Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Perfect Banana = True Love

While getting ready this morning, I realized I had not worn even one pair of my Valentine's Day socks this month. Where has February gone? I love a fun sock and you already know I love celebrating the holidays, so holiday themed socks are just an obvious essential in my life.

Truthfully, they were much more fun to wear when my boys were little or when I was teaching students in a classroom. Kids always find my holiday themed socks silly, but fascinating. There were times when my students would ask to see my socks or some cute kiddo would announce to the class that I "had on my red heart socks".

There aren't any little ones in my life at the moment - not on a daily basis anyway. That fact did not stop me this morning from choosing what I was going to wear based on what would match my pink-and-white-diamond-and-sparkly hearts-covered socks.

I've worn them all day...and my 10th grade student hasn't even noticed....well, if he has he hasn't mentioned it to me. The excitement level of me wearing "Valentine's Day socks" didn't match some previous years, but I (very quietly) enjoyed wearing them all day anyway.

Of course I had 2/3rds of my February Quests completed before I donned my festive socks today, but I most certainly had them on while I completed the last third...Share Love.

Flossing & Exercising
Flossing...hmmm....this flossing thing is just not enjoyable. It's truly the point of drawing blood a couple times. I'm starting to wonder if I'm not doing it right. Seriously, is there a wrong way to floss? I'm using the little flossing picks because I thought they were easier, but it's still the least fun part of my February Quests - and my February Quests include Exercising Every Day!

Speaking of exercising, I ran today on the treadmill.  Since I hurt my knee a couple weeks ago, I restarted the C25K program this week.  Today I completed Week 1 - Day 2. 

Share Love
A conversation with Hubby yesterday sparked the post for today. Let me start off by saying, many years ago Hubby and I made a promise that we would not talk ugly about each other to other people. We had been around a few couples that put each other down in front of people or complained about things they didn't like about each other. We just didn't see that being a productive way to grow and strengthen a marriage.

As you may have noticed, I speak very highly of Hubby here on My Rosie Outlook. Our marriage is important to us, so we made a conscious decision to keep our complaints and negative comments at home between the two of us. We are both pretty good about keeping that promise. I also speak highly of Hubby because I truly love and adore him and most of the time I only have good things to say about him.  I will also say he is as generous with me when speaking about me to others. It's just another thing I love and adore about him.

I do want to point out it's something we actually discussed at some point. I also want to point out that we have been married nearly 24 years and we have learned a lot (and continue to learn) about marriage. I will happily share more on this subject at another time, but for now I want to get back to my story...

Having said all of that, I'm going to share with you something that annoys me about Hubby: bananas.

Yes, that tasty yellow potassium-filled fruit. Hubby has, (in his own words) an unusually short window when it comes to bananas. He likes them closer to green than yellow.

Since I'm usually the grocery shopper, the burden falls on me to purchase the properly barely ripe bunch of bananas. I don't think Hubby has any idea how stressful this is for me. (I know, me and my seriously difficult life...)

So there I am, standing in front of the tiered banana display, trying to decide which bunch is just the right color of green. If I get ones that are too green, they will taste like some weird blend of banana flavored bark. If I get ones too yellow and they get one little brown spot on them - it's over. They are beyond edible. And the color isn't the only dilemma...

Because Hubby has such a short window of what he deems banana palatable, my next issue is how many to buy? The Engineer and I aren't against bananas. We don't dislike them, but we don't eat one every day. On the other hand, I do like to have them in the fruit bowl, ready, if I decide a banana snack sounds good.

Inevitably, I will find the "perfect greenish/yellow bunch" and it will have maybe seven bananas in it. That's just way too many. So what do you do? Do you tear off the ones you don't want and leave them for someone else?

You can imagine my delight when I occasionally find the bunch with the right color and banana count. I just know it's going to be a good day when that happens!

Yesterday morning we had a whole discussion about bananas and what is acceptable to Hubby. It's one of those things that makes me shake my head and kind of annoys me...but in a totally cute way. Does that make sense to anyone out there? Our marriage has reached a point where some of those annoying traits are kind of cute now. Weird.  I know.

Anyway, while I try to "lift him up" on a daily basis with my words, and I try to stay true to my promise to not speak ill of him to others...I told him his vexing banana issues were going to make it in the blog this week. He just smiled. I think, in a funny way, it pleased him. And in an even funnier way, that just makes me love Hubby even more.


  1. So sweet! I have always loved how you've lifted your Hubby up in conversation. Very encouraging. As a tip...whatever bananas go past the window, peel them and throw them in the freezer. They make for great smoothies! ;-)


  3. Thanks Katie! That's what I usually do, but since I'm the only smoothie drinker in the house, we have a pretty good stash in the freezer right now. haha Once the weather warms up, and I'm making them again, I'm sure I will be happy to have all those bananas in the freezer! :)

  4. You can also make banana bread I don't like them but will eat the bread


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