An Outer Banks Weekend

Doug and I drove to the Outer Banks Friday for a "business meeting" and then turned around and drove home Saturday. Our business was buying a beach house. After we picked up the keys, we kept saying, "Did we just buy a beach house?" I think we shocked ourselves with this purchase. As I sat in the family room of this new house, looking out at the ocean, I thought about our obsession with the beach.  What made us want to buy a beach house? A good rental history? A good investment? … [Read more...]

A Quiet Ride

When Doug and I were newlyweds, we used to go to dinner and notice how many couples around us were eating together in silence. We always commented on how sad it seemed that they didn't have anything to say to each other. One of the things Doug and I loved about each other when we met was that we could communicate easily about everything. On our first date, we talked until we noticed we were the only two left in the restaurant. I've noticed lately, however, that there is a lot more … [Read more...]

Marital Persnickety-ness

Last Saturday I called my mom and told her I wanted to go to the beach to finish some writing projects. She said, "Oh, that sounds fun.  I want to come!" "I could probably make that happen," I told her. She hung up and called my brother and said, "I won't be surprised if she calls me in five minutes with plans for me to fly to Washington." She knows me well. I cobbled together some frequent flyer miles and booked her on a flight for the following day. On Monday morning we … [Read more...]