Now If You'll Excuse Me, I'm Off to Partake in Cake.

Hey Blogstalkers!  Welcome to Week II of The Year of Lauren!

A year can seem like both a very short and a very long length of time depending on the situation.  Right now to me it's seeming really very long, in a very good way.  I lie in bed at night and see 51 more weeks stretched out before me and think of all of the things I get to do this year that maybe I didn't in the last couple of years.

I get to really enjoy Christmas with my family since I won't be working 80 hours a week closing the accounting year.

I won't have to postpone any birthday celebrations because my January 7th birthday falls at a really bad time. (Month-End/Quarter-End/Year-End = Really Bad Birthday For An Accountant.)

Next summer I could even get tan! (But won't because that is bad for you.)

I am lucky.  I know that.  And I am so grateful for this chance to do what I love, since I know it's not a chance everyone gets to take in their life.  I am grateful for my husband.

It is because of this gratefulness that he somehow managed to convince me to sign (yes he made me physically sign my name) his list of rules for the next year of our lives.

His "brilliant if I do say so myself" idea to make this list of rules came about in the following way:

It is a Tuesday evening in July 2012 and while Ryan and Lauren (mostly Lauren) have been talking about her perhaps leaving her job in the near future, no concrete decision has been made.  Lauren is making dinner and realizes she needs brown sugar.  So she opens the cabinet that houses all of her baking goods and is basically assaulted by a hailstorm of what turns out to be potatoes.

Lauren: Blllrgghhh ahhhh WHAT?! No, shit, ouch, shit!

Ryan: Will you be quiet in there?  The dogs and I are trying to take our pre-dinner naps.

Lauren: No I will not be quiet in here! I was almost just killed or wounded!

Ryan: What are you even talking about?

Lauren: When you helped me put the groceries away yesterday did you seriously think the five pound bag of potatoes (which I had ripped open to grab two potatoes for dinner before we put the groceries away) should go here?! (Points to tall narrow baking-goods cabinet.)

Ryan: I don't know.  I don't know where you keep things.  They fit there.

Lauren: I was almost just MASHED BY POTATOES RYAN.

Ryan: Well next time I will just let you put the groceries away all by yourself then.  Since you seem to hate how I do it.

Lauren: If you let me quit my job to write then not only would I put all the groceries away by myself but I would go grocery shopping by myself too.  And do all the laundry.

Ryan: Really?  What else would you do?

Lauren: Ummm make the bed?  Swiffer the stairs? What are you writing?

Ryan: I'm really starting to consider this idea.  Continue with the dinner cooking, I've some things to flesh out.

And then I sighed and made some comment about how there was quite enough "flesh out" already since Ryan was of course not wearing a shirt and started collecting the tubers that were littered about the floor and countertops of my kitchen.  I never actually thought Ryan was serious about considering anything, because what I was asking was crazy right?

But he surprised me.  By presenting me, the very next night, with a list of rules that, if I agreed to follow, I would be allowed to put in my notice at work and stay at home and Blog full-time for one year.

Sidenote: I also have a bit of a secret side-project going on at the moment as well.  Leaving a good job just to stay home and write a blog that has only 300-some followers (even if they are the BEST followers of all time) would be a bit crazy probably.

Here is a very abbreviated version of that list of rules.  (I have left off the boring ones about budgeting and general house cleaning and cooking and the inappropriate ones.)

RULES (You are not as good as me at naming lists.)

--You have to give the dogs their baths.  No more waiting until I am in the shower and then throwing them in with me and saying "Since they're already wet, can you go ahead and wash them?"  (That's fine.  I'll just put them in the front yard and turn the sprinkler on from time to time.)

--No more singing when we are out in public. (No this does NOT mean that the amount of time you spend singing in the privacy of our own home should increase.)  (I hate it when you answer questions I wasn't even going to ask.)  (yes I was, damn that Ryan.)

--For the love of god stop using my razor. (Never!)

--Library, not bookstore. (This is reasonable I suppose.)

