For better, for worse

For better, for worse…

For richer, for poorer…

In sickness and in health…

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I got all that jazz and I’m cool with it.  I wouldn’t give up IP for anything or anyone.  Well, maybe Donnie Wahlberg.  No.  Yes.  No….. I’ll get back to you on that one.

Anyway, I’ve come to realize, after 15 years of marriage, there needs to be an additional section in the vows where your beloved has to lay all their cards on the table, all those annoying habits and weird nuances, giving us all a little pre-warning upfront of the future we face.

Now I could talk about farting, clothes on the floor, and the likes, but those are the obvious issues one faces with a husband.  I mean these.

1.  Your future husband does not share your obsession to detail.

IP doesn’t usually carry cash.  He’ll use the debit card if he’s out and needs to buy gas, pick up lunch, etc.  He tries to remember to tell me when he’s done this, so I can write it in the checkbook.  This is our typical conversation.

“I bought gas today.”

“How much was it?”

“57.87 or 57.07.  I don’t know.  57 something.”

I’m one of those ‘balance the checkbook to the exact penny’ people.  57 something doesn’t go in evenly into my calculator.  I’m also not ok if you say 57.87 and it really turns out to be 57.07.  So, I end up digging through this.

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Silver lining….at least he keeps them.  Plus, while I’m trying to figure out the something missing from the 57, I usually find the lunch receipt he forgot to tell me about too.

2.   Your beloved is a tree-hugger….sort of.

Everyone goes green in their own way.  I’m all about recycling and saving the environment.  I have an extra weekly recycling bin and try to recycle everything that I can.  But I do have limits.  IP is convinced that you cannot throw batteries away when they die; that they will hurt the landfill.  When batteries die in our house, they go here.

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What, you say?  You don’t have years worth of batteries lying around in your basement?  What kind of person are you???

He claims there are places that recycle them.  I do not know of such places.  So, I have this collection.  I wonder if there are any boards on Pinterest for ‘Fun Things to do with dead batteries’?

3.  Your betrothed adheres to a strict “waste not, want not” philosophy on everything….well except one thing.

IP will wear the same shoes for years.  He’ll scrap the bottom of jars to get out every last bit.  He’ll drink the last…um wait, scratch that.  IP’s taste buds believe that, despite when it was originally opened, the last few fingers of a 2 liter bottle of pop are flat, fizz-less, tasteless, potentially deadly, and, therefore, unconsumable.  I frequently come home from work and find this scenario in my fridge.

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Somehow, I have managed not to die my drinking the last of all of these 2 liters.  It’s a miracle!

For better, for worse

For richer, for poorer,

In sickness and in health

In lost receipts and missing digits,

Knee-deep in dead batteries,

In flat, fizz-less soda,

Til death do us part

(Anyone see Donnie Wahlberg yet? No?)


I Do.




  1. I love this. I had no idea some of the maddening habits my husband had till I started repeatedly finding his deodorant in random places (except the bathroom..of course) and his sixth sense of knowing if I changed any ingredients or prep methods on his mother’s ridiculously good chili recipe.

    But he puts up with my Ginger Ale obsession, my OCD/germaphobic meat preparation, and my before 8 AM death stare so we’re even. 🙂

  2. Uhm….err….I recycle batteries lol. Admittedly, I live in a corner of the world where we recycle like mad!

    I think I am back to becoming a hard core IP fan….thinks I will sign up for another tour of the IPFC (Infamous Peter Fan Club) …lol…by the way, does anyone ever ask what IP stands for? lol…I find it sooooo hilarious that you call him that now lol.

      • I wonder if they think his names starts with the letter ‘I” …. then again, perhaps he should get it officially changed! Haha…*smirkles*

        As for battery recyling here…nods. But not exclusively for batteries. I can take them in to work and they take the batteries in for recycling…or…I go to one of the recycling centers in the area…they are normally part of what is called ‘Transfer Centers’…where people can haul non-food trash or big items to trash. They charge by wt. However, before you drive in to the Transfer Center there is normally a large area where you can bring in recycling for free. Not just paper and glass and tin…but all kinds of scrap metal, motor oil, platics, batteries…I see lots of car batteries there all the time … some places will accept certain styrofoam products too. We are recycling addicts here lol. My work place has bins to toss food products in it too…and it gets taken to compost areas. (When my work place caters food for clients, the plates, cups and utensils are all recyclable…the cups and utensils are corn starch based and are biodegradable….who knew such things even existed!)

        Crap, I will make us sound crazy here lol.

        And…finally….(yes, this is an official blog post comment hijacking lol) … finally …. do you actually tell IP that you call him IP?

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