Lots of Lessons Learned


This week has been a true testament to my domesticity training as a wife. I’ve learned a few lessons that, I think, should have been put in a manual and provided to me after our marriage license was signed. πŸ™‚

The weather this week made for a crazy work schedule every day and I was so exhausted. Monday was pretty normal as Tanner was in town and I went to the gym. Tuesday he was gone for work so I went to the gym and then had dinner with my friend from work, Steve, at Roosters. He just got transferred to Del Amo Fashion Center in California (LA to be exact).Β  He is a manager in training so he has to do two malls before he gets his own. Simon starts a lot of trainees in Knoxville because of the two mall dynamic, but since he’d been here a year they moved him. So we went to eat to celebrate his move. While we were there the power went out and the craziest storm came through town. Throwing out power all over Knoxville (more than 100k homes). Our house didn’t lose power, thank goodness, but half of West Town did (the anchor stores and some of the in-line tenants) and all of Knoxville Center did. So work was crazy for two straight days.

After all that storm craziness, I was so exhausted that I couldn’t do anything. I just came home and went to bed. πŸ™‚ After all that, we were so happy to celebrate Grant and Allison’s marriage at their rehearsal dinner. Yesterday was their wedding and it was so much fun to see everyone together! At our wedding we barely had time to see everyone, so it was nice to get to spend a little time with everyone we had to blow past at our wedding!

Here are some photos from the wedding (you can also see them on Facebook).

Lamda Chi Ladies Club

Me and April

The Harrises!

Lamda Chis and their "better halves"

Tanner's picture on the JumboTron (Halloween 2009)

One more before we left the reception.

The very spot where mine and Kristen's friendship began...one of the best nights of my life! Thank you Cool Beans!

Now that you’ve seen the photos from the awesome evening, let me hit you with the lessons I learned. (Note: they are mostly laundry related.)

So I already know that you can’t dry anything that is 100% cotton (because it will shrink…duh!). So I was a little perplexed about what to do with the shirt that Tanner bought to wear with his black suit for the wedding (look above if you didn’t pay close enough attention…he looked good!). Knowing how to iron, I figured, “Sure, I’ll iron that shirt for him…no problem.” If my old roomie Stephanie is reading this, she’s thinking, “Yeah right…problem!” Especially because I texted her yesterday morning with this: “I’m ironing Tanner’s shirt for Grant’s wedding! Help!” and she responded with “Oh no, poor Tanner! Just kidding! You’ll do fine, you’ve become so domesticated!”

Well, ironing the main part of the shirt was a cinch (read: a little problematic, but I got through it). But when I got to the sleeves, I had no idea what to do. So I took to Facebook with a status update: “How do you iron the sleeves of a dress shirt?”

After lots of comments, my dear friend Amanda Lawrence (wife of Wes Lawrence, groomsman of Tanner’s) sent me a text message saying, “Do you really need to know or did you figure it out?”Β  So I texted back saying, “I sort of figured it out, but I’m just going to use our hand steamer to take care of it.” Which prompts her to immediately call me and say, “Don’t use the steamer because it will separate the fabric of the shirt just enough that when he puts his coat on it will cause it to wrinkle more.” To which I respond, “How the hell am I supposed to know that?!?! Where is the instruction manual on that?” She just laughed and tried to walk me through it. I muddled through her instructions (which were very helpful, but I’m a little bit stupid when it comes to following directions apparently) and then enlisted the help of this YouTube video:

I think it’s kind of funny that the video starts with “Chapter Eight” I didn’t actually watch the first seven chapters, but found this one moderately helpful, though I didn’t use starch because I wasn’t sure if Tanner liked it. We do have some but he luckily told me after I was done that he only starches the collar usually…thank goodness I didn’t know that because I can’t even begin to think how I would have tackled that. πŸ™‚

Anyway, his shirt got ironed, but it was definitely a process. To clarify, lessons learned:

  1. Don’t dry 100% cotton (which is how I typically “iron”).
  2. Don’t start with the sleeves on a dress shirt, iron the rest of the shirt first.
  3. Don’t use a steamer on a dress shirt if its going to be worn with a coat or jacket.
  4. Keep a computer or smart phone close by so that you can take to the internet to visually explain anything that isn’t making sense in your head.
  5. Purchase non-iron shirts more often than not.

Now that the wedding is over, we’re just taking it easy today. We had brunch at Gourmet Market (and if you have never tried it, I fully suggest you do…it is amazing) and are now home piddling around doing nothing, which is all I could ask for on this rainy day! Time to start gearing up for another work week!

Also to note, I ran a 5k yesterday at the gym in 33:30. I was super proud of that, but my legs are sore today. Feeling pretty good about it though so just thought I would share. πŸ™‚

Manicotti for dinner tonight (yeah, I never got around to making it last week so we’re having it tonight). Not sure what else the weeks menu holds, but if it’s something good I’ll come back and share!

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