52 Reasons……..

So Friday night my mom was nice enough to take our little goose for the night so that the hubs and I could go on a date. We ended up going to dinner and seeing The Vow. We liked the movie but liked it even more when we found out it was inspired by true events. So of course being the book worm that I am I immediately jumped on my Kindle Fire to find the book. I found it, bought it, and finished it within the evening. Saturday evening that is. The movie was “inspired” by the book which means that the book was 98% different then the movie. Or is it the movie was 98% different than the book?  Either way it’s an incredible story that really makes you think about the love and commitment between a husband and wife.  So that wonderful story got me thinking about our recent Valentine’s Day.

We had agreed that since our anniversary is the next month why not just spend money to do something fun on our anniversary. After all these years of wedded bliss you’d think that I’d know him well enough to know that this wasn’t really any sort of agreement at all. Now in my defense I did plan on making him something cute that I saw on pinterest, but I’ll tell you about that in a bit.

The Saturday before Valentine’s Day I woke up, walked out into the living room, and found a huge heart ballon, Tulips ( fave flowers), & a grocery bag wrapped gift. I was really shocked! But I thought maybe it was just a box of chocolates so no harm there. The hubs was excited and wanted me to open my gift right away. At this point I’m thinking this better be a box of chocolates cause I hadn’t even started on my homemade gift yet. Well, too my SHOCK & AWE it was not chocolate but a Kindle Fire!!! So I instantly  shrieked, “You said we weren’t doing gifts”! You’d think it would’ve been thank you but you’d be wrong. I was thinking my cute little homemade gift would certainly pale in comparison to what he just surprised me with. So of course I was feeling like the bad wife not realizing I should’ve bought him something to express my undying love to him. I’m sort of the practical one when it comes to things like this. When we agreed no gifts or spending any “real” money I was totally on board. No gifts meant no gifts. My hubs has never been this way and you’d think I would’ve figured it out by now but no so. So I was excited to play with my Kindle Fire  and thanked him for such an amazingly super awesome gift. I quickly purchased a book and began reading.  Meanwhile on the flip side I was in a panic as to what I was going to do for him!! My cute little homemade gift was something I saw and pinned on pinterest. It was gonna be a deck of cards and the 52 Reasons I loved him! Cute,right? Right. Until the Kindle Fire happened. Well, I’m gonna skip all the in between story and tell you that my Deck O’ Love never made it to fruition. So I had to scramble. I did indeed write down 52 reasons why I loved him & then bought him $50 gift Card to Old Navy.

Writing down 52 reasons why I love my husband was one of the best things I’ve done .  I know that life and life and life can get in the way of well…..husband and wife and why they love each other. I’m guilty of finding the reasons why he drives me crazy instead of remembering and finding ways that I love him. So without further ado here are my 52 reasons I love my wonderful husband: (Warning: Some parts may appear to be cheesier then they are)

1.  your cuteness  2.  the way you make me laugh  3.  your loyalty

4.  you’re an amazing father  5.  you make a killer grilled cheese

6.  the fact that you are a total germaphobe  

7.  your knowledge of random useless facts

8.  how positive you are  9.  your love of politics 10.  the way you relate to children

11.  your love of music except country  12.  that you’re a techie

13.  the way you’ve broadened my horizons with  movies, music, & t.v.

14.  your knowledge of comic book characters   15.  that you help around the house

16.  your jokes  17.  that you’re a social butterfly

18.  the way you can zone in on a project and work on it until it’s done

19.  your beautiful blue eyes  20.  that you’re a sticks man ( he’s a drummer)

21.  that Alton Brown/Good Eats inspires you to cook

22.  that you encourage me to follow my dreams

23.  That you work hard everyday so that I can stay home with our son 

24.  the amazing ability to see what you can see creatively

25.  your incredible talent at making up new words 

26. the obsessive way you have to have the sound system symmetrical  

27.  the ability you have at explaining things in terms that people can understand

28.  the way you get irritated when people talk during movies

29.  the way you nudge me when you want your back rubbed  

30.  love your choice in wrapping paper

 31.  that you were totally clueless that I was into you or that I needed a ride home  

32.  that you break out into song anywhere 

33.  that you go to girlie movies with me

34.  that you could literally LIVE ON PIZZA     35.  when you get mad  

36.  your love for wings  37.  you have such a tender loving heart  

38.  when you hug me  39.  your luscious lips  40.  when you play with our son

 41.  that you put up with me 42.  that God brought us together  

43.  good kisser 44.  your short term memory  45.  when you hold my hand

 46.  that you are always up for anything  47.  that you are a Man of God  

48.  that our son has an amazing loving strong man to look up to as he grows up

 49.  that you made me a mommy 

50.  when you put your hand on my back before we fall asleep 

51.  that you are the father to my son

52.  that you will always be there for us no matter what.

I love you with all my heart! You bring me joy and stress. You give me love and anxiety attacks, but I wouldn’t want to ride this roller coaster with anyone else but you.

I’m glad that I did this. In fact, I think that all married couples should do this for there spouse from time to time. Sometimes you need to look at why you fell in love with your spouse and what things you’ve fallen in love with since you’ve been married. I vow that I will add to this list throughout the years and always remember why I fell in love with him. And the next time he decides to put the recyclables on the dryer instead of taking the few extra steps to put them in the recycle bin I’ll pull out my list and remind myself of all the reasons I love my husband.

