Operation BWYP: Things My Sister Taught Me

Operation BWYP:  Things My Sister Taught Me

My sister is coming into town today.  She and her brand, spankin’ new husband, John Michael, are flying in to celebrate the 4th with all of us.  Chris and I are picking her up at the airport tonight and then we’re all heading up to my parent’s house for the weekend.  I’m so excited!  I haven’t seen her since her wedding extravaganza in April. Ginny and JM on their honeymoon in Maui. My sister has always been one of those people who lives a crazy life.  At least, compared to…

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Fine Living According to My Husband

Fine Living According to My Husband

This is my husband, Chris.  I may have mentioned him once or twice before. My husband Chris appreciates the finer things in life.  He has good taste.  High end taste.  Champagne taste.  He likes top of the line things.  His thought is that we should buy the most expensive, nicest version of whatever we want to buy.  And if we can’t afford that version, then we should go without. Exhibit A: Chris has an iPhone.  Because it was the best, of course.  He has had said iPhone for several years. …

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Totally Worth It.

Totally Worth It.

This past weekend we ended a week-long celebration of Bean’s birthday at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Now, the animal kingdom isn’t really my cup of tea.  I’m more along the lines of the thrill seeker type.  Actually ANY other park would have suited me better.  Magic Kingdom has a few pretty good rides, Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM) has a great roller coaster and the Tower of Terror, you can drink around the world at Epcot, Seaworld has two great roller coasters and they give you two free beers, and Universal Studios…

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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom

True Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom

As you all know, our living situation right now is kind of funked up.  We moved from Connecticut to Florida about two months ago to be closer to family.  When we were still in Connecticut, Chris was hired as the production manager of a local theater here, but because we weren’t sure we could sell our house in time, he pushed the starting date on his contract back to May 17.  When we sold our house in 7 days, that left us with only one option:  we would move to…

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The Things It Takes to Sell a House Today

The Things It Takes to Sell a House Today

Chris was offered the job in Orlando in December and, as exciting as it was, the first thought that came into our heads was, “The house.” In case you aren’t aware, the housing market right now?  Well, it ain’t exactly jumpin’.  In fact, its barley breathin’.  Especially in areas like Connecticut where home inflation was really soaring before the recession.  Which, coincidentally, is exactly at the peak of when Chris and I bought our home.  We over paid.  But all the cool kids were doing it at the time and…

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Practically Practical

Practically Practical

Our move to Florida is so darn exciting.  I can’t wait to live closer to my parents.  I can’t wait to have Chris’ sister over for dinner.  I can’t wait to see my Grandma more often.  I can’t wait to see sunshine and warmer temperatures.  I can’t wait to see Chris step into a role that he has always wanted in his career. But before any of these things can happen, I have to accept a few things first.  And those few things aren’t easy pills to swallow.  They are…

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An Amazonian Christmas

An Amazonian Christmas

This week, we’re preparing for Christmas here on Marriage Confessions.   And you can’t talk Christmas without talking presents.   And you can’t talk presents without first talking about budgeting. Actually, I guess some people can talk about Christmas presents without talking budgeting, but I am certainly not one of them.   Chris and I live on what we like to call a “creative budget.”   We have to be really creative to make it work. The biggest struggle in our house is the paycheck schedule.   I only get…

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There’s a Recession in My Refrigerator

There’s a Recession in My Refrigerator

Let me be honest with you, unless it moves, it generally doesn’t get cleaned in my house.   And even then, its not a guarantee.   But a few weeks ago, I took on the extreme cleaning challenge of cleaning out my fridge.   It wasn’t pretty.   It was greasy and smelly and had a thick gooey film all over it. And that was just me. I hate being dirty.   You may think this means that I like to keep things clean around me.   But, surprisingly, no….

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This is Why I Don’t Work Out

This is Why I Don’t Work Out

Last August I joined Bally’s Total Fitness in my town.   I thought it would be a great way for me to take some yoga and aerobics classes, and I really needed to get in better shape.   I specifically chose Bally’s because they were one of the few gyms who offered month-to-month memberships, meaning I could cancel at any time.   When I went in to join, the gym representative (for the sake of anonymity we’ll call him “Satan”) told me that the month-to-month special was still running.  …

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Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking

When I was little, one of my favorite books was called If You Give A Mouse a Cookie.   It was about how if you give a mouse a cookie, then he’s going to ask for a glass of milk.   And if you give him the glass of milk, he’s going to ask for a napkin to wipe his mouth.   And if he wipes his mouth, he’s going to notice his whisker’s need a trim.   Etc., etc., etc..   The gist of the book is that we’re…

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