I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. ~Rita Rudner
I meant for last weeks blog to have a quick little memo at the top about what I should call SH, and then I could move on to a real post.
But the memo kind of turned into a mission statement (oh Jerry MaGuire, I know how you fell down that slippery slope). So it just become last weeks post.
So now, on to this weeks, post, which is, in fact last weeks, re-heated.
I do believe, I may be a little bit difficult to live with.
Every once in a while I have one of those moments, when you step out side your body and float about yourself and see whats really going on in the world from someone else's point of view.
Every time I have a moment like that I jump right back in my self and start thanking the Powers That Be that people actually put up with me.
Some times I'm amazed I have anyone left in my life who is sane.
SH is on the top of that list.
Take our latest excursion together.
I am dragging him to "Simply For Life".
No we don't want to loose weight, please stop attacking me for making my family be healthy.
I work with the owner, I like the program and what it stands for, and I believe we could all use a little wake up call sometimes.
Since I'm a wimp and seem unable to do anything on my own any more (note the fact that my sister is doing Bust-A-Move, I wouldn't sign up for Belly Dancing until Michelle agreed to go, and I seem unable to make any sort of decision on anything without polling clients about it for three weeks first) I some how convinced him to do it with me.
Actually I tried to trick him into doing it with me.
The radio announced that Blue Cross gave a Two-for-One special with SFL, last fall. I somehow managed to convince him that we could still get that deal. (My complete inability to lie will be saved for another post, but I promise you, this little white lie was a lot of stress for me)
I should also note that I have spent the past year pestering him to do it, talking about everyone else I know that's done it, having dinner parties with friends who are on it and making him eat weird vegetables to prove to him they taste good....
Add an entire year of me nagging, to the promise that it's actually free for him to do it, and that is how I convinced him to do this with me. ( I'm not mean, I just know it's a waste of time for me to cut up carrot sticks if he's going to be sitting on the couch beside me eating double fudge brownies and whipped cream)
Monday morning comes, and we need to drive an hour to our initial appointment. We don't do early mornings well, especially ones we aren't getting paid for.
So I'm in a general disorganized mood, thinking I can do fifteen more things than is actually humanly possible before we leave, and he is pestering me with silly questions like "So what is it that we're actually going to have to do for this first appointment" and "Is this like a ten minute appointment, or an hour and a half?"
Hell I've only worked with Kim for a year, and promoted her business to every client that walked through my door, how am I supposed to know the answers to these questions??
We get on the road, and about halfway there, we hit a white out.... that's right... there's no snow falling from the sky, or in the forecast, yet I can't seem to see more than six inches in front of my windshield.
It's just yesterdays snow conveniently blowing all over the highway.
That's okay, all this driving at 40km/h gives us a chance to sit and think, and talk....
SH "So it's still two for the price of one right?"
All I had to say was "Yes" I'm driving bumper to bumper in a line of cars in white out conditions.
He would not have found it suspicious if I didn't give him a detailed answer on how the company manages to stay in the black while offering 50% discounts year round.
But no... I just can't seem to form the words.... so instead... I slip out the truth, and try to spin it into a lie.
"No they've changed it to a percentage off... but I think it works out to just the same anyway... something about paperwork....taxes...um... I think they're cheating the system....mumble....kinda the same...uh....at least close...mumble...don't know...cumquats....."
Yea... I really can't lie......
"So is it fifty percent off?"
"I uh.. I don't know really exactly, but it's not that much....really.."
At this point I trail off and turn the radio up a little.... we both have a silent understanding that I have been caught in a lie, and that there is nothing to be done about it now. Trying to get the truth out of me will only result in more random mumbling that will just be waste of energy for both of us.
So we drive on, and I try to think of something to change the subject.. like what else we're going to do in Yarmouth while we're there... plan our day, Kent, Canadian Tire, Maritime, and we'll head to our appointment.....oh....
Me "Uh did you bring your phone?"
Me "Cause I need to call Alayne"
Turns out I work with Kim in her satelight location, and we're going to her main office.
I have no clue where that is....so I have to call one of her other clients for directions.
(no I don't have the number for the SFL office... why would I have that??)
I'm pretty sure if it was legal he would have thrown me from the moving car at that point, but since it's not, and he's generally a law abiding citizen, I am alive to tell the tale.
Fast forward to finally getting to the appointment, it's nothing scary, a bunch of questions about our health and habits, things are running smoothly, I'm starting to congratulate myself on the inside for pushing so hard to do this.
Then she says it...
"And, since your Blue Cross members you get a 10% discount!!!"
She says it like it's a good thing.
Like it's an announcement we should celebrate. And normally you would, if you thought you had to pay full price, you would be happy to see 10% off.
However, if you were expecting something more like a close-to-almost-50% discount, you might be a little shocked.
He shot a look at me, I barely kept myself from crawling under the table and hiding beneath the high blood pressure pamphlets.
I couldn't make eye contact. If I did he would know for certain that the 10% was not a surprise to me at all.
He also knows I'm fairly good at math, so I couldn't tell him I didn't realize two-for-one, and 10% off weren't actually different... by about 40-freakin-percent.
He has the patience of a saint, so again, I live to tell the tale.
Then we head out to pay. My only saving grace is, he doesn't actually know how much this all costs. But as we stand there together, and the receptionist starts inputing our stuff into the computer and asking if we'd like to pay by cheque or credit card I start to sweat bullets.
It was seriously the first phase of my detox, I lost about 3 pounds of toxins just at the counter worrying about what would come out of his mouth when she said the grand total for today, plus the monthly membership fee.
Then, just like a three pointer thrown as the buzzer goes off in the fourth quarter to tie the game, I get my Hail Mary.
He goes to the bathroom.
I grab my wallet, throw $350 cash at the poor receptionist, and hiss "He has no idea how much this costs!! Don't tell him!!!!"
To her credit she barely even flinched. She just calmly picked up the fluttering tens and fives and continued about her work, (Makes me wonder how many other wives have duped their husbands in her presence).
And finally to his credit, we have both survived one week of no coffee, or white sugar, or grains as a 10pm snack. (Harder than quitting smoking was giving up my 10pm Cheerios).
I have not once stabbed him with my fork at supper because he gets 3/4 cup of brown rice while I get nothing but a pile of vegetables and something I like to call Starch Envy.
He has not once looked at me while I have wined about how I miss toast, or hate salad, or that tea makes me sea sick, and said "You got us into this healthy mess in the first place"
Now that we're on this "being healthy" track, he can look forward to a much longer life of putting up with me.
4 years ago