Author

Laura

Browsing

About a week ago, we were lucky enough to be invited for a cider talk and tasting, as well as making pizzas (!!!) with some fellow Brum bloggers, at The Stable in Birmingham. We were really excited as we’ve visited The Stable before, for their pre-opening celebration as well as a few more recent delicious dinners out, and also because making our own pizzas sounded so much fun!

Today Sarah and I have been together for seven years!!

Seven isn’t necessarily a significant number, and with all that has been going on here lately it is passing without the biggest of celebrations, but I wanted to take a moment to recognise it.

Seven seems like a really long time. It’s well over half a decade of love, laughs and adventures (and of course the occasional argument). Soon it will be in double digits, and I can’t believe how quickly it is going. But I guess they say time flies when you are having fun!

So, in honour of the day, I thought I’d list my 7 favourite things about Sarah at this moment in time:
1. She makes me laugh with her wit and silliness, which always puts a smile on my face
2. She is the smartest person I know, both with her random fact knowledge and her
3. Her eyes – they are big, beautiful and always convey her inner feelings
4. She is so generous – always going above and beyond to make me feel special, doing chores that I don’t want to, and making my life even better in so many ways
5. The. Best. Cuddles.
6. I love how much she loves Bisbee, and seeing how amazing and protective and loving she is with her makes me so excited for the future
7. She is truly my other half. The first person I tell good news to, who I run to for comfort, who I want to travel with and cook for and make smile every day

And now, a highlight photo from each of our seven years together. Here’s to many, many more!!

Today Sarah and I have been together for seven years!!

Seven isn’t necessarily a significant number, and with all that has been going on here lately it is passing without the biggest of celebrations, but I wanted to take a moment to recognise it.

Seven seems like a really long time. It’s well over half a decade of love, laughs and adventures (and of course the occasional argument). Soon it will be in double digits, and I can’t believe how quickly it is going. But I guess they say time flies when you are having fun!

So, in honour of the day, I thought I’d list my 7 favourite things about Sarah at this moment in time:

Happy Monday everyone!

We say happy, because here in the UK the SUN is shining! And has been all weekend! Hell, it was even warm enough today for Sarah and me to meet halfway between our works for a sunny lunchtime tanning and cuddles session! (sounds great, right?) – we hope you’re enjoying June wherever you are!

Before we get onto today’s topic, we need to also give a little shout out to the marriage equality debate in the House of Lords at the moment. Think positive thoughts everyone, okay? It’s amazing how close we are to being able to be legally married in the UK!

I have worked at my new place for 5 months now – wow, didn’t that time fly?

I love it there, its hard work, but the team are great, I’m good at my job, and the company is really good to its employees. I must say though, there is one obstacle I didn’t expect to have to overcome at my new role – I’ve been trying to ‘come out’ at work for months.

As I’ve always worked with Sarah, it was very easy to come out – people would see us together and assume, or be told by someone else because inter-office romances are hot gossip, gay or straight. But in an office with no Sarah in sight *sob*, it is just not that easy to get it through to people that I have a girlfriend.

(A day in our lives when we worked together – simpler times!)

It’s not for lack of trying – I refer to my ‘girlfriend’ all the time. Probably partially because I’m American, people assume that I refer to my good female friends that way. No matter what scenario I put my ‘girl friend’ and I in.
‘I’m taking my girlfriend to New York City for her 29th birthday’ ‘Oh wow, you’re a really great friend’
‘My girlfriend and I have worked at 4 different jobs together, we always try to get jobs at the same place’ ‘How funny, you follow each other around!’
‘My girlfriend and I are going to Thailand on holiday’ ‘You must be really close to spend that much time together!’
We are…. really close.

I have found I have to focus on one person at a time in my office, to tell them that my girlfriend is not of the friend variety, then move on to the next – without standing on the desk and yelling ‘I’M A BIG GAY’ or wearing a hat that says ‘Ask me about my lesbian relationship’. I even tried (unsuccessfully) to start a rumor about myself. However, I’d only successfully managed to come out to two people during my employment…. until today.

Then these came into my life.

These beautiful red long stemmed roses were delivered, from Sarah, to my work this afternoon. It was a wonderful surprise – I’m truly the luckiest girl in the world!! When I came back into my office sheepishly carrying the roses with an inane grin on my face, everyone looked up.

‘Oh, Laura, who are those from?’ ‘What are those for?’ ‘Oh my god they are so beautiful!!’

HR offices love flowers.

So then I did it. I took my moment in the sun. ‘They are from my girlfriend!’ Surely they couldn’t think my platonic girl friend would surprise me with a dozen roses? This would be a really weird friendship.

Thank god, one of my colleagues said loudly ‘SO ROMANTIC!’ – half sarcastically, but I’ll take it!

Another colleague said ‘I think you’re the envy of everyone in the room right now!’

And with that, I was out.

*Small victory dance*

Or, awkward jazz hands in the Blue Mountains. Your choice.

I know, it was a lot of lead up for not a very dramatic story, but it feels so good haha!

Even better, one of my favourite colleagues wasn’t there – so when I went to leave with my flowers, she again asked who they were from. I got to actually tell her about Sarah, and our relationship – in the middle of the office, so everyone heard how amazing she is, and that we’ve been together almost 4 years.

I gots ma’self a girlfriend

Especially as we are both quite femme, coming out every day is just part of being together, and not at all something I have a problem with – for the time being, until the public is more educated not to assume people who look like them are always straight, we will keep opening their eyes. But it is a relief to not struggle to come out to the people I spend 8-10 hours per day with – lets hope I don’t have to change jobs again for awhile!

How did you come out at work/school? Was it as painful as I made it, or was it simple, and how did your peers react?