Brian and I met at W.B Mason in the fall of 2007, where we worked in the marketing department together. We were both dating other people at the time so our friendship didn’t really kick off until the end of that year, but we were among the few who consistently took lunch at the height of busy catalog season! Not our finest moments as dedicated employees I’ll admit, but it was over lunch with our mutual friends Louis, Scott, and Anna that we really got to know each other and become friends. Brian’s inappropriate sense of humor in the workplace is something I think we all miss on the job!
back row: Scott, Arlene, Kristin, Pat, Bri, Wendy
front row: Jani, Meghan, Louis and Anna
In hindsight, I should have realized sooner that Brian might like me a bit more than just a friend. There were the iced coffees he brought me unasked. The projects he’d come to me to chat about and the numerous desk-side visits that increased A LOT after my breakup with a longtime bf and we were both single. And finally… there was the rum cake he made me from scratch on my 23rd birthday. I just thought he was a friendly guy! Who baked.
Early on, we connected a lot over food. It was amazing having this funny guy around who was so into food. Our first “real” date was at Mare in the North End in Boston, but I think it was our first trip to NYC’s Pio Pio for Peruvian fare, that really clinched things. My friend Lauren approved of him immediately when she saw how supportive he was of my sopping “green sauce” up with bits of french fry at this meal:
We discovered Poet’s Walk together on that first trip actually and have been in love with and exploring NYC ever since.
Since then, we have changed jobs, moved, traveled to Italy together, dined our way through most of Boston and other cities, repeatedly returned to our favorite spots in NYC, shared a number of bottles of vino together and with friends, visited DC with Brian’s family as well as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, taken multiple trips up to York and Wells, Maine with my family, and enthusiastically celebrated each Christmas season with everyone we love.
Here are a few of our favorite pics from the past 4 years:
…..our first vacation together to Italy (this shot is from Cinque Terre)
…..exploring the Boboli Garden in Florence
….us on a trip to DC with Brian’s parents & grandparents
….at the beach in Scituate (after a food tasting, actually)
……us at my favorite beach-side shop in York, Maine
……..us on the Vineyard, summer 2011
…at Scott and Arlene’s wedding last summer 2011