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the guy behind the blog {volume three}

1 // Has Starbucks ever spelled your name wrong on a cup? If yes, what's the craziest way that someone has spelled it?
Mr. Monaco: I am one of those weird ones that don’t drink coffee. It’s even more weird that I really like the smell of coffee, but the taste is just too bitter for me. Plus, I think it would be pretty hard to misspell Tim. :) {Mr. Monaco's name has been revealed you all! and in my family, we all have a Starbuck's name- more on this later}
2 // Who would play your wife/fiance/girlfriend in a movie or TV show about your lives? 

Mr. Monaco: This is a tough one because it’s hard finding someone who is as sweet as she is. I would have to say Zooey Deschanel. She would be pretty perfect at “being” Nelle since she’s sweet, has similar fashion as her, and is really funny.
3 // What is your proudest accomplishment? 

Mr. Monaco: One of my proudest accomplishments is building a house with Nelle. We recently (December) signed and we couldn’t be happier. My favorite part about it is building a life for the both of us and seeing her happier than ever. We just bought some outdoor furniture and I could just stand there all day watching her on the back patio so content with life with a book in one hand and a coffee in the other. I know this is just the beginning...
4 // What is your favorite holiday and why? 

Mr. Monaco: The given and cliché answer here is Christmas, but a close second is Independence Day. I am extremely proud to be an American. My dad was in the Vietnam War and instilled the patriotism into me and my siblings. My dad and I have gone to DC many times during Veteran’s Day and I love talking to him about his experiences in the military (the good and the bad). It’s a big part of my life and am thankful for all vets and for their service.
5 // What is your favorite breed of dog?  If you don't have a favorite breed, describe the characteristics of your ideal dog (or cat)!

Mr. Monaco: Four years ago, my answer would have been very different from what it is now. When I met Nelle, she had a cat (Pierre). I grew up loathing cats because I was allergic to them. When I found out that Nelle had a Himalayan cat, we weren’t sure how the relationship was going to work. Somehow, I was not allergic to him unless his tail brushed across my face, which I made certain wouldn’t happen often. Throughout the years, he became my best boy. I loved it when he would lay on my chest and purr while I was watching t.v. He was such a good guy. Last October, he decided to go for a little stroll outside (he was an inside cat) and I found him on the train tracks. We were crushed. One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was to bury Pierre in the backyard. Luckily, we have such amazing and fond memories of him that keep our hearts warm. 
{i obviously bawled when i read this- it's still so hard- read more about this terrible experience here. it was less than a week before my sister's wedding and we were already mourning the very difficult death of the best man/my brother-in-law's amazing brother on 9.15.14- such dark days- during what is supposed to be a joyous time- but so many messages- over 300 for pierre alone- and endless support when imoh passed. this difficult time taught me a lot about friendships- and i am one lucky lady ♥ have you ever lost a special pet- how did you cope?}
{i am really getting into shadow/shoe walking photos lately! anyone else?}
also, in case you missed 
thank you betsy at heavens to betsy for hosting!
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lastly, tomorrow is our third french press morning
join for some coffee shop exploring 
 
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13 comments:

  1. I was not expecting the pet story to turn like that. So sad :( sorry to hear about your kitty.

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    1. thank you so much- it was heartbreaking!! :( have a great day, elizabeth!

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  2. Thanks for linking up!! Hope you have a great day!!

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  3. What a twist from the fun upbeat answers to such a tragic event... I have lost two pets now and I can't say it ever gets any easier. I am so sorry for your little fur baby.

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    1. yea, it was so hard! thank you so much for your kind words and so sorry for your losses- so sad. have a great day, betsy!

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  4. omg, Nelle! I'm so sad for you guys and your Pierre! I'm so sorry; I cannot imagine. Christian was the same way with cats until he met my Cleo and now they are the best of friends (most days, that is haha). Your Mr. Monaco is SO sweet about you; I can't wait to read the Starbucks names stories! :)

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    1. Thank you so much. they way he went was SO hard. A car would've been better/the train was literally right in front of our house and we had to hear it for another two months. So hard. Thank you so much! love Cleo! and love that Christian is similar. Tim and Pierre were best buds. He looked just like the cat on Meet the Parents and was my dream cat/I had him for nine years. On another note, the Starbuck's names - lol. We are weird- yet it's so fun!

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  5. Sorry for the loss of your cat, we lost ours two years ago and still miss her dearly. I like coffee, but not from Starbucks, weird right? Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you will join us again next Thursday!

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    1. you are welcome- thanks for hosting!! have a great weekend and so sorry for your loss- it's so hard. still so sad.

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  6. What a fun post! I loved hearing about Mr. Monaco!

    So sorry about your cat :( the loss of a pet is so hard.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.

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    1. :) you are so sweet jennifer- thank you so much! love your blog hop and appreciate the love... we miss pierre every day but are grateful for the memories with him ♥ hope your weekend was amazing!

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  7. Such good questions! I had to ask my husband what his answers were! So sorry about your cat. The loss of a pet is never east! :(

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  8. hi katie! and thank you so much :) you should join in on the 'guys behind the blog' if you don't already! thank you for sympathy- it was/is so hard! hope you're feeling well! excited for another update!

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