Thursday, October 28, 2010

The 10-years-together anniversary meme

I read an article recently which said that the longer a couple are married, the less they know about each other’s doings and thoughts. Which - because Pete and I have been married for 8 years, with the 10th anniversary of the day we met being 26th Oct - led me to reflect on us as a couple.

I probably know more about Pete and his family than he does about mine – but it’s easy for me because he has only one brother and no cousins to speak of, and nobody he really meets on his dad’s side. I know more about my MIL’s family, partly because she has more family than my FIL, but mainly because I’ve been told about them and met some of them... whereas I have two siblings and more uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces on both sides of the family to populate a small town in the UK. This, coupled with the difficult-for-Pete-to-remember names as well as the multiple Kumars and Radhas and Sujathas and Hemas (to mention just a few names) who are part of the extended family, makes it pretty hard for Pete to keep track of them. I do catechise him on the main members of the family off and on, just to keep him on his toes, and I have to say he does pretty creditably, considering.

The list of questions which were posed to the couples (in the article) was given at the end of the piece, so I decided to hijack them and answer them – and I got Pete to do so as well.

What is your partner’s favourite way to eat an egg?
My answer: Poached, on toast (Correct)
Pete’s answer: With me (Correct).

What is your partner’s favourite city?
My answer: Dublin (Correct)
Pete’s answer: New York (Correct).

Who, given the sole choice, would your partner invite round to dinner?
My answer: My mother (Correct).
Pete’s answer: Me. (hmmm.... oh ok, Correct) :)

What part of your partner is she/he most embarrassed about?
My answer: Stubby fingers (Unconfirmed, unless "hmmm" means something)
Pete's answer: Smelly armpits (Wrong!) (No further clarifications, sorry) (His explanation: IF your armpits were smelly, which they are not, you would be embarrassed.)

Your partner wins a sizeable sum – how would they spend it?
My answer: Buying enough speakers, amps, and other such items to wire every Glastonbury concert for sound and light. (Wrong! Correct answer: Travelling with me. Pete's explanation: I have enough stuff to keep me knackered!)
Pete's answer: On me. (Hmmm.....)

What animal is your partner most scared of?
My answer: Spiders. (Correct.)
Pete's answer: Spiders - not animals, but still. (Correct)

What would be your partner’s favourite job, other than the one they are doing now?
My answer: Being a sound engineer for large music festivals. (Wrong! Again! Arrrgh! Pete's clarification: Would not want to do it as a job … Fantasy job yes but not for real)
Pete's answer: Looking after me. (Correct. Perhaps I should have said Wrong. Is he beginning to sound just a teeeeeeeeeeny bit complacent?)


Achala said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Pete! Wishing you both the best life brings! :)

(Not sure if I've commented here before - *de-lurk alert* anyway!)

Shyam said...

Hi Achala

Thank you for delurking and for your wishes :)

Anu said...

Happy Anniversary.

Enjoyed reading your answers!

Kamini said...

That was fun! I should try this with my husband - let's see who does the smirking!!
Happy anniversary to both of you, even if it's not an "official" one.

Uttara said...

Happy Anniversary again!
I love Pete's confidence!

Shyam said...

Anu: Thanks :)

Kamini: Tell me how you both scored! :)

Uttara: Thanks... although I'm not sure if it's confidence or complacence on his part. :)

uttara said...

No ya, it's good he knows that you love him a lot!

brinda said...

Pete, as I have said a few times before, is a total sweetie :-) happy anniversary!

Shyam said...

Brinda! This bias towards Pete is unfair. You knew me first! :( Thanks for the wishes. :) Btw, Pete's grinning so smugly it's unbearable.

ummon said...

such a cute meme. i'm gonna do this... 12th year running. and man doesn't know much about me :)