--I don't like cake.  Please stop making cakes and then pretending like you're upset when I don't eat any of the cake.  I know you just made the cake for yourself and that you're pleased I'm not eating any.  (So I can still make cakes?  I just can't pretend like they are for you anymore?  Fine.  That's not even a rule, that's a little present you've just given me.)

--I never have to watch the Bridget Jones movies with you ever again.  This includes not only this year but all the years in the future.  (This rule originally also included the Pride & Prejudice movies but I vetoed that real fast.  Ryan is still happy with this rule as it stands.  I guess I did make him watch the Bridget Jones' Diary movies quite a lot.)

--Tacos for dinner at least once a week. (Coming in to this I made tacos at least once every two weeks sometimes more.  It seems that is not enough.  The boy loves his tacos.)

--No more wearing my sweatpants.  I know most of yours have holes in them from overuse but I can never find clean sweatpants when I need them.  (No this does NOT mean that you get to purchase yourself more sweatpants.  It means that you need to wear regular pants more often.) (What about those sweatpants that look like work pants?  If they start making them for women can I wear those?)

--Don't ask me questions about my actions or question my judgement or integrity.  Remember, I am master of the house and as such will always exercise my will with fairness and truthfulness.  You have no right to question me.  (Ok this is straight out of Housekeeping Monthly's Good Wife Guide.  I assume this is a joke otherwise you, sir, are a butthead.)

--No more "jaunty hats" in public. (Yay! You didn't mention jaunty wigs.  You forgot wigs!  You must be horrified right now!)

--No more "jaunty vests" in public. (I don't even care that you remembered vests, you forgot wigs!)

Ok well I think that's enough of the rules for now this is getting too long and there are A LOT more.  Maybe I'll do another rule post at some point?

Anything you're all looking forward to especially in the next year Blogstalkers?


110 comments:

  1. Well I think it is about time that you purchase a pair of Pajama Jeans https://www.pajamajeans.com/ now Ryan will think you are following the "You must wear regular pants" rule.

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    1. Someone JUST shared a link for those on my FB page!

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    2. haha that was me......I couldn't figure out how to post it on here

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    3. Yep, that would make sense. I am not very bright.

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    4. Baahahahahaa@ pajama pants. Really, I laughed out loud during my sons homework hour. He is so mad I'm having fun and he's not!! Thanks!!

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    5. Haha your poor son. Can you believe I used to LOVE homework?

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  2. I am looking forward to read more of your writing of course! And I also want to know more about the secret.

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    1. Oh I have a big mouth so I'm sure you'll all know as soon as my "secret" actually turns into anything real!

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  3. So you can make statements about his actions and judgement, but can't ask questions. Interesting. So instead of saying, "Ryan, why did you put the potatoes up here where they could kill me?", you would say "Ryan, these potatoes almost killed me! From now on, please put the potatoes in the proper potato storage place." See. No questions.

    Also, clearly if your sweatpants have holes, they must need to be replaced. You should check into some jeersey skirts. See, skirts - fancy. But these skirts are practically like wearing pajamas.

    For example:
    http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=79586&vid=1&pid=898555&scid=898555012
    $12.50? Seriously. You couldn't make them for that.

    And you could get lounge gauchos and lounge pants, also available at old navy. I noticed Ryan said you couldn't buy more sweatpants. He said nothing about skirts, lounge pants or lounge gauchos.

    Looking forward to more posts!

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    1. I am almost positive Ryan put that "You have no right to question me" one on the list as a joke. ALMOST positive. But this "statements instead of questions" idea is very intriguing and might just serve him right.

      And I never thought about jersey skirts! Skirts are fancy! Even Ryan can't deny that.

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    2. Jersey skirts are a brilliant idea! I love them- they seriously feel like jammies. Although, they do require regular leg shaving, which might cause you to break the "using Ryan's razor" rule...

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    3. I will get Maxi-length jersey skirts. No leg shaving required. I am a genius.

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    4. That is genius. And you live far enough north in Illinois so that nobody will think you're an ultra conservative Christian in an ankle length skirt. I have serious concerns about being mistaken for a Mennonite. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, but people might get the wrong impression and expect me to be friendly and capable of small talk or something.)

