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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: R is for Rob (a long, long post)

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

R is for Rob (a long, long post)

I'm a terrible wife.  A terrible, terrible wife.

Here I am, spending the entire day wondering what my R post should be for this week's Alphabe-Thursday.  I wanted it to revolve around food, and was going to post the actual recipe for Reine de Saba (which I did tempt you with pictures of, but did not post the arduous yet rewarding process on this blog).  Still, I was kinda "eh" about it.  Maybe I would skip this week and just visit the other links instead.

Now let me share with you what just happened a few minutes ago.  My husband sees me with the netbook on my lap and asks if I'm blogging.  I say yes, I am.  He asks what I'm blogging about.  I say "spinach", since I was planning on crafting a post on my sauteed spinach recipe.  He says "Oh, you're on S this week?" - isn't it cute that he keeps track of these things? I shake my head and say "No, we're on R, but I can't think of anything to post about that starts with R".

And he looked at me like my head just fell off.

Since, ya know...his name is Rob.

And then I laughed really hard at myself, and felt like a bad wife.

So lemme tell ya a little something about Rob.  He did, after all, remind me that I could post about him.  Whether he regrets it after reading this is yet to be seen...



We met a little more than 4 years ago and from the very moment I started reading his reply to my rather sassy ad which he'd found online, I was definitely hooked.  I could see myself being really close with this person, regardless of the nature of our relationship.  He told me about himself, about his love of music (though he didn't tell me that he has, literally, over 60GB of music files on his computer) and the fact that he played guitar in a band, about being a good cook, and on and on.  After we met (two nights later), we continued our email friendship.  He had such a great sense of humor that I found myself anticipating his emails.  Sometimes we'd email several times throughout the day.  I still have those emails and they are SO CUTE!

And now we're married.  I'll skip all the in-between stuff because it's mushy and TMI and stuff - you don't need to read about that.

But I'll give you some facts on the man:

In case you didn't know this, Rob is pretty much obsessed with Disney and Mickey Mouse.  He spent a lot of vacations there as a kid.  But more than that, it taps into something inside him and he's not afraid to allow it.  He's just a big kid at heart.  A big kid with a Mickey tattoo on his right shoulder.

He dropped out of high school and ran away with a carnival.  True story.  And although he did of course leave the carnival and get his GED, he credits the time he spent there as what forced him to grow up.

Prior to leaving his job to care for his father, Rob was the IT Manager (actually, the only IT person in the company)/Marketing and Advertising Manager/Web Designer...did I forget a title, hon?...at his company.  And up until a couple of years ago when he started taking Microsoft certification courses, he was self-taught in every field.  If he didn't know how to do something, he'd look it up and work it out for himself.  He started as the company's temporary receptionist and worked his way up to managing the network and phones for several locations, plus designing the websites and the print ads and product brochures.  Imagine that!

(And let me tell you, they definitely know what they had now that he's gone.  But that's a whole other story which makes us both smile in smug satisfaction.  And yet, he still takes their frantic phone calls and spends hours on conference calls on their behalf.)

He also puts together and fixes computers. So it's nice if you know him and are on his good side.  He's saved friends and family much time and money by fixing problems for free.  Or a case of beer, but that's just because my dad can't handle having him do stuff for free.

Rob is quite handy as well.  Again, if he doesn't know how to do something he'll look it up and work it out.  His latest project is landscaping the backyard.  It went from this...


To this...


To this!


And that's just the beginning! You should see the plans he has in place.  The involve an enlarged patio, a pathway, rose bushes, possibly a pergola but that's just because he's been watching too much of the DIY Network...

Okay, I'm sure I'm boring you all with these details.  You should see how much I cut out of this post - evidently when I get started talking about him, I just can't stop.

So I'll wrap it up.  Every day Rob finds some way to make me laugh, make me think, make me appreciate him more.  He has shown so much compassion and strength in the past several months since his father got sick.  He might not think that he's doing such a good job most of the time, but I have the luxury of being able to look on from outside and see that he's doing a far better job than he knows.  He's also been a good boyfriend/fiance/husband to me, and in the face of what he's experienced lately, he has not forgotten about me or us for a second.  And I value that more than I can explain.

