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My Second Love: Matthew Price

If you are wondering why my husband is my second love and not my first, click here!

Day 13 of the A to Z Challenge is all about my amazing husband, Matthew Price 🙂 (Click here for a full list of topics)

Matt and I

I’ve known my husband for a very long time. We both grew up in a small town (when we were little it only qualified as a village) and, therefore, we went to school with each other. It wasn’t until after both of us had graduated (He is a year younger than me) and we had been out of school for a while that we began to hang out. But before we started hanging out, we both got to experience embarrassment when Matt’s younger brother came into my work and told me that his brother liked me. My face went bright red and my co-worker bugged me for days… Later, Matt told me he was embarrassed as hell too.

On Canada Day in 2007, I sat with Matt while we watched the fireworks next to the lawn of the legislature building in Victoria. Then I asked if everyone wanted to come over to my place after and a few people said yes. Everyone bailed. Except Matt. So we hung out that night and a few more times before I went on a road trip to visit my gramma (That’s how she always signed my birthday and Christmas cards) with my dad. When I got back, we hung out again and then decided to make it official. We were officially boyfriend and girlfriend.

Matt and I - Wedding

Five years, many fights, many make-ups, many cries, and many laughs later, Matt and I got married. Literally five years. On August 1st, 2012, we got married in my parents backyard. It was a great wedding (and everyone was quite tipsy by the end of it. Some more than others :P) and as you will know if you read my last post (the one linked too in the first sentence of this one), we chased Linkin Park around on our honeymoon.

Matt and I - Honeymoon

During the almost 8 years since we first started dating, Matt and I have both been through school, multiple jobs, lived in multiple apartments, gotten pet rats, gotten a dog, and much more. Now Matt has a great job for a company that is awesome and actually cares about their employees, I work at home writing and blogging and cooking and cleaning, and we have awesome pets (one of which is asleep on my lap right now!).

Matt, Isla, and I

Matt is my biggest supporter with my writing and he is the reason that I have the opportunity to stay at home and write as much as I can! He is the reason I went to school to take courses about writing (and other things such as anthropology) and the reason that I feel confident that I will publish books and actually make enough money for it to be a full time endeavour in the future!

I love him more than anything and cannot wait for our 8 year anniversary this summer <3

My First Love: Linkin Park

When I was thirteen years old, I was flipping through the TV channels and stopped when I saw a guy with bright red hair. Sometimes, simple moments like these can change our lives.

Mike Shinoda

Day 12 of the A to Z Challenge is about the band Linkin Park! (Click here for a list of all the topics)

After watching the rest of the One Step Closer music video (because that, of course, is what it was), I realized my great mistake. I forgot to pay attention when it popped up at the end saying who it was! The next few days consisted of me sitting on my bed with my eyes glued to my TV screen, waiting for the video to come back on. It didn’t. But the video for Crawling did! And I recognized them and finally knew that they were called Linkin Park! A week later, I bought the CD Hybrid Theory and that was the end of it. I had a new favourite band.

Hybrid Theory Cover

About 15 years later, I can still say that Linkin Park is my favourite band. I have CD’s, DVD’s, records, t-shirts, a hoodie, bags, guitar picks, a plaque, and more Linkin Park paraphernalia! I have seen them live multiple times. (My freaking honeymoon was a road trip that included following Linkin Park around on tour!) My grade 12 yearbook says I was “most likely to strap herself to the Linkin Park tour bus.” If that doesn’t say it all, I don’t know what does!

I have so many Linkin Park related memories… Like the time at my grade 8 dance that I got pissed off because people suddenly liked Linkin Park after In The End came out. Yes, I got angry. They were mine. No one else was allowed to have them! Or the time I bawled my eyes out the first time I heard Somewhere I Belong. Or when my mom wouldn’t let me have the day off of school to go buy Meteora, so I made her drive into town to buy it and bring it to me at school. Or when I didn’t speak to my parents for a week because they wouldn’t let me go to Vancouver to see them live. But then the next time they came to Vancouver, they let me go, so all is forgiven (I guess…). Or seeing the Pts.OF.Athrty music video for the first time while in a hotel room with a really hurt knee and leaping across the bed, even though it hurt like hell, to turn up the TV.

Or when I met them. In 2004, me and my friend Stephanie went to the Meteora World Tour show in Vancouver. I was in the LPUnderground (their fanclub) and I made Stephanie join as well. We both got into the meet and greet! So we waited in a special line and missed seeing Story of the Year (which kind of sucked…) and part of Hoobastank (which I wasn’t to upset about…) and then we got to MEET FREAKING LINKIN PARK. I got my Linkin Park post card signed and said a few words to each of them (except Rob because the stupid security told me to hurry up… I really wanted to tell him that I was a drummer too!) and then it was over. We walked up the stairs and watched the rest of Hoobastank’s set and I just stood there thinking about how I had met them and it was already over. But then they came out on stage (after P.O.D) and I started crying, so all was well.

Brad and his Awesome Guitar

In 2012, I got married to my amazing husband, Matt. Our honeymoon consisted of a road trip to West Edmonton Mall and then following Linkin Park around Alberta and BC. It was the best. We got to see them 3 times! It would have been 4 times but we skipped the show in Washington because we had run out of money and were sleeping in the car and we were dead tired. It was amazing, and I obviously married the right guy if chasing Linkin Park around got to be my honeymoon!

Mike Shinoda

And more as too why they inspire me… Mike Shinoda is probably one of the hardest working creatives ever! He is basically the glue that holds Linkin Park together and he also has many side projects that he works on. Linkin Park also founded a non-profit called Music for Relief that raises money for disaster relief around the world!

Now I’m just waiting for them to get back in the studio and give me more amazing music! Hurry it up LP!

My Family and Friends

I honestly don’t know what I would do without my friends and family. Cliche, I know, but it is one hundred per cent the truth!

Day 6 of the A to Z Challenge is about my friends and family! (click here for the full list of topics)

Each and every day, I am inspired by my family and friends. Most recently, I have been most inspired by my nephew, Tucker, and his parents.

Tucker

Tucker has hypoplastic left heart syndrome and has already undergone his first heart surgery when he was only a few days old. At six months, he will be having surgery number two, and then at 4 years old, he will have the final surgery to fix his little heart. He has endured more than most adults and he is only 5 months old! And he still has more to come. He inspires me every day. That such a small little baby boy can survive so much and still smile, giggle, and babble just amazes me. I love the little guy so much! And his parents amaze me just as much. They have stayed positive throughout all of this and are two of the strongest people I know.

Many others inspire me. My mom and dad inspire me because they work so hard to provide for themselves and for my brother and I (even though we are both adults now!). They are truly wonderful and they ask me about how my writing is going all the time 🙂

My friends inspire me to have fun and enjoy life. I don’t always need to focus on the future and it honestly becomes hard to do so when I am around my friends. The focus becomes on the present and I love that.

My husband, Matt, inspires me every day, multiple times per day. He is always encouraging my writing and is genuinely excited for/with me whenever anything exciting happens (like the 425 views and 27 votes I have on my Wattpad novel Obsession thus far!) He is giving me the opportunity to focus on my writing career and for that I will forever be grateful. Not only is he super supportive of my writing, but he also knows just what to say or do to pick me up on those days when I feel down. LOVE HIM.

Family is something that is so important to me and I feel like my friends are a part of that. It is not only blood that makes family, that’s for sure. Everyone you meet has an impact on your life, but those that have a positive impact are those you should call family. I love my family. They inspire me, they comfort me, and they are there for me. And I hope they all feel the same way about me!

Family

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