Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Marriage is a Blast

Let's face it, marriage gets a bad reputation in the world. When Eric and I got engaged, everyone was very supportive of us as a couple. However, many were quick to point out how much marriage sucks. The divorce rate isn't exactly encouraging either. FINALLY last month we got a card from a friend of mine who couldn't come to our wedding, she wrote, "Marriage is a blast!" Little did she know, she was the first person to say something positive about marriage to me, really!

I realize that when people say marriage sucks they mostly mean in a few years... probably when kids are involved (sorry kiddos, I do love you, but let's face it- you make marriages a lot less of a blast). Even so, I think marriage is a blast, and I plan to write it (and mean it) on every wedding card forever!

I think I've mentioned before that Eric and I do not eat the same dinner... almost ever. With the exception of Eric's amazing sweet potato risotto, our nightly routine is basically tripping over each other in the kitchen and then on the off chance that we time our meals to be ready at the same time, we may eat together. It's weird, but it works for us. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why Eric and I disagree so much about food, but basically we just grew up eating very differently and are both way too stubborn and set in our ways to adapt.

Last night, we actually decided to cook a meal together. Eric took control of the stuffing and I grilled the chicken and cooked a Delicata squash in the oven.


So good. I am kind of obsessed with squash right now. And I'm always obsessed with stuffing. Plus it was kind of cool not to have to do the whole meal. Eric may have dumped gravy on top of his whole meal, therefore ruining it in my book but hey- at least we got to cook together!

Tonight I wasn't planning on sharing another meal, so I made tempeh with parsnip fries...


The parsnip fries were great, but the soy ginger sauce I cooked the tempeh in was TERRIBLE (way too salty!), so I ended up stealing a portion of Eric's pasta with ground turkey bolognese sauce... which was delicious. Perhaps we will start cooking together more often :) Marriage is a blast, I tell you.

Marriage also rocks when your husband decides to put aside his hatred of running and run a 5K with you. It rocks even more when he decides he actually likes running. It rocks the most when you go for a run on a gorgeous fall day...


There was a swan in the reservoir!


And lots of ducks...


Much as I love yoga and spinning, there is just no other work out where you can enjoy this kind of scenery (let's face it, bike riding is a little fast to enjoy scenery)...



Engaged Kelly is pretty impressed that married Kelly and Eric eat and go running together.

Take that haters, I like marriage. It was even worth the pain in the bum that was planning a wedding. It was sorta worth the name change process... though clearly I am not finished with that since I discover my old name on at least one thing per day! My new goal is to have it all done by the time I'm 40. I aim high.


  1. you have a pretty impressive husband hahah! yay for marriage rocking :)

  2. My Eric is too LAZY to cook his own dinner so if I leave him to his own devices he would literally LIVE off of Ramen Noodles and KD. But if I make a super healthy dinner he WILL eat it, it's just he won't make it for himself. Sigh!

    I think marriage would be a blast :-)

    Love those pics!!

  3. I like marriage too. I still haven't changed my name though. I'm lazy.

  4. So I'm not the only one that has people react a little strangely about the whole wedding thing. It's like people want to be happy for you but are also dying to tell you that you will be desperate to get out.

    Good for you two for enjoying marriage! :o)

  5. Ahhhh I think marriage is a great too, and I got told by nearly everyone I was nuts when I got married at 20yo, that I'd ruined my life, I'd never do anything, I was too young, blah blah blah ... nearly 22yrs and 5 children later we're still happily married, won't lie - there have been ups and downs ... but married life is still good :) Oh ... and I've accomplished probably a whole lot more than most of those negative people!

  6. That is an awesome way to sign a card. :) I agree, marriage gets such a bad rap. When my sistser got engaged so many people were like, 'are you sure you want to do this?' which is just sad! I look forward to marriage some day. It will sure beat trying to coordinate schedules and find time to see each other. I can't wait to come home to my husband and have the option of cooking dinner together. :)

    Those pics are beautiful!!

  7. yay! I love this post and couldn't agree with you more! I think I'll have to start writing that on wedding cards! :)

  8. You are so right! When I got engaged, a lot of my married friends said marriage sucks (although I also agree, kids make marriage less of a blast), but I've found it to be nothing but great! It's what you make of it.

  9. Marriage IS a blast!!

    My hubs and I are the same when it comes to dinner. We generally only eat the same thing/same time on weekends... and not always then!

  10. Marriage is fun! I agree!

    My husband and I typically have the same meal for dinner - if I cook, he is welcome to have whatever I cook - just might be fake meat and beans!

    But he is welcome to cook whatever he wants.

  11. Good to know what a blast marriage is! since I have yet to take the plunge....

  12. I think many of those "haters" got married too soon, before they knew who they were marrying!! I agree with oyu Kelly, Nick and I have been living together for over three years, so we are basically married, and I love it. Too many people get married WAY TOO SOON, so then they end up regretting it because they didn't know what they were getting themselves into.

    Eric is such a great guy to agree to run a 5k with you. That's just awesome. The parsnip chips look great, by the way! And, Nick and I always eat different dinners too. hehe

  13. I don't think marriage sucks either. It is not much unlike our unmarried life. However, it is nice to know that we can fight and be angry and over it in like 2 seconds as opposed to other relationships where it would just be done haha.

  14. I totally agree that marriage is a blast! I stayed home sick from work today and had my hubby there to snuggle with...the whole day! Remind me of this next time I am annoyed that he has to work so many weekends :)

  15. I don't know much about marriage, but I'm so glad you guys are enjoying it!

  16. I am dying for the sweet potato risotto recipe. It looks like it rocks too.

  17. hahahaha loved this! You just gave me some hope about marriage lol Chris and I have been together for 4 yrs now and recently starting planning for 2 years down the road so I guess we are practically married anyway. And kiddos, well, I think you said it just perfectly ;) Hopefully I'll still be fertile when we start thinking about kids.