Marriage, Money, and Mario

Marriage, Money, and Mario

On Friday night, we had a movie night with our kids, which has become our weekly tradition.  We had a lot of fun with them, but both Chris and I were ready when they went down for the night.  We each had long work weeks full of stress and all the unpleasantness that makes work life annoying and frustrating, and we were looking forward to unwinding this week. Which was why it was his most brilliant moment as my husband when Chris dug out his old Nintendo from the guest…

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I Try Not to Rant, But…

I Try Not to Rant, But…

Normally, I try not to use this blog to make unproductive rants about my husband or family.  True, I complain a fair bit, but I hope readers can see through that and know deep down how much I love my husband and my family.  If I blog about issues or fights we have had, I try not to do so until I have some kind of nugget of wisdom I have learned about the situation.  After all, if we aren’t learning something, then we are just wasting our time. Having…

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Closing My Mouth and Opening My Ears

Closing My Mouth and Opening My Ears

I’m trying something new lately.  It’s pretty radical.  I’m almost embarrassed to say it because it’s just so OUT THERE. I’ve been listening to my husband. I know!  Crazy, right? I am a talker.  And, this might surprise you, but I’m also a bit of a type A personality.  SHOCKING, RIGHT?!?!?!  These qualities make me an excellent mother, blogger, and teacher.  I know how to take the reins and I can communicate really well.  Oddly enough, these qualities can make it very difficult to be married to me.  I KNOW!!!…

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Annoying Spouses

Annoying Spouses

Chris has been driving me crazy lately.  Here is the latest in a long line of annoyances: He called me while I was out today and said he wanted to order a pizza for lunch.  It was 2:30pm and he was the only one who was hungry.  So, I suggested that he fix something quick for lunch and that we all go out to a sports bar and grill for an early dinner to watch the Gator basketball game at 5:30 instead. “Fine!” he snapped and then HE HUNG UP…

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Fighting the Sadness

Fighting the Sadness

We had a jumpin’ weekend here in the MC household.  My mom came down Friday night and stayed with the kids while Chris and I got gussied up and had a nice date night…  where we spent the second half of the meal in a HUGE, candlelit, whispered fight about holiday plans.  Good times.  But actually, we had been needing to have that little discussion and no matter where or when we had it, it was going to be messy.  So, might as well enjoy a little Bang Bang Shrimp…

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Zinger

Zinger

The past few weeks of sickness in our house has taken a toll on me.  Gracie and I both somehow escaped the epidemic in our household, but taking care of Bean Man and Chris was exhausting.  To make things even more fun, Chris was also working tech rehearsals last week, which meant when he wasn’t home in bed, he was at work until about 11:00 every night.  I was tired of being coughed on, sneezed at, argued with, and irritated by my children.  I was just plain tired, really.  Only,…

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That’s Why I Pray

That’s Why I Pray

This morning, I went tearing through my purse at a red light because I was convinced I had left my cell phone at home.  Again.  Or at the grocery store.  Again.  Or in my other purse.  Again.  Or in my school bag.  Again.  (do you see a pattern here?) In my frantic search, I did not turn up a cell phone (has anyone see my phone, by the way?), but I did find a handful of these: More ticket stubs than I could count.  Some to movies, some to a…

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C’est La Vie

C’est La Vie

Oh, imaginary friends. I feel like we are growing apart. My silly work schedule at my silly job is draining me this year. Teaching is so intense right now that by the time I get home, I am exhausted. And because we are digital this year, I am also going blind from staring at an iPad screen, a laptop screen, and a Smartboard screen all day. Sitting down at a computer at night is the last thing I feel like doing these days. Another thing draining my time lately? My…

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Part One: Remembering the “We”

Part One:  Remembering the “We”

Chris and I are going through a rough patch right now.  I’m breaking this post up into a couple separate posts (maybe more?) because it’s easier for me to explain in small chunks.  Thanks for hanging in there while I tell this story and while WE work hard to get ourselves out of the ditch. Chris and I are just not jiving these days.  Actually, if I’m honest, it’s been for a lot of days.  Like a few months.  We’ve blamed a spattering of things – kids, money, jobs, etc….

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Hooray for Me!

Hooray for Me!

I try to keep my blog posts about my marriage neutral so that readers can’t point blame.  But I can’t help it tonight.  I’m pointing blame directly at my husband.  Because he was a jackass tonight and because I think I should get a medal for not doing any of the following: 1)  Kicking him in the shins 2)  Stuffing my lemon chicken up his… 3)  Leaving him with the kids while I walked out and went shopping at Target But I didn’t do any of those things.  Instead, I…

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