lessons from a new homeowner

1. Always take a close look at the layout of your windows before deciding you would like to put an offer on a house. Here's a very real conversation we had recently:

After grocery shopping (or some other incredibly exciting activity), we walk up to the house from the garage. I stop short.

Me: I just noticed something about our house that I can't unsee.

Y: What? (Considers house.) The fact that it looks like a crazy robot?

Me: YES. How did we not see this?
Y: (Shrugs.) Can we get a mustache for it?

2. If you discover you have magnetic walls in your bathroom, celebrate. You now have a built in place for your electric toothbrush heads.

3. Be prepared to learn new things about each other. For instance, I learned that Y is a secret fan of chalkboard art.

4. If you and your loved one get into a fight at Ikea (and you will), a really great way to relieve stress is to visit the rug section and battle each other American Gladiator style. Trust me. I felt better and more able to rationally choose between the Hemnes and the Brimnes.