The key to a happy marriage is...Sunday night football?

So here's the deal. I thought I knew what I was getting into when I said "I do," considering this is my second marriage and all. But I am learning there are some simple keys that will unlock some magic for marriage. However, for me, it's a bunch of "fine print" stuff, (is crap too harsh?), that I didn't know I signing up for. For instance, I had no idea that marriage meant I had to watch Sunday night football and be told about a bunch of people I couldn't care two hoots about. No, really. I didn't know. And yes, for real. I have no interest in it whatsoever.

Sunday Night Football?

Sunday Night Football?

As a matter of fact, I can say with all certainty that I most definitely didn't read the fine print to know that, because if I had, I would have found a load of other crap I didn't know I'd signed up for either.

Case in point: Let's start with laundry.  Or the general "taking off" and "putting away" of clothes. You mean to tell me I'm the one who has to pick up the socks and crap just left in a pile on the side of the bed, when the laundry hamper, hangers, and every other conceivable gadget and space is available to put stuff away? How is it the slacks come off and go right on the floor in front of the closet with hangers?

And then, there's the garbage game, as I unaffectionately call it. This is the game where we see just how high the garbage can pile up before my husband takes it out, and this is after I have gently said, "Honey, can you please take the garbage out?" Which, by the way, I vowed the last 99 trillion times NOT to gently utter from my mouth ever again!

And so, there it is. You mean to tell me that marriage means you have to speak the obvious without coming off as a dripping faucet?(This, you must know, is a biblical description of a nagging wife, by the way.)

Now, let's move on to the "Have I seen this...?" or "Have I seen that...?" game as my last point, which in all fairness, my husband plays with me at times. He must help me find my misplaced keys. Or my glasses. Or my cell phone. But "have I seen your wallet?" after you've been driving around all week without it and anybody could have stolen our whole family's identity!  Good Lord!

The sin worse than being a nagging, dripping faucet.

The sin worse than being a nagging, dripping faucet.


But you know what? All the crap that I didn't know I'd signed up for pales in comparison to having my snuggle boo next to me  to keep me warm on these cold Fall nights. Or making my coffee first thing in the morning. Or reassuring me that I am not fat; I'm just curvy. And all the other good stuff I didn't know I'd signed up for either. I won't mention the snoring during the night because that would just blow the whole niceness of what I just described. Nope, not gonna mention that at all.

So I guess I can get past the Sunday night football crap. I guess...

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About me: I'm a happily married wife and mom of six daughters who teaches land and water fitness classes. I love God. Love writing. And love living "In FITNESS and In Health." I encourage others to do the same by joining me on the 90-Day Challenge. Look what happened to me by making one decision: below I'm teaching aquacise in Jamaica and lovin' it!

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As a mom of 6 whose had major abdominal surgery twice, if I can take The Challenge and get in the best shape of my life and wear a bikini for the first time ever, anybody can!




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    Elana Anthony

    I am a wife and mother blessed to have six daughters who fill my home with love and laughter. My passion is writing and teaching, but most especially inspiring people to live healthy lives in my faith-filled fitness classes. My dream is to have my own faith and fitness TV show where people from all the world collectively join together on our "temple" building project of enjoying optimal health. I am a certified group fitness instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and earned graduate degrees in Writing from DePaul University, in addition to a degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania. I have seen and experienced the hand of God work and move in my life, and consider it an honor and blessing to be saved to serve.

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