Category Archive: Domestic Bliss

Jun 26 2015

A milestone birthday deserves a milestone gift


Dr. Darling is marking a significant birthday today. Note my very intentional use of the word “marking” instead of “celebrating.” Let’s just say it’s one of those birthdays that ends in zero that women typically don’t like to talk about. Actually, I don’t think men like to talk about it much, either. In any case, …

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Apr 17 2015

Imaginary hospitality


Dr. Darling and I have a long-running joke between us in which we both casually make references to (what I HOPE is) her imaginary girlfriend. The idea is to out-cheek each other, and we’ve gotten pretty good at it over the years if today’s round is any indication. It started when the Swede won her office’s “there-are-too-many-people-on-the-schedule” lottery this …

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Mar 01 2015

It’s always Easter at our house

The Swede and I eat a LOT more boiled eggs since we started cutting carbs last summer. They are nutritious, satisfying in a “stick-to-your-ribs” kind of way, and really easy to take along. In fact, I think we’re going to need a bigger pan.   It’s always Easter @ The Penthouse-Nordic! 3 days-worth of my …

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Feb 20 2015

So much for my imperviousness to cold & flu season


As a general rule, I’m a really healthy person. I rarely catch whatever bug is going around, even when Dr. Darling brings it home. In fact, it’s kind of a running joke between us that contagious diseases only travel one-way in our house. Not too long ago, I was bragging to some colleagues about how I had not …

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Feb 14 2015

Valentine’s Day over-confidence

It’s kind of cheeky to give your spouse chocolates when neither one of you are eating carbs, but sometimes exceptions must be made.  😉 A photo posted by Shazzer (@shazzersnaps) on Feb 13, 2015 at 11:38pm PST

Jan 17 2015

The clean pants shuffle


Dr. Darling and I have a long-established and fairly functional division of labor when it comes to household chores around the Penthouse Nordic. And we have had, up until this point, a particularly good system for the laundry. The deal is that I do laundry on the Saturdays when she works, and she does it …

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Jan 09 2015

Because gays are customers, too


Some parts of the internets are going gaga over the new Tiffany’s print ad featuring a real (though conventionally gorgeous) same-sex couple. While I am always grateful for the acknowledgement of gay people’s lives in mainstream media, make no mistake that this is about reaching out to a pool of customers that in many cases …

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