birthday boy

Today is my main squeeze's 28th birthday! Dago is my dream partner, my co-host, my personal stand up comedian, and the best cuddler in this universe and any other you can name. We'll be celebrating our three year anniversary later this month, so I'll save the relationship gushiness for then. It's not secret that I love making lists, so here are my 28 favorite things about the birthday boy.

01. He's the best cat daddy to Contessa.
02. He's not afraid to admit when he's wrong. (see: the Internet pants debacle of 2013)
03. He's a fantastic dresser. We noted the other day that, even though we don't coordinator our outfits, we always look like we go together. Is it bad that it irks me when couples' outfits clash?
04. He loves to laugh more than anything, and he sometimes even laughs at his own jokes.
05. He works harder than anyone, and has more compassion for everyone, which helps him an ideal leader.
06. He'll drop everything, at any time, to take care of his mom. I love their relationship (and her, obvi!).
07. He always makes sure everyone is fed. Tacos, rice, chicken--if you're hungry, he'll deliver.
08. His hair. I mean, let's be honest.
09. He's a master at the grocery store, which is only one level above the post office in my circles of hell.
10. He's 1000% the smartest person I've ever met. When I can't sleep, he tells me about historical events that I missed in history class
11. He loooooves soccer. It's fun to see him excited about something that he can both participate in and be knowledgeable about.
12. Even though he's out of practice, he can still embarrass people on guitar. #ShredwardSolohands
13. He's a sucker for "bad" movies. As picky (borderline pretentious) as he is about music, soccer, podcasts, etc., he doesn't care about Oscar-nominated films as much as he does lesser-rated action, comic book, and comedy flicks.
14. And, he doesn't make fun of me for liking "bad" music.
15. He's a true ally and never believes he's any more worthy of respect or rights than anyone else.
16. He constantly finds cool new things--podcasts, restaurants, bands, articles--that we can enjoy together.
17. He's like a sponge of memes. He's basically my personal Wikipedia when it comes to funny things from the Internet.
18. He loves our alma mater St. Edward's as much as I do. (He even has two degrees from there!)
19. He's an incredibly loyal friend. His two besties have held the same position since 7th grade. Who can say that?
20. He's also the world's most loyal fan. He lives and breathes Chelsea Football Club, and he's emotionally invested in all of the players to the point where he's cried over them on more than one occasion. (Sh! Don't tell!)
21. He appreciates a great meal of breakfast for dinner.
22. His shoe collection is almost as big as mine--and is always growing!
23. He's basically Twitter famous. (Seriously, follow him. You'll learn something, and you'll help him reach 1,000 followers.)
24. He, like me, is a Gemini. It's the best of both worlds!
25. He loves to go on urban adventures (walk around the mall).
26. He's a swell dancer. He even won a dance-off last year!
27. He waits to watch our favorite shows together.
28. Sometimes he falls asleep watching Vine and the video will just keep looping until I wake him up. It makes me laugh every time, and I fall in love with him all over again.

Happy birthday, bae! Everybody go wish him a happy birthday in the comments or on Twitter!


  1. I want to give you claps for saying bae perfectly! Also happy birthday to your man!

  2. he sounds just phenom (obvi he is because you're dating him.) It seems like overall, there is just a great amount of respect between the two of you, and I love that! Even though you have some different & overlapping tastes, it sounds like he really lets you like your things! Happy happy birthday Dago! I hope you both have a wonderful day of celebrating!!

    ♥ perfectly Priya

  3. You two are the cutest. I love reading the posts on your relationship! Hope he has a wonderful birthday!
    The Blushing Dreamer

  4. Any guy who enjoys breakfast for dinner is a keeper ;)


  5. Happy birthday, Dago! Although, he's a Chelsea fan so ... hmmm. My husband is also a soccer nut, but he supports Man U, and I think I'm legally required to do the same, like, I'm pretty sure it was written somewhere in our wedding vows ;)

  6. haha, i actually, purposely, chose to be a Swansea fan because i didn't feel like jumping on his bandwagon. however, i am definitely a secret chelsea fan and i have a lot of love for the individual players. i do not love man u. more like man booooo amirite? (jaykay can we still be friends....?)

  7. Lol! Totes ... we just won't tell my husband.
    Actually, his best bud is a Chelsea fan, and they bust each other's chops constantly. Male bonding, huh.

  8. Happy Birthday Dago.

    This is like, the sweetest thing.

  9. This is so cute!! Happy birthday, Dago!

  10. This is such a sweet post Nicole. Happy birthday Dago!!

  11. Aww, that's so sweet, Nicole! I'm so happy that you found this wonderful man who treats you right. You deserve all of the happiness, and having a supportive, steady partner is so helpful as you grow and try new things and figure out what all you want in life. I love listening to you both on the pod and hearing about your little adventures. Happy birthday, Dago!


  12. you and dago are totes presh.

  13. Happy belated birthday to Dago! You guys are seriously the cutest.

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

  14. Happy (super belated) birthday to Dago! I love seeing the two of you interact on Twitter, and your bantering on BFD cracks me up. I think it's awesome that you've found each other and are so happy together!!


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