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This Memorial Day weekend marked my 21st wedding anniversary with The Hubbers. Yes, I’ve made a few good decisions in my life, and getting married on a three day weekend was one of them…you know, good sales on mattresses and chips, pool parties, and sometimes we find fireworks. IMG_3406That’s us in a horse drawn Cinderella carriage pulled by Annie…

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Our first date was on 6-7-‘89….did you notice that particular string of numbers? Cool huh? Anyway, we went to Six Flags Over Texas…which is funny because now he picks the SLOWEST ride in all of everness. Poor Annie just waddled along at a whopping 2 mph.  Anyway back to our first date… I had visions of the rollercoaster slinging me into his arms and him winning a huge stuffed Pink Panther or pink gorilla for me on the Midway (give me a break we were 18 and 19). But instead our mutual friend, who we’ll call ‘Dave Griswold’, went along with us, and while I love me some Griswold, my hopes for a new romance would have to wait. How this happened I’ll never know. It was opening weekend for THE FLASHBACK, a lightning fast coaster that suddenly cuts itself short (so you have a chance to vomit without getting it in your hair) only to do it all again BACKWARDS! The G-force was enough to put Hubbers into the arms of Dave and vice versa. How did I miss out on the G-force love you ask? Because the seats were in twosies….so duh, Hubbers sat next to Dave, because duh, we wouldn’t want our third wheel to feel like a third wheel. Maybe I was the third wheel?  I sat next to a snot-nosed whiner with evidence of chili cheese fries (or something that was originally brown and cheesy) all over his little green face. At the top of the ride The Hubbers yells “Daddy, my penis tickles!” mocking a kid from the previous rollercoaster ride.

And yet I somehow ended up married to this man.

Twenty one years later we find ourselves relishing in a near perfect life. I know the words perfect and life should never be paired together, but short of living in a beach front mansion in Cozumel with a private chef and bartender…and skin that never gets burned…never having to shave…and being a famous artist married to a famous rock star, this is a close second to a perfect life. We play house in a modest home in a homey neighborhood,

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our kids like us, our cars start, all major appliances are in good working order (mostly), we have great health insurance (finally), are healthy, and still share the same interests – drinking wine out by the firepit….easy, simple, happy.

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Don’t be fooled. We have been on the edge many times. If we could exist in a bubble…one that is free of parenting and money matters, and which damn peanut butter to buy, we’d live in the land of bliss 100% of the time. I’m now starting to see what all the ‘empty nester’ hype is about. It’s not that parents want their kids to go away; it’s that parents just want to stop making all of those minute decisions that require so much thought and energy. And it would be nice not to have to watch Glee or Cops quite so often, but I’m not complaining. The kids are helpful, tidy, polite, witty, and have normal appetites. Life is good, but it hasn’t always been easy for us.

We’ve seen most of our friends either have brushes with marital death or suffer life changing issues that ultimately ruined their marriage. We’ve also been fortunate enough to be surrounded by long, blessed marriages that we have learned so much from…..how to be good compromisers and better listeners, HOW to have an argument, when to ask for what we need from each other, and the invaluable advice to just buy two damn peanut butters….Organic Creamy and Peter Pan Crunchy in case you were wondering. I’m not pretending to be some marriage guru, but I am the guru of Hubbers and all things Hubber-like, and the one thing that I know for sure is you can’t teach a mean dog a single trick, so being nice is key. Lucky for me, The Hubbers is the kindest man I know. Kind, like Jesus kind, like animals and children are drawn to him kind of kind. A perverse sense of humor but kind, which is the perfect combination for me.

So here I am 21 years into a pretty good marriage and about the only advice I can offer to those who are riding the rollercoaster of love and marriage is just be nice, hang on, lean in to it.

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A Burning Man for my bucket list

Adding things to my Bucket List!  Thought I’d share this one because you might want to add it to yours….

BURNING MAN!!!

Here’s what the website says…

“Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.”

tens of thousands?    create a city?    art?  self expression?   no trace? 

MY KIND OF GIG!!! 

