Things I Never Thought of Until Mark Came Along

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Happy Tuesday!  Did y’all survive Monday?  I tried to help with a little retail therapy that seems to always help me ease into the work week a little easier ;-)  So I was thinking of this post on Sunday when Mark and I went grocery shopping.  See before I met Mark I was single for quite some time. I was always busy with my 18 jobs (yes I know it’s hard to believe) and I never really had the time or allowed for the time to seriously date.  I was perfectly happy working, coming home having cereal for dinner and drinking wine with my girlfriends while watching Sex and the City on repeat.

Then we met at a Gator football game and the rest is history.

Facebook and gmail messaging definitely got the ball rolling for the communication factor.  Oh the good ole gchat messaging….it’s like the grown up working adult version of aol instant messenger.

If you remember from this post where I outline some of my solo gal behaviors.  I began to think about the things I have started doing since Mark has been in my life.  The majority of them as I was thinking had to do with food. I was actually talking about this with Kristen yesterday on our daily email banter.  As women (or maybe it’s just me) I feel like it’s a constant struggle between wanting to eat an entire bag of chocolate in one sitting vs guys who will buy an entire bag of cookies, eat just one and are totally satisfied.  Ugh why is that????

Okay so without further ado epic things I have discovered/learned since being with Mark.

When making any kind of Asian dish… honestly tastes better with rice and noodles.  Double the carbs you say????  Try it…’s amazing.

The middle of the aisles (which use to be off limits for me) have all the best BOGOS.  Case in point on Sunday at Publix we finally agreed upon these two for our BOGO bags.  Oh and the chips were also BOGO.  We looked like as if Florida had just jumped on the legalization bandwagon with Colorado.

If you use the code DVDONME when you go to Redbox your rental is free.  It will also continue to work if you swipe other credit cards you own.  You’re welcome.  He is so sweet he even tells random strangers when they are going to pay for their movie.  They look at him like he’s strange but change their tune when it works.

That crumbs in bed for breakfast is always a good idea.

That a “walk off homer” doesn’t mean that the batter hits a home run at the beginning of the game and gets to “walk around the bases”.  Aka he doesn’t get to hit the ball…stare at it and then casually run around the bases. It means that the home run ends the game because you are at the bottom of the last inning and their home run ends the game or it’s a walk off homer.

That you can make sandwich and put a slice of cheese on the top of the bread and another slice of cheese on the bottom of the bread.  I wish I could but dang it looks good having your deli meat sandwiched in between two pieces of cheese.  Like who even thought to do that????

Going on Beer tours in all the major cities we travel to is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Boomerang and Coming to America are freaking hilarious.

Finally when you are asked to walk through Central Park in 10 degree sleeting weather you say yes….no matter how much your teeth are chattering because it will be so worth it!

What fun things have you learned from your significant other? What guy-isms have been something new that know you can’t live without?  Hope you have a great day!  xoxoxo 
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65 responses to “Things I Never Thought of Until Mark Came Along”

  1. Yay for Gator football and Publix BOGOs! haha! Love your proposal story… so sweet! My hubs tried doing something like that and I ruined his plans because I wouldn’t walk around in the cold!

  2. Becky M says:

    Ah!! I had no idea about the redbox! So cool!

  3. Kristen says:

    heeyyyy me! thanks for linking me you sweet girl you.
    i love this post! so true. i couldnt even begin to think about the things i didnt know before KC, or that he has taught me. everything about american football.. everything about baseball (pretty much everything i know about sports, which isnt a lot), he taught me a lot about eating healthy… working out..
    cereal for dinner is always a fab idea.
    is that photo from your actual first meeting? cuuuute. if not its a cute photo anyway ;)
    rice AND noodles? that gif describes me right now
    stop it with the cookies and the chips haha.
    thats so good to know about redbox- we used to get redbox all the time but now we just watch movies online / hooked up to the TV. dont tell anyone.
    Mark lets you eat in bed?!?? KC would KILL me haha. not even for that deliciousness that needs to get in my fat belly now.
    I didn’t understand anything you said about homer, all i thought of was homer simpson. baseball = me, not so good. i look cute with baseball ribbon in my hair is all i know.
    beer tours in major cities?? GENIUS.
    ps i love that grey striped top and I WANT IT please
    boomerang? i dont even know. coming to america hilarious!
    yay for proposal story! best ever. love it.
    have a great day lovely!

  4. P!nky says:

    What a fun post! Isn’t it insane what you learn from the Love of your life?!?! Big things, small things, boy things….I bet you’ve taught him a lot too.

    Crumbs for bfast = best thing ever!