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    5. People always try to talk to me in elevators and then I am super awkward. I am trying to work on looking less approachable.

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    6. Ways to stop people talking to you in elevators
      1. Jam your face into the corner of the elevator, muttering " Everyone will be okay as long as they aren't wearing yellow. Yellow wakes up Donna, don't wanna walk up Donna.
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      2.If someone starts talking to you before you can do #1 then just smile brightly and when they're done talking get very close to them and say things like 'Ilikesocksdoyoulikesockswhatareyoursocksnamesmineare...' I don't think I've had to share an elevator in a couple of years.

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    7. I am so not brave enough to do either of those things! My current method of turning people off is to pretend I am sick and cough a lot.

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  4. "You have to give the dogs their baths. No more waiting until I am in the shower and then throwing them in with me and saying "Since they're already wet, can you go ahead and wash them?" "

    I read this out loud to Sean and he insisted that the only reason I haven't don this to him is that we don't have a dog.

    :D He may be right!

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    1. Haha! At least you don't do that with your cats right? Can you imagine how horrifying it would be to be in the shower and then out of nowhere an angry wet cat is flying at your delicate parts?

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    2. This is too funny as I have 4 cats...wait..maybe not so funny :)
      But I LOVE that you put the dogs in with him...that is AWESOME. Too bad he thought of it for a "rule".

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    3. I know! My dogs actually like the shower so it's not like I was putting him in danger or anything.

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  5. That list of rules could have been a whole lot worse, if it had been my hubby writing it, it would have been chock O' block full of chores LOL.

    I am looking forward to the next 51 weeks worth of posts. I can't wait to see what you come up with to write about without the stresses of a job :D.

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    1. Oh it was full of chores. This is not even close to the entire list. I just didn't want to bore you all with things like "wipe down kitchen counters every evening."

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  6. The way I get around the pj's rule is that I wear super comfy Under Armour pants (my friend worked there and I got an amazing discount). That way they FEEL like pj pants, but I can totally say that I was *just* about to go and workout when I got interrupted to do something so very important.

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    1. Hmmm my sister works at LuLuLemon and they have the BEST workout pants. Maybe I can get around the "wear regular pants" rule that way?

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    2. Absolutely! And you can even get around absorbing calories from eating cake because everyone knows calories don't stick if you're in workout clothes!

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    3. That's true! I forgot about that. I often donned my workout pants to eat a bowl of macaroni in college.

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    4. BTW, my name looks just incredible under the "Blogs I Love" section. ;)

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    5. Glad you like it!

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  7. sooo... what happens when you break these rules, or at least the rules about using his razor and singing in public? because it's not as if he can force you to get a job again, right? perfect planning!

    at least you are here to make all of our Mondays happier! and don't you have 20,000 unique views? i think that means you have 20,000 readers - yay!

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    1. Yep 20,000 unique views last month but I always figure that a lot of those people won't come back or just got here randomly via a Google search for "cupcake hat." So I can't count all of them as readers. Maybe I do have a bit more than 300-some but definitely no where in the are of 20k.

      And you're right, we didn't talk about what would happen if I broke the rules! Although honestly I think of them more as "guidelines." Like as long as I sing LESS in public than I did before, Ryan'll probably be happy.

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  8. It is a truth universally acknowledged (by anyone who doesn't suck) that it is impossible to watch (or read) Bridget Jones too many times. In the coming year, I am looking forward to Vacation, Halloween, Christmas, and continued blogstalking. Also, hopefully, photographic evidence of you flouting the "jaunty hat" rule.

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    1. The "jaunty hat" rule came about because I bought a sailor hat from a secondhand store and wore it for like a week straight. I miss that hat. It mysteriously disappeared one day.

      I am looking forward to all of those things too!

      Also, I could watch the scene in the second Bridget Jones movie with Hugh Grant and Colin Firth fighting in the fountain ten times a day and it still wouldn't be enough.

