(Note: This was a phone conversation. I collect books, Mr. J collects guns. We’d listened to the audiobook last year and this year finished the audiobook of Wise Man’s Fear. It took me forever to convince Mr. J that he would like it.)
Mr. J: I bought another copy of The Name of the Wind.
Me: Did you get the 10th anniversary edition or the illustrated edition?
Mr. J: I don’t know. It’s a book.
Me: Does it say “illustrated” on the cover?
Mr. J: I don’t know, it has pictures on it.
Me: That doesn’t help me. Does it say “illustrated?”
Mr. J: It has words on it.
Me: What words?
Mr. J: I don’t remember I didn’t look at the cover.
Me: How could you not look at the cover?
Mr. J: Books are complicated. Guns are easier.
Me: (laughs) I’m putting that on a t-shirt for you.
Me: You sleep well, love.
Mr. J: You too, get plenty of rest.
Mr. J: Actually do it, get rest.
Me: (silence…I was actually thinking about fixing a plot point and not really paying attention.)
Mr. J: Actually do it. And don’t use your rebellious voice.
Me: (laughs) I don’t have a rebellious voice.
Mr. J: You have three.
Me: (laughs) Really?
Mr. J: Yep.
Me: Tell me about ’em.
Mr. J: No.
So back in August 2014 I met my best friend. February 13, 2015 (Friday the 13th and the day before Valentine’s Day) we got married.
Shortly after my divorce and before I met Mr. J I made this list. I decided that if I was going to ever try to date again I needed to learn from my mistakes and do all the things better. And I wanted to find the exact opposite of my ex.
Funny thing: somehow we both forgot to ask each other what our political affiliations were until after we got married. Boy was that a surprise. I was all like: how did we go this long without having one political discussion? But it’s okay. Even though we disagree about some things, we still love each other, accept each other, and work together to make both of our lives better. That’s how respect works.
Henna for the civil ceremony.
It was a lovely, crisp, clear night when we got married.
In the morning it looked like this:
It’s was an awesome day! Today is awesome too! Here’s to this life and the next! Together forever! I love you Mr. J!
Me: (gets into bed, burrows under blankets) Hey! It’s your turn to take care of the humidifier. And the bathroom light is on.
Mr. J: (noise of mild distress)
Me: Oh come on!
Mr. J: I guess we’re sleeping with the light on.
Me: No! Come on!
Mr. J: I can’t move.
Mr. J: (another noise of mild distress)
Me: Fine! (unburrows self and fills humidifier)
Mr. J: You’re like the Lord Commander of the Humidity Watch.
Me: (turns off light. returns to bed, trips over Mr. J’s phone charger)
Disclaimer: Mr. J loves my cats. But he came into my life many years after they did. They were here first. They don’t understand why he’s here now. They hate him. He does not understand why they hate him, or rather he does but he doesn’t care. Also, we are both vulgar people and swear at our pets just as much as they swear at us in cat language. No cat feelings or human feelings were harmed.
We were watching Master Chef.
Me: Describe the spirit of Tiny Rick if he were food.
Mr. J: A really good stew that you crack a raw egg all over at the last minute.
Mr. J: Because he sneezes all over everything.
Me: Okay, what about Leela?
Mr. J: Tiramisu but you dumped the entire jar of cinnamon over it.
Mr. J: Because the core is good but if you scrape away the top it’s just overwhelming and slightly annoying.
Me: Okay, Titian?
Mr. J: Chocolate pudding. Because she’s a fat piece of shit and slightly runny.
Note: Titain weighs 18.5 lbs. which is big for an American shorthair.