5 Years of Shane Life

I’m still Brian Fellow!

Five years ago, I started this blog with a simple Blogspot account and an innocuous post titled “I’m Brian Fellow!” At the time, I was working at Perceptive Software and my buddy Kevin and I used to laugh constantly at this skit. It always makes me laugh.

In that post, I stated the following, in an attempt to introduce myself to the blogodome:

Things I like:

  • hanging with my wife and dog
  • movies
  • music (I really really like my iPod + iTunes)
  • Chipotle burritos
  • the TV show “Alias” – the best show EVER
  • Apple computers
  • most EA Sports video games for PS2
  • poker (only recently really, but I like it a lot)
  • reading (but only sometimes)
  • cheeseburgers
  • Mountain Dew (most forms, though I have yet to try the new black kind)
  • The Chiefs

Things I dislike:

  • ignorance
  • people who drive with their lights on during the day
  • temperatures over 85 degrees
  • people who don’t vote because “one vote doesn’t make a difference”
  • pants other than jeans
  • old navy t-shirts (they are too short for my long torso)
  • the general refusal of PC users to accept the Firewire interface, favoring USB (for some god-forsaken reason) over it

I’m a generally happy guy. But I’m opinionated and when I think a certain way…I’ll tell you. Just FYI.

Most of this is still true.

Sure, “Alias” isn’t on the air anymore. And it definitely went downhill in its later years. I rarely play my PS2 anymore (although I might play a Wii if I had one with Beatles Rock Band. I still dislike ignorance and temperatures above 85 degrees (which makes the glorious weather in KC all the more…um…glorious). And while I would prefer to wear jeans everyday, I don’t, since I can’t really. At least not currently. Old Navy did something to their T-shirts and they fit better now. And I’m totally over the Firewire/USB thing.

But not really.

So it’s been five years since I started blogging. Not much has changed about me. I’ve always treated this blog as an extension of my real life and I hope that it is reflected in my writing and when people meet me.

I can’t believe it. 863 posts in 38 categories with 1,164 tags and 2,182 comments. Thanks for reading. I will keep writing and I don’t intend to stop anytime soon.

The Next 8 Years

Now that our official anniversary is over, I wanted to just take a quick crack at what the next 8 years might bring…

  1. A trip to Hawaii to celebrate our 10-year anniversary.
  2. A trip back to Europe – at least to revisit Paris and Venice and check out new places like Prague, Germany and London.
  3. New cars. I somehow don’t think that our cars are going to make it another 8 years (as much as we’d like them to).
  4. New careers, although that one might just be for me…we’ll see what happens.
  5. You finally getting recognized for the brilliant artist that you are.
  6. Welcoming more nieces and nephews into the world.
  7. I hope that we get to counsel and marry more couples…I’ve had a blast doing that with you.
  8. Changes to our house – new carpet, landscaping and more!
  9. I predict that in the next 8 years that blogging will fall by the wayside somehow. It’s totally jumped the shark (or nuked the fridge, whichever you prefer).
  10. And much much more awesomeness…

I’m constantly questioning whether our lives can get better – whether we can be more insanely happy than we already are – and I’m always amazed that we manage to be happier and more blessed. I can’t imagine the next 8 years being better than these first 8 have been, but I’m going to expect the best because I’ve yet to be disappointed.

Love you.

Happy Anniversary Alli

5 years ago today, Alli and I pledged our lives to each other. The day was perfect, the service was perfect, everything was perfect (it was a bit hot, but who’s complaining?).

Now, 5 years along, my love for my wife grows every day. She is my best friend, the one that I lean on when things are rough, the one I count on for support, and the one that I can’t sleep without.

So today, on the 5-year anniversary of our marriage, I dedicate this post to my wife. Here’s some stuff about her you might not know:

  1. She is a sucker for a good love story.
  2. If she could have Chipotle every day, she would.
  3. Her love for Chipotle is only eclipsed by her love for chocolate (and me, of course).
  4. She is a talented artist, designer, dancer, friend, sibling, daughter, and wife.
  5. She once had a hole the size of a quarter in her upper lip when she got hit by a golf ball while working as one of those beverage cart girls. Subsequently, the management company now requires all beverage carts to have protective plexiglass (woulda been nice to think of that BEFORE!).
  6. She has been to the hospital TWO consecutive summers for issues that are still not entirely explained to us by doctors.
  7. She can sleep anywhere.
  8. She makes KILLER bean burritos.
  9. She is a semi-vegetarian, but doesn’t really like vegetables.
  10. Her favorite type of food is Mexican (without question).
  11. Her favorite artist is Georgia O’Keeffe.
  12. Her favorite musician is Sarah McLachlan.
  13. Her favorite actress is Gwyneth Paltrow.
  14. She was a dancer in high school, college, and professionally…EVEN THOUGH she never had any professional training (she was good, too).
  15. She has beautiful eyes.
  16. She could easily be an interior decorator.
  17. She likes coffee (I hate it), but not necessarily to wake herself up…it’s more about the experience of drinking the coffee than it is about the liquid itself.
  18. She has no idea how much I love her.

OK, so that was fun. Now, since it is our 5-year anniversary, I’m going to share 5 of my favorite memories with Alli (in chronological order, not a complete list):

  1. Our Kansas City vacation that we took during finals week at Graceland where I kidnapped you and we went out on the Plaza.
  2. Our kiss after we saw the movie Great Expectations.
  3. Our wedding. As I mentioned before, there’s really nothing I would change about that day. It was so wonderful and memorable and five years later, it is still fresh in my mind.
  4. The night we decided to paint the basement at 8p.m. and stayed up late all weekend finishing it. That was fun.
  5. Our trip to Santa Fe ranks very high on the list. What a better way to celebrate our 5-year anniversary than with a terrific relaxing trip!

Happy Anniversary, honey! I love being married to you and I look forward to making many many more memories.