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    2. I absolutely love that scene!! And I love the song too, and every time I hear the song it makes me think of that scene :)! Oh and how about Bridget teaching the Vietnamese girls in jail how to sing and dance to Like a "Wirgin" while wearing her bras outside her clothes? So funny!!

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    3. I seriously can't recall what song is playing during that scene. I am going to go look it up immediately!

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    4. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness

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  9. You left out the inappropriate ones? From us, the people who inappropriately stalk a friend of yours who has done nothing to deserve our inappropriate comments and wishes and dreams?

    It's like you don't know us at all...

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    1. Ok I'm cracking up. This is hilarious.

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    2. mmm OJ. I could do me some OJ. mmmm

      (don't mean to be creepy by 1:47 is my dream. I didn't even have to look up the number. just 1:47. mmm 147 is my new favorite number. mmm. I need a minute)

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    3. Haha yes I've had a couple of people comment on 1:47 in his video.

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  10. You get unlimited cake! That is an exciting bonus!

    And now I feel the need to obtain some jaunty wigs.

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    1. I have spent the better part of my morning (in between posting and getting dinner in the slow cooker) looking at wigs online. There are SO MANY options. I'm leaning toward purple.

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    2. I think you should get a really big Marie Antoinette wig...

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    3. Nat I totally think I should too. Thank you for the idea.

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  11. I am aghast. Honestly, who does not like cake?!

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    1. Right!? But yeah, he really doesn't like cake. I have begun to look at it as a blessing in disguise. At weddings I get two pieces of cake.

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    2. I was just about to ask that same question. I mean, I could understand not liking certain kinds of cake. I myself am not a big fan of German chocolate cake (although I'll still eat it!), but not liking cake as an entire food group? Odd. Does he like pie?

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    3. It depends on the kind of pie. He doesn't like baked fruit so Apple Pie is like horrifying to him but he likes Sweet Potato Pie and Pecan Pie and a couple of other kinds of pie. He's really more of a cookie person. Chocolate Chip cookies can get me out of any mess.

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  12. Library, not bookstore. So, soo very hard to do.

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    1. Yeah, that one was hard to swallow. But it's reasonable. The first step to fixing a problem is admitting that you have a problem right?

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  13. You are hysterical. I love the jaunty wigs part.

    Also, I think you should know that I found your blog through comments you left on YHL because when I'm bored at work I read the comments and you're still hysterical.

    And I have caught myself since I started reading your blog emphasizing peoples names like you do when you say things like "I was almost just MASHED BY POTATOES RYAN." So thank you. It's highly enjoyable.

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    1. Awesome love YHL!

      So glad you're enjoying the blog! And I am glad the name-emphasizing thing is catching on. I do it quite a lot.

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  14. Two words for Ryan, chicky-boo: Pajama. Jeans.

    Best invention ever, to the great horror of my sister. And they have pockets. Plus, they're awesome to wear on long flights.

    "Jaunty wigs!" May I claim that as my new band name? I may? Thanks!!

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    1. Haha yes, RJ mentioned them in a comment further up and I have begun doing extensive research on them. They seem quite amazing.

      And you totally may claim it.

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  15. Shannon S.8/20/2012

    Library, not bookstore? Blasphemy! Of course, it sounds like he's referring to brick-and-mortar bookstores only, right? I mean, that's how I would interpret that. He mentioned nothing about Amazon which is totally not a *bookstore* because (a.)they only have an online presence and (b.) they sell everything under the sun. If you can purchase bulk diapers there, then a bookstore it is not. If they deliver to your home, then a bookstore it is not. Those are the rules.

    Methinks an Amazon Prime membership is now in your not-so-distant future...

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    1. I like your rules. I am going to use them to help me define "Bookstore" in my Lauren Dictionary. Yes I do have my own dictionary. It's much more reasonable and fun than Webster's.

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  16. LAUREN! You are in luck! I happen to have a very cakey hobby, which means that I can do AMAZING things with cake! I must send you pictures sometime. Right now I am working on a massive castle cake for a one year old birthday, complete with personal smash cake.

