All About Me

My Life As A Rookie Wife

Hey There!

My name is Charli, and from here on out I will be known as The Wife. On October 17th, 2010 I married the guy of my dreams. My “other half” and “partner in crime”, as I like to call him. His name is Gibran, but from this point on he will be known as The Man. He’s quite the catch.  He’s my best friend, my biggest cheerleader, and ultimately my rock. He likes to say that I’m the normal to his crazy too. We live in a cozy two-bedroom apartment in Bloomfield, NJ that we share with a completely spoiled rotten Yorkie named Karma (we named her that because she’s good sometimes, and bad others – get it?), who will from here on out be referred to as The Dog.

We consider ourselves a very healthy and happy young couple and very optimistic newlyweds. After dating for six years, we’ve got the whole love thing down solid, but it’s the marriage thing we’re working on perfecting — together, of course. Being a journalist and a writer by trade, I saw it only fitting to candidly document our journey into married life, and my quest to conquer “modern domestication” (whatever that is!) and my ups, downs, and turnarounds as a rookie wife. (As the former Online Managing Editor of and, I knew I’d be an expert at getting married, but had no clue what I was going to do after that.) Hence, this blog was born. I learn from all of my wins, losses, mistakes, triumphs, scrapes, and falls — and as I do, I’ll share them with you, promise.

I’ll have you know that I have my work cut out for me.  Honestly, I can’t really cook, I clean only because I have to, and I’m easily distracted. Qualities many married women have told me won’t always make me the best wife. We’ll see, won’t we? I think I’m a pretty awesome one for now — and I’m determined to never stop trying to make it work.

One thing I know for sure is that my husband loves me and I (really!) love him and we make each other so very happy. We’re pretty confident that’s all we’ll need to get by and the rest will come to us as we go.

Feel free to pop by every now and again to follow me on my journey, and don’t forget to say “hi”!


Charli Penn-Watkins

(AKA The Wife)

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The Man, The Wife, and Their Dog. Lovely Photos by Di Bezi Photography

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21 Responses to All About Me

  1. Jill says:

    Best wishes! My huusband and I made it official on the 10th and have begun our happily ever after with our boxer Gunner. I too am not overly domestic, thus my search for some inspiring blogs.

  2. Anastasia says:

    Hey There Wife!!

    I found you over at Jelisa's blog (Blogging Ever After) and I just wanted you to know that I'll be following your journey!

    I'm not married or even in a relationship, but I love seeing happy couples (especially black couples, haha) and learning from y'all!

    Thanks for sharing with us! Look forward to reading :-)


    • ManWifeDog says:

      Aww! I'm flattered, really. Thank you and I'm glad you'll be joining us. We'll be keeping it as real as possible, promise. (P.S. I'm a HUGE fan of Jelisa's blog too!)

  3. paula says:

    Well said, charli (i mean, wife):

    "we’ve got the whole love thing down solid, but it’s the marriage thing we’re working on perfecting"

  4. Dani says:

    Beautiful pics. The Dog is so cute.

    • Sherlyn says:

      Super jazzed about getting that kn-owhow.

    • il m’a fait d’autres cadeaux encore qui ne sont pas monnayables, et je lui en ga.Aujourd’hui j’ai lu si je n’ai pas de cadeau à Noël ce nest pas grave, j’aurai toujours des épluchures de navet.Je suis comme leveto, je m’exprime avec sincérité, mais avec des omissions et je pense que l’essentiel est dans ces omissions. Ne vous leurrez pas Aquinze, je ne suis pas riche, mais pas pauvre non plus, j’appartiens à la middle-class.

    • Tout à fait d’accord avec Sebounet et je vous dirais même plus le basket est le deuxième sport collectif national et son exposition sur les chaînes France 2 et France 3 depuis les années 2000 y est presque néante. De plus si vous parlez en terme d’audience, croyez vous réellement que le divertissement avec le mentalite et le téléfilm la part des anges vont avoir plus d’audience que si vous retransmettriez la finale !

    • http://www./ says:

      Hej Christian :)Det har du ret i. Jeg skrev det kun fordi folk ikke regner med at jeg kan lide Britney Spears og har alle hendes CD’er ;)Smutter lige ind og læser det.

    • http://www./ says:

      I hope I’ll find a copy of persuasion.. I like this idea. I’ve read only sense and sensibility but Austen became one of my fave… ^_^renins last blog post..

  5. The Hubby Diaries says:

    Just stumbled on your blog today and what an absolutely adorable couple you are!

    As someone who blogs about my marriage (in a lighthearted, funny way) I'm always excited to come across other marriage blogs.

    Congrats on your "newlywed" status.. and may you have a lifetime of happy blog posts together! :-)
    My recent post I Am The Mayor!

  6. Valeria Nolley says:

    Thank you for another perspective on black love and marriage. My husband and I began a couples group in January 2011 to support marriage among our friends and their friends. We plan some sort of date night activity once a month. In the past year we have found it incredibly difficult to consistently retain couples. It gets discouraging at times, but, as I tell my husband, this is something I am passionate about and I believe it will get better.

    Your blot is definitely going to be one of my pause place as we continue to press forward!

  7. wife says:

    You are a riot! I'm def going to add you to my favorites!!! I got married March 2010. I need a housekeeper! LOL ! Thank you for sharing!! Karma is so cute! We have a lil Daisy.

  8. Awesome writing and looking forward to keeping up with your blog!
    My recent post A Wedding Breeze

  9. I have read your life story and I think you both husband and wife have been living a happy married life. So that never makes any chance to break up your married life. It is your responsibility. Keep updating your happy moments in your life!

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  12. Lily says:

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