Wednesday-Bensday! Another special birthday edition!

Ben says: “Maybe if I stay behind this chair the bucket won’t find me.”

That picture was actually taken about a year ago. (You can tell because that’s Lauren in the background, and Lauren’s in Japan right now.) So this was long before the bucket incident, and yet Ben was still concerned. Or maybe just looking for a little shade.

But that’s not the point. The point is, today is Tim’s birthday! He’s thinking about going fishing today if the weather doesn’t suck it up big time (Ben will stay home and protect the house from any and all buckets).

So you guys have an assignment today — Everybody leave a comment wishing my amazing husband a happy birthday so that when he gets home from fishing and checks this blog, he’ll get tons and tons of birthday wishes.

I’ll go first. Happy birthday, Tim! I love you very very very very very very much!

In which we continue to be amused by our initials

The Setting: Over dinner at a local Chili’s, Tim and Audrey discuss what to name Audrey’s freelance business.

Tim: How about “T ‘n A Editing Services”?
Audrey: Yes! The slogan on the business card could read, “Now editing more than just porn!”

Dead Weight is the Heaviest Weight to Lift

For a while before Tim went back to school, we spent many an evening watching HBO shows that we’d never had the chance to see — since, you know, we are too poor for HBO. Sometimes we spent entire weekends having mini-marathon sessions in our basement watching these great, great shows. We got through all of Rome, part of the first season of The Sopranos (we plan to watch more just as soon as we have time), 2 or 3 seasons of Entourage, and the first copule of seasons of Six Feet Under — the show that this post just happens to be all about.

We watched the first couple of episodes of Six Feet Under’s third season right before Tim went back to school, leaving us with zero extracurricular television-watching time (meaning, it was all we could do to keep up with our weekly list on the DVR, so watching additional HBO programming was out of the question). This wasn’t a huge deal, though, because we were both hugely disappointed in the course of events that were transpiring in the Fisher family. Somehow between seasons 2 and 3, the show seemed to have gone majorly downhill.

This weekend, though, with Tim on a break from school and me having finally gotten some sort of control over my suddenly huge freelance workload (not that I’m complaining!), we decided after a few drinks that we just may be buzzed enough to power through the crappy third season so we could get to the fourth season, which is said to be much better.

See, in our despair over how bad season 3 was shaping up to be, we’d done some reading up on the subject and learned that season 3 was just a crap season and the show would dig itself out of that grave, so to speak (oooh, I am so clever!), once season 3 was over.

What nobody told us, though, in all of our extensive research (which really wasn’t all that extensive), was that Dwight K. Schrute himself would come along and totally save season 3, oh my god.

Those of you who watched Six Feet Under — do you remember Arthur? Because, oh holy crap, Arthur is so very clearly an earlier incarnation of Dwight. He’s weird and quirky and full of Schruteisms like the one at the top of this post. I can’t tell you how glad I am that he wasn’t just one of those in-and-out-in-one-episode characters. So far we’ve had three glorious Diwght-filled episodes in a row, and it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere anytime soon.

Where season 3 could have completely sucked ass, it has just as completely been rescued by Dwight. I think we will definitely be making time for more basement mini-marathons now that Dwight has come to save the day.

Care for an Interview? Why, Yes!

The lovely and wise Britt of Weekday Wisdom sent me these five interview questions yesterday. Because she’s awesome like that.

1. Who will you cast as Tim and Audrey in the Tim and Audrey movie?

First of all, what would that movie be called? T ‘n A? That’s hott. Actually, for our first dating anniversary I made Tim a movie poster for a movie all about us. (And by “I made” I mean, “I handed some pictures and text to someone at Kinko’s and they designed something amazing because I am lacking in the artistic skill area.”) I called that movie Tim and Audrey: The true story of the greatest romance of all time. (I seriously considered T ‘n A, but wanted to be more romantic-comedy than porn. I’m picky like that.) And Tim, being a Recording Arts (read: filmmaker) major at the time, absolutely loved it. It’s definitely one of the best gifts I’ve ever given him. I guess I shouldn’t have used it so early in our relationship — it set the standard pretty high and every gift-giving occasion since has had a hard time living up to that one.