    I am self-taught, but oddly good at what I do. I say oddly, because I really cannot draw at all, my stick figures even look bad, but for some reason I can sculpt and make pretty things out of edible materials. I so don't get it.

    I do not have my own bakery, so although I would love to give you goodies so that you can then give away to your blogstalkers, alas I cannot. I can send you pretty pictures though.

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    1. Don't send me pictures sometime! Send me pictures NOW.

      You know every single year I consider getting myself a personal smash cake but Ryan says it would not be proper. Him and his propriety always ruining a good time.

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  17. WE HAVE THE SAME BIRTHDAY!!!

    No, really. I have met so few people who are January 7th babies- there are TONS of little Elvis-wannabe January 8th kids, but so few of us 7thers!! You. Me. Nic Cage. Katie Couric. Doug E. Fresh. A girl in my 6th grade class. My friend's husband.

    YAYAYYAYAYAYAYYAAYYAYAY!



    Yeah, I really like my/our birthday.

    I, too, have a no-cake eating husband, and I'm a compulsive baker. OH, DAMN.

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    1. Yay! January 7th babies unite! The only thing I don't like about our birthday is that my Golden Birthday happened when I was seven. I really would have liked it to occur after I was married because I'm pretty sure if you're married when you celebrate your Golden Birthday that your spouse has to buy you gold. It's only logical right?

      And what is with all of these no-cake eating men? So weird.

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    2. Holy crap, I am permanently damaged by my Golden Birthday having been so young. I mean, really. What was so special about seven?? You don't even learn anything new that year in school. *sigh*
      I like your Golden Birthday gift rule... I think we should say it's like Leap Day birthdays, where you get to choose another day for your birthday. We should get to choose some other age to be our adult Golden age.

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  18. I, for one, and anxious to hear more of the 'guidelines'.

    I do not, however, think that singing less in public is a good rule EVER. In fact, I think it would be awesome if for one whole day, everyone had to sing everything. I did this with my Pre-K class one time and it was all kinds of awesome.

    Anyway...I guess that is enough for now. Count me as a new follower so you're up to 301 (holla!). :)

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    1. You're a Pre-K teacher? That is awesome. And something that I could never ever do. I have such respect for teachers (two of my closest friends are teachers.)

      Did you ever watch Scrubs? They did an episode were almost everything was sung. It was pretty amazing.

      I would so be up for a sing everything day.

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    2. I totally watched that Scrubs. Most television shows would be much improved if they did at least one all singing episode per season.

      I have taught PreK, Kinder and 1st grade. Now I teach musical theatre (and started my own fine arts school in our little tiny town.) Basically, so I could sing all day and get paid.

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  19. Lauren, I think we all know that you aren't going to get a tan! Seriously though, congrats on being able to write full time because we all know that you'll be smashing success and never have to do accountant-type things ever again except your own tax return because you like doing that.

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    1. Haha I don't even know what my skin would look like tan. It's probably not even possible. And thanks for the kind words! Is it weird that I love to do my own tax return? I just get such joy out of writing things off. Especially after like two to seven drinks.

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  20. A year hiatus from work is the **perfect** time to get pregnant. Yes?

    Cant wait to see whats in the works!

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    1. I WISH.

      One of Ryan's sort of unspoken rules about this year is that I have to take a break from pestering him about having babies all the time. Le Sigh.

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  21. I really hope that you do buy a wig. I have always really wanted one. I did sport one of those weird hair piece things that you wrap around a bun to make it look like you have a messy bun (not really sure why) and it always amazed me that people really thought it was my hair. And I questioned people. People who would definitely tell me because they wouldn't care about hurting my feelings. But maybe it was just that I have such messy hair that the hair piece fit right in with that? I don't know.

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    1. I've ready your comment two different times now and it still cracks me up. I know exactly what messy bun pieces you're talking about. I may have had one myself.

      And I'm definitely definitely buying a wig. There are just so many choices it's almost impossible to make a decision on which wig.