  5. That’s so sweet! I love it. I learned a lot about food and carbs (and even cooking) when I started dating my husband!

  6. Hahaha I love this!! The cheese thing for the sandwich is SO true! I do that ALL the time now! Umm those cookies were on sale at my Publix this week too… I definitely snatched them up! Brewery tours are definitely a good idea! Isn’t the Yuengling brewery in Tampa? Have a great Tuesday love!!!

    <3, Pamela

  7. Jenny says:

    I am still drooling over those cupcakes!! Did one have snowcaps on top??!! Mmmmm…my fave!!

  8. Awe..look at all the stuff we learn from our guys!

    I am going to go on a limb and say that double carbs is probably always better?

    Those cookies….omg. who knew??? No wonder why I dont let myself go down that aisle! Holy yum.

    I love Coming to America!

    Beer tours are my favorite!

  9. Elle Sees says:

    loved this! i had no idea about the walkoff homer thing!

  10. Awww this is so cute!! So you want to know a weird thing that they don’t have in NE or at least don’t refer to as BOGO…so different up here lol!! I totally agree that men can eat one cookie and be perfectly satisfied and then for some reason we have to consume the entire bag!! I also learned (this maybe only for Gary) but he prefers to save his money during the week and bring lunches to work…will eat the same lunch every day! I just cant imagine not having a variety in my meals lol!

  11. Kiki says:

    I think mine probably have a lot to do with food as well lol. And to try and relax more, I was the same as you working a ton of jobs and never taking time off. I am getting better now at just taking a break.

  12. JumpingJE says:

    He’s brought some pretty awesome things into your life. Trying that Netflix code!

  13. Tracey says:

    This is so sweet! Totally agreeing with you on the middle aisle thing…but in Canada our Chips a Hoy are plain chocolate chip none of this fantastical Reese Cups nonsense! God, I need to move to America.

  14. Ok.,… free redbox? Cheese on the outside of the sandwich? I can’t even… I can’t believe you found him at a Gator football game. My Seminole heart can even melt for that:)

  15. Megan says:

    This is seriously adorable.

  16. Haley Duke says:

    Ummm… yeah. He’s seriously a keeper, but you already know that. Cookies, Carbs and Beer Tours…… sounds like my hubby. Gorgeous engagement pictures too! I love NYC in winter.

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  18. Who doesn’t love a free Redbox rental! Let the good times keep rolling :)

  19. Christina says:

    awww! this made me melt!! and love mark! haha. yall are so cute. keep him!

  20. This is an adorable post! How amazing that you got engaged in Central Park in NYC … it’s on my bucket list of places to visit! My husband has definitely introduced me to the art of beer tours, too … you know, the important stuff.

  21. Savanna says:

    This is a great post!! You two are too sweet!! Coming to America is the funniest- love that movie!! The things that boys make us realize- and BTW beer tours are the best.

  22. Miche says:

    Awww the walk in the cold one is my favorite – SO adorable!!
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

  23. I love this post! And love that you got engaged in central park in the freezing cold. So cute! Apparently we all learned the art of beer drinking because we are always heading to craft beer festivals. My bf also introduced to to the Gators!!!! :)

  24. Love it! Such a fun post and so cute! :D

  25. OMG! I bought those Chips Ahoy Ice Cream cookies in mocha last night for my daughter. We were walking through the store and she begged me to buy them. I thought they were crunchy (and therefore I wouldn’t like them so they would not be a temptation for me) but they ARE SUPER SOFT AND THE MOST DELICIOUS THINGS ON EARTH! I snuck downstairs after she was sleeping last night and had like five of them. I can never buy them again. They are too good. I cant resist.

  26. Awwww… that last one is my fave! The BOGO cookies gave it a run for their money though, b/c, well… cookies.

  27. There is a Jack Daniels distillery near me if you and Marky Mark wanna visit!! :)

  28. What a fun and sweet post. Girl, I MUST have one of those cupcakes, holy crap! And laughed out loud at the “looked like Florida had just jumped on the legalization bandwagon with Colorado”

  29. I try to instill good eating habits in MFD, and he shares his bad eating habits and comfort food with me. hahaha

  30. Awwww I love this post!! It’s so funny how we make small changes once we start seriously dating someone and after awhile they coming routines or “new normals”. You and I definitely had similar dinner habits post boyfriends….sometimes I miss the cereal + wine dinners!

    Can’t wait to see more wedding related posts in the future :)

    xo, Jen

  31. Free DVD? I’ll take it!

    Coming to America is hilarious, just let your soul glooooooowwwww!!!

