July 1, 2012

Of Knots & Gaps

If there was an Olympic medal for getting necklaces all tangled up in one big rubik’s cube-esque knot, I would have three of them -all gold- which I would promptly then get tangled up in a whole new Olympic sized knot.

Seriously, it’s a problem.

We’ve tried everything. I have jewelry boxes and jewelry dividers and traveling jewelry cases, but it never fails. Every three weeks or so, when I go to find a certain necklace I find it mixed in with a ball o’ bling that would make even Flava Flav proud. Think grapefruit sized. I’m not even kidding.

But there is hope for me yet.

Because as good as I am at knotting up necklaces, it turns out Justin is even better at getting them untangled. It’s like his super hero strength. It’s unreal. And I, of course, like to take credit for helping to unearth this super power, because when I asked him the other day how long he would say he’s been untangling necklaces, his answer was: well, how long have we been together? Boom.

The other night before we left for Catalina, Justin couldn’t sleep. And when I woke up the next morning, this is what I found downstairs. All of my necklaces, returned to their rightful single status and laid out waiting for me. So see, he really is like a super hero….he works under the veil of darkness.

It’s pretty crazy when you think about it , that out of the whole world the worst necklace knotter would meet & fall in love with the best detangler. I think it’s safe to say there was a plan in place there. And that got me thinking about all of the other gaps in my life that Justin helps fill in. Here are just a few:

* I LOVE tomatoes. And he hates them. Which means he always gives me his.
* He gets ready in half the time it takes a normal human being to get ready (because clearly, whatever amount of time *I* take to get ready should be the national standard. Obviously.) Which means that he can pack the car while I continue to do battle with my hair. (Dear humidity, I hate you.)
* He is really good at cooking. Which works out really well….because I am really good at eating.
* He is some sort of technology savant and can get pretty much anything to work again. This is very handy since my approach is to just throw it out the window. We’ve saved a lot of windows this way.
* I wash, he dries.
* Every single night, he brings me up a glass of water to bed. Which is really good, because every single night I get really thirsty.
* He likes to drive, while I prefer to dance to Carly Rae Jepsen in the car
* He lets me put on Carly Rae Jepsen in the car (and I think even secretly likes it…so call me MAYBE!!)
* He hates the smell of coffee, but he still kisses me even with my coffee breath. That should win him an award right there.
* He never hits the weight limit on his suitcase, which means that I can put my “second tier necessity” shoes in his.
* And finally, when we walk Cooper….he’s the keeper of the plastic bags. ‘Nuff said.

This morning I got an email from a friend telling me that she loves how Justin loves & takes care of me. And she said she hoped that I knew how lucky I am. I do. I definitely, definitely do.

**And speaking of being lucky and filling in the gaps, I just want to take a second to publicly thank each and every one of you who left a comment or sent us an email after our last blog post. Seriously, it felt like my heart was going to explode it was so full. And I’m thankful, so so thankful, to have friends like you. It meant the world to me. And I want you to know that I know how lucky I am to have you in our lives. I do. I definitely, definitely do.

  1. ashley barnett

    I adore this post!!! So, not that I am doubting Justin’s superhero detangler skills..but, a little birdie told me that if you get bendy straws and just put each necklace through that and clasp it at the end, voila! No more tangled jewelry! :) Also, Jeremy has that whole technology thing down pat. I whine, cry, stomp my feet and exclaim "FIX IT", much like a two year old, and Jeremy somehow always fixes it, much like the more mature than me adult he is. I love him for it.

  2. Susan Evans

    You guys are so great together – it’s awesome that you found one another. And regarding your last post?…I read your blog pretty much every day, so thank you for all your inspiration and for all the time spent making it meaningful for people like me. But if you have to back away from social media a little, I say do it! I’ll still check your blog every day, even if it doesn’t always have something new on it (and I’m confident a lot of others will too).

  3. Ashley Cochrane

    I, too, have grapefruit sized knots. Which are made worse when I get frustrated and throw the whole thing.. not out the window luckily :) Thank God for husbands :)

  4. Christy Tyler

    Ha!! I love this! I wrote a post similar to this about James a while back, so this made me smile to see how you two compliment each other in some similar and different ways. :) Also – this was my solution to my necklace knot problems: http://www.christytylerphotographyblog.com/2011/10/room-reveal-bedroom.html (see the first & last photos). Although having a husband that can untangle them works too! ;-)

  5. Bethany Belle

    quite possibly one of the cutest blog posts. ever. period. ‘Nuff said!

  6. laura marie duncan

    oh mary… you. are. funny. :-)

  7. Lauren Wakefield

    Girl….can I borrow your necklace collection…and my borrow I mean have??? There’s nothing better than finding your perfect match…and you most definitely have.

  8. Realtor Dad

    Mary, he gets the gift from me. In high school, Sears hired me to work in the jewerly dept because no one else could untangle the necklaces. I don’t really like tomatoes, I can be ready in 10 minutes for anything, I am more of an eater, I can also fix anything or throw it out the window, whichever is the best choice, I wash and dry, we both hate the smell of coffee, and cooper carries his own bag when I walk him. So thank your lucky stars and don’t forget your father-in-law.

  9. Sandra Fazzino

    He untangled your necklaces because he couldn’t sleep. He takes the Gold for best husband. I’m certain. XO

  10. Sandra Fazzino

    BTW – I use these bags that hang inside my closet – love them! (from Container Store) http://www.containerstore.com/shop/closet/jewelryStorage/hanging?productId=10014111&N=80360http://www.containerstore.com/shop/closet/jewelryStorage/hanging?productId=10025750&N=80360

  11. Christa

    You guys are so sweet :)

  12. Lisa Cour

    Hi Mary (and Justin), its been about two weeks since I was here between being unplugged for vacation and getting ready and recovering from said vacation. Is it strange that I feel like I missed you?? Especially when this is the first post I read. Mary…you are just an incredible writer! And really…what ARE the odds that a knotter and detangler would meet and fall in love! You guys are the best!

  13. Kari Jeanne

    I don’t know what I would do without my own husband who fills my VERY LARGE gaps :) I totally have a pineapple necklace – I think this means we should be bff’s! And yeah, mine is currently tangled in a ridiculously big knot!

  14. Irina

    An idea I saw on Pinterest to help with preventing tangles:


    Use a drinking straw to prevent tangles!

  15. Eryn Kesler

    Love love love. The glass of water? Melt my heart! What a servant heart!

  16. Ciiku

    Your father in law’s comment is pretty hilarious!!

  17. Rachel McCloud

    I will make my husband super proud right now by quoting a movie (he’s a movie afficiando:) From Rocky- "She’s got gaps, I got gaps, We fill each other’s gaps"

    Thanks for being an awesome example of doing business and life together well :)

  18. Julia

    Have you seen this?! http://www.rebekahjmurrayblog.com/necklace-frame-diy/

  19. Rici

    What a beautiful post Mary. thank you for sharing so personal and funny! Just today as I walked back to my place I thought about you and Justin and how you make my mornings better and my inspiration brighter and I composed a love note for you two, secretly in my head. I adore what you do and how you do it and you have no friggin idea how much you inspired me and how much you helped me grow in the last months! Grazie così tantoooooo!!

  20. Amy Clifton

    Love, love this. Isn’t it amazing how love works??

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