When you’ve been with someone for 11 years (already?!), it is easy to drive them crazy without driving them away. There’s no doubt that I make Brandon a little nuts sometimes, but I would like to think that I’m getting better with age. There were some “habits” that I had while we were dating in college I got rid of, but they’ve been replaced with six things I do that annoy my husband.
one. back-to-back texts.
Call me impatient, but I don’t like to wait for replies. So it its been a few minutes and I know he is sitting by his phone, I often send a follow-up text or punctuation mark or a sweet emoji.
two. leaving the lights on.
On more than one occasion, I have left the lights on in the house while we are gone for a trip. I don’t know how it always happens – sometimes I think Muffin does it just to screw with me – but once we were gone for 7 days and the kitchen light was on the WHOLE time.
three. poor movie watching habits.
Whether I am checking my phone or catching some Zzzs, we are usually better off watching a movie separately. I am never a good companion for movie night! Even if I want to watch the movie, I always end up asleep halfway through the first twenty minutes. If I were to watch a movie alone though, I can stay up until the end. It’s a very strange thing I do that annoys my husband.
four. bad timing.
Coincidentally, I always find the wrong time to tell Brandon a random story. It is usually when an amazing play happens in a sporting event or when an important announcement is being made on the news. This is a fact and a weekly occurrence in our home. I don’t know how my timing could be so off, but it always is!
I am terrible at making decisions… especially when it comes down to where/what we are going to eat. Unless I am in the throes of a pregnancy craving, I am very flexible about meal choices. But when B insists I choose a place, I can’t make up my mind. In my defense, my husband usually has his mind already set, but he won’t tell me, and I know if I wait long enough, his innermost food related desires will come out.
six. sharing unrequested Facebook updates. like I’m his personal Newsfeed.
My husband has never been on Facebook (AH!!) and has never cared what people are posting on Facebook. But for some reason, this has never stopped me from sharing our mutual friends/family’s status updates with him. Just last night, after he told me this habit annoys him, I decided to read him a lovely joke someone posted. He was not entertained.
I’d like to think that all of these habits must be endearing, considering this May (2016) will mark 11 years together and in October we will celebrate 6 years of marriage. Anyone who has known us since the beginning can attest – we might drive each other crazy, but we are madly in love. A special thanks to the big guy for putting up with me this long.
Caitlin Houston is a Connecticut based life and style blogger.