11 Hilarious Bachelorette Tweets

What to write about when you are keeping secrets from your best friend, and have spent every moment of this entire week working on stuff for her bachelorette party, but you can't blog about it because she reads your blog? (You do, don't you B?)

The Bachelorette.

It is Throwback Thursday, after all, and Monday is about as far back as I can remember. I know I said I wasn't going to do a recap but, desperate times... I'm cheating though, because I'm going to use everyone else's funnies to do it.

Here, I've aggregated some of my favorite tweets from past contestants, famous writers, fashionistas and losers from around the world (like me) who tune in every Monday to watch Desiree "fall in love" with a group of equally macho, nerdy and preppy little boys—many who I still think like girls. ENJOY!

Sidenote: These were publishing in normal Twitter format but that disappeared and I spent too much time finding them to go back and do it again. So deal with it.
That does it for this episode. I'll force myself to do a recap next week, even though on Monday I'll be busy spraytanning and packing for my trip!

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Friday Letters

Dear Friday, thanks for showing up on time and with consistency every week. You'll always be something I look forward to.

Dear 5-2 diet, unless I start some results soon, I quit you. Starving myself two days a week is just not worth it.

Dear back fat, I have a backless bridesmaid dress to get into soon, so can ya hit the road already?

Dear Kanye & Kim, seriously? Kimye would have been a better name than North. If you want to call her "Nori," just name her Nori.

Dear unofficial "do something cool every day" week, you've been pretty delightful. We saw a movie, went to trivia, visited Miller Coors headquarters (coolest offices ever! They have a pub that serves free beer all day, every day!) and I got to see my besties. Wins all around.

Dear Paul & Megan, thank you for getting married tomorrow. I love a good wedding and you're kicking off the season!

Dear spontaneous trip Bryan and I decided to take for the night, I'm excited to hit the road with my husband and pup, visit some breweries and a new place!

Dear July 4 weekend, GET HERE ALREADY! I am pumped for 4 days of fun with my girls to celebrate Britt's bachelorette!

On that note, I am out for a fun weekend in Indiana! Stay Classy, Chicago.

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The Unexpected: Marriage Advice

I sat down to pen a little marriage advice tonight. As I mentioned, Bryan and I just celebrated our two year wedding anniversary, and since my friend Mary hosts a wedding link-up, it was perfect. But where to start?

Then I found another link-up (love these things) that allows me to put some context around my marriage advice. Today's topic: What have you learned from the unexpected and how have you grown as a couple?

I'll preface everything that comes after this with the fact that my husband and I dated for 11 years before we got married. Suffice it to say, we didn't get home after the honeymoon and realize that one of us has OCD cleanliness or the other of us never puts his clothes away. We've known these things couples often learn in the first year of marriage for a while. That said, there is always something to learn, both about each other and about our relationship.

Everyone says that your first year of marriage is the hardest. We did not feel the same way. Again, maybe this had something to do our many years together before taking "the plunge" but I think we'd both agree that our hardest years together came somewhere around years 7-9.

So, what have I learned from the unexpected? Learn not to expect much. Don't take that the wrong way. I'm not saying I don't expect anything from my husband—of course I do. And he consistently meets and exceeds those expectations. But you have to have realistic expectations of and for each other and your relationship, otherwise you'll find yourself let down and resenting the other person for it.

It goes without saying that most of life, and thus, marriage, is unexpected. There's a reason for the saying "expect the unexpected." We went through a really rough period last year when Bryan's dad became very ill and was in the hospital for about 5 months. It was horrible and scary and just awful, and was a reality check that we're going to have to deal with some hard shit in the coming years. Watching Bryan's mom keep vigil over her husband was heart-wrenching, but she showed me the definition of love. Bryan and I found strength in each other and we walked away as a tighter unit.

What else have I learned?

My husband doesn't care about dinner. All I've ever wanted is to be that wife whose husband asks, "what's for dinner?" when he gets home from work. And then I set a perfectly cooked meal in front of him and we eat at the table and talk about our days. Instead, I've ended up with a husband who eats frozen buffalo chicken strips for dinner every night on the couch while I eat my home-cooked meal that could feed four people..also on the couch. Don't get me wrong—Bryan eats my cooking. But I've learned that if I want him to eat my cooking, I cannot make him wait. He gets home from the gym and my man is HUNGRY. I've made it clear that when there are children involved, we WILL be eating dinner at the table every night and he WILL eat my cooking. On this we agree.

Routines are good—to have and to break. We all know how easy it is to fall into a routine. Most days, Bryan and I head to work at the same time, go to the gym when we get home, cook our respective dinners (see above), and retreat to watch TV, oftentimes separately. Not because we don't want to hang out but because we have different shows. It takes serious effort to change things up, but you have to. When you don't, it's too easy to let spending entire evenings apart become the status quo, or to let falling asleep without a kiss goodnight become the norm. Marriage is work, people, and part of that means shaking things up. Have date night for goodness sakes!

Independence is key and opposites really do attract. My husband and I are the definition of "opposites attract," and it's vital to our success as a couple. One area where we don't differ so much is in our independence. While spending time together is what we love the most, there are weekends or weeknights where Bryan has a "guys night" and I do the same (with my girls, of course). When he travels for work, he'll be the first to admit that he doesn't mind sleeping in a king bed alone, rather than squeezed next to me and the dog in a measly Queen. On these same nights, my happy place is watching my shows on the DVR without the unsolicited color commentary Bryan so readily provides, especially during The Bachelorette or Real Housewives. But when the day comes that he's coming home, I get excited butterflies in my stomach each and every time. All this to say: It's OK to not spend every waking moment together. In fact, I believe it makes you appreciate and want the other person more.

Obviously there are so many things I have not said, but this is getting long and my fingers are tired. I'll leave you with this:

I know I'm not the perfect wife. But damnit, I try. I can still be selfish, but I can also be selfless. I can be mean when we fight, but I always apologize when I should. I love my husband more than anything and all I want to do is be a good wife and partner for him. So I try to learn from him and learn from my mistakes and do better the next time.

Anyone else have any good marriage advice or lessons learned?
Chits and Giggles
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