January 21, 2011

Significant Other Blogfest

Hi everyone! Today is the Significant Other Blogfest hosted by Talli Roland and DL Hammons (thanks to both of you for such a fun idea). Please go check out the other posts today!

Beloved Husband has prepared this for you:

So, here it is after 4:30a on the 21st. As of 10:30 last night I was going to let Kari post some lame-ass answers to the three questions, but I woke up with these thoughts running through my head, so please excuse the inevitable rambling that's about to ensue, but A) I'm not a writer & 2) I'm half asleep. Wait........

It seems to me that the purpose of this little exercise is to "Get to know your blogger better". I don't believe you can REALLY know someone until you meet them & have an honest to god, face to face real conversation. Not texts, e-mails, facebook or twitter & yes.... not even through blog posts. I think so much communication happens non-verbally & we don't even realize it. Perhaps this is why writing is so hard??? That said, let me try & give you an insight or two about my lovely wife.

Well, I basically married my best friend & even though we've only been married for 7 years, we've been together for nearly 20. That should tell you something right there, she has tolerance & patience above & beyond. Kari is a graphic designer by trade. She has always been very creative (you should see the "Art project area in the house") so when she said she was interested in trying to write a book, I thought this was just another phase. I was right at first, but then about a year ago there was a small, but distinct change. I knew this writing thing was not just another "creative kick" when I saw that look on her face & that ever so subtle twinkle in her eye when she talked about the writing classes or her blog followers. It's the same energy she has when we go to (or even talk about) Walt Disney World. It's fun to watch Kari get exited about..... well about anything really. At 37 she has been able to hang on to a tiny corner of what it feels like to be 6 years old. To experience that all you need to do is spend a hour with her during Christmas. She gets so much pleasure & enjoyment out of decorating for the season. Actually her attachment to & affinity for snow globes might be boarding on unhealthy.

As I said, Kari's writing has just gotten going in the past year, so this is all a little new to me. Maybe 5 or 6 years down the road I'll feel differently, but at this point for the most part, I like the changes I see in her. Vocabulary for instance. She's started using words & phrases I've never heard before. She's learning & growing in this new found passion & that's always good!! There are some slight annoyances that have come up, but it comes with the territory. This past July I decided it was time to get an iphone. That meant I would
have to switch cell carriers. To have her on sprint & me with AT&T wasn't going to work because in order not to spend our entire income on phone bills, we need the free cell to cell minutes. This meant we both got iphones. In mid August, while sitting in the couch one night, I turned to her & said "I think I've created a monster". She's ALWAYS doing something with it. First it was a game. I don't know the name, but I called it "the stupid waitress game". Most recently it has been reading & commenting on blogs. Another development has been the early rising to go write. I don't care so much about that, I mean any idiot knows that 6:00a is the middle of the night, but whatever floats your boat. It's the consequences of that at bedtime that tends to be a problem. I'm sorry, but I'm just usually not tired at 10:00p, but I'm afraid if I don't go to bed with her & least once in a while, we may never have sex again!!!

All in all, I'm behind her 1000000%. Especially if she gets published & makes a million bucks!! She tells me that's VERY unlikely, but if anyone can do it she can.

Thank you BH. I love you honey. I'll work on that million bucks.
*Makes note to buy lottery tickets*

As a special treat, I've included the Questions and "Lame answers" he referred to in his post. (Since I had them all prepared and everything.)

1. What food or drink is guaranteed to return your loved one to a good mood, even after a bad day writing?
BH: I don't know. Something crunchy? Seriously nothing. I know, a clean kitchen.
(BH is right, a clean kitchen would brighten my day every time.)

2. What one thing would you change about your others writing habits?
BH: Nothing.
Me: Nothing? Seriously? The 6 am alarm clock, the binders all over the place...nothing?
BH: Nothing.
Me: Wow.

