By dankempster 8 Comments
My girlfriend is a pretty amazing woman.We've been together for just over a year now, and things continue to be awesome between us. To be honest, that kind of surprises me at times. While we share a lot of common interests, we're also pretty different in a lot of ways. Yet we seldom argue. Part of what I think makes us so great is the way we've grown to accommodate each other's various interests over the last thirteen months. For example, she likes alternative music, but I prefer rock music. To compromise, when we listen to music together in our flat, I play my more alternative stuff and she plays her rockier stuff. She doesn't like fish, which I love. Our agreement regarding that is that I get to keep a stash of fish fingers at the back of the freezer in case I ever fancy a fish finger sandwich. It's a system that has served us both pretty well so far.
One of the areas where we seem to have reached a particularly great understanding is the realm of video games. As you can probably tell from my presence here, I'm quite partial to the occasional bit of gaming. My girlfriend, on the other hand, had no interest in games before I met her. Our understanding is that I try and stick to playing games when she isn't around, or is busy, so she doesn't feel like I'm putting the games first (not that I ever would). In spite of this, she's become involved in my video game habit on multiple occasions, and has gone as far as to buy herself a DS along with Animal Crossing: Wild World and Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise, the latter of which has rapidly become her favourite way of passing the occasional boring half-hour. Sometimes we'll even sit down and play together for a while. It's great that I've found a way to share at least one of my favourite pastimes with her (converting her to cricket might prove to be a tad more difficult, though).
Anyway, on to the reason why I felt compelled to blog about this. Yesterday, my girlfriend went into town. She's had a microdermal piercing done on her right hand and had to get it checked to make sure it wasn't infected or anything. I couldn't go with her, because I was busy with University readings and whatnot. She returned from town with a number of bags. Most were full of hair products, but one was a bag from GAME. Out of it, she produced a copy of Borderlands. I was stunned. Apparently she'd heard me talking about it a few weeks ago, and just decided to buy it for me as a gift. No ulterior motive. No special occasion. She'd just decided to buy me Borderlands. After a thankful embrace and a stern telling-off for spending so much money on me, I popped it up on my game shelf and vowed to start playing it as soon as I'm done with Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (which I suspect I will be in the not-too-distant future - expect a blog about that).
So I reiterate: my girlfriend is a pretty amazing woman. So thanks, Karen. Not just for the simple act of buying me Borderlands, but for knowing me so well, and for encouraging me to pursue the things that I enjoy. There's nobody I'd rather be with, and I'm hoping more than ever that we can co-op our way through Dead Space 2 when it comes out at the end of the year.
Currently playing - Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (X360)