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Mazel Tov, Big Apple!

Mazel Tov, Big Apple!

Hooray to another state that has stepped out of the Dark Ages into an era of equal rights for ALL citizens. Thank you to New York, and Governor Andrew Cuomo, for signing the same sex marriage bill into law. Now everyone can fret with us about whether or not marriage is a venerable institution, or an antiquated relic. We welcome the MILLIONS of new blog readers who can now celebrate,...

Is procreation the only reason to marry?

Is procreation the only reason to marry?

While tradition might dictate otherwise, parenthood and marriage don’t always go together like peanut butter and jelly. I’ve never had a deep desire to have kiddos, so it wasn’t a deciding factor in accepting Jim’s proposal. My decision to marry still confounds some of my outspoken friends who don’t understand why I bothered making our relationship legal if...

Settled Downers

Settled Downers

Take your pick: Pre-written narrative #1 Get married, buy house, have children, get heart disease, die *OR* Pre-written narrative #2 Get married, buy house, have children, get divorced, get breast implants, get heart disease, die No wonder we call it ‘settling down.’ What if there is a third option? Pre-written narrative #3 Get married and then whatever happens,...

Running of the Brides

Running of the Brides

Our townie pals from Boston created this epic digital short of the annual Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides. Evan Kaufman, our preferred matador, was on hand to guide us through the historic retail event. In four short minutes it proves that white virginity gowns make otherwise-reasonable women insane. Enjoy! Running of the Brides. Boston 2011 from Improv Asylum on...

Morning beverage ritual of death

Morning beverage ritual of death

About once a week I say, “I should switch to green tea.” I have been led to believe that green tea will prolong my life indefinitely, prevent cancer and fortify my soul. But I love coffee. Peter drinks yerba mate. He also drinks green tea. Apparently, he loves the earth so much, he wants his hot beverages to taste like it. Peter will live forever. I swirl my coffee...

Vacation recommendations

Vacation recommendations

No winter coat required today.  Already a balmy 50 degrees in New York, I can smell the arrival of spring like a just-opened jar of minced garlic.  Mild, sunny days like today are life preservers to those, such as myself, drowning in winter doldrums and seasonal affective inertia.  As if waking from a five month coma, fractured memories flood my cerebral cortex of summer dresses and...

Should we move in together?

Should we move in together?

I was chatting this past weekend with a couple of lovely lady-feminists who were thinking about moving in with their boyfriends.  Tough decision.  Does love conquer all?  Not necessarily. I’ve decided to create a list of questions everyone should ask themselves before their lease is broken. 1.  Do you believe in the institution of marriage? This is not an easy question to...

Home for the holidays – what I lea...

Home for the holidays – what I learned this year…

Spending nearly two weeks with two different families for two holidays (Christmas and New Year’s) is like getting lost in the engine room of a submarine – it’s hot, complicated and there is no way to escape. But then, after you have given up hope, the sun appears from above the surface and fresh oxygen rushes back into your lungs. As a general rule, I deconstruct my...

Consider this your holiday card…

Consider this your holiday card…

And so concludes another year sans Holiday greetings from Cathleen and Peter.  The first and last time we managed to get out seasonal well wishes was the Christmas after our wedding.  It happened for two reasons: 1.  We still had a fresh address list from our wedding extravaganza 2.  I was trying to impress Peter’s family I married into an aggressive card writing family. ...

Ho Ho Hum. How do you negotiate the holi...

Ho Ho Hum. How do you negotiate the holidays?

I spent 45-minutes commuting on a bus today behind a woman on a cell phone haggling with her husband over their travel plans for the holidays. It was intense, people! First off, to her credit, she had two incredibly complicated family trees to climb. I was really rooting for her — she wanted to make sure everyone felt they had been given an equal amount of holiday cheer and time...

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