I love him, very much.



Jenny Matlock

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51 Comments:

Blogger Allie and Pattie said...

He definitely sounds like a keeper Jen! Lucky you!
xoxo pattie

May 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM

 
Blogger Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh how funny that you didn't think of Rob right away for R. Hahahahaha... yeah, wife of the year award coming your way.

He sounds like a good guy--- and they are hard to come by! Best wishes to you both, Cass

May 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM

 
Blogger Kelly @ The Startup Wife said...

Awwwwwww. This was really, really heartwarming.

Ummm, I want to hear like a ton more about the circus?? And more wedding pics, please! :)

May 20, 2010 at 8:35 PM

 
Blogger MrsJenB said...

Kelly - How sweet are you? Sure you wanna know more? It's an ugly story. Just kidding. Maybe. Let's just say we can't pass "a show" without him dissecting it in a minute and telling me what's wrong with it! He has some stories that have almost made my (fine, limp) hair curl! But it's neat to know who he was as a person before we met, you know? I'm glad you like the pictures - we still don't even have our photo album put together. Oh, the shame. I'll put some on my "about" page!

May 20, 2010 at 8:56 PM

 
Blogger Viki said...

Oh, how lucky you both are to have each other. And thank Rob for letting us learn a little about him. He sounds like an all around good guy. Great loving R post.

May 20, 2010 at 9:15 PM

 
Blogger julie said...

I can't think of a better use for the word R. What a lucky couple you two are! I still have the emails from when my husband I met 14 years ago as well! It's so fun to look back at those first days.

May 20, 2010 at 9:32 PM

 
Blogger GardenofDaisies said...

Awwww, he is a great guy! And you two are so perfect for each other!!

May 20, 2010 at 10:13 PM

 
Blogger Aging Mommy said...

Well he might not have come immediately to mind when you were thinking of your story about R but you more than made up for that with this wonderful post about him

May 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM

 
Anonymous Gabriel said...

Wow, that's what a hubby should be on us....
Rob and you seems to look good together, i think this pair is for keeps.
Post more for us to follow this love story.

May 20, 2010 at 10:48 PM

 
Anonymous Melissa said...

Awe, Jen. You are so sweet and this post was ridiculously sweet which are both good because I've been having an open affair with sugar for quite some time now.

I was all ehh before reading and now I'm smiling ;)

Hope this makes up for the R slip which is much too funny, btw.

May 20, 2010 at 11:23 PM

 
Blogger Gigi said...

What a totally cute post, and I love that last photo...way cool. We should all be required to write great things about our spouses at least once a year. :)

May 21, 2010 at 12:02 AM

 
Blogger Linda said...

Oh I love how we met and fell in love stories! How sweet and he is a keeper! Great R is for Rob!

May 21, 2010 at 12:20 AM

 
Blogger Jo said...

oh you are one lucky girl ... Your hubby sounds like a wonderful man.

May 21, 2010 at 1:54 AM

 
Blogger Amanda said...

Your rob sounds like and amazing guy-- I'd hang on to him, if I were you!

May 21, 2010 at 2:32 AM

 
Blogger Terra said...

Oh Rob sounds wonderful and I am so glad your didn't fall off because I laughed outloud at this part of the post!

May 21, 2010 at 8:43 AM

 
Anonymous Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Oh what a fun and sweet story! Your Rob sounds like a wonderful guy!

May 21, 2010 at 10:45 AM

 
Blogger The Empress said...

That is a beautiful marriage.

The picture of him laughing at your wedding makes me fall instantly in love with him, too.

Should've known I'd like you, since Gigi liked you.

That's how it goes, she was right.

I like your blog.

May 21, 2010 at 12:45 PM

 
Blogger TheGirl said...

