Adventures in Just-Married Life

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Why ‘newlywedding’?

In Just Us, Romance on September 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm

The simple answer? It’s what we’re doing. We were married in the middle of an ice storm on New Year’s Day, and after several months of marriage, we’re starting to figure this thing out. It’s bliss, with blisters.

The complex answer? Like most (all?) Catholic couples, we tried our best to prepare for marriage. We met with our priest. We took a compatibility test. We went on a retreat. In the midst of invitation-addressing, caterer-booking, and wedding-dress shopping, we strove to focus on our impeding marriage, rather than the wedding hoopla. And for the most part, we succeeded. Sort of.

The day after the wedding, we packed two suitcases and flew from Minnesota to San Juan, honeymooned in the Old City for five days, and then flew to Washington, D.C., where Pete is a grad student. It was January, and I’ll I had was a bag of kitchen utensils and sundresses! Sundresses!! In January!! I didn’t have a job, and we didn’t have an apartment. For the first month, lived every 8-year-old boy’s dream — we slept on an air mattress in our “fort” — a combination of a tension-rod, wire, and hung bedsheets — in the corner of a friend’s living room, until we could find and move into our own apartment.

Now that we’re nearly nine months in, we’re getting the hang of being married. But we’re also realizing that marriage is not only something someone does, but something someone LEARNS to do. No matter what advice you were given, classes you took or tests you aced before the wedding, there’s going to be a learning curve. We’re getting better (hopefully) at married life and are hoping, you, dear readers, want to join us for the adventure as we share cute ideas, common pitfalls, and the little bit we’ve picked up along the way.