I have to admit that this year, as much as I tried, I was not in the Christmas spirit. I was preoccupied with the tragic loss of four people (including my brother) I cared about deeply in the past 90 days. In fact, the little shopping I did was done online a few days before Christmas. Despite how I was feeling, I still wanted to make our first holiday season as a married couple a special one. We put up the Christmas tree, I made desserts, and we even got a stocking for the dog weeks before. I definitely went overboard with the baking. Matthew somehow managed to help me with the two pumpkin pies that I made and the lemon cake. I personally dislike both of those desserts which is why I baked them. Baking something that I am guaranteed not to even want to try gives me the benefit of baking without the caloric intake. My husband on the other hand enjoys all the pressures of all that dessert for himself.
Archive for December, 2011
These blogs are getting tougher and tougher to write. I started the day determined to deal with Christmas shopping online and finish quickly. I did not have many gifts to buy as I was recently reminded that the holidays should not revolve around presents. Earlier this week, what I thought would be a fun afternoon in the park left me with a heavy burden. We got to the park and found several children running around unsupervised. I kept looking around for parents but could not see any. They kept trying to take the basketball from me and seemed unusually aggressive/ comfortable with strangers.
Our generation has been told on television that 1/5 relationships starts online. I’m not sure how they define a relationship or what the success rate is for relationships started online. However, I do know that social media can have a tremendous impact on relationships. Social media allows people to present themselves in many ways both positive and negative. At first, I did not realize how social media could have an effect on a relationship until I started noticing what my friends who are in relationships were doing.
Recently, Matthew and I attended our friends Elizabeth & Alex’s wedding. We had an amazing time and got to bring home a great favor to remember their wedding by. We were gifted cookie cutters that spelled L-O-V-E. I thought I was going to use the cookie cutter for actual cookies but then I decided that I would use them for something else- jellied cranberry. My husband loves to eat jellied cranberry and I love to prepare it because it’s super easy. I open the can and slice it- ta dah!
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Most people are used to hearing that couples live happily ever after but I am here to say that they might live stressfully ever after. Despite the wonderful time you have at the wedding and the honeymoon, life does not stop its course. Life does not roll out a red carpet and exempts you from all its problems. Being married has not stopped us from getting stressed one bit. Let me be clear, being married itself has not been the stressful part. We are simply getting accustomed to dealing with stressors in the context of the relationship. In our short time of being married we have experienced transitions in careers, lost loved ones, traveled, and made a few major life changing decisions. They do not show you that part in the movies. Most movies end with a happy ending that insinuates that other problems are not likely to happen.