So I have officially been married and living in the frozen tundra of Iowa for 3 months! I have learned a lot, mostly about myself, BJ, and more importantly, to cope with becoming a “real” adult. Here are the top 5 things I have learned as a married Iowan!
1. If you don’t think you need gloves, you are wrong!
Putting your hands in your coat pockets in Iowa is different than putting your hands in your coat pockets in Missouri. You always need gloves in Iowa. Always. Iowa is cold, really cold.
2. Dishes Don’t Need to Soak Overnight
My Dad never thought this day would come.
I am notorious for cooking or baking and instead of sticking my bowl or pan in the dishwasher, I simply fill it with hot water and dish soap and “ let it soak” overnight. Magically my dishes would be gone in the morning!! (Usually because my dad put them in the dishwasher.) This ridiculous mentality was attributed to the fact that I hate doing dishes and I thought it really did make cleaning easier (at least that’s what I told myself). Now in my own house, with my own dishes, it turns out your dishes don’t need to soak! They simply need to be washed or rinsed and placed in the dishwasher! Who would have guessed?
3. Raw Chicken Isn’t Scary!
The thought of touching, trimming, or tenderizing raw chicken is a terrifying thought. It's slimy, stinky, and it probably has salmonella. I’m no chef, but I am trying extremely hard to learn to cook and keep BJ fed and happy. The first time I cooked a meal with chicken I was freaked out. In fact, I made BJ cook the chicken in a skillet before putting it in the oven to bake in a casserole for 45 minutes. I know I went a little overboard...but salmonella is frightening!
It took some time and lots of practice but I am happy to report I am no longer afraid of raw chicken! Which brings me to point #4.
4. Sometimes you get Salmonella.
That’s right, my worst nightmare came true. I poisoned myself and my husband of 1 month. He should have known it was going to happen eventually. This past Christmas, BJ and I were unable to go home, so it was just the two of us. I was so excited and planned a menu I assumed would become a Huffman Christmas Tradition! After a night of some questionable events in the bathroom and BJ turning a weird shade of yellow, we concluded that we had either food poisoning or salmonella. Of course when I text my dad to let him know what happened, he immediately called me and said, “ What did you do to my son in law!” Don’t worry Dad, I’m fine…thanks for asking.
5. BJ is a much better Husband than I expected.
I should explain. I had extremely high expectations of BJ as my husband. He was a tremendous friend, a fantastic boyfriend, and an even better fiancé. So naturally, I expected his role as husband to be nothing short of spectacular. Somehow, he has managed to exceed all of my expectations. He amazes me everyday with his patience, kindness, and ability to put my needs before his own. He not only finds a way everyday to make me feel loved, but a way to make me laugh.