So many people have asked me how married life is so far. And my response has been that it’s great – nothing has changed. Or rather, it hadn’t, until last week.
Last Tuesday was the first day that our new house cleaners came. And all the sudden, married life is looking like a huge improvement over non-married life!
Let’s be honest: We both hate to clean. Unfortunately, I also hate living in a messy/dirty apartment. It gives me anxiety like nothing else in the world. Nate? Well, he doesn’t notice so much. So guess who gets mad when dust and dirt start to accumulate?
Yeah… cleaning is really the only thing we ever fight about. Starting off our marriage by removing that whole issue seemed like a great idea, so my wonderful husband hired us a cleaning service.
When I got home on Tuesday night, our house was not just clean, it was immaculate Our cleaners went above and beyond. Our shower was sparkling, our tea kettle was scrubbed til it shone, and my necklaces were laid out in a nice display instead of piled in a heap. Life-changing. And it turns out I actually have a nice collection of necklaces – who knew!
I was a little worried I’d feel judged by the cleaners for not taking care of things myself, but it was quite the opposite. With a clean house, I feel like I’m winning at adult life, even though I’m not the one who did the cleaning. It’s the best thing ever.
Guys: Get your wife a house cleaner. But only if you’re ready to commit to the expense for life. Because I don’t think I can EVER go back.
So yes, married life is different. It’s a lot cleaner, and that is making me oh so happy.
Other than that, I’m still adjusting to “married” things like having a new name, and I’m still surprised when people refer to Nate as my husband! Wearing my wedding ring was the quickest adjustment – more diamonds is not a problem, surprisingly :) I’m still working on changing my name on official documents, which I think will literally take years, but all the new sparkles – rings and a clean house! – are easy to get used to.
OK, that all has very little to do with coconut almond butter. To keep it short and sweet, this is my new favorite spread, and it couldn’t be easier to make – half almonds, half coconut, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a sprinkle of salt. It mostly tastes like almond butter, but the coconut gives it a tropical feel that I think we could all use this time of year! I’ve been stirring it into my oatmeal (with leftover carrot puree from last week’s risotto – try it!). I also got weird with it and some strawberry jam…
And I highly recommend trying that, as well. See, more strawberry jam in my life!
Last but not least, did I mention that I’m running a race this weekend? It will be my fifth half marathon and third time running The Other Half. With the wedding just a few weeks before the race, I wouldn’t say I made my training as much of a priority as I have in the past… I did get all my long runs in, but skipped a few mid-week workouts. Oops! It’s the first time I won’t be aiming to PR, especially since the course is quite hilly. Instead, I’m hoping for my “Moab PR,” which should (fingers crossed!) be no problem, since I’ve shaved 10 minutes off my half marathon time since I last ran this race. I’m sure it will be painful, but I’m looking forward to the gorgeous views and spending a night in Moab – one of my favorite spots.
So you all have a race recap to look forward to, since I haven’t been spending quiiiite as much time in the kitchen lately as I’d like. Good thing winter’s a-comin’ and I’ll want nothing more than to snuggle up by the stove for hours on end!
In the meantime, we eat almond butter. Enjoy!
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- kosher salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350. Spread almonds on a baking sheet. Toast until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add to a food processor along with the coconut. Process until drippy, about 5 minutes, scraping down the food processor as necessary. Add maple syrup and salt and process until smooth again. Enjoy!