best birthday ever


A few days ago I wrote about one of the worst things about being in a long distance relationship - being apart on special occasions... like birthdays.

Well, one of the best things about long distance relationships is definitely surprise visits! I was gobsmacked on Wednesday evening when my boyfriend turned up at my birthday dinner unannounced. Talk about best birthday (and boyfriend) ever.

Two of my closest friends and a couple of other colleagues were in on the secret and managed to keep it from me all day. This is even despite my questionable mood in the afternoon when a package he'd told me would arrive at work failed to show up and his phone was going straight to voicemail. Turns out there was no package and he was, of course, on the plane when I was trying to get in touch with him. 

He's returned to Brisbane today but with a date in mind for my move north I'm more optimistic than ever for our future together (there wasn't even tears at the airport this time!). 

Obviously setting the date has automatically changed the conversation in our relationship. Instead of talking about 'when' as this vague date that would arrive sometime in the future, we now have a time line and the reality of the logistics of the move are starting to set in.

Should I bring my the fridge? Do we really need two sets of kitchen stuff? Should I put some of my stuff in storage or just sell it? These are questions that face every couple moving in together - not just long distance couples and certainly not just my boyfriend and I. 

The other thing I'm mindful of is that I have lived alone for close to eight years now so sharing a space with someone else full-time - no matter how much I love him - will be an adjustment. But all signs so far are good.

At the start of our relationship we actually lived in the same city for a few months while he was here for work, we've holidayed together and I've spent quite a bit of time in his home up north so it won't be a complete shock to the system when it all becomes official.

I'm sure, like any couple moving in together, there will be an adjustment period but I truly think that if we're both aware and prepared for it (which we are), we'll come out the other side unscathed.

The truth is I can't wait to get up there and start making plans for our future together. There is truly nothing better than being with the person you love on your birthday and I will always be thankful to him for making the effort to make my day one that will surely be in my memory forever.

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