Seriously Girl Ninja?

Every now and again I like to rant about some of the funny things Girl Ninja does that I don’t think I will ever understand. Some of my past rants have discussed her inability to keep her hair to herselfย  (I have found it in my toothbrush and on my clothes), or the 85 million blonde bobby pins that I find in every nook and cranny in our apartment. I’ve got a few more to add to the list…enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Returns:

Girl Ninja LOVES to buy things, only to return them a few days later. It will never, ever, EVER make sense to me. We go to Christmas Eve service each year which typically means dressing up a little. Girl Ninja headed off to Target to go look for a new outfit for the service. She came back with three outfits. Instead of deciding on them in the store, she decided to buy them and decide on them at home. She came home, tried them on, asked for my two cents, and then picked the outfit she wanted to keep. A few hours later, we were back at Target, standing in the return line. I rarely return things. Girl Ninja ALWAYS returns things.

New Outfits:

Ha! Did you see this one coming after the last example? I will forever be amazed by the excuses girls can come up with to buy a new outfit. Christmas Eve Service…new outfit. Good friends wedding…new outfit. Easter Sunday…new outfit. The Bachelor season finale episode…new outfit. Okay that last example was made up, but I’m not kidding, any chance Girl Ninja has to by a new outfit, she takes it. I’ll never understand how her closet can be jam packed with clothes, but she can still look at me and say “I have nothing to wear.”

Chocolate after dinner:

Nothing makes me laugh harder than Girl Ninja giving me pouty lips, looking like she’s dying and about to cry all because she desperately needs a piece of chocolate after dinner. It’s quite sad really. It doesn’t happen very often, but there are definitely times nothing can get in the way of Girl Ninja’s mission to obtain a chocolate treat. Maybe I should start storing M&Ms in my desk so I can bribe her with them when I need a favor ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m convinced, if Girl Ninja ever became homeless, she would hold a sign that read “Will work for Chocolate.”

Ahh, yes. The funny things I never knew about the opposite sex. I’ve only lived with a girl for five months now and can’t imagine what other quirky things I’ll discover over the coming years. What about your partner makes you laugh? Any things you didn’t know you were signing up for? Why do women love chocolate more than men?

One year ago

One year ago today, something amazing happened I got engaged. In case you missed the story last year, I thought I’d repost it here today for you. Here is my Ninja proposal story ๐Ÿ™‚

You all are gonna have to bear with me. I’m a guy and guys are not very good at telling stories. I’m gonna give my best attempt to appear romantic and fill ya’ll in on how the proposal went down two days ago. Here goes nothing…

The backstory…

Girl Ninja and I are both originally from the Seattle area. We also both currently live in San Diego (not together). I decided in August that I wanted to wait until Christmas time to propose because we would both be in Washington with family and friends. I bought the diamond in June, and for six months kept that sucker hidden in my desk. Needless to say, I was really excited for December 28th to come.

The Proposal…

I picked Girl Ninja up at 12:00 on Monday, for what she thought was 12:30 lunch reservations at the Barking Frog. The restaurant is part of a really beautiful winery/lodge and was the perfect spot….

Inside the Barking Frog

Now Girl Ninja, was under the impression that we were meeting friends for lunch (a double date), little did she know that was never the plan. As I pulled in to the lodge’s parking lot, I called my friend that we were suppose to meet up with and pretended like we were a half hour early. Girl Ninja and I decided it would be cool to walk around and check out the lodge, while we waited for our friends to arrive.

As we walked around, through the various gardens and fountains, I became increasingly more nervous as I knew we were nearing the proposal spot. As we approached the final courtyard, my hand began shaking uncontrollably from anxiety/excitement. I began to drag Girl Ninja to the table set up with the ring. As my hand was shaking, reality started sinking in, and Girl Ninja realized what was about to happen.

She looked at the table, then looked at me and said “No!” Still walking towards the table, I looked back at her and said “Yea!” We approached the table where I had the ring, some flowers, a Bible, and a scrapbook waiting for us….

The proposal table, next to a fountain (Girl Ninja LOVES fountains!)

We arrived at the table and it was time for me to put my game face on. I picked up the Bible and read this verse from Genesis…

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the manโ€™s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

The man said,

โ€œThis is now bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called โ€˜woman,โ€™

for she was taken out of man.โ€

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

I then got on my knee and said something like “I’ve been waiting a really long time to do this, Will you marry me?” I don’t really remember what happened after that because I was so freakin’ nervous/happy/excited/anxious that the next couple minutes were all a blur. I do remember one thing though…. SHE SAID YES!!!!!

