Tuesday, July 22, 2014

About that Burger

     When your husband wants needs a new bow, the best way to say yes is to make a date out of it.  After nine billion hours of research, he found “the one” at Bass Pro Shop, so we headed to Memphis to make a day of it.  Naturally, the most exciting part of his day was playing Robin Hood.  The most exciting part of my day was eating.  Thanks to a tip from Groupon, we headed to The Green Beetle (…although we didn’t actually use the Groupon).


     I’m a sucker for a cool atmosphere (and I realize how uncool that sounds), and Keith was totally embarrassed by the fact that I was taking pictures in a restaurant. 

That giant stained glass (that you can’t really see) above the bar shows the restaurant full of big green people beetles.  So cute.

     On to more important things.  I got the Beetle Burger.  Just your traditional burger.  Except it was anything but…


     So good.  The onion rings (pilfered off of Keith’s Bandito Burger) were so good.  And the giant steak cut fries…so good.  But the bread…oh the bread on that burger.  I am not lying when I say it was some of the best bread I’ve ever had.  Also, I am in no way embarrassed by this ode to bread.  Please go eat a Beetle Burger.  Make sure you go on Burger Tuesday so you can get all this for only $6.


     So, with all of our important goals met – him: bow, me: lunch, we spent the rest of the afternoon just walking around downtown (people watching).  I’m so glad we got to have a little day date before school starts back, and we’re busy all time! 


     Did you go on any fun dates this summer?  Did you eat any amazing burgers this summer?  We’re about T minus one week until I’m back to work here, so I’ll be keeping busy for the next little bit and getting my workout in by cleaning out my classroom.  It counts.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lessons from Year One

     I’ve been married for twelve and a half months now…so I’m basically an expert at all things matrimonial.  In honor of my one year anniversary (half a month late), I’m going to give you the secret to a lasting marriage.  I figure that I learned about 6,823,146,852 things during this year, but for your convenience, I’ll whittle it down to twelve marriage lessons.  You know…so you can tackle one per month.  Buckle up.

1.  The best time to start an important conversation is when you’re both tired.  One of you will fall invariably fall asleep, but then you can just pick it up again the next day.  Bonus:  Your husband will really enjoy the sound of your voice as he’s trying to fall asleep.


2.  Husbands are good at so many things…arranging throw pillows is not one of them.  It never will be. 


3.  If the two of you mutually decide that your husband can get a fun new toy (say a boat or a bow), sometimes you’ll want to get something equally big and fancy for yourself, but it’s not necessary.  It’s more fun than you would expect just to watch him be happy.  Marriage is not really about keeping even anyway.

4.  Even if you have no self control, keep candy in the house if he likes it.  Sit on your hands and bite your tongue every time you want to gorge.

5.  Go on walks together.  It’s fun because he’s basically a captive audience.

6.  If you hate working out (or doing anything remotely physical), but he loves it…please understand that he’s not working out to make you look like a fat cow.  It’s perfectly okay to sit on the couch and eat cold pizza while he exercises (he probably doesn’t even care).

7.  Do not ever run out of squeeze Parkay.  Ever.

8.  Please do not make your home look like a girl home.  Your husband will feel uncomfortable.


9.    Go to TJ Maxx alone most of the time.  You don’t need a voice of reason telling you how you “don’t need another tea towel” or that “we don’t have a place for that furniture” or that “you don’t need one single other Christmas decoration” or that “you are grounded from buying scarves.”


10.  Never, I repeat NEVER, make a spaghetti squash.

11.  Your husband does not dictate the number of Christmas trees you put up. 


12.  Please calm down.  In general…about everything. (I’m working on this one.)  Husbo will thank you.  *BONUS*  He will love it if you call him husbo.

     If you can stick to these simple lessons, you will someday be a marriage super star like us.  *While this is the best advice I have ever read, I am not a counselor and cannot be held liable if you do in fact run out of squeeze Parkay.*  Being married is hard…but so fun.  And a year is really long…but so short.  Do fun things.  Love each other.  Make him hold your hand.  Cuddle very close even when he wants to push you off the couch.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014


     Have you all just been on pins and needles to see what I’m up to lately?  It’s a lot of the same with just more and more excitement every day about the beach! 

Reading:  I’ve just started reading Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour.  I am loving it so far.  Thankfully I’ve got the rest of the series for when I finish this one.  One of my biggest pet peeves is starting a series and not having all the books!

Watching:  At this very minute, it’s A Bush Family Album (and I’m probably about the be crying all over the place).  Lately though, Keith and I have been watching Salem on WGN.  If you have not watched, get busy.  So good.

Looking Forward To:  Are you kidding?  Do I even have to say it?  One week from this moment I will be at. the. beach.  It’s been two years since we’ve been…I believe we’ve discussed my beach obsession…


Planning:  I’ve got several things that need sewn (some mending, some projects), but honestly, I’ve just been too lazy to get out the sewing machine.  Don’t judge.

Cooking:  I’ve got to do a full menu one of these days!  Tonight, we’re having chicken sandwiches (we’re pretty fancy over here).  I did make a beautiful chocolate pie the other day…you can see it on my Instagram.  The next time I make it (which will be very soon), I’ll post the recipe.

Excited About:  (Is this the same as “Looking Forward To”?…oh well)  One week from today…hold the phone; I’m not about to talk about the beach again…Keith and I will have been married for one year!  I know it’s cliché, but it really has flown by.  It’s crazy how in just 365 days we’ve changed so much, learned so much, loved so much.  I cannot wait to see what’s next!

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