As some of you may know, Andy and I have been married for over 8 years. (EIGHT LONG YEARS)
I personally think people should go through some sort of pre-marriage counseling that prepares them for the different facets you'll go through in a marriageship. In fact, I, as the all knowing been-there-done-that chick, volunteer to be your personal guide through stormy seas. And by *volunteer* I mean there will be a nominal fee of $1,000.
Expensive, you say? Well, it's a one time payment and you will get the benefit of my expertise and have me at your beck and call. That's a bargain since not even Andy can boast of such privileges. Unless he pays the $1,000 fee but that would be immoral and along the lines of prostitution which we here at Bee's Musings do not condone!
Okay! Let's get this train back on track!
My Andy and I have gone through a lot of transitional periods but the hardest ones were probably the first 3 years (I'm not counting the seventh year among the problematic ones because I blame it on temporary insanity)(HIS temporary insanity).
In the first year of our marriage, we discovered that our heads will not literally explode from yelling at each other until we sound like chain-smoking winos. This was a great realization since we seemed to be at arms everyday and twice on Sundays.
"Why don't you close the shower curtain after your shower? What? You want to bathe in mold??"
"Do not touch my lunch snacks because those are mine- for ME to take for MY lunch- MINE!" (I think we can all recognize this as being Andy)
"Gah! Can you pick up your feet so I can sweep under the couch??"
"Why do you have to clean when I'm trying to watch Football/Basketball/Baseball/Golf/Midget Wrestling??"
Specialist in mental health call this "The adjustment" period (I assume) but I call it the "Watch your ass or I'll kick it!" period. Still, we tweaked our behaviors. He by becoming addicted to the computer instead of the TV thereby staying in his dungeon and me by never cleaning. Ahhh apathy, you are the instrument which tunes my soul. Or not. Whatever.
Worked out well I'd say.
Our second year we argued less but when we did argue, it was mostly about money. He would give me my allowance at 6:00pm on Fridays and I would have it all spent by 6:05pm on Fridays.
"How is that you're broke already? I JUST gave you your money! Are you buying drugs in the alley?"
"It's none of your beeswax! It's not like I'm asking for more!"
Those same specialists may call this "The financial overlord" period and I would have to agree. It would drive Andy insane that I'd never know where my money went and I refused to give him a breakdown. As far as I was concerned, it was my allowance and I could spend it on wax jobs for women in third world countries if I wanted to!
After we bought our house in the midst of our third year of marriage, all arguments over money stopped. There was no money to argue over, you see. Our allowances went from "Woohoo! Shoes, purses, TEQUILA!!" to "Hmmm I think I have enough to buy a Butterfinger, a bottle of water and a bag of twisty fritos. Doh! I forgot about the tax!" We go to work, come home, pay our bills then go to our respective corners and relax.
There's something about being on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars that makes you bond and realize it's you two against the malevolent banks with their interest rates and their rolls of quarters.
We reached a plateau in our marriage. The "comfortable with each other enough for ONE of us to confide in the other that we just took the longest poop on record!" (okay, it wasn't me). One where we can be have our own likes without codependency.
You figure there is nothing else you can hide from each other. No new behavior you need to adjust to. From here on out it's smooth sailing...
Until the day comes when his computer breaks and now you're left to fill that vacant void that's labeled "relationship".
All of a sudden your pleasant routine transforms into this "WE" thing.
"What are WE going to watch?" -Uhhh I'M going to watch "17 Again". (Don't judge me!)
"The Cubs'/Bears' game is on, can WE change the channel?" -but I'M already watching Less Than Perfect!
And then he starts taking over your things, your seat, your sanity.
"I am just going on your laptop for a minute- why are there pictures of Brad Pitt and David Beckham flashing me?" -because they're gorgeous duh!
"Can you scooch over? There's a glare from your terrarium on the TV." -which is why I sit where I sit.
Then it gets worse because now you have to listen to ::shiver:: sports talk!
"Shabadaba Tarrrruiti is on the DL (disabled list)(useless trivia) again! That man must be made of glass!"
"The Cubs played the Dinosaurs and lost by 17 but they should have won! Gary Whocares lost it at the end!"
"Blah Blah Blah football."
He keeps looking over at me as I type this. WE are watching Law & Order Criminal Intent (I LOATHE JEFF GOLDBLUM!)
There sits my Andy. Drinking my Miller Lite and eating Doritos...
I don't know what's wrong with his computer. I don't know how to fix it either but, by Eve [shakes fist in the air!], I'm going to take out my tools, pour myself a drink and figure it out!