By Drew Projansky
I met Katie for our first date on August 25, 2000. We went to Bennigan's for lunch. From that point on we were inseparable. We saw each other on almost a daily basis while we were together and moved in together in May of 2001. We lived together from that point on until her death on June 7, 2009.
Katie and I did everything together. We both shared a huge love of animals and specifically dogs. We purchased 4 dogs during our life together. We spent time together training them, loving them, playing with them, and every day we would walk the dogs for about 45 minutes so that we could be together. Rain or shine, warm or cold. We made sure that we had our walking the dogs time together every day.
When I would be out of town for business we always made sure to talk multiple times every day. There was never a day where we did not talk 3-4 times per day. Sometimes it was just to say "I love you and I can't wait to see you".
We would go to the driving range to hit golf balls together even though we both stunk. I would watch her play volleyball in the adult league that she played in and she would watch me play hockey or compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. She even tried Jiu-Jitsu to spend more time with me and to try and enjoy the things that I enjoyed. Likewise I would go shopping with her because I knew that she loved it even though I hated shopping. It was just about spending time with her.
We would make dinner together, grocery shop together, shop for things for our home together.
We loved going to Cubs and Blackhawk games. We loved going to see music concerts, live theater, comedy clubs and especially we loved going to Ravinia in the summer. We would get so excited to view the schedule and pick out the shows that we wanted to see. We would pack a picnic dinner to bring with us and sit out on the lawn and just relax with each other.
We would get so excited to go to Historic Long Grove for Chocolate, Strawberry, and Apple Fest. Going to the different shops and enjoying all of the great food. Sometimes we would even bring our dogs with us.
We went to the Old Town Art Fair every year in Chicago. Rib Fest in Naperville, and many different events in Wisconsin and Michigan. Katie and I especially loved to spend time with our nieces and nephews. Going to Volleyball, Basketball, Hockey, Football, Soccer, etc...
The one thing that Katie loved more than anything was the holidays. She baked desserts for every holiday and our home was always decorated to its fullest. Katie always wanted every holiday to be special. She was a big kid in this sense.
She was with me for so many major events in my life. Right there by my side. From my Grandmother passing, to my Brother passing, to my surgeries to remove my large intestines.
We ate dinner on Christmas Eve under the tree at Marshall Fields/Macy's every year. It was a tradition that we started when we were dating.
We liked going to the Lincoln Park Zoo a few times per year and we would ride our bikes from our home on the Northside to Buckingham Fountain to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July.
We liked to get manicures and pedicures together every 2 weeks.
Going for breakfast every Sunday.
We loved going to Las Vegas or San Francisco for long weekends which we did at least 1x per year. Sometimes 2x per year.
Katie found a love for Vegas when I took her there as a surprise for her 30th birthday. Katie loved making cupcakes for everyone's birthday. If it was for me, a family member, or co-worker/employee.
We liked going to movies and looked forward to the Harry Potter movie's being released.
We took care of each other when we were sick or when we were down, or hurting.
Most of all, we loved just laying on the couch together at night watching TV or reading a book/magazine.
There is nothing that we did not do together.
When Katie died, not only did I lose my wife and my child, I can also honestly say that I lost my best friend and companion.