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    2. Did you also sit in the middle of the mall while people were walking by and let the lady put it on your head so you could decided if you wanted to buy it? Because I totally did. Looking back, how embarrassing. And a potentially lice-filled situation. I am lucky I made it out unscathed. I am pretty sure the friend I was with was mortified that I was sitting there doing that. Ah, well.

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  22. Puppygirl8/20/2012

    I showed my husband the Rules. He completely agrees with all of them. Especially the "cake rule" and the "don't question me rule". (My husband is lucky our dogs are too big to "wash the dogs"; although I think it is a great idea.)
    However, I plan to have my husband knock me up, so that I can stay home without all the rules. I figure the dogs could help me watch the tyke at least 50% of the time. That leaves plenty of time for baking cakes and shopping for books.

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    1. I like the way your mind works! Dogs are most likely excellent caregivers. They just haven't been given the chance yet.

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  23. We have Taco Tuesday at our house almost every week. Recently discovered veggieconverter.com's awesome taco seasoning recipe. Kids voted it best tacos ever!!!

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    1. Looking into this immediately as I just asked Ryan what he wanted for dinner and he said "tacos." Big surprise there.

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  24. Hmm, library, not bookstore but what about Booksfree (Netflix for books)? He encourages the borrowing of books, yes? ;)

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    1. Yep he encourages anything that keeps my grubby hands off of new books. To be fair to him, it's fairly probably I have a book buying problem.

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  25. These all seem reasonable ... except the sweatpants. Everyone knows that men's sweatpants are way more comfortable for women!

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    1. You know what the crazy thing is? Twice now I have tried to order men's sweatpants for myself and twice Ryan has claimed them for his own. It's like shouldn't I be yelling at him for wearing my pants even though they are men's sweatpants?

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  26. I have no Ryan, therefore I have no rules. Although to be honest, I'm much more likely to be the one writing the list than being the recipient of it. What can I say, I'm terminally bossy.

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    1. I am the Queen of Lists usually ( I just love crossing things off.) But I figure, if Ryan is going to let me take a year to do something I love then I will follow any rule he throws at me.

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  27. Haha, you guys are hilarious. I would love to be a fly on the wall during these discussions.

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    1. Thanks! LOVE the ampersand picture in your blog heading btw. I'm sort of obsessed with ampersands.

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  28. You could say you will start wear necropants (Google and prepare to be horrified) instead of his sweats. Pretty sure once he realised what that is that rule will be revoked. Also how can he not like cake? Om nom nom nom

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    1. AHHH! My Eyes! I will never forgive you for making me Google those pants. Haha.

      And I have no idea. He's a weirdo.

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  29. Dianna O.8/21/2012

    It's pretty awesome how well you guys "get" each other. I love the list (and your comments). I'm so excited that I get to read more of your posts since you will have so much more time to write!!

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    1. Glad you liked! I'm excited for the year to come as well!

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  30. I'm kind of proud of Ryan for the tacos at least once a week rule. If it had been my husband, it would have been tacos at least once a day plus pizza for any meals that are not tacos. Excited to see where the Year of Lauren takes you in all taco and non taco related adventures.

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    1. In addition to me having to make Ryan tacos at least twice a week he also has half-price tacos at work on Friday. So really he eats them three times a week. And he doesn't really like pizza either! He must have been the worst kid to have at a birthday party when he was little....doesn't like pizza or cake, what a weirdo.

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    2. Mine too. He doesn't like cake either but his favorite pie is key lime. I just don't understand him sometimes.

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    3. I just think boys in general are hard to understand. Stop just saying what you think and play some mind games sometimes boys! It is throwing me off!

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  31. I'm looking forward to seeing what "The Year of Lauren" will bring. Here in Roswell,NM we have a great restaurant that has Taco Tuesdays. 50cent tacos! I can feed the whole family for about $20! And there's seven of us with #8 on the way. And I too know the feeling of disliking cake. I have my own cake deco business, I make delicious cakes WAY better than what you can buy, even gluten-free, allergen-free, lactose-free, vegan, or sugar-free! But I can't stand cake. I will eat a little of my own, but I'm a pie girl all the way. So many of my customers ask me how I can possibly make sure wonderful cakes an not weigh 300lbs. When I tell them I don't like cake, they think I'm crazy. But then again, when people realize I'm about to have six kids, they've realized I really am crazy.

