A couple of cars for a couple that cares!

Posted by Todd Blankenship

Tina and I used to drive a Buick Regal some years back. It was a nice comfortable ride, even though it was the kind of vehicle that put the ‘rust’ in ‘frustration’. One if its biggest issues was a leaky oil gasket and some sort of forward jerking motion when you slowed to a stop. It was quite the beast and definitely an oversized vehicle for our needs at the time. If that car could talk though, I’m certain it would have all sorts of stories, many of them involving Tina and an object, like a garage door or a garage door. (Congratulations! You have just witnessed an intentional repetition!) Undoubtedly though, the Regal was on its last legs. And so, Tina and I set out to buy a new car. Continue reading

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Todd Gets the Sniffles, Tina Gets Strep

Posted by Tina Blankenship

Tis the season of sneezing, shivers and chicken soup. Todd and I have both taken sick days this week, because when you share a living space, you inevitably wind up sharing everything else including germs! The thing that really drives me round the bend when we’re sick at the same time is that the same germs seem to affect us in VERY different ways. Todd will get a runny nose and a scratchy throat, where as I will get a fever, aches, chills, and nausea, as well as whatever symptoms that Todd has come down with. When Todd gets sick he will look a little under the weather, and maybe slightly sluggish. I however, look like death warmed over when I am ill, no exaggeration. Other than the fact that I have a pulse, there is no discernible difference between sick Tina and a zombie. I even groan and shamble around the house in search of green tea and soup.

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I Have Become a Nerd

Posted by Tina Blankenship

Hello all! Yes I know, normally a Todd post should follow a Tina post, and I’m sure Todd fans the world over are hurling their laptops and computer monitors to the ground in disbelief and disappointment at seeing my adorable pink icon atop this page. Why!? Why is Tina posting yet AGAIN?! They are asking themselves in what I am sure is a rather melodramatic fashion. RELAX Todd fans! Todd is ok, he has not suffered broken fingers rendering him unable to type, he has not got writer’s block preventing him from coming up with compelling posts, he is simply SWAMPED with work. Todd has been given an assignment and a deadline that has been keeping him so busy he hasn’t time to snuggle his wife, let alone write one of his scintillating posts. So I, Tina, am doing the wifely thing and picking up his blogging slack. In doing so I am simultaneously pointing the finger of blame at Todd for turning me into a huge nerd!

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Holiday Decoration Decorum

Posted by Tina Blankenship

Now that November is upon us, stores have already begun to deck their walls, racks and shelves with all things holiday. Every merchant working tirelessly like little elves to create their own little “Winter Wonderland” the eve of November 1st. Barely a week has passed since Halloween, and personally I feel that these boutiques are jumping the gun. I am all for the spirit of the season, but technically the season doesn’t really start until December! What is the rush? Tinsel doesn’t spoil, there is no best before date on twinkle lights, and you will not receive a fine if your stockings aren’t hung by November 2nd. With that in mind, I’d like to know how early is too early to spread holiday cheer all over your home? Also, what is the appropriate amount of time to leave your halls bedecked before breaking out the boxes and placing everything back in storage for another year?

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An adventure in dining room set shopping!

Posted by Todd Blankenship

As it stands now, we have a nice spacious room with a china cabinet and a rug. I looked at Tina the other day and pondered outloud “It needs something… but I can’t put my finger on it.” After a few minutes of synthetic brain racking on both our parts, Tina said impatiently “A dining room set!” We’ve been looking for a while, but on a more superficial and passive level. Lately though, the occasion has been presented to us, an offer we couldn’t refuse, as it were. And so, we’ve started actively popping our heads into furniture stores on the lookout for a dining room set. Of course, if Tina and I are to remain a happily married couple, it can’t be just any dining room set. After a long discussion, we have come to agree on a few points. Thus, I present to you Tina and Todd’s Dining Room Set Purchase Guidelines! Continue reading

Facial Hair and its Effect on Affection

Posted by Tina Blankenship

This month, in honour of Movember, many a man will be skipping the razor in their morning routine to show solidarity as well as raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research. Although I fully support this action and its purpose, as a member of the fairer sex, I feel it is important to point out the influence that poorly maintained facial hair can have on your love life. My hope is that by pointing out the classic mistakes men make when it comes to facial grooming, the women won’t have to suffer while they stand by their man.

I will admit that in my youth I preferred the look of a clean shaven face. However, once I entered my mid twenties, I began to appreciate the rugged, slightly disheveled look of a few days without shaving. Now that I am firmly in my late twenties I can say that I like facial hair on a man. I like mustaches and beards of all shapes and styles, so long as they are properly maintained. Continue reading