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The movie UP came out the summer I turned 25. Blaine and I were starting to be friends, and flirting with the idea of flirting with each other. He bought tickets to a 3D showing of the film for his family, and had an "extra" ticket for me (I don't know if that was intentional or not).

He was already near the theater in a city 40 miles away from me. Even so, he drove down to my apartment and picked me up, then drove all the way back to the theater. That's when I realized we might be on a date.

Then, on the way home, Blaine's little brother rode with us, so I thought that maybe it wasn't a date. It took a few more months before we really started dating, but that was the first of many adventures together.

We love the movie, and Blaine bought it for me our first Christmas. Some highlights from film:

Russell: "That might sound boring, but I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember the most."

Young Ellie: [to Carl] "You don't talk much... I like you!"

Carl Fredricksen: [to a contractor trying to get Carl to move out] "You in the suit! Yes, you! Take a bath, hippie!"

Dog: [to Carl and Russell after Muntz accepts them] "I like you temporarily!"

The movie is fun and tender, much like our life together.


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