Last Friday we went to see the new marriage comedy Hall Pass at the theater. The premise of the film is that two wives (played by Christina Applegate and Jenna Fischer) give their horny frustrated husband’s a one week “hall pass” from their marriages. Giving them seven days to not be married and do anything they want to do. Flirting, sex, binge drinking, you name it, it was all a go. (Not kidding!) The women did this based on the idea that giving a man one week to get what he thinking he’s missing out of his system will essentially make him miss it no more. Um, only on Planet Movie does that even remotely make sense! Spoiler alert: In the movie the wives realize the hall pass was really for them to get a break from their bitchy husbands and a test to see if they were really happy in their marriages. Now this concept I found to be even sillier. Since when does a woman need to let her man roam free from responsibility to decide whether or not he’s the one for her? I’m thinking maybe she should have thought about that before she got married!
Interestingly enough The Man laughed his way through the entire film while I dozed off about halfway through it. I found the entire plot line to be so implausible that it bored me to pieces, meanwhile my husband was just a tad bit more amused than I’d like him to have been. I’ll give him a pass on finding the idea to be entertaining, but if he thinks he’ll ever get a “hall pass” from our marriage, he can most certainly think again. Continue reading
This weekend marriage was wonderful! We had some fun, we enjoyed a romantic (and surprisingly warm) walk in the park, and we got a ton of stuff done around the house. Okay, actually, correction: My husband got a lot done around the house. I didn’t do jack! (Guilty!) The Man was like my own personal superhero this weekend. He fixed every little crisis that came up, and then cleaned and cooked and organized too. Then somehow still had enough energy to actually come out and audition for the Newlywed Game with me on Saturday then take me out for a lovely lunch, cook an impromptu romantic dinner, and stay awake through an entire rom-com that I insisted we order and couldn’t even make it through myself. To me that makes him super and I love him so much for it.
I was the lazy damsel in distress and he saved the day every time. Maybe I should learn to sew and make him a cape or something – seriously! I don’t think they make husbands like this anymore, so I’m going to cherish mine forever. So as the president of my superhero husband’s unofficial fan club, my first order of duty is to document his super powers for the record. And they are:
My Husband’s Superhero Qualities
1. He cooks and cleans at the same time. (And does both very well!)
2. He can read my mind instantly. (So he always knows what to say, when to say it, and when I need his help.)
3. He has strikingly good looks and a smile that stops traffic – although most days it just stops me in my tracks. (Making me powerless over ever being angry with him for too long.)
4. He’s unbelievably strong and fit and handy around the house.
5. He can fold laundry and wash dishes at record speeds. Continue reading
Being newlyweds and all, The Man and I are working hard at saving money in 2011. We’ve always spent more than we’ve saved and shopped impulsively instead of smart. We decided this year would be the year we end it all, but getting there is definitely going to be a challenge. We’re taking things bit by bit and one of the projects we’ve decided to take on is becoming coupon clippers. I’m not going to lie to you guys, I don’t think I’ve ever actually used a coupon for anything other than clothes and bags. I’m all about my personal style so of course I find ways to save on my latest clothing obsession, but when it comes to saving on eggs or toilet paper I could care less – until now. The Man and I are going to give this whole coupon thing a go. So far we’ve clipped and grabbed a few here and there, stuffed them into our wallets and planned to use them — but never actually done so. We can do better. We have to! Continue reading
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A lot of things inspire me to want to keep my marriage healthy and happy. One of them is meeting other wives who are making it work every day, and loving it! I knew quite a few before I said “I do”, and since Man Wife and Dog Blog was born I’ve met so many more. They’re all so fabulous I want you to meet them too. This week, meet navy wife blogger Shannon from A Day In The Life Of An Officer’s Wife!
The Wife: Shannon, 27
The Man: Matt, 28
But You Can Call Them: The Clutes
How She Snagged Him: “He sat down at my table in a bar and I was not too happy about it. I got an attitude and he took it as a challenge. He eventually convinced me he wasn’t a bad guy, so I rewarded him with kisses.”
Married Since: 10.23.08
The Dog: Harley, Frenchie, 3
Place They Call Home: “A nice little house in San Diego, CA”
How She Pays the Bills: Financial Analyst
How He Pays the Bills: Naval Officer
What Makes Her Man Hot: “His amazing voice (he sang to me at our wedding), his fabulous cuddling skills, and the way he looks in his navy uniform (I just get weak in the knees)!” Continue reading
It’s Fab Posts Friday! (AKA link love day!) I read these posts this week and loved them, and I’m thinking you will too!
In Can We Bury The Word Wifey on How Mama Got Her Swag Back a wife writes one seriously well-argued rant about why “wifey” shouldn’t be in some people’s vocabulary.
Take a break to learn how to make a Vanilla Bean Martini (yum!) on the The Martini Chronicles!
Why You Can Wear Read Lipstick is all about why women shouldn’t fear the fierceness of the color. Be sure to check it out over on How Does She.
In Fight It Out By Writing It Out over on The Chocolate Knot a wife talks about why sometimes writing a letter to your husband gets you further than any conversation could.
In A Letter To Baby G over on A Couple. A Dog. A Baby. Their Blog a mom-to-be pens some sweet words to her unborn baby (who’ll be here soon!).
I try my best not to. You see your co-workers more than you see your family, so once you’ve started to bond with them you can easily start to feel comfortable opening up. But just how open should we be? Though it can be tempting to chat about the wonders and woes The Man and I share while I stand by the office water cooler I usually avoid it at all costs. It’s just risky business to me. (I’d much rather talk about the Oscars, music, or how much work I have to do.) My coworkers know that I’m married and happy. That’s it! That’s all they need to know. Now at my desk I do have a few wedding photos on display, but again, to me that’s just stating the obvious – I’m a married woman. There’s no need to hide the fact that I have a husband, but the intimate details of our life are off limits.
In my experience gossiping about your love life brings trouble in two forms: 1. If a man brags about being happy at home, the home-wrecking groupies come out to prey. 2. If you’re a woman who talks about having problems at home, the sleaze balls come out to prey. Either way, when this happens if you don’t get things back under control fast you both lose. The Man and I learned this lesson the hard way. Continue reading