Marriage First: Working from Home Together

I don’t know if you heard, but there was this hurricane called Sandy in the Northeast earlier this week. Paul and I were two of the extremely lucky ones in New York–no damage to our home or car and we haven’t lost power. (But of course, we’re devastated by the images of destruction in our hometown of Staten Island and the other affected areas.) The storm had an unexpected side effect: forcing us both to do our separate jobs in our not-huge apartment for a few days (and counting), which made me realize some surprising things. Continue reading

Marriage First: Not Sitting Together on a Flight

Paul and I love traveling, so we’ve made it a priority to fly to many destinations together since college. While we’re still not experts at climbing over each other when we need to use the plane’s potty, we much prefer awkwardly stepping over one another to getting personal with other passengers. And we usually pre-load our laptop with movies and funny clips to watch to pass the time on each flight. So when a recent flight was canceled and we were squeezed onto an alternate and soon-departing flight, we weren’t thrilled that our seats were many, many rows apart. Continue reading

Promise to My Future Baby: I Won’t Enter You in Photo Contests

In case your Facebook feed isn’t filled with little kids’ photos framed in the most offensive beige rectangle I’ve ever seen, I’m here to tell you that it’s Gerber Generation Photo Contest time, when hopeful parents submit images of their little ones in exchange for said offensive beige photo frame and a minute shot at winning a college scholarship or a life insurance plan (or something similarly valuable). And it made me realize… Continue reading

The Wedding That Made Me Realize I Take My Marriage for Granted

Ordinarily, I crash almost as soon as I get home from a wedding, especially after a two-hour drive, most of which was spent in traffic. But I didn’t want to fall asleep and risk forgetting some important things that occurred to me at this afternoon’s event. Continue reading

A Touching Letter to President Obama on Marriage Equality

As you no doubt know, Barack Obama finally spoke out in support of gay marriage, a first for a sitting president. This stirred up all kinds of emotions in Americans, especially in my former college suitemate, Michael (that’s him on the right). I’ve been lucky enough to have been Mike’s friend as he navigated dating life in our Brandeis days to when he proposed to his wonderful boyfriend Aaron (the bespectacled guy on the left). And in June, I’ll witness them tie the knot. Michael drafted a letter to the president, a must-read if I ever saw one. Continue reading