This week's best comments: married life, reproductive habits, and metaphorical place mats #Noteworthy comments#commenting November 2 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel By: Dinner Series – CC BY 2.0 Another week of incredible, hilarious, insightful, amazing comments on the Offbeat Empire. Join us for another week with my editors as they wrangle up their favorite comments across our blogs… Offbeat Bride: On the post about dealing with people's expectations of how "married ladies" are supposed to act, there were two great zingers about how to answer the question, "How's married life?" Sarkat had this zinger: Yeah. I've been getting a lot of the half joking "How's married life?" Shortly after my wedding, a friend asked "So, how's your newfound wifeliness?" And I said "It's a lot like my previous co-habiting girlfriendliness, except with dental insurance." This is pretty much how I answer all such questions. Sylvia provided this response, which I think Offbeat Mama readers are going to love: I get a lot of "How's married life?" and I reply "The same, except people have started being nosy about our reproductive habits now." BLAMMO! Offbeat Mama: Speaking of Offbeat Mama and reproductive habits, on a post about choosing adoption over pregnancy, PlanningAhead had this great observation: …it's not often that media reflects my understanding that wanting to parent does not (even in a bio-female, presumably fertile, in a stable partnership) have to equal wanting to bear children. I too plan to adopt in a couple of years, and I've wanted this since my teenage years. Offbeat Home: Meanwhile, we compared notes on creating space for your sanity-beverages. Somehow, a placemat under the place where you assemble your caffeine-making supplies really matters. Why? As JB said, I really do love the fact that the mat makes the space. It says 'I keep this here' instead of 'I left this here'. If only it was always as easy as slapping a placemat under something to make it clear that it's intentional. I need some sort of larger-picture metaphorical placemat to set under my entire life. MAYBE THE OFFBEAT EMPIRE IS MY PLACE MAT. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS Offbeat wedding market lesson #5: your personality matters (a lot) NEXT The 24-Hour Reply Rule Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] Ha! Ariel, did you choose that photo on purpose? That's the flatware I e-mailed you about a couple weeks ago! 1 agrees Reply I totally noticed that! That post is still being drafted, so this felt like a little tease in my brain (although about 3 people will get it — YOU BEING ONE!). Reply The earth is my placemat. I am intentional! 9 agree Reply rotflmao, me too Dootsie! That is precisely how I live. Though it looks like chaos, I am the best "finder" in my entire social circle, so to me, it's no biggie. Reply Love sylvia's reply. strange people have stopped asking us, sorta. Mostly they ask us about the building work going on at the moment but just waiting for the baby Q's again. We don't know, we'll tell you if and when we decide. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.