18 years is a long time….and no time at all….

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The realization that Michael and I have been dating each other for 18 years hit us the other night. 18 years.  I remember adults when I was younger always saying "time goes by so quickly".  I remember looking at them with my 15 year old angsty self thinking "you are SO wrong. Time is dragging by" So, now, I hit my, well, uh, later 30's and I realize just how right those adults were.

I remember the night I met Michael.  I was 17 years old, and going on a first date with his best friend.  All I remember is that he was very kind.  And cute.

Fast forward to 1991.  And we began dating.  

Fast forward to 1994- and in October  Michael asked me to marry him, and I said yes.

Then we married in 1995….Jack came in 1998, Sam in 2001 and Katie in 2004. 

It feels like forever and just yesterday all in the same breath.  And Michael still takes my breath away every day.  Just last night at dinner, I caught him smiling at me and I started freaking out about corn or green beans all over my teeth…so I said "what?" and he shrugged and said "you still give me butterflies when I look at you….you are beautiful".

How much more could I love this amazing man?

Butterflies after 18 years.  That, my friends, is a gift.

Why?

Why do I have such odd obsessions/things that bother me?

Here is a list of things that are odd about me. I know there are many.  And I know, as my friends, you probably know many more.  

1. I have an odd fear of small things bunched together.  Seeds.  Clusters of things.  A bee hive.  Ew.  I get the heebie jeebies thinking about that.

2.I love talk radio.

3. I switch shampoo too often.  I get tired of the smell and have to have a few different ones to choose from.  

4. It drives me a bit crazy when Kate asks me how to spell long sentences.  While driving.  An example, while I was driving during our recent rain storm- "Momma, how do you spell 'I am living in Oklahoma but I was born in China and I have a dog named Fenway."

5. I drink diet coke, diet dr. pepper or water (YES, it is true, I ingest water) all day.

6. When I see a pimple, I have to pick at it.

7. I can't stand the smell of dirty clothes.  When I was teaching and kids would wear dirty, stinky jeans, I would get all grossed out.

8. When I fold laundry I use a vat of lotion.

9.  I hate puting laundry away.

10. Dishes left in the sink make me crabby.

11.  I get to mad when my kids put clean laundry in the laundry room.  SO mad.

12. but, I did the same thing when I was little.

13. I detest dry skin.

14. I am probably boring you all.

15.  I hate bothering people.

16.  I am sorry for going on so long.

17.  I hope you will all forgive me.

18. I am going now.

19. goodbye.