Vehicle and Kinetic Art….

 

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 Have you ever been??  Wanna go!? Meet me there!

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L’hellifiknow

There are a few little things in my life that really chap my …. that really bug me,

but not enough to actually DO anything about them.

This shirt tag for example. Drives me crazy…too lazy to cut it out. I’ve worn it for 3 years.

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This crack in my bathroom tile. Not about to bust out my Dremel and pop in a new one. As if. Sorry to disappoint all the Virgos in my life.

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Here’s my attic door. It won’t close properly.  I blame the DSL guy.  He busted the pull down ladder as well. No biggie, we have another attic.

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What’re ya gonna do? 

BUT….here’s one thing that I actually did something about! 

Backstory… 

 There’s a certain fancy schmancy store that I like to pop into on my way to (not buy anything at) Anthropologie.  I get a little sample of lavender hand cream from the Tester tube at said fancy store and try not to make eye contact with the sales ladies. If there’s a legal limit to how many free samples one can take, there’s definitely a warrant out for my arrest.  I just never buy anything because I can’t pronounce the name of the store!  There.  I said it!

 I don’t know how to pronounce L’Occitane.

Are you laughing?

Like, what if someone comes over and uses it and then asks me where I bought it?  Then I’d have to say that my girlfriend brought it to me from France which would be a big fat lie.  Or I’d panic and say “I found it”, which would be totally gross and then I’d have to back pedal, so I just avoid the whole situation all together.  

Admit it – You’re not sure either – Well here ya go! I looked it up –  You can thank me later 😉 

 

 

 

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a really pretty To Do list

Ok!  So as we all know I have (when I don’t have class work)  a massive addiction to Pinterest.  Last night I was up ’til 3 in the morning again following pins to their blog sources and then chasing images down rabbit holes and then I thought,

Hey Loser, go to bed. Tomorrow is another day and you can get a semi early start and actually DO some of the things you’ve pinned.

And with that I was, yet again, encourage to Log Out and rest. I put aside those lurking thoughts…

‘What if I miss something! What if I didn’t include the right short link, or put a Pin on the wrong Board!?’

But alas,

today ended up being a bunch of NON PINTEREST tasks, but I did manage to eek out a new type of TO DO list!

(which is actually just wasting more time not DOing the things I’ve pinned….just pasting to this post.

Ugh!

Anyhow….THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST includes….

Making a batch of this!  Wouldn’t it pair nicely with an evening of pinning?   

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Rudolph's Tipsy Spritzer - Orange juice, Sprite, Vodka, Maraschino Cherry Juice, Lemon Juice

 

Make just one journal page!  Here’s one from Pinterest…I have 600 more examples but will spare you. 🙂

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Type one little letter on this very typewriter.  A heading, greeting, body, salutation, hand signature.  This seems almost like a lost art in today’s world, but shouldn’t we all keep our letter writing skills nice and sharp? Note: this lovely machine lost its Backspace and Delete button, so it could actually take a few hours (away from my Pinning).

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Organize something around here. Maybe I’ll do this with my linen closet. I think this is Martha’s idea. You put you flat and fitted sheets into the pillow case to keep them all together (she’s assuming I have matching sets).  I think this was one of my very first pins this summer….and yet my closets still look crappy.

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Make this from http://spicesandspackle.com

Found this last night when I was supposed to be sleeping. 

But look at the ingredients for the sauce!

vegetable broth,  peanut butter
 sriracha ( Rooster Sauce)
 honey,  soy sauce,  ginger and garlic

. Noodles and Company Indonesian Peanut Sauté

Celebrate one birthday!…

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Make another batch of these. Don’t you remember me telling you that Pinterest makes you fat?

Anyway,  I’ve made them before and they are way too easy….which is great when you have to hurry up and get back to pinning.

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Which will require at least two sessions of this…

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some yoga in the dirt out by my shed…. in my dress

pppfffhhsst!

So there you have it- My To Do List    photo journal style!

Are you Pinning yet?  DON’T!

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