Texting, ‘Love Notes’ & a Giveaway

by Abby on October 21, 2011

Now that even my MIL is doing it, I feel like texting has completely taken over. My dad, who routinely books a seat on Amtrak’s “quiet car” to avoid loud cell phone conversations, noted that even the regular cars seem quieter now that everyone’s texting. It’s a strange new world, people. Pls enjoy this post from my archives. TTYL! Don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the end.

Modern Love Notes by Married People

text messageI was going through the messages on my phone the other day when I noticed that these were the last 3 texts I sent my husband:

–          I need u 2 come home. I just threw up. Sorry.

–          I’m bleeding. When will u b home?

–          Still no power. Supposed 2 b back on by now.

And they say romance is dead! Forget sexting and flirty e-mails when you’re married with kids. It’s all about what’s wrong, what to get at the store, and when will you be home. At least in my world. Aren’t you jealous you’re not married to me? 😉

The first text was sent on a Friday night when, unfortunately for all of us, I got hit suddenly with the stomach bug at the exact same time my husband was at a work happy hour and the boys needed to be bathed and put to bed.

The second text was sent while C. was on his way home from work and Riley had just dive-bombed me on the couch, cracking his rock-hard skull into my face and giving me a bloody nose. That was it for me that day. Done. Your turn, Daddy.

The third text was sent while Miles and I huddled inside the idling car in front of our house and Riley napped inside, so I could charge my cell phone during a freak 6-hour power outage on an 28-degree day.

I’m telling you, people, nobody prepares you for this stuff. When I pictured myself all grown up and married with kids, I certainly didn’t factor in these unsavory scenarios. I thought it was going to be all “Love you, sweetie!” and “Hi, honey, how was your day?” and “Let’s grab sushi on the way to the foreign film fest.” (OK, I just made that up. I don’t think we ever did that even in our single days.)

I certainly didn’t imagine that I would be away from my spouse 10+ hours a day, communicating about bodily fluids and grocery lists via text message. (Pls don’t forget 2 buy COFFEE!!) It would be nice if we could send each other sweet little love notes throughout the day, but come on. Who’s got the time? (I DO frequently send C. cute pics of the boys from my phone, however. I figure it makes him feel like he’s not missing out on everything that goes on while he’s at work. Like the bloody noses.)

And anyway, it’s not just me. Check out the latest text I got from my husband, who took Riley to the doctor the other morning:

–          Double ear inf. On our way home.

One day we’ll collect these missives and bind them into a book with flower petals pressed between the pages, titled “Love Notes.” Or not.

UPrintingFRIDAY GIVEAWAY: Speaking of notes and letters and such, remember paper? If you still use the stuff, you’ll love this: UPrinting.com, one of the leading socially responsible online printing companies, has offered to give away 500 pieces of 70lb offset 5.5” x 8.5″ letterhead to one winner. You can design your own letterhead (front-only printing), and they’ll turn it around in 4 business days and ship it to you free. Visit UPrinting.com for more of their services and for letterhead design ideas. Limited to US residents age 18+. For a chance to win, leave a comment with the word “letterhead” in it by next Weds., Oct. 26 at 12 midnight EST and I’ll pick a winner at random.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting. No monetary compensation was given, however I will receive letterhead printing service in exchange for hosting.

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Nadine Feldman October 21, 2011 at 8:39 am

I have reluctantly entered the world of texting…this gave me a good laugh for the day. Funny — and oh, so true!


Malia Jacobson October 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Love it. My hubby rarely picks up his phone (he has to keep his phone on silent at work) so we text more often that we speak on the phone. I’ve sent the “Come home–B puked” text. Sadly, lots of my texts to Steve are simply “ETA???” which is shorthand for “WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO BE HOME???” I don’t know that I’ve ever sent him a flirty or lovey-dovey text. He’d probably be confused if he got one. 🙂


Rachel B October 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I decided to comment on this post and mention that I love letterhead! Your blog is great and inspiring 🙂


stephanie mills October 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm

How could Abby have “letterhead” get in the way while Riley was dive-bombing the couch? Hahahhahah… get it? Letter head/let her head? I’ve got a million of ’em, folks!!
Love the blog, Abby!
Long time reader/First time commenter,
Steph M


Abby October 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

Ha ha! 😉 Very funny.


Mindy October 25, 2011 at 11:14 am

Oooh! I’d love to win the letterhead! I need to order some new paper goods, including new business cards.


Abby October 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

OK, guys, I’ve picked a winner for the letterhead giveaway and will be in touch with them shortly. Thanks for playing! And reading. 🙂


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