(On a side-note totally unrelated to this topic in particular: our film strip from the photo booth at our wedding is still one of my favorite things to look back on and mementos overall from that day. Tim carries one copy with him in his wallet and I have the other in our scrapbook holding them all from that night, and it was a beautifully “real” and hilarious way to capture our friends and loved ones. If you are getting married and are looking for ideas, please heed my suggestion – ALWAYS GO WITH THE PHOTO BOOTH!)
Tim has been my single most consistent (non-related) friend for the past 5 years of my life now. We’ve quite literally grown up over those years together. We endured high school and what little bit of college we both went on to, and have now taken on married life hand-in-hand. He’s supported me in any and all of my endeavors then, and continues to now – a quality I’ve always admired and been grateful to him for. In keeping up with that, it came as no surprise to me when I first discussed the idea of starting my own blog that he was immediately on board and dove into the endless wonders it could do for me. Today’s post is unlike any I’ve attempted before, but combining my two lifelong loves of my husband and writing seemed inevitable to say the least. I’m going to be picking his brain on the good, the bad, and the ugly – or, at the very least, the serious, the silly, and whatever else we may come across. My own personal thoughts, remarks, and overall input will be italicized. Any inappropriate responses may have been omitted to maintain a G-rating. The following questions are a compilation of my own creation and others I’ve gathered elsewhere.
1. What is the name of my blog? Why did I pick that?
Life of Lawry, because it’s something we came up with together and follows our life together. Also, it’s your hashtag. (The hashtag came after the blog was created to keep my posts relatively linked on other social media platforms, but I guess I can see why he’d think that.)
2. Can you tell me a little about yourself? Something(s) my readers might not know about you already?
I’m a 20-year-old who’s madly in love with his wife and I love what I do. I love being a Marine. I love my truck. I have an excessive amount of love for my dogs. I love Kentucky basketball. I hate North Carolina. I hate everything about North Carolina. That’s pretty much it.
3. What’s an important quality you look for in those you surround yourself with? What’s a quality in others you tend to avoid?
I try and surround myself with all-around good people, for the most part. And I try to avoid people who are “sketchy”. That literally tends to be 95% of people. I am like your father in that aspect; I have a group and I tend to stick to that group.
I will never not love when he makes references and includes anything pertaining to my dad. I absolutely adore my two Tims.
4. If you had to describe your life in one word, what would it be?
5. Describe your perfect day, start to finish.
My perfect day, start to finish, would be where I wake up next to you and go to sleep next to you.
What happens in between?
It don’t matter. As long as I’m with you.
6. Given the choice, would you rather restart your life from the very beginning or continue forward living from where you are now? Why?
Continue moving forward. I’d have to say I’ve made mistakes in my life, but I’ve learned and I’ve lived as a result of them. And it really doesn’t get any better than that.
7. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Dog person, because cats are little bastards and there’s no better feeling than coming home after being away for so long to a happy greeting from my dogs. Cats don’t do that shit – like I said, they’re little bastards.
Agree. Agree with this so hard.
8. Are there any parts of being an average, unmarried 20-year-old not in the military that you miss? Would you go back to any of those, given the option?
I mean, I can’t really say what examples there would be because I was never a 20-year-old, unmarried and not in the military because I was never 20 and not in a serious relationship. So, I don’t know what being 20 and single was like, so I can’t really say what I miss about it. Do you know what I mean?
I do, but you know exactly what I meant. Do you ever wish you weren’t in any of those things?
No. Because I’m happy with where my life is. I wouldn’t trade anything.
9. What is your favorite part of being married? Your least favorite?
My favorite part of being married is getting to call you my wife. And my least favorite part of being married is not getting to be with you because we’ve been away from each other a majority of the time we’ve been married.
10. Would you rather be too hot or too cold?
11. What jewelry do I wear on a daily basis?
The rings I got you; your wedding set and the ring I gave you from Parris Island. Your boot band bracelet and the Marine Corps Alex & Ani one I got you.
12. You’ve accomplished so much in a short amount of time, and at a very young age. What is your next major milestone accomplishment(s) you have your sights set on? What are some smaller goals you have, both short- and long-term?
Short-term: To get promoted, to get the duty station that I want.
Long-term: Have a family at some point, hit sergeant in my first enlistment in the Marine Corps, get a house with you.
13. Who is someone you look up to, or aspire to be like? The first person that comes to your mind when you hear the term ‘role model’, if anyone?
SSgt Nunez, my heavy hat, because he’s not only a squared-away Marine, but he knows how to balance out being a Marine and being a human being, which sometimes can be hard to do.
14. What is your guilty pleasure? (Keep it PG.)
My guilty pleasure is Taylor Swift. Because no one knows that I went to her concert dressed as a shower and danced like a jackass and that I have all of her albums on my phone.
15. What are the best pieces of advice you’ve ever received? Marital, military-related, and overall?
Marital: People told me to always be as good of a husband and partner as I possibly can be. No matter what the situation or circumstance, to always try my best to make you smile. And to always be there for you in any and every way that I possibly can be.
Military-related: What SSgt Nunez told us at Parris Island; to never let you forget that I am married to you, even though it’s going to sometimes seem like I’m married to the Marine Corps more.
Overall: Live life to the fullest.
16. You have to give up one for the rest of your life: Mountain Dew, cigarettes, or sleeping in ever again.
Sleeping in ever again. I enjoy Mountain Dew and cigarettes far too much to ever give those up, and being in the Marine Corps, I rarely get to sleep in as it is.
17. What’s one fact about yourself not many people may know?
I went hardcore girl-status and made you a scrapbook as an anniversary present once.
And it was honestly one of my favorite gifts to date.