But, wait. I’m getting sidetracked. Okay, who to cast in the Tim and Audrey movie. The part of Audrey would be played by Renee Zellweger. Call her squinty if you like, but I think she’s gorgeous, and so I take it as a major compliment every time someone tells me I look like her. Plus, she’s a great actress. The part of Tim is a tossup between John Krasinski and Topher Grace. Actually, it’s only a tossup because I know Tim likes Topher Grace a lot. Tim always liked Eric Foreman because he saw a lot of himself in that character. Which, that’s cool and all — I see the resemblance, too — but this is my blog and I say Eric Foreman is whiny and annoying (which Tim is most definitely not) and John Krasinski is way cuter. I have told Tim on more than one occasion that the main reason I love Jim Halpert so much is because he really reminds me of Tim. I mean, you guys can definitely see Tim filling up a supremely irritating coworker’s phone handset with nickles, can’t you? Yes. Yes you can. Plus, of the two, John Krasinski would look better with a beard, am I right? And John Krasinski would be way cuter next to Renee Zellweger than Topher Grace. So, that settles it. John Krasinski and Renee Zellweger would star as Tim and Audrey in The Tim and Audrey Movie. You all know you want to come see that movie.

2. With the exception of life’s neccessities, what do you spend the most money on?

Currently? Our yard. Actually, looking at the past couple of years, it’d probably be safe to say we spend the most non-necessity money on home improvement projects in general. Which is cool, because we have a good time working on the house together, and the end result is always very satisfying.

3. Jim Halpert or John Dorian?

Anyone care to take a guess after reading my response to question 1?

Jim Halpert, hands down. J.D. is kinda cute in his own way, but he’s also a little too quirky and sulky for me. He’d just annoy me more than anything. But Jim? Well. I already said how much he reminds me of Tim. And I love Tim more than anything. So that’s that.

4. What is your favorite accessory or piece of furniture in your home?

I’m gonna go with our bar on this one. It’s a beautiful piece of furniture, and it was a total steal at $250 from a thrift store. Whenever we move out of this house, I’d really love to take it with us. Sure, the space may look weird without it there, but that’s the future owner’s problem, right? Then again, maybe our next house will already have a fabulous bar and we won’t need this one anymore. But I really, really love this bar. Maybe because it’s part of the first major home improvement project we did together, so I love the memories associated with it, not to mention how much it’s presence (where there used to be a wall) has improved the entire kitchen area. Whatever happens when we move (which won’t be for awhile anyway), that bar will always hold a special place in my heart.

5. What do you do when you need to relax and de-stress?

Um, drink? Actually, it really depends on the type of relaxing/de-stressing I need. Sometimes if I’m stressed and have a lot of anxiety and/or pent up energy, I need to work out — just sweat out all that negative crap. Going to my tap class is one of the best de-stressers. I really pound my feet into the floor hard on nights that I’m stressed — it helps me work out a lot of tension.

If I’m feeling like things are spiraling out of control — like stuff just keeps piling up and I’m having a hard time keeping up with everything — the best thing I can do is clean. Because most of the time, when I’m feeling overwhelmed like that, the house is one of the many things that I’m not keeping up with. Cleaning the house is a small thing I can take control of; and when my surroundings are neat and organized, everything else seems a lot more manageable.

Other times, though, I just need to chill and do nothing. If I’ve been super busy and running around like crazy, nothing sounds better than a quiet evening ouside by the fire pit with my husband and a bottle of wine. (See? Drinking = de-stressing.)

Tim is really good at taking care of me when I’m stressed, too. On more than one occasion I have come home after a bad day to find one or all of the following waiting for me: A glass of wine, a foot spa filled with hot, soothing water, and orders to relax on the couch while he takes care of dinner. I am so unbelivably lucky to have that man.

Wow, I bet Britt had no idea what she was getting herself into when she sent me those questions. Little did she know just how long-winded I can be!

Now here’s the fun part for the rest of you! (What? Reading all of that wasn’t fun enough? Oh. Right.) Here’s what you do:

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions. (Feel free to be as long-winded as your heart desires.)
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Sounds fun, right? So what are you waiting for? Comment away!

My smarty-pants husband

Guess what, you guys! In his first semester back at school, my genius husband got straight A’s! (No gay A’s for him! Not that he thinks there’s anything wrong with that.) He was expecting at least 2 or 3 B’s, because he is silly and doesn’t realize what a smarty pants he is. I knew all along that he would go back to school and kick school’s ass. Because he is just that smart.

But you wanna know something funny? My genius grad-student husband, on his last trip to the grocery store, purchased — intentionally and for himself — Barbie cereal. His reasoning? “It was cheap, and I thought there might be naked ladies in it.” (There aren’t, by the way — it’s all pink and purple hearts, butterflies, and flowers. But he eats it anyway.)

Oh, Tim … at least he’s book smart. And super cute, too.

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