I’m a Plumber too – Part 2

I’m baaacckkk! I’ve actually figured out how to upload pictures! I will show you  that I am in fact a plumber. Plus an extremely bad super model. Or a bad model. There is certainly nothing super about my modeling skills and I’m not sure skills is the word I would use for what I’m doing in some of these pictures. Years of watching ANTM (American’s Next Top Model) has led me to believe that I am in fact an undiscovered talent hiding in a domestic haven. If I’ve  learned one thing through ANTM it’s that you don’t let the pain or discomfort show in your face while modeling. You be the judge, but don’t judge too harshly I’ve been known to cry a time or two.

This is where the magic happened.

Gross Broccoli water


The pipes I took apart

So while I was fixing the clog in our sink I realized that this uneventful event could be my very first blog post. So that’s when I decided to snap a few shots. But of course the post wouldn’t be complete without pictures of me in the “Kitchen Sink Clog of 2012″.

This is where I tried to channel my inner Tyra Banks and look fierce, but as you can see it's not working out for me.

There are more pictures of me posing in front of the nasty broccoli water, but after viewing them a gazillion times I’ve decided that even I’m not comfortable enough to let everyone see what a hot mess I can truly be.
So what have I learned from this whole experience you may ask……
1.  NEVER put a bowl full of broccoli down the disposal
2. When in doubt….YouTube it!
3. The obvious. How to take the pipes apart in order to unclog the sink.
4.  America’s Next Top Model I am not!
5.  To put on makeup and be picture ready at all times.

I’m a plumber too.

……but sort of a blogger! That’s right this is my VERY. FIRST POST! Or is it blog? Whatever I’m a newbie.

I’m proud of myself! I even have pictures to prove it. I just need to figure out how to put them on my blog, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves or myself.

I am a stay-at-home-mom or SAHM. Yay me! Alas, I am not a home owner but a renter. As is my husband since we do live together. I put my sweet little 17 month old down for his nap. I sat down on the couch and began to crochet. I have a slight addiction to crocheting lately. Then as always I realize that I REALLY REALLY need to get those carpet stains out of the carpet. I begrudgingly walk to the kitchen to get my homemade cleaner and some hot water. I turn on the sink and see that it’s filling up with water and not draining. I decide to flick on the garbage disposal and this does nothing. I then swing my faucet over to the other side of the sink to see if it fills up with water. Surprise! It does. ;

I don’t know what to do. I DO NOT want to call the property management again. This would be the 3rd time within a few months that I’ve alerted them to something not working. This would also be the 3rd time they would tell me the owners would only pay $150 and then the rest is our responsibility. Not wanting to have to deal with that I picked up the phone and called the hubs. Now my man rocks at all things techie and electrical (possibly the same thing), but I’m not so sure he’s exactly what you’d call…..a plumber. I only say this because in our almost 6 years of marriage I have yet to experience what could be a hidden talent of his. So anyway, back to calling my hubs.

Me: Hey babe. Did you get my text?

Hubs: Yes, but I’m busy at work. What do you think is wrong with it?

Me: Well, I googled it so I think it’s just a clog. Thought I might take a crack at taking the sink apart.

Hubs: Do you think it’s the coconut grease I poured down the sink last night? (Which by the way melts with really hot water)

Me: ( This is the part where I don’t mention that I just disposed of a bowl of cooked broccoli from last night)I don’t know. Could be.

Hubs: Ok do this: Take the screen off the kitchen window and then turn on the wa-

Me: Huh? Why am I taking the screen of the kitchen window?

Hubs: I want you to heat up the water and maybe it’ll melt the grease from last night. So take the kitchen screen off the windon & stick the faucet out the window so it warms up. When it’s really hot put it right in the drain so it gets to the grease.

Me: Umm….ok.

Don’t ask me why I actually did this but I did. I have no knowledge of anything plumbery or whatever. To my surprise this didn’t work. Not really. Knowing that is must be the broccoli and not so much the grease I did what any good SAHM does. I youtubed it! Thank you Youtube!! This amazingly short video showed me exactly what to do and so I tackled the project head on! I should magically have the link here so that everyone can see it, but I’m new to this blog world and haven’t figured that part out yet.

So off to the kitchen I go. I take all my cleaning products out from under the sink or most of them. Grabbed a large bowl to catch the water in and got to work on unscrewing the “J” pipe. In the youtube video I watched it shows that there would most likely be a clog in the U shaped part of the “J” pipe and then all the water would pour into the bucket. So I was excited to see it all work out. Well, I did that and I did have some stuff come out, but the sink still had standing water in it. It wasn’t pouring out like the video said!! I have a few seconds of panic. I DID NOT want to call the property management like I mentioned before. So I sat there on the kitchen floor thinking………I guess I could take the rest of the pipes apart and see what happens. I removed another pipe and more water came out, but not enough to completely empty the sink. I stuck my fingers up there and felt a very clogged pipe and yes it was the broccoli. I loosened the gross broccoli and a rain of water and broccoli came shooting out. Yes!! Success!! I leaned back and gazed upon the pipes I took apart, the large bowl full of disgusting dirty water and floating broccoli, and was very proud that I had done that.

What I really wanted to do was run in to the streets screaming at the top of my lungs that I had fixed my kitchen sink. I wanted to grab perfect strangers and drag them into my house to show them my awesome accomplishment and say. “Ya, that just happened”! But I didn’t do that. Instead I texted my hubs a picture of it that said, ” I’ll send you the bill later” and then one to my mom that said, “I’m a plumber too”. That was the extent of my celebration. Except of course to use this momentous occasion as my very first blog.