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."
…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.
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.