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January

Spouse’s Day

Posted by Brittany

Spouse's DayToday is Spouse’s Day, a day for us married folks to make sure our husband or wife knows how much we appreciate our better half.  Just in time to set the mood for Valentine’s Day, it’s a great excuse to spend some time with your loved one and let them know how much you care.  Several days throughout the year give us the opportunity to remind our mate of our undying devotion (Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day, etc.), but I especially like the emphasis Spouse’s Day puts on acknowledging how grateful we are for our chosen partners.

As usual, today was a whirlwind of chaos for Chris and me.  We had a particularly long and interesting commute home courtesy of a heavy snowstorm and early federal closures in our area.  Additionally, our own lack of foresight necessitated a stop at Target for some much-needed dog food.  When we finally did arrive home, I hurried to complete some chores while Chris walked the dogs and got started on dinner.  He prepared a delicious blend of cheeses and a little beer for a fondue feast, with only one minor interruption when he turned around to find Iris eating some of the cheese.  Luckily, he was able to remove the “tainted” morsels.  Another complication arose when we realized we bought the wrong size can of Sterno for the new fondue pot we received as a Christmas gift.  This will be an easy fix for future meals but for tonight we were not going to venture out in the storm for the right size.  Luckily, we also have a plug-in style fondue pot so it wasn’t long before we were dining on melted cheese and a little Asian Sesame Chicken Salad I’d picked up from Panera while Chris was getting the dog food.

We decided to make tonight a little special by eating in our dining room.  When I was growing up my family ate together at the kitchen table every night; there was never a television on and this was long before cell phones, so we actually TALKED to each other.  Chris and I hope to make this a habit when we have kid(s) as well, but as it stands right now, we eat just about every dinner together on the living room sofa, in front of the TV.  I don’t know if it’s because we work together and eat lunch together every day, or if it’s because we don’t really have a kitchen table (we’ve got a pull-up “D-top” you can eat at bar-style instead, and sometimes the dining room just seems too formal), or if it’s because most childless couples eat dinner this way.  Regardless, it’s a pleasant change of pace when we do eat in our dining room and today was a wonderful excuse to take advantage of the space.

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