Haha, why am I not surprised? Just kidding, I'm glad Rob was there to remind you that he was your "R" topic. Can I just say that I LOVE the pictures of what you guys have done with the house. Yeah, you might have to come stay with us for a bit whenever we get wherever we're going to help us landscape and cook! :o) Miss you both!

May 21, 2010 at 4:07 PM

 
Blogger Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Awwwhhh, he's so cute! You guys seem perfect for each other..yeah...don't you love it when a plan comes together?

May 21, 2010 at 4:15 PM

 
Blogger Julie Schuler said...

awwwww! So sweet.

May 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

 
Anonymous Angelica said...

<3 How wonderful.

May 22, 2010 at 1:21 PM

 
Blogger Natalie said...

Ahhh...makes me fall in love with him - you're such a lucky woman (and he's lucky too :p) That picture at the end? Brought tears to my eyes...you can totally tell how happy you both are.

Thank you so much for swinging by my blog this morning - I'm so glad we found each other!! I'm following you :)

May 22, 2010 at 1:43 PM

 
Blogger Christy said...

Awe, you probably call him sweetie, or love, or honey bunny so "Rob" didn't come to mind right away. Right?!
He sounds like a keeper, you are blessed!

May 22, 2010 at 11:57 PM

 
Blogger Jenny said...

Jen, you you both sound so lucky. He finding you...and you finding him! How cool! It sounds like you are both just meant to be!

I'm so glad you gave you the "look" about the letter "R" because this was a wonderful, romantic, refreshing and really sweet R stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday!

A+

PS. Love the new blog design!

May 23, 2010 at 1:11 PM

 
Blogger mbkatc230 said...

Definitely a keeper! Rob sounds like a great guy, and your love for him shines through in every word. Kathy

May 23, 2010 at 1:48 PM

 
Blogger Melinda Cornish said...

awwww, what a cute post.....and what a great husband...arent handy men the best?

May 23, 2010 at 5:27 PM

 
Blogger Marthe said...

Awwwww..... That´s the sweetes post I read all year!! I want a husband just like Rob! :)

May 25, 2010 at 5:11 PM

 
Blogger Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Jen~ thanks for strolling by for a visit.

R- for Rob was the perfect post about your hubby.
It was so sweet how he recommended you spotlight him.
It is wonderful to be married to your best friend that's a handyman too.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

June 1, 2010 at 2:01 AM

 
Anonymous Melissa said...

Jen!!!

I am thinking of you!!!!! Sending you thoughts of Disney World happiness and comfort!!!!!!

...and food!

June 13, 2010 at 11:16 AM

 
Blogger debi9kids said...

What a great back story to your relationship and Rob sounds like a great great guy!

June 15, 2010 at 1:28 AM

 
Blogger Real Life Reslers said...

AWww! Great post and great hubby!

June 17, 2010 at 9:23 AM

 
Blogger Chef Dennis said...

sounds like yoiu have a great life....and you my dear are not at all a bad wife!!!
all the best
Dennis

June 19, 2010 at 7:06 AM

 
Anonymous Megan said...

I'm so glad you gave you the "look" about the letter "R" because this was a wonderful, romantic, refreshing and really sweet R stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday, keep it up.

June 26, 2010 at 1:59 AM

 
Anonymous Kristen said...

What a sweet tribute to your husband. Thank you for sharing a little about him with us.

June 26, 2010 at 6:04 PM

 
Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

chuckle, chuckle, chuckle .... I am shaking my head and chuckling over 'the look' that Rob gave you. I know that look - the head cocked kind of sideways, one eye brow raised, the words "are you serious?!!" appear on their foreheads .... yeah.
And once it dawns on you why they are giving you 'that look', you start turning pink, and your 'oh my gosh, how dense am I?' alarm starts going off ... (absolutley no offense intended towards you Jen!!!) and 'Scottie' seems to be ignoring the 'beam me up - NOW!!' signals ... mercy!
chuckle, chuckle, chuckle!

