April 27, 2011

Q&A with ME!

Q. Love your blog, I've always wondered how the ladies behind the men dealt with hockey. What teams has TJ played for in the states and other countries, whether it be in the AHL or NHL, etc? 
A. Thank you for the compliment! :) To answer your question, TJ signed with the San Jose Sharks in 2007, and played with their AHL affiliate in Worcester, Massachusetts from 2007-2009. He signed with the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the 2009-2010 season and played with their ECHL affiliate in Wheeling, West Virginia. This past season he played in the 2nd Bundesliga in Hannover, Germany.

Q. Have you and some of the other girls taken "road trips" to see the guys play and if so what arenas and what were your reaction to them? I know from my roadies in the AHL some arenas had some upsides and downsides. 
A. We were very lucky while playing in Massachusetts because Worcester is centrally located in the Eastern Division of the American League. I didn't travel often or go to many away games, but I have been to Manchester, Lowell, Providence, and Springfield. My favorite arena by far is Manchester - it has a fantastic atmosphere.

Q. What places have you lived in the states and other countries? 
A.  We have lived in Worcester, Massachusetts, Wheeling, West Virginia, and Hannover, Germany.

Q. What drew you into the world of hockey? Was it seeing a game or from dating TJ?
A. TJ and I actually met because of hockey. I was dancing for an indoor football team that played in the same arena as his hockey team, and we met through teammates on our respective teams. It is kind of something that just happened. TJ says I can say this only because "it's my blog"...but I'm honestly not even interested in hockey. I don't have a favorite team and I have asked TJ more times than I should things like "What's offsides again?", "How do you know when to get off the ice?" and "Whats the blue line for?" My roll in his hockey career is to provide him with positive support...so it's probably best that I don't know too much about the game or have an interest solely in hockey itself. 

Q. How did TJ pop the question?
A. Ah! Something that I haven't talked about on my blog before! Welp, it was mid morning on August 4th and my eight year old brother had just begged me to bring him to Dunkin' Donuts to buy him a dozen donuts because he had his first football weigh in the next day and he had to "make weight." (I include this part in the story solely because it's silly) When I returned home from DoubleD's I got out of the car with my wallet, keys, cell phone, and iced coffee skillfully balanced on the twelve pack of doughnuts. TJ opened the door to let Brutus out and yelled "BRUTUS, GO GET YOUR MOMMY!!" and I honestly got a little agitated at my fiance-to-be because I had a balancing act going on and had a 70 pound bull running at me...until I noticed something veryyyy shiny on my little bullogs collar. At this point I dropped the dozen donuts (just kidding, I added that part for irony) TJ dropped to one knee, took the ring off of Brutus' collar and asked me to marry him. I said yes, obviously ;)

Q. My question is this: When was the moment when you first knew you loved your fiance? Or even when was the first time you said I love you to each other. I know this may be too personal (and you don't have to answer if you don't want!), but I love hearing those kinds of stories! Thank you!
A. Oh no, this isn't too personal of a question at all - I just wish I  knew the answer for you! I didn't experience one of those 'OMG I just met the man I'm going to marry" or "love at first sight" moments. I kept a guard up for a while for all of the reasons that a girl would be weary of falling for a hockey player - our relationship definitely developed and evolved over time. We got an apartment together eleven months after we 'officially' began dating, and said 'I love you' at some point in between - but I'm certain that love wasn't anywhere near what I feel for him today. :)

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  1. I love the engagement story! Very cute! Congrats!

  2. Wow I to loved the engagement story! Thank you soooo much for answering my questions! I have been to all those arenas lowell being my home own but minus providence. Manchester is nuts especially against their rivals lowell being their biggest (45 min drive) I apologize if I boo'd TJ when he played for the sharks lol. Thank you!

  3. @atats - Hahaha well thank you :)

    @Tanya - LOL, well, it's not entirely romantic, but it's totally US! Lowell has a great arena too..I've been there once and I remember there being some yummy food vendors. No worries, I boo him sometimes too...jk ;)

  4. Awwwwww ... this was adorable! Can't wait for more.

  5. You are so cute, love this! What a fun idea :) Your proposal story is really cute too. I love that Brutus was a part of it. He would have felt left out if not, haha.

  6. Aww how cute!!!! You two sound pretty perfect together :-)

  7. I love the engagement story! Very similar to how my fiancée proposed to me! Very cute blog idea!

  8. Yeahhh Manchester! I'm from NH and have been to tons of Monarchs games. Love it!


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