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#250: Morning at our house January 20, 2012

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This was the view one recent morning from our front door.  Sharing this mottled pink sky with my husband is one of the things I love about being married.


#249: Top 10 Reasons Why I Love One Skillet Dinners January 19, 2012

Here are my top 10 reasons for loving one skillet dinners in David Letterman reverse order:

#10: Faster prep time

#9: There’s still enough for leftovers

#8: Maybe not the healthiest but better than fast food

#7: “One skillet dinner” sounds so poetic

#6: My husband made it

#5: Mentally less taxing

#4: Only one thing to watch on the stove  = less chance for burning

#3: Brings back memories (tuna casserole)

#2: Inspiration for a blog post

And the #1 reason?


The Best Skillet Recipes book

One skillet dinner recipes


#248: Limericks January 18, 2012

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A bowl of fish chowder.

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One night we stayed up late telling each other limericks in the dark.  So fun.  My husband knew a few and I immediately wanted to make one up.  I worked on it in my head for at least 15 minutes. 

I said to me husband, “Are you awake?”

He said, “I was drifting off.  You ok?”

“Yes.  I made up a limerick.”

He said, “What is it?”

I told him:

There once was a man named Walder

Whose wife wouldn’t come when he called her

So he yelled a bit louder

“Would you bring me some chowder?”

And she came with a bowl on her shoulder.

I know, it’s not very funny nor is it clever, but have you ever tried to make up one of these?  Not the easiest thing in the world!  Also, unlike the majority of limericks that are in bad taste, mine is G-rated: you can recite it to a child of any age!

Here’s another one I wrote:

There once was a man named Walter

Who hailed from old Gibraltar

He promised me marriage

A house and a carriage

and lived up to his word at the altar.


#247: He’s Not Perfect January 17, 2012

“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”

Dave Meurer

A friend asked me recently whether my husband really says all the things I write about on my blog, or if I embellish. Apparently he seems too good to be true.  He really does say those things and what I write is true.  He really is a good husband.  He is a really good husband.   We are happy. I am happy.  But he’s not perfect.  Neither am I. What I don’t write about are his faults.  I don’t complain about him.  My blog is not a forum for that.  My blog is for sharing the things I love about marriage. There are other blogs that show a more even portrayal of marriage but that’s not what I choose to do. This blog is not “the good, the bad, and the ugly.”  It’s just the good. And there is a lot of it. Because we are human, there is also some bad (not real bad) on both our parts.  Like I said, I don’t share that here. That’s between my husband and me. So, to review:

  1. I love my husband.
  2. He is a really good husband.
  3. He’s not perfect and neither am I.

I love my husband in all his imperfection.  Anyone can love a perfect person. It takes real love to love imperfection.  And after all, isn’t that what I promised to do in my marriage vows?  Love, honor and cherish him?  I think so.

Marriage Vows on the Neverwas

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#246: Movie Mondays – The Lincoln Lawyer January 16, 2012

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Genre: Crime/Drama/Thriller

General Description from IMDb.com: A sleazy defense attorney has a crisis of conscience when he represents a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to beat the system.

Wife: Before I start, what’s hard about reviewing movies is telling just enough but not so much that I spoil it for you.  I tend to be a spoiler as well as a smotherer thanks to my loquaciousness.  But I will try to be good.  I liked this movie.  It’s better than the previews which is something you can’t say about a lot of movies.  The big stars in it are Mathew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei and William H. Macy.  It has an interesting plot, good character development, and it keeps you engaged, although a bit confused at times.

Husband:  I think this was McConaughey’s finest work.  The movie was suspenseful with lots of pleasant surprises.  The trailer didn’t do the movie justice at all.

Husband-Wife Compatibility Score: 8.5


#245: The pillow January 13, 2012

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The other morning in the early light, I was slowly waking up.  Out of the corner of my eye and senses, I saw my husband’s arm reaching toward me, searching for something.  I thought that maybe he wanted to hug me. 

I said, “Are you looking for me?” 

He said, “No.  I’m looking for a pillow.” 

Then he said, “You are so full of yourself.” 

He makes me laugh.  I’m not truly conceited or totally self-centered.  Just a little.  :)

English: Pillow Português: Travesseiro

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#244: My husband’s DVD collection January 12, 2012

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Collections are fascinating to me.  Not just the collection itself but what it is a person collects and why.  I used to collect sunflowers.  Especially kitchen sunflower things.  It got a bit old and I stopped but when I was into it I was really into it.  A friend collects rosaries.  A friend’s husband collects Santas.  My husband collects movies.  I’m not sure he considers it an official collection.  He just likes movies and buys them.  I call it a collection.

I remember the first time I had dinner at his house.  He was making dinner and told me to pick out a movie to watch.  It was amazing that I could look through hundreds of movies and not see anything I wanted to watch.  I barely recognized the movies!  The movies fell into the following categories: science fiction, horror, action, and thrillers.  The first three categories I categorically dislike.  I like thrillers but I guess didn’t know they were thrillers or had already seen them.  Honestly, I think they became infected being around so many detestable sci-fi and horror films.  It was like they were covered in blood and alien juice!  Yuck!

When we moved from an apartment to a townhouse soon after we married, we had no cable for about a week.  Those movies really came in handy.  I think we must have watched a gazillion.  It was the first time I really appreciated “the collection.”  Many times since then we will see a clip from a film and I will say “That looks good” and my husband will say “We have that.”  I’m astonished.  It just goes to show you that it’s best to have an open mind.  Before I met my husband I had never seen Independence Day (which I liked).  I had never watched the X-Files (love) or Law & Order (double love!).  I must admit, I appreciate my husband’s movie collection and it is one of the things I love about being married!



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