3. How hard is it to sit by and watch someone you care for struggle to attain a dream...knowing there's very little you can do to help?
BH: I reject the premise of the question.
Me: Huh?
BH: It's leading.
Me: okaay.
BH: It's not.
Me: What?
BH: Hard
Me: Should I be offended?
BH: No. You're learning new things. It's supposed to be hard. You like it that way. You are growing. It's a good thing.
That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by my little blog. Please go check out the other participant's posts. I will be going around and checking them out too. I've got a full day of work today; so I won't be around to comment until later this evening or tomorrow. I can't wait to read all of your posts.


  1. OMGosh...your hubby is a keeper. What a riot!! Loved learning more about you. Just hopped over from Don's humble abode. Best of luck with your writing.

  2. I loved this post. I'm following you now, simply becuase your hubby makes you sound awesome. Great, hilarious post! My SO feels the same way about that whole bedtime thing, haha!

  3. I loved that post! So supportive, even when he's not getting sex! hahahha! What a man! :)

  4. I'll check out the other blogs. I didn't know Talli had one going on today, but then again I've been a bit "out of it" the past few weeks.

  5. I am so impressed that your hubby wasn't satisfied with the interview questions, and actually got out of bed in the wee hours to write this lovely, heart-felt post about you. He's a keeper! You're a lucky woman.

    So glad to have found your blog. Looking forward to following!

  6. I preferred his write up, which is far better, to the interview, that's obvious right? He's sure a great SO and no worries, the millions are coming, lol...

  7. Oh, how adorable was this!! Your hubby sounds so supportive and most of all, he seems to "get" how difficult and arduous the journey you are embarking on is. Fantastic!!

  8. This post typifies what I hoped for when Talli and I created this blogfest. Such an expression of support and honest feedback. You are one lucky woman/writer. My hats off to the hubby!

    Thank you for taking part of the fun today! :)

  9. Great post. So much honesty there.

  10. I love your husband's enthusiasm! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hi Mr. Marie! OMG. How great are you? Thanks for sharing.

    My significant other

  12. It's awesome how devoted and supportive your husband is! :)

  13. 1000000% is a lot of support. You're very lucky, Kari!

  14. HEHHE yes I giggled about the no sex part. You knew I would. Well I already knew he was a fantastic man and supportive husband. And YOU are the one who I will be begging an autograph from. Oh I know, maybe we cant tour together!! Thanks BH for letting the world know how wonderful Kari Marie is and showing us what a true best friend does for the love of his life. Smooches and Hugs to you both.

  15. Ha, love this! Our husbands both commented on sex... I just started blog hopping so I wonder if this will be a recurring theme :)

  16. Very cool! There are some great supportive spouses in the blogosphere!

  17. I'm loving this blogfest! What a keeper! You can tell how much he loves you (and indeed, why wouldn't he?), and getting an outside perspective on what goes on in your writing life is fantastic!

    (PS - my captcha code is grabtop. Clearly a hint for hubby! Grab her top!)

  18. What a great post! Laughing at the 10 p.m. bedtime.

  19. Hi Kari and Mr KMW .. great to hear the repartee as the knowledge base about the writing blog & how far you're going Kari .. my sense is someway away .. good for you both .. and as to an early night .. sounds good to me! Cheers Hilary

  20. Nice to meet you, Kari! Wow, your man sounds great! I love what he wrote about you--he seems to really "see" the real you.


  21. So glad he found the time to type up a larger post - hilarious! I really liked this.

  22. Nothing like marrying your best friend! And any woman who will stick with you that long you have to keep!

  23. Hi - thanks for stopping by and commenting :) I actually edited my post to have 'reasons they inspire', I forgot to do that at first. hehe. Anyway...it wasn't easy narrowing it down, but in the end I had to be VERY ruthless :D

    I liked this - your hubby sounds wonderful!

  24. Your husband is amazing!! Definitely a keeper! I'm a little late on the commenting front but I've been behind lately due to writing.

    This was well worth the wait that's for sure!!! I'm so glad my husband joined in on the fun as well!


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