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    1. I grew up in a house with five kids and it was great! Especially around the holidays. I think that's why I'm such a Christmas freak now, I'm just so nostalgic about my Christmases growing up. So I don't think the six kids thing is too crazy. I want like four kids myself.

      Also, after reading this comment, I have to go eat cake for breakfast.

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  32. But, who couldn't love a jaunty vest. I don't get these rules. I'm assuming Ryans means a vest, which is what I'd call a waistcoat, not what I'd call a vest. If it's actually what I'd call a vest, then I'm seriously concerned re your choice of clothing in public. But you're American, so he means a waistcoat, right?

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    1. Yes definitely what you would call a waistcoat, a vest to you would be some sort of undergarment yes?

      And this rule only exists because he knows I just bought a particularly jaunty vest that he particularly wants to burn.

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    2. Exactly, a vest is like a sleeveless t-shirt to wear under stuff. Not sure how you'd make one of those jaunty. I've tweeted you a lovely waistcoat, which I'm sure will make Ryan change his mind. I love waistcoat/vests.

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  33. Maybe Ryan got sick after eating cake once and now can't/won't eat cake. happened to my 11 year old. she prefers cupcakes now. (Not really sure what the difference is, but it makes her happy!)

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    1. I just asked him that and he said no, he just doesn't love the texture. He also eats cupcakes though...this is a conundrum.

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  34. I about fell out of my chair laughing. I can see this being a potential conversation between my and my hubby.

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  35. I am looking forward to your Halloween costume errand-running day post. Because he didn't say anything about costume-wearing in public right? Just no hat. So maybe you could be a cute kitty, and swing your tail at people and meow all day. Meowing isn't singing, and cats don't bake cakes, so it's all good.

    Alicia

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    1. I am looking forward to my Halloween costume too! Be excited!

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  36. He didn't say ANYTHING about interpretive dancing in public!!! SCORE!

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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    1. Haha! All of my dancing is interpretive, as in "This is Lauren's interpretation of good dancing."

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  37. Count me in as sharing your birthday too! I love your blog.

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    1. January 7th Birthdays Unite!

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  38. As a guy who has been happily married for 16 years, this one was a bit unsettling: "Don't ask me questions about my actions or question my judgement or integrity. Remember, I am master of the house and as such will always exercise my will with fairness and truthfulness."

    You're a team, not a command structure. It's you and he against the universe and the universe often muddles things up in a way that make you question the other. Doing so helps you understand who you are and, more importantly, who they are and what motivates their decisions.

    But he's dead-on about tacos.

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    1. First, I also enjoy a good Taco Tuesday or Friday from time to time.

      Second, the "rule" you have a problem with is completely a joke I swear! I wrote a post earlier this year responding to Housekeeping Monthly's Good Wife Guide from 1955 (I actually linked to that post in the "rule" in question.) Ryan just threw it on the list to continue to mock the ridiculousness of it all. If my husband actually thought that, he probably would not be my husband.

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  39. This sounds a lot like Sheldon Cooper's "roommate agreement." If it comes down to it, you know this would never hold up in a court of law, right? Just in case you come across a terribly fetching hat or vest. Every girl needs to be jaunty occasionally. Geez, RYAN.

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  40. Once again you've crossed the line. Making Ryan watch the Bridget Jones movie more than zero times falls under cruel and unusual punishment. It should not of been necessary for him to add that rule.

    Pride & Prejudice? Furgit about it!

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  41. As entertaining as this list is, I now have a request from my husband to make tacos every week. Actually I think it went "But RYANNNNNN gets Tacos EVERY WEEK!". Haha. Too bad I'm still working....oh yeah and I don't cook. I did tell him I'm happy to let him make tacos for us atleast once a week :-)

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