollipops.

Don’t judge. These sorts of things work. That and lots and lots of prayer.

It’s not the end-all, be-all of competitions. This won’t make or break Addi and my future marriage. But it would certainly help out. And more than that, I like a good race.

So make way other couples. Nikki’s back in town, and she’s passing out lollipops and taking names.

The Long Distance…

Right now I’m writing from a hotel in Baltimore because I’m spending the good part of the week at an international Writing Center conference where I’m presenting at. Addi is back in North Carolina.

It makes me think back to this past year and how we’ve been apart for so long. Below is the youtube video I made for him for our anniversary, which we could not spend together this year. The song is Sara Evan’s “Perfect” because the lyrics really fit how we felt about the situation. I hope you like it.

Part of me didn’t want to go to this conference this weekend. It’s like, after being away from each other for around 8 months just this year alone, why would I voluntarily leave again?

But at this conference, big things are happening. And now I may get a research grant to develop my board game idea for writing center consultation training. A woman I met here already wants to test it out!

This is why Addison has always encouraged me to go away…not in the way it sounds. Last winter I got an offer to go to DC for 14 weeks to intern at a news wire on the Hill. I told him I wouldn’t go if he thought it would hurt our relationship. He told me that he wanted nothing more than for me to go.

It was probably one of the hardest periods in my life. We fought on and off and we both had trouble missing each other for so long. And when I was offered another internship in New York for the summer, at times it seemed unbearable.

But he was always supportive. Even from the beginning. And he still is today.

I know our long distance isn’t half as bad as some people’s. When my cousin’s husband went overseas with the Marines, I was online with her almost every night. But the truth remains the same, long distance for sucks for anyone who has to deal with it.

But when it works, the end result is beautiful. Because that moment when you’re back together in each other’s arms after talking or laughing or fighting or crying via phone and web cam, you know that if you can get through that, you can get through anything.

Addison’s support and our endurance through sporadic long distance throughout our relationship has made me 100 percent confident that he is the man I want beside me for the rest of my life.

Please help us be able to get married. Vote for us to win the Simon G Jewelry “Perfect Proposal” competition.