I have news

‘Round about last summer I went to Vegas for a weekend, part “see my reporter friends before they hit the downward part of the WSOP”; but bigger part – to meet up with an awesome dude I had met a few months prior, and maybe have a date or two and see if he was as good in person as he was on paper. We had our first date at the MGM West Wing Bar, followed by dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s, then rounded things off with a stop at the craps table because 1) they always seem to put those things RIGHT where you need to be walking, and 2) because he had been in Vegas for almost 12 hours at that point and hadn’t yet gambled other than a sports book bet placed on the NBA Championship, and “needed to feel like he was in Vegas”. So far so good.

He passed the first test with flying colors, so why not just throw him into the advanced class? The next morning there was a brunch with Dawn, then a trip to the Rio and finding an F-Train. Dawn and I then left him at the hooker bar while we explored the Diamond Lounge (which, in hindsight, is probably NOT the place to park a guy you just started dating), and then capped a full day off with a blogger meal – Spaceman, Caity, F-Train, VinNay, Jen. If you can survive that group and not walk away wondering what the hell you have just gotten yourself into, then we’re good, right? Or maybe I’m just so awesome it totally overpowers the sometimes odd antics of my friends.

At any rate, it was a weekend that went very well. As did the one two weeks after that, and the one a month after that, and so and so on. Long story short, the girl who was just a year ago was absolutely-not-looking-or-interested-in-having-any-relationship had herself one. A pretty great one. Complicated only by the fact that he was in California, and me, well, I’m in Texas.

But only for 45 days more. Because you see, it kinda sucks when you’re 2,000 miles away from the person you love more than anything in the world. And it sucks not having them there for the big stuff, the tough stuff, the fun stuff, the day-to-day life stuff. It sucks making a trip to the airport every month, and rearranging your life chores in ways that will maximize your frequent flier miles. It sucks flying in said plane next to a lovey-dovey couple and the turbulence is terrible and a little scary and she keeps hugging on him which makes her feel better; and you, well, you would if you could but you can’t. Because you just left your him. It sucks so much that you might even find yourself willing to leave your family, friends, amazing coworkers, life as you know it, and relocate to a part of the world that you’ve always loved, but understand they have some weird geophysical thing going on that sometimes shakes buildings and stuff without any warning. Also, they don’t have Tex-Mex. Or Whataburger. I really don’t get how people live.

Vegas and I will find out though, as we load up into the Mustang and start the drive to our new home. We’ll be traveling in March, and you know, Arizona is totally on the way, so perhaps I will now finally get to say I have been to Spring Training. Naturally, Scott was one of the first people I told, and naturally, he had questions.

1. You got a job or are you just going to be living off your looks as a trophy for your new man?

2. Will you be supporting local sports teams or like a good woman switch your allegiances to your mans favorites?

3. You are not pregnant now but when do you expect to be?

While I no doubt would make an excellent trophy, I’ll leave that status to Vegas instead, and am working on the whole work thing now. I will always be a fan of Houston teams, and while I may attend the occasional A’s game in honor of JoeSpeaker, I’m not really interested in the Giants and honestly didn’t realize the 49ers were still playing football. Jason’s teams are the Patriots and RedSox, one of which I was already well on board with due to Scott’s influence and some movie. The other, well, I can be convinced. I now have to learn about basketball and hockey. I’ve been to one hockey game so far; made all the better by the team mascot and the fact that hot chocolate is a totally acceptable sporting event beverage. Scott likes to mention pregnancy because he’s dying for cool parents that he can hang out with while the kids play, but as I keep reminding him, I will not be joining that club anytime soon. I make an awesome aunt though.

I’m excited. It’s a big change, and I know as it gets closer it’s going to get a whole lot more REAL, and I’ve tried to prepare all those close to me for the inevitable crying and freak outs. It’s absolutely the right thing to do though, and I don’t doubt it for a second. I love this man more than I ever imagined I could. One of the good things about long-distance relationships is that you get to the big issues fast, and communication is paramount and doubly important – all really good things to build on. I am, however, scared that it’s been the long-distance that has actually made us work – but I also know there’s no one I’d rather be with at the end of the day, every day. Luckily, I get to be.

35 thoughts on “I have news

  1. sirfwalgman says:

    Wow Texas moving out of Texas.. that is big.. So now like how do we differentiate you from the other April? Oh and Congratz!

  2. Otis says:

    If not for love, we’d have no reason to move at all. Godspeed, A. See you on the left side.

  3. Angela Dawn says:

    April, I couldn’t be happier for you!! You already know you will be missed by so many here…. We all want you happy though! Change is never easy, I’m glad you have the guts to follow your heart! <3 <3 <3

  4. Jen says:

    I’m so excited for you! Sounds like an amazing journey for you. When I left my hometown of St. Louis 12 years ago for the unknown of L.A., I wasn’t going to be with anyone but explore life on my own. The goodbyes were tough with family, but their support made it a tad easier. I still miss them, but that’s what planes are for! I’ve never regretted my decision, and I have a feeling you won’t either. Drive through those tears, have a box of tissues in the car, and keep going. Sounds like you have someone amazing waiting for you. :)

  5. Really? Not one mention of ME? The friend that LIVES IN YOUR NEW CITY… except for that complication that I am temporarily living in London for an uncertain amount of time, but still…

    Oh, and I am 5,371 miles from my man. Neener neener I win… wait, shit.

  6. April says:

    As always, Otis can weave the words together that make me cry. :)

    And Waffles, I’ll *always* be TXApril – I’ll just be living in the same place as CAApril. :)

    Thanks everyone!