Immediately after she said yes!!!

After some celebrating and chatter my friend and brother, that had been snapping pictures from the distance, came up to congratulate us and continue taking some AWESOME pictures. We then flipped through the scrap book I made which had a list of my Top Ten Favorite Moments together. Here is a picture from the scrapbook (the bottom left corner is empty so we can include a picture from the proposal)….

The last page of the scrapbook (aka my most favorite moment with Girl Ninja)

We took some more pictures and then headed over to the restaurant for our actual lunch reservations. I told Girl Ninja, there was no double date and that it would just be her and I. I could tell she was a little sad she had not been able to share the big moment with her parents, but little did she know I had some tricks up my sleeve. About 10min into our lunch reservations her parents surprised her and had lunch with us. Girl Ninja began crying and we had some great conversations.

At 2:15, it was time to leave lunch and head over to the Willow’s Lodge Spa so she could her nails done (I had to make sure her hands were looking pretty when she showed off her ring!). From the Spa we headed to Downtown Seattle and went to Starbucks so she could begin calling friends and family and sharing the exciting news with them. After an hour or so at Starbucks we headed to Pike’s Market to buy some flowers to bring back to her parents.

At 5:30, we left Seattle so we could make it back to Girl Ninja’s house for dinner plans with her family. Little did she know, there was more suprises to come!!!! We arrived to her house at 6:00 sharp to be welcomed by 40 of our closest friends and family. Getting to share the most exciting day in our lives with those closest to us truly amazing. I could tell that Girl Ninja was a little sad that one of her best friends, who lives in New Mexico, was not at the party. We mingled with our friends for about 15 minutes, before I pulled out my last surprise…. I had secretly flown her friend up to Seattle to be there for our celebration. I called for Girl Ninja’s attention and at the site of her best friend, tears and screams rang out.

The ring, with freshly painted nails, and our engagement cupcake!

We partied hard for a couple hours and overall had an amazing day. Here were my favorite parts…

1) Surprising Girl Ninja with a ring

2) Surprising her with lunch with her parents

3) Throwing a suprise party for us, when she thought we were just having dinner with her family

4) Flying her best friend up to Seattle to share in our special day

If you can’t tell I am a big fan of surprises and wanted to do as much as I could to let Girl Ninja know I love her. I can not believe I get to spend the rest of my life with such an amazing woman. The Lord has truly blessed me and for that I am thankful.

Thank you to all who have sent congratulatory comments and tweets. I have shared each and every one of them with Girl Ninja. I may not know any of you, but they still mean a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

p.s. About six months ago I blogged about how I sold my motorcycle…that was to subsidize part of the cost of the diamond ๐Ÿ™‚

Going back to college

I have some exciting news. Girl Ninja and I are going back to college. Well actually, we never left ;). No, I’m not talking about literal college, but college habits. You know, the days of Top Ramen, Hot Pockets, and smelling your clothes to see if they are clean enough to wear? Here are a few of the habits old habits Girl Ninja and I are reppin’…

Plastic Storage Bins:

Once we own a home, we will invest in some nice closet organization systems, but until that day comes we are rocking some plastic storage bins. We got ’em underneath the bed, in the closet, and near my desk. Are they tacky? Probably, but they do the job and save us a couple bucks. Who didn’t use plastic bins in college? You know you did!

Water:

Open our fridge any given day and you know what you are gonna see? A big ol Brita filter. I am way too cheap to pay for virtually all beverages (except the occasional white wine that keeps Girl Ninja calm and relaxed). We NEVER buy soda, orange juice, beer, etc. We do buy milk, but only because we put it in our cereal. Don’t know if I’ll ever be able to kick the “water only” diet. It’s good for my body, and great for my budget!

Cereal = Amazing:

How many of you substitute the occasional lunch or dinner meal with a bowl of cereal? This happens for Girl Ninja and I at least once a week, a) because we are super busy b) sometimes we’re lazy and c) let’s just be honest cereal is incredibly delicious and cheap. No better meal substitute than a big bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats.

Now it’s your turn to take a walk down memory lane, and share some of the habits you never let go of after you received your diploma. At what point should we give up the ramen noodles and plastic storage bins?