  32. Kayla MKOY says:

    Caleb and I LOVE the free Rental code from Redbox, when that whole debacle at target happened my bank sent me a new debit card and I immediately was excited because I’d get a free rental! lol

  33. Love this post- and that you met at a Gator game!! I need to watch Coming to America…

  34. Coming to America is my boyfriends all time favorite movie! I had never seen it before we got together, and now I can’t help but laugh any time I hear a reference to that movie!

  35. awww, this is too cute! I have no idea what I have learned from G, but I will def be stealing this post idea. I love it!

  36. I think you’ll definitely have to do a follow-up to this post once y’all get married. So sweet (and he’s got great taste)!

  37. That kid gif is hilarious! Get in my belly! The Reese’s cookie you have got to be kidding me?! Holy moly. Must resist! Coming to America is hilarious!

  38. brooke lyn says:

    double the cheese that is genius!

  39. this is so cute it almost hurts. YOU GUYS <3

    also, double cheese, why have i never thought of that?!

  40. Krystal R. says:

    This is too cute. I always do that with my sandwiches. More cheese is always better. Also what a sweet proposal! Yay you!

  41. OMG. love LOVE this. You are the cutest Amanada. I did not realize you were proposed too in Central Park. How freaking beautiful. I love it! (A little envious, but dats OK) and in that first picture of you guys in the gater colors? Um best picture of you ever glamour girl.

  42. this is too cute girl! sounds like some awesome things you’ve learned!

  43. I’ve totally jumped on the double the cheese on the sandwich thing – so bad but so good! And that baseball GIF was rough to watch because we are Detroit Tigers fans and that was pretty much the end of our baseball season last year!! Haha

  44. I was just thinking writing a similar post about living with Michigan! The cookie/chip thing totally happens in our house. I haven’t shopped the middle aisles in years until now!

  45. Erin says:

    You guys are so, so cute!

  46. I am so envious that you can eat those cookies and still be so tiny!! I think one big thing I have learned from being married is that cereal (although totally acceptable to me) is not acceptable to my husband for dinner. Damn…it’s so easy to prepare.

  47. Love all of these!!! And I am SOO using the DVDONME!! Thank you, Mark :) :)

  48. Rebecca says:

    I love this post! btw thanks for the DVDONME that is awesome!

  49. Stacy G says:

    Haha I love that he tells people about the DVD code. That is cute! I am also totally going to try it out so thanks! XO

  50. alyssa says:

    This was so sweet, especially that last one! aww. You guys look so lovely together. Cheers :)

  51. Tami says:

    These are so funny and true – particularly the food related ones! Like putting two slices of cheese on a sandwich — DUH! Why did I never think of that? May have to swipe this theme for a post at some point in the near future ;) of and i’m LOVING your gator dress!

  52. Austin is amazing with money, so I’m learning how to budget, and budget WELL with he’s help. He’s so awesome :)

  53. aww you two are SUCH a cute couple!!
    i love the movie coming to america!!! i have seen it so many times but it still makes me laugh :) xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  54. Oh my, love this!! You guys are so cute — and it sounds like you’ve learned some very valuable things from that sweet fiancé of yours <3

  55. Thanks for the Red Box tip lol And cupcakes are ALWAYS a good idea, right?

  56. Darcy says:

    This is seriously such a sweet post! I seriously love the way he proposed! Something I never tried until Tyler was BBQ Baked Lays and Cottage Cheese… sounds disgusting looks disgusting but tastes AMAZING! hahah

  57. Aw this post is too sweet! You guys are such a cute couple :D

  58. Brianne says:

    This is so adorable! I love it!

  59. MarlaJan says:

    Omg, those mint chocolate chip Chips Ahoy are amazing. If Publix is having another BOGO, might I suggest the root beer float Chips Ahoy! They won’t disappoint.

  60. Coming to America, such greatness! “just let your soooouuul gloooow!”

  61. From my husband, I’ve learned more about golf than I ever cared to, I’ve learned how to pick crabs the right way, and I’ve learned how to sleep through excessively loud snoring. Life skills FTW!

  62. Isn’t it funny the things they teach us?! If only they took the tips/tricks/lessons from us! Haha! I totally eat two pieces of cheese on sandwiches because I could care less about the deli meat. Lol. My hubs is always looking for a brewery to go to too! Must be a guy thing! My husband teaches me weird things on a daily basis. And I always sound like a 5 year old that asks “why” “why” “why” a million times about everrrrrything! I have to admit though, he sure is a smart guy and has a lot of info up in that brain of his! :)

  63. You guys are way too cute! Those Crumbs cupcakes look delicious– as do those reeses cookies! YUM!

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