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Scene From a Marriage #31,915

While discussing our concurrent stomach illnesses:

“We need to buy more crackers. We need to buy Saltines. We need the most boring cracker known to man.”

Throwing his arms in the air: “Here I am!”

Falling over laughing: “Oh my God.”

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Happy 13th Anniversary to My Husband

Song Lyric of the Day:

I belong with you, you belong with me / You’re my sweetheart / I belong with you, you belong with me / You’re my sweet

Lumineers / “Ho Hey

What can I say after 13 years together that I haven’t already said? Rich, you are still my best friend, the best friend I’ve ever had, in fact. Not only do you continue evolving as a wonderful, loving, supportive partner, your continuing evolution as a father leaves me in awe. I also have it on very good authority that Coraline is quite fond of you; you are the “fun” parent, after all (or so she tells me). Thank you for being our everything.



Rich and I on our wedding day, April 8, 2000. So young ...

Our family 2013

Rich, Coraline, and I on our 13th anniversary today.


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Scene From a Marriage #25,446

The tail end of a several-minutes long diatribe while discussing home improvement projects:

“I HATE that short hobbit toilet so much! Someday, when we replace it, I want to sledgehammer it to smithereens. I HATE it. It’s so gross. I keep expecting Ewan McGregor to pop up out of it.”

Sighing in exasperation: “Are you done?”

Taking a bow: “And scene!”


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Scene From a Marriage #30,932

“I realized Coraline’s first poop on the potty was on my birthday.”

“And just think — she picked this gift out all on her own. The real gift was doing it at my mom’s house so you wouldn’t have to deal with it.”

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Smack My Rich Up: Happy Birthday to My Blue-Eyed Boy

Today is Rich’s birthday, but we celebrated yesterday with brunch and a nice walk around downtown Knoxville. It’s hard to believe this is the sixteenth birthday of his I’ve celebrated with him, 13 as his wife. We’ve run the gamut of birthdays, from surprise parties to restaurant dinners with family and friends to quiet evenings at home with just the two of us (pre-Coraline) and everything in between. Through them all, I’ve witnessed the evolution of newlywed husband to trusted partner to best friend and, lastly, to amazing father. So it is with boundless love that I wish Rich all the happiness in the world and that his birthday wishes come true. I love you to the moon and back, honey. And so does our wonderful little girl. Happy birthday!

Laughing With Poppa

Sharing a joke with Poppa (2/21/13)

Smiling With Poppa

Smiling for Mommy (2/21/13)

Swinging Poppa

At the park after his birthday brunch (2/24/13)

*Rich — TOLD you I’d use “Smack My Rich Up” someday. Bwahahahaha! 🙂


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Scene From a Marriage #7,447

Hearing approaching footsteps: “Peeing with the door open!”

Footsteps getting closer: “Peeing with the door open! PEEING WITH THE DOOR OPEN!!!”

Right outside of view of the door: “Hey, you wouldn’t happen to be peeing with the door open, would you?”



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Scene From a Marriage # 15,798

After a day of mutual intestinal distress:

“How’s your stomach?”
“Still with me. How’s yours?”
“It feels like my butt’s going to blow off.”

Laughing: “See, romance isn’t dead. It’s just full of gas.”

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Happy 11th Anniversary to My Husband

Song Lyric of the Day:

Tell the repo man / And the stars above / You’re the one I love / You’re the one I love / The one I love

David Gray / The One I Love*”

Today is my 11th wedding anniversary. I actually started this post last year, for our 10th anniversary, and wasn’t able to finish it in time. Pregnancy brain/hibernation and all, you know. But here we are, one year later.

Where do I start? Rich, you’ve been my best friend for so long now I don’t know what I’d do without you. We started out as casual friends way (way, way, WAY) back in high school. We went our separate ways for college but you always made an effort to stay in touch. Which obviously ended up paying off. And for that I thank you. You proposed in the most romantic way possible, the kind of proposal I’d only seen in movies. You can always make me laugh, be it by talking in silly voices or doing some sort of pratfall or just saying something devastatingly funny (even sometimes when it’s unintentional). You’ve seen me at my absolute best and at my lowest, my worst. And you’ve stuck by my side through it all. You’ve taken care of me after surgeries and held back my hair when I’ve gotten sick. You’ve explored far-off lands with me, from Aruba on our honeymoon to Uruguay on our vacation a couple years ago. You kissed my pregnant belly on a snowy slope in Denver last year, before we shared our big news with anyone. You let me introduce you to my hometown of New York City for our second wedding anniversary. You know exactly why I cry whenever I see the Sex and the City episode where Samantha is diagnosed with breast cancer, and you always know to remind me that my mom is okay, that she’s still here. You have seen me through the loss of grandparents, a beloved uncle, and pets. You’ve helped me weather the storms that I’ve gone through with family and friends alike. You’re cheered me on in my dinky little acting forays, despite calling me a harlot for a week after an on-screen kiss. You’ve always worked hard to keep a roof over our heads. You supported my quest to finally go to a film festival. Most importantly of all, you’ve made the most amazing, sweetest, beautiful, smartest little girl with me. And you’ve turned out to be a more magnificent, hands-on father than I could have dared imagine. And for that, and everything else that’s come with 11 years of marriage, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you.
Just the two of us (and Bundle) on our 10th wedding anniversary, 2010.
Our family, 2011.

 *I linked to the video instead of just the lyrics.


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Scene From a Marriage # 11,232

“I don’t feel so good. I ate a rice pudding from the pack that was sitting on the table.”
“Shouldn’t it have been refrigerated?”
“I don’t think so.”  

(later that evening)

Laying down on the floor and propping his feet up. “Go to WebMD. I think I have botulism.”

“You don’t have botulism.”

“You don’t know that for sure. I could have botulism.”

Pulling up the website and reading the symptoms.  “You’re not slurring your speech. Is your vision blurring? Can you still see? Are you blind?”

“No, I’m not blind.”

“Then you don’t have botulism.” Going to the kitchen to look at the rice pudding containers and coming back to the office. “Honey, did you not see that they say right there on the side to refrigerate them? And that they were bloated? “

Groaning in pain.  “No.”

“Huh. Maybe you are blind, then.”

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Scene From a Marriage # 13,739

During Shark Week:
“Check this out. This guy’s leg got bitten and look what’s left of it.”
Immediately after hitting play on the DVR:
“Oh my God! Why the HELL did you think I’d want to see that?!?”
“I thought you’d find it interesting –“
“Interesting?!? Ugh.” Doubling over: “I think I’m going to throw up.”
“Oh, it’s not that –“
“Seriously! WHY did you think I’d want to see that? What is wrong with you?!?”

Laughing: “Guess I was wrong. You obviously don’t find it as interesting as I did.”

*For the morbidly curious and strong-stomached, here’s the clip. DO NOT watch if you’re remotely squeamish. Trust me on this one.

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