It has been months since our five year anniversary date happened, but it seems necessary to place these photos and thoughts here for safe keeping. Enjoy!
Sunday, February 17, 2013
February 16th marked the date for Adrian and I's five year anniversary. Five whole years! It is crazy to think about all the changes we have been through as a couple. I swear time just seemed to fly by after our first year. That's a good thing though, right?
On Sunday, I drove to Adrian's house and we exchanged our surprise anniversary gifts with each other. We were not supposed to get each other gifts because we gave each other early anniversary gifts early on (Coach swingpack for me and 2 pairs of Clarks for Adrian). However, weeks back when I was clicking around my Amazon wishlist items, a message popped up to tell me "someone may have already purchased this for you." Confused, I went forward with the message to confirm and it told me that someone really did purchase the Globe Bantam cruiser for me. I was seriously surprised at what Adrian tried to pull and I did not want to be the one who showed up empty handed on our anniversary date! I ended up buying Adrian a Coach wallet and a Coach card wallet. I also made him white chocolate oreo truffles, which he seemed to like more than the wallets. Maybe because it was the first time I really "baked" (it required no baking) anything for Adrian. I'm not really one to cook or bake after all.
I surprised Adrian first. Adrian told me I was good at getting him gifts, which made me happy because he can be difficult to shop for.
My Globe Bantam cruiser! Adrian said he bought this not expecting me to use it, but it was an awesome gift. I have actually cruised around on it quite a bit since receiving it and I love finding excuses (and time!) to go cruise around. I'm still not ready for those hills yet though! Too much speed scares me.
After exchanging our gifts, we got ready to head to Monterey. We were going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for our very first time! After a pit stop for food at McDonald's and being stuck in traffic, we finally made it.
We did not buy tickets beforehand, so we had to stand in quite a long line to purchase tickets. Luckily, the line moved quickly. I actually forgot to bring my student ID so I would not have been able to buy a ticket at the student price, but the person we were buying our tickets from was nice enough to just ask me questions about what I was studying and gave me the ticket at student pricing. w0ot!
When we got in, we had no idea where to start. We started walking through the exhibits and thought, "what the heck do people do here?" It wasn't until we got to the touch pools that things started to get exciting for us. I wish I took more photos, but I was too busy petting things.
We walked through pretty much all the exhibits and decided to not attend any shows. (Next time!) We spent the most time checking out the jellyfish exhibits. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Armed with an Olympus XZ-1 and shot through the perspective of my eyes:
A piece of Adrian's perspective:
Instax photos from our date:
After we left Monterey Bay Aquarium, we decided to roam the streets to take some photos. As the sun started to set on us quick, we were sad to not be able to make it to the beach in time. We still manage to capture some pretty lighting though!
As we were heading towards our location for dinner, we had to drive through a tunnel. There was a lot of honking going on. At first I thought it was traffic, but it turned out, people were just doing it for fun.
Sorry for the sideways video, but hey! You get to hear my voice.
For dinner, we ate at Sandbar & Grill. We got seated at a really small table and the lighting was terrible, so no pictures of food today! Food was good and the portions were pretty large though. Total food coma status on the way home.
The drive on the way back to Adrian's place was a dangerously tiring one. There was traffic and we were both very exhausted by the end of the day. We even had a plastic tub fly out of a truck and hit our car. (Luckily, with no damage.) The best thing that came out of the ride back home was when we stumbled upon a radio station that was playing K-Pop. Adrian and I were stunned! UFMJohnathan broadcasts K-Pop every Sunday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on 92.3FM in the Bay Area. It looks like they have set up a stream online to supplement for the lack of K-Pop for when they are not broadcasting, so I can actually tune in from home now. Awesome!
Overall, a very good day minus our energy levels totally crashing towards the end. Yay to another year! <444