Friday, May 4, 2012
We met Emily and Dan Kastner on St. Patricks Day, so we figured the green wall was appropriate. We met up at Zingerman's for a blind double date. I think it's safe to say we all hit it off from the start. Lots of laughs—these two have some great stories, many which revolve around their adorable little boy Jack. They are a self proclaimed "stay at home family" (Which is my dream!) from Kalamazoo, Michigan (Yay!). Emily writes and bakes for her yummy blog Tar-Tryin' and Dan runs an online moped shop (another link here) and makes lots of coffee.
Thank you Emily + Dan for being a part of My Better Half!
1. His degree is in ceramics and metalsmithing. (I wish he had time to make me more ceramics!)
2. He broke both of his arms when I was pregnant.
3. Has a real weakness for Thai peanut curry noodles.
1. She makes the most amazing croissants.
2. Gets very excited to point out when clouds sit on the horizon and can be mistaken for mountains.
3. She's a great writer—even birthday cards and notes are the best.
Dan owned an adorable coffee shop here in Kalamazoo, the Rocketstar Cafe. I was in my last year of college and would pass by on my way to and from class. After a few visits, my roommate and I both had crushes on him, and we found that we were heading into the shop more (and more!) frequently. Months of visiting him at the Rocketstar with nothing more than bashful, flirty small talk passed. Dan insists this was because one of his employees was interested in me. Seeking an end to conversations of "Should I just ask him to dinner or something?" my roommate finally took the initiative for me. She threw me a small surprise birthday party and had invited him! He couldn't come, so he gave his phone number to her to give to me. She made a big to-do about the birthday card she was giving me, and made everyone watch me open it. Since we'd been jokingly competing for him, the inside fo the card read, "Happy Birthday—you owe me big!" and it had a post-it note that he'd written his number on. I literally almost threw up, couldn't stop giggling, and I turned every shade of red. I was so embarrassed, I resolved to never call or go back to his coffee shop, and ended up stopping by the coffee shop that night. In November we'll have been together for eight years and married five.
The lesson here: Stalking people pays off. Just kidding, don't stalk people! The real lesson is be quietly persistent. Nope. I don't know what the lesson is.
Thanks Emily + Dan for being a part of My Better Half!
Photos by Amanda Jane Jones
Midwest is Best t-shirt from Megan Lee Designs.