I too liked the picture of you two laughing together at your wedding. Brian once overheard somebody say that "sex is the most fun you can have without laughing". From the looks of you two, I bet that you have also found laughing during sex just adds to it .... o;-p (hope I havn't offended here either!)

We've now been married for thirty years. I know that your looking forward to your second anniversary. May the two of you have m-a-n-y years of love and laughter ahead of you too!!!

you told about how he will 'disect' a carnival or circus .... we do the same with catered events. Just can't help ourselves! I think that everybody does it in their own field(s).

My husband too loves Mickey, but he is even more so with 'The Muppets'!!! One of our sons loves to tell the story about how in fourth grade, in class, they studied Dickens book 'A Christmas Carol'. Our son argued with the teacher that Scrooge use to have TWO partners - "Morley and Morley"!!! He then sang the song from The Muppets Christmas Carol for her - o/~"we're Morley and Morley - ewww ..."o/~ L! - O! - L! ...

June 28, 2010 at 2:38 PM

 
Anonymous Kara said...

I too liked the picture of you two laughing together at your wedding. Brian once overheard somebody say that "sex is the most fun you can have without laughing", thanx for posting.

July 1, 2010 at 12:02 AM

 
Anonymous Samantha said...

It was so sweet how he recommended you spotlight him. It is wonderful to be married to your best friend that's a handyman too. thanx for the share.

July 2, 2010 at 3:42 PM

 
Anonymous Michelle said...

how funny that you didn't think of Rob right away for R. Hahahahaha... yeah, wife of the year award coming your way. ahahah.

July 3, 2010 at 5:45 PM

 
Anonymous Kristen said...

You both are looking So cute. May the two of you have many years of love and laughter ahead of you too!!

July 5, 2010 at 5:17 PM

 
Anonymous Victoria said...

You are so sweet and this post was ridiculously sweet which are both good because I've been having an open affair with sugar for quite some time now. nice pictures.

July 7, 2010 at 4:49 AM

 
Anonymous Diane said...

You both are looking kuttay(Beautiful). I really like your blog. Sweet couple.

July 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM

 
Anonymous Lynn said...

How romantic, you really are the perfect couple well, I wish all the best and luck for both of you. Thank you for sharing your blog post, I do enjoy reading it :)

July 9, 2010 at 12:56 AM

 
Anonymous Jane said...

Wow! Sweet Couple. I really enjoyed reading your Article.

July 10, 2010 at 2:20 AM

 
Anonymous Katie said...

haha..You make me laugh when the time you remember his name starts with the letter R. You are funny, And I enjoyed reading your post. You have sweet love story. Thanks for sharing. Keep on posting.

July 11, 2010 at 2:34 PM

 
Anonymous Kayla said...

Amazing! I forgot romeo Juliet after reading this brilliant love story. Have a happy life.

July 13, 2010 at 5:42 PM

 
Anonymous Jillian said...

Brilliant picture your so sweet couple you have a lovely story stay sweet forever thanks for sharing your inspiring love article.

July 16, 2010 at 1:28 AM

 
Anonymous Christy said...

You're such a lucky woman (and he's lucky too :p) That picture at the end? Brought tears to my eyes...you can totally tell how happy you both are, thanx.

July 26, 2010 at 10:44 AM

 
Anonymous Jennifer said...

It was so sweet how he recommended you spotlight him. It is wonderful to be married to your best friend that's a handyman too.

August 1, 2010 at 6:55 AM

 
Anonymous Brittany said...

Such a sweet couple. I really really like your pictures. So beautiful!

August 12, 2010 at 9:05 AM

 
Blogger Stacey said...

What an ADORABLE post! So glad you linked up this great memory on a Lazy Wed Walk! :) And yes, it is good to remember why we married them!

The Lazy Mom
www.imalazymom.com

Come back next Wed for another Lazy Wed Walk!

December 1, 2010 at 9:49 AM

 
Blogger Linda said...

I loved reading about your "self made Man"...he sounds like an amazing guy! And you are pretty cute yourself! (:>)

December 1, 2010 at 2:50 PM

 

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