  7. JoeSpeaker says:

    Excellent news. Many congratulations to you both. Thank you for going to A’s games (take BART), as we can use the money and, you are correct, the Niners haven’t played “football” for many years.

  8. Brandi says:

    I hate that I am happy for you. If I were mad at you, then I could really do this Catholic guilt thing right.

    Im just going to ignore that you are moving for love and chalk it up to you needing to live closer to Vegas and sunny weather.

    Jason is on my list.

  9. Dawn Summers says:

    Bah. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, other april needs to change her name completely. Maybe to something calendar adjacent…like June. March?

    Also, if you’re a Patriots fan now, you totally get an extra bff day! Like Sunday!

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  11. Tracy says:

    Hey, Daniel did it for me and it worked out GREAT! I can’t wait to hear how your wonderful love story keeps developing — we will ALL miss you terribly but hey, now we have an excuse to VISIT! I’m so happy for you, my sweet friend, and I love you bunches!!

  12. Chilly says:

    Two thumbs up! Best of luck to both of you! By both I mean you and Vegas, Jason threw a point with his whole roll on the line so he doesn’t really need luck.

  13. Chris Halverson says:

    Woot! Congrats!!! That is awesome! He’s lucky to have you.

    I was going to mention the dual California April thing too, but I guess reading this 15 minutes after it’s posted is too slow :P Doesn’t anybody work around here?

  14. Bayne says:

    Welcome to the neighborhood

  15. Maudie says:

    Am very happy for you! Love is a mountain mover – when it’s true, obstacles melt away.

  16. Caryn says:

    Well, now I know you’ll be there the next time we are! How awesome! Congratulations! I don’t even have to give the “if you break her heart, I’ll break your legs” speech since you already HAVE a posse. :)

    Get used to hating the MLB blackout rules with a fiery passion. Apparently ALL teams within a 1k mile radius are considered “local” in Las Vegas. Hook a Slingbox up to your parents’ television before you leave.


  17. Caryn says:

    Okay, reading comprehension. you’re going to California.
    It’s been a long day, is the only thing I can offer in my defense.

  18. Astin says:

    So now you’re going Hippie? You know they’ll sneer at the ‘stang in California right? Unless maybe you convert it to biodiesel or something. Do they even have MEAT in California anymore?

    Best of luck to you crazy kids!

  19. change100 says:

    Fuckin’ A. This is what it’s about. Congratulations to you, best of luck, and I am here for answers to all your earthquake preparedness questions.

  20. Erin says:

    Seeing you write how much you love Jason gave me a big ole lump in my throat & brought a tear (ok, maybe 2) to my eye. I am SO unbelievably happy & excited for you, April. I knew that some day you would meet a man who would sweep you off your feet & melt your heart like no other, while still allowing you to be YOU. I am glad you found that man in Jason.

    I will forever be grateful to you for giving me the OK to go out on that first date with Kevin because if you hadn’t given your blessing back then, today I wouldn’t be with the man that I love more than I ever imagined I could.

    I wish you & Vegas safe travels to CA & I wish you & Jason a very long, VERY happy life together. It couldn’t happen to a better person. <3

  21. CaApril says:

    So happy to have more friends living in the area! Congratulations to you and Jason.

    As for the name thing, I don’t see myself changing it to a “month adjacent” name but want to thank Dawn for coming out of her Patriot loss depression long enough to suggest it.

    Anyway, I am happy for you and wish you both the best.

  22. MiamiDon says:


    I love big adventures like the one you are about to take. Hang on tight and enjoy the ride.

  23. Gus says:

    Congrats! I guess this means no SXSW for you this year?

  24. Doooooood. It’s gonna be totally gnarly and rad times for you ahead. Congrats!

  25. BWoP says:

    Congratulations! I wish you both all the best :-)

    Wait, this means you’re closer to Vegas . . .

  26. Jonti says:

    ohh…, You! Stomping my foot. Reading all this sappy stuff makes me almost forget how much I am going to miss you. But, dang I love a good story and this one of them.

    However, I entirely plan on being the obnoxious Texan who visits, speaks loudly with a twang (it seems to be enhanced when I cross state lines), and insists on making the limo stop at every winery on whatever wine tour we create. Trust me… we are going to need a limo.

    My best wishes for you and Jason. Vegas… don’t worry baby, the floor will stop shaking, it will be worth the walks to chase the nerds and hippies.

  27. grubby says:

    Change is always good, especially if it’s a change for love.

  28. ScottMc says:

    I will always get behind a post that mentions my name so many times!

    You done good little sister. That there Jason guy is the best and I am so happy you picked a Red Sox man!

  29. Evie says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy that you’ve found “the one”. You know it must be good if you’re willing to leave Texas… :)

    Enjoy the new adventure and the happiness!

  30. Meg says:


    You should write more emotion filled posts! This was beautifully written. I now feel very sorry we haven’t spent more time together. You are a fabulous lady, and I person I am always excited to see (believe it or not – I’m not excited to see everyone). Good luck on your journey!


  31. favouritethings says:

    How close are you gonna be to Cowboy Bill?

    Congrats! Can’t wait to visit! … Or see y’all in Vegas? Please just never stop saying “y’all” or, if you don’t say it now, add it to your vocab. And Dr. Pepper. But never stop ordering it as “coke.”

    Also? This is the awesomest post ever!

  32. yosoyveneno says:

    Awesome!!! I am soooo happy for you. And even more so because you get to come to the California. Does the mean there will be a Cali-WPBT? Hmmmmm…..that would be sweet.

  33. pokerpeaker says:

    32 comments? I guess there’s nothing I could add. Other than CONGRATS! :)

  34. Came over by way of Jason’s blog, and I’m really happy for both of you! Hope to meet you when you’re here in California full-time.


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