king me

My clock blinked 7am and I realize it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.  The early morning events didn’t influence me directly, but whenever Jon’s luck turns for the worst, I’m in the passenger seat.  
Jon works two days a week in Wisconsin, and when these days role around, he wakes up long before the crack of dawn to drive 2 hours to his ‘country’ office (Mondovi, Wisconsin – town of 2,000).  Yesterday, just after waking, he couldn’t find his car, assumed it was towed, and took mine for the long drive to work.  He phoned the impound during the drive, and he quickly learned that they didn’t have his car.  
He turns around and comes home to file a ‘stolen car report.’  It’s now 6:50am.  Luckily, I’m taking Kinzie on her morning walk, and I notice Jon’s Jeep parked on the street.  Odd, right?  I call and ask what’s wrong with his car (why else would he take mine?)  Can you imagine the relief in his voice?  Problem solved, he realizes he parked 2 streets away from where he thought he parked, and there really isn’t a crisis at all.  Phew.  
My sweet husband made it to work on time, and I felt so awful about his hectic morning, that I designed that ‘Goodness, I love you more than” graphic at the top of this page.  Whenever he’s frustrated or tired or upset, I try and do little things to boost his mood.  Did you know a 30 percent increase in one spouse’s happiness will boost the other spouse’s happiness?  It works the other way too, so if one spouse has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, then their partner will catch the mood.  
I had some important stuff to tell you in this post, and I’ve left it all for the bottom.  Oops.  Thing is, I taught Jon to play checkers last weekend, and it was even more fun than when I played at summer camp in 1995.  I hadn’t played in nearly 15 years, and so I taught him the wrong way, and we only figured it out when none of our players could move.  We ended up reading all the rules together, and then playing 4 rounds to declare a true tie.
We got ice cream after the game, and Jon commented that our checker strategies are the opposite of our real-life strategies: in the game, I think slowly and rationalize every move, while Jon moves quickly, crosses his fingers, and hopes for the best.  In this real world of ours?  I’m quick to jump and Jon likes a 15359-point plan before making a move.

PS – Is post-script allowed in blogs?  I hope so!  Anyway, we finally wrote our initials in something — I’ve been waiting for the right moment, and when I saw the Jenga set with names scrawled across the tops and sides, I knew the moment had come.  See the JP+JP up there? That’s us 🙂  Do me a favor and don’t tell the owner?

28 thoughts on “king me

  1. Thank goodness you guys found the car! What a morning. You are seriously the sweetest thing ever, and what a lucky guy he is to call you his wife!!! Ice cream really makes any hectic day balance out! BOOYA for initials on the Jenga!

  2. I’m glad the car was found, a hectic start to his day!! I absolutely loved that you did something for him to brighten his day…now if everyone did this there would be a lot less divorces!! The initials in the blocks, perfect👍👍….PS – Where did you get the ice cream?

  3. That graphic is adorable! So sweet that you created it to brighten your husband’s bad day. (And that ice cream looks out of this world!)

  4. I guess I should have been concentrating on the checkers story, but I couldn’t help but be distracted by the flight of beer samples sitting next to the board 😉

    Seriously, though, you always have the most wonderful stories backed up with motivating facts and pictures to inspire action. I will be picking up a flower for my wife today thanks to you. And maybe an ice cream cone too 😉

  5. I would have felt so awful if I thought I lost my vehicle! I’m so happy you guys were able to find it and that all was well. I think it’s so sweet that you created that graphic to make him feel better and boost his spirits. You’re a keeper for sure 🙂

  6. I’m glad the car wasn’t stolen…I have had mornings like that where things just don’t add up! And yes, the stats about happy or unhappy spouses…I always tell Chris that when he’s in a bad mood, it puts me in a bad mood, which in turn puts the kids in a bad mood…so he should just stay happy!!

  7. You are such a thoughtful wife Jennifer! What a hectic morning but thankfully things worked out for the best and you both seemed to keep your cool 🙂

  8. This may be my favorite blog post by you. #1 – you reference one of my favorite children books about conquering bad days. #2 – you saved your husband’s morning with the info that his car was in fact okay. #3 – A checkers and life strategy analysis. #4 – ice cream. #5 – a statistic about happiness. Oh and that super sweet family photo on the blanket. Love it all!

  9. I like how your important stuff was that you learned how to properly play checkers 😉 I’m glad his car wasn’t stolen. I kind of love that he just assumed it had been towed and wasn’t really all that concerned. haha!

  10. Oh my goodness, I’m glad his car wasn’t towed or stolen! And I love how you work so hard to make his day better. You are such a sweet soul. I love that about you! That graphic you made is so precious. Also, that ice cream looks delicious!

  11. Omg!! I am so glad that it was stolen – ha! whoopsies 🙂 How sweet are you to brighten his day? I LOVE your fingernail polish!! My friend used to work at Licks in Minnesota 🙂 We built a life size jenga for our back yard – win!

  12. It’s revealing how much the happiness of your spouse effects you. I think I might get effected more than most. If my husband is having a bad day, I feel like the world is crumbling. It’s sometimes hard to get out of that headspace.

    I think if you keep being kind to each other, regardless of mood, it will help ease those bad days. Of course, you also have to think about yourself sometimes. You are a unit but you’re also individuals.

  13. I’m happy everything had a good ending! I hope between your adorable graphic and finding the car you two were able to turn your terrible horrible no good very bad day around. I must ask though… what kind of partying were you two doing on a Monday night to forget where the car was parked? haha 😉

  14. Oh man, that had to be a really scary experience for him! (side note: Angel does not tend to remember where our car is parked–especially at the mall, we’ve too often ended up searching for our car in a completely different parking lot than the one it’s in….)

  15. Oh man, I’ve misplaced my car in a parking garage before and it’s such a horrible feeling! Glad it turned out ok, and that you could brighten his day in such a sweet way! 🙂

  16. Oh, what an awful, terrible, no good, very bad day! I’m so glad the car wasn’t stolen. That has happened to me once before and it’s a terrible feeling when you can’t find your car.

    That 30% rule is SO true. I notice it all the time (both good and not so good). I love game nights and I have no idea why I haven’t thought of going out to get ice cream afterward yet! Doing that this week now!

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