I’m thrilled to bring back our popular Meet A Wife Monday series and excited to introduce you all to Justine from Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One. (Hope you find inspiration in her story and wifey wisdom.) Ladies, be sure to show her some comment love!
The Wife: Justine, 24
The Man: Joey, 26
But You Can Call Them: The LoMonacos (also the J-Los, but only if we’re friends)
How She Snagged Him: “I dazzled him with my Midwestern charm and appreciation of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.”
Married Since: 4.10.11
The Kids: “We have a pact not to discuss children for at least 4-5 years…although we already have a few names picked out.”
The Pet: “Sigh…still none yet. Though we like to torture each other by emailing pictures of rescue dogs at local shelters back and forth during the day.”
Place They Call Home: A one-bedroom garden apartment in Long Island.
How She Pays the Bills: Social Media Specialist for a kitchenware development company
How He Pays the Bills: Network Administrator for a school district (I usually just say he’s an IT guy)
What Makes Her Man Hot: “He does hilarious impressions, plays guitar and hockey, and loves the crap out of me.”
A Wife Highlight: “When we were first putting our apartment together, we bought this floor lamp from Target. It was literally the first thing we ever bought together, and after we set it up, we both just stood there with our arms around each other staring at it like we were watching our firstborn strut the graduation stage. “I’m so damn proud of that lamp,” Joey said. I think we were both surprised at the strength of our emotions toward an appliance…but it was also the first moment it really felt like we were building a life together.”
A Wife Gripe: “When I lived by myself, I would clean the living room and then go to work and come home to a clean living room. When I live with my husband, I clean the living room and then go to work and come home to his shirt on the back of the couch, his shoes in front of the door and a beer bottle on the coffee table. Of course, now there’s also a hot guy sitting on the couch. Win some lose some.”
Marriage Mantra: “Men fight about what’s actually happening, and women fight about what it means. You have to recognize when you’re not fighting about the same thing and work to get back on the same page.”
The 2-Year Plan: “Adopt a dog, probably move into an apartment closer to our jobs, and travel as much as we can.”
Wifey Wisdom: “Hmmm my best wisdom after six months of marriage ha…try to keep perspective. Yes, his socks are everywhere (seriously, I think they mate or something), but he’s also willing to rub my feet after I go running, make dinner when I’m exhausted, and clean the bathroom (toilet included). And a little praise goes a long way. Guys like the high-five, so I’m always very appreciative when he is helpful around the house or does something for me. Basically, I love the crap out of him back. It’s a pretty good system so far!”
Enjoyed getting to know Justine and her man? Find more of her witty words anytime on her blog Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One. When you’re there, be sure to leave her some comment love and let her know that Man Wife and Dog Blog sent you!