Businesses you’ve never heard of

Saw this article on Yahoo Finance about million dollar businesses you’ve never heard of and thought it was worth sharing with you all. If you want the full details about each gig you’ll have to click over to the article, but here’s the gist…

1) Geese Police Dogs chase geese off golf course. Revenue: Estimated $2.5 million in 2010

2) Texas Driving Experience – Drive a corvette around a racetrack. Revenue: Estimated $1.8 million in 2010

3) Mabel’s Labels – Durable kid proof labels for kids’ stuff. Revenue: $4 million in 2009

4) Stave Puzzle – Really hard puzzles. Revenue: $2.5 million in 2009

5) Pet Relocation – Relocate any animal from point A to point B. Revenue: Estimated $4 million in 2010

6) Black Socks – Sock subscription (like a magazine subscription) Revenue: $5 million in 2009

7) Sky Zone – Trampoline gym. Revenue: $3 million-plus in 2009

8) DNA 11 – DNA artwork. Revenue: $1.4 million in 2009

9) Murray Associates – Spy stuff. Revenue in 2009: $760,000

10) The Fiero Store – Auto parts for Pontiac Fieros. Revenue: $2 million in 2009

How can you read that article and not feel at least somewhat entrepreneurial? I mean come on, who woulda thought teaching some dogs to chase geese would turn in to a multimillion dollar business? Wanna know what’s even cooler? The start up cost for Geese Police was a measly $3,000. Incredible right!? I’m keeping my fingers crossed Punch Debt In The Face will make it on Yahoo’s list next year ๐Ÿ˜‰ Haha, yeah right.

Here’s your mission today. Drop a line in the comments below with what your dream business would be? It doesn’t matter if you know the business would fail, or if the start up costs are too high. This is hypothetical, so we just get to pretend everything would work out somehow. I’d probably start a cereal bar, much like a Starbucks or a Einsteins Bagels, but with cereal instead (side note: I know there are already such places, but not where I live). You walk up to the counter and take your pick of hundreds of different types of cereal. A bowl would cost $1.50 and you could get any type of milk (or soy product) you wanted to go with it. Maybe I’d call it something cheesy like Seriously Cereal. Ah yes, that would be my dream. What’s yours?

Flipped a coin

I flew to Seattle last night with Girl Ninja so we could be with family and friends during the Christmas holiday (side note: we grew up 15 minutes away from each other in Washington, but didn’t meet until we were both in college in San Diego). During the flight, I was faced with a very difficult decision…

Do I blog or watch Toy Story 3?

Well I flipped a coin, and let’s just say Buzz Lightyear came to my rescue. This means I have no blog post for you today. It’s super late and I’m super tired so I’m just gonna post up one of my favorite YouTube videos (makes me laugh every time) and hope it satisfies your PDITF appetite (you gotta wait til about 40 seconds) ๐Ÿ™‚

If you want to post a link to your favorite video in the comments below I’d love to see it!!!! Have a good Wednesday ya’ll!!!

Insurance agents don’t all suck

I’ve always put insurance agents in the same category as used car salesman. I thought they were all sleazy, creepy, pervy, slimy, (insert negative word here), and just downright awkward. Only selling products that are either overpriced or unnecessary. Turns out, they aren’t ALL as bad as I thought.

One of my wife’s friends (let’s call him Beavis) is an insurance agent. He’s been doing it for about three years now and seems to love it. I never talked much with him about it, though as I didn’t want him to try and sell me a bunch of crap I don’t need. Last month, my car insurance was up for renewal so I decided to shop around a little bit.

I also shot Beavis an email to see if he could get me a better rate (or better coverage for my money) then what I was quoted. I provided him pretty much all the same information I gave to each of the insurance agencies. He got right to it and two days later, I had an email from him with a quote that was $200/year cheaper than anything I could find for myself. Not only was the price/coverage stellar, but it was even with a large national agency, not some small random company!

Intrigued by this whole insurance agent gig, I shot him an email requesting quotes for term life insurance and disability insurance. Sure enough, he got back to me with quotes that were cheaper than, or as good as, what I could find.

Call me crazy, but I’m sold on the idea of going through Beavis for all my insurance needs from now on. I’m really glad/surprised he was, not only able to save me money, but totally changed my view of the insurance game. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m still convinced most agents are as crazy as this guy looks…


What’s your opinion on insurance agents? Have you considered using, or do you use one? Was I wrong to assume insurance agents are like those sleazy used car salespeople?

Have you ever judged an industry or profession before, only to be pleasantly surprised it’s not ALWAYS as bad as you thought it was?