WAFFLES: So Boss, why do we have a giant penny on our wall? How come we don't have a quarter or at least a twenty? You can't even buy a bucket of chicken for that.
KATIE: Waffles, it's not about what the penny will buy.
WAFFLES: Well that's good because I don't think it would fit through the drive thru window.
KATIE: It's about trust. And love. Do you see the date on that penny? It's right behind your ears.
WAFFLES: You mean the two's and O's?
KATIE: It's 2002, Waffles. That's the year Glogirly became Glogirly. When she and Gloman got married.
Gloman took that photo for her a few years ago. He looked through hundreds of pennies to find the perfect one. That's why the penny was the first photo she hung in our new house. She thinks of Gloman every time she looks at it.
WAFFLES: It's kind of orange. Are you sure she doesn't think of me every time she looks at it?
WAFFLES: Despite what you might think, the world (and it's currency) doesn't revolve around you.
Now that our new Colorado house is feeling like home, we thought it was time to answer the question so many of our friends and readers have been asking.
We love Minneapolis. Glogirly has lived there since she was in junior high, she went to college at the University of Minnesota and she met and married the love of her life there. Gloman loves it just as much as she does. He has a very successful business and they have a wonderful son and daughter-in-law who are 100% Katie & Waffles approved.
We also loved our downtown Minneapolis townhouse. If you've been with us for awhile, you probably became accustomed to seeing it in the background of so many of our photos.
Glogirly and Gloman started to think about where they'd like to be someday when they decide to retire. At first they thought they'd never want to leave Minneapolis. They love the city, being able to walk to the grocery store and enjoy the beautiful walking and biking paths along the Mississippi River. For Glogirly, she never really considered moving.
One day after they returned home from visiting with a retirement planner, they started talking about the future. The planner had suggested it's never too early to start browsing different locations and real estate. Gloman had been out to Colorado the previous year on business and had driven through the city of Golden. He remembered looking up at some beautiful homes nestled in the mountains. So he asked, "What about a place in the mountains? Golden, Colorado looks nice." After all, their most favorite vacations have been to the national parks of Colorado, Utah and California.
If you know anything about Glogirly, you know she's always got her laptop at the ready. And she can find just about anything online.
Within about 60 seconds, she found this.
At first it just seemed like a crazy fantasy dream. But she started looking into it deeper. The more she looked, the more she considered, the more she began to think it was a real possibility.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, she and Gloman made a quick trip out to Colorado to see the home. They fell in love... the view nearly took their breath away. So they rolled the dice, placed an offer and got the townhouse on the market the next week. It sold in two days. Next, they found a small apartment in downtown Minneapolis. Since Gloman isn't ready to retire for a few more years, they need a home in both MN and CO.
Over Christmas, they got the apartment set up and shortly after new years, the movers were packing up everything at the townhouse for Colorado.
When Glogirly and Gloman first met, they lived apart for two years. He was in Minnesota and she was in Michigan, so they're no strangers to long-distance love. In fact, it's something they both believe is part of the secret of their success. It forced them to take things slow in the beginning, to really get to know each other. Even when Glogirly moved back to MN, they took their time. Then, five years after they met, they tied the knot.
After much consideration, they decided a long-distance love could work again. Currently, Gloman is based in Minneapolis and Glogirly, Katie & Waffles are all based in Colorado. Gloman flies out to CO about once a month, sometimes for a long weekend, but also for longer vacations and holiday time. Glogirly plans on driving back to MN with Katie & Waffles for longer visits. At the end of April, they're going back for about 2 1/2 weeks. Because she works from wherever her computer is, she can go back whenever she wants to...or whenever she gets really desperate for her hair stylist.
Some think they're crazy. And in part that's true. Crazy in love.