Saturday, June 16, 2007

the honeymoon is over, but I'm OK with that

Well, today Mr. M and I celebrated 17 years of wedded bliss. 17 years - holy moley. That's a long time. If you want to know what it's been like, read what I wrote when we reached 15 years. Today? Same old, same old. Could be worse, could be a lot better. We're still working on that.

Yeah, the honeymoon is definitely over, but that's life, isn't it? Our actual honeymoon all those years ago began on June 21 and lasted 2 wonderful weeks. We flew from Vancouver to London, spent a sleepless newlywed night at the infamous Regent Palace Hotel and then traveled on to the island of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands.

Ah, those were the days. What a gorgeous place. We've been meaning to go back for so long but somehow real life keeps getting in the way.

The L'Ancresse Bay Hotel was (and still is, I suppose) a charming place run by an Englishman and his wife, a lovely woman from Luxembourg. The hotel did have its little quirks and there were moments when visions of Fawlty Towers would run through my head, but we managed to contain ourselves and enjoy the gracious hospitality.

I don't think I've ever walked so much in my life as I did during those two weeks. We were on the "half-board" plan at the hotel. That meant that breakfast and dinner were included in the price of our holiday. The meals were more than substantial and after the huge buffet breakfasts we rarely needed to eat again until evening. Mr. M, not familiar with a full English breakfast, ventured into the unknown and tried the "Smoked Golden Kipper". He says he will never, ever eat fish for breakfast again. Ever. He has nothing against eating smoked fish for lunch or dinner, however. More on that later.

Anyway, after a hearty breakfast and with bus passes in hand, we would venture off every day to explore the island, usually walking for 5 or 6 hours at a stretch and taking in all the attractions as well as the natural beauty of the island. When we returned in the afternoons we would go back to our hotel room and, um, "take a nap" until dinner time. Oh how things have changed! These days when we say we're taking a nap, we really ARE taking a nap. Just imagine.

Today was like any other day. Yes, I did get flowers, but I get flowers every Saturday, just like clockwork. There were visits to the flea market and naps galore. It rained a lot too, just like it rained on our wedding day.

And while I did a lot of fairly melancholy reminiscing about The Way Things Used to Be, I guess Mr M must have had our honeymoon on his mind as well since he spent the whole afternoon doing this:

Because I'm sure you'll agree that nothing says love like smoked fish.

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At June 17, 2007 1:03 a.m., Blogger Antipodeesse said...

That is really lovely and you write so entertainingly.

Happy napping Christina!

At June 17, 2007 2:26 a.m., Blogger Rositta said...

Well you've got us beat by a year. We had our 16th in May but because Mom was in hospital, we didn't celebrate at all. I don't get flowers every Sunday but I think that's what German men do, isn't it? What fabulous looking fish, I can almost taste them...ciao

At June 17, 2007 3:08 a.m., Blogger Carol said...

Happy Anniversary!! Things do change over the years, don't they? We celebrated 24 years in May. How on earth did THAT happen?! In many ways, it really IS better each year... more real and deeper in a way, but I must admit that I miss the newness and romance of it all. You too?

So, will Elisabeth and I see you on 9/29?! Would love to... (


At June 17, 2007 4:35 a.m., Anonymous Bonnie said...

We celebrated 17 years today, too! I had forgotten that you and I share an anniversary and just happened to check in tonight. Happy anniversary!

At June 17, 2007 6:46 a.m., Blogger Thimbleanna said...

You're such a crack-up Christina! You are but newlyweds. I'll join antipodeesse in wishing you Happy Napping!

At June 17, 2007 9:30 a.m., Blogger The Big Finn said...

MMMMmmmmm....smoked fish!

At June 17, 2007 10:49 a.m., Blogger ColourMeCrazy said...

Happy anniversary! And it looks like you'll have smoked fish to last you till your next anniversary ;-)

At June 17, 2007 12:12 p.m., Blogger melusina said...

Happy Anniversary!! 17 years! I hope my husband and I can make it that long (for the record, I really think we can).

Who else gets smoked fish for their anniversary? I think somewhere I read that the standard 17 years present is smoked fish, so it sounds right on target.

At June 17, 2007 12:16 p.m., Blogger Wendz said...

I really admire you for making 17 years. Well done. I managed 7 years and they were not happy ones. So, kudos to all couples who keep it going, even if the passion is replaced by're comfortable with each other and that is so cool.

At June 17, 2007 12:28 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Happy anniversary! Wow! You get flowers every week? Lucky you!

Wishing you many more years of "napping" and "napping" ;)

At June 17, 2007 4:27 p.m., Blogger CaliforniaKat said...

Happy 17th A! If fish doesn't say love, how about a chicken? ;)

I'm probably close to your age, but haven't even had my first anniversary yet or kids...boy do I feel old!

However, like you, I get flowers every week, as I have since our first date of Friday the 13th. Hold the jokes, please!

I hope we can be as blessed as you and Mr. M.

At June 17, 2007 8:10 p.m., Anonymous Katja said...

Congratulations! 17 years ago, I was just finishing 2nd grade... :-)
I hope to have a successful marriage to celebrate someday as well!

At June 17, 2007 10:19 p.m., Blogger Andrea said...

Happy Anniversary!
I hope you had a good day even if it did include smoked fish.

At June 18, 2007 12:43 a.m., Blogger Dixie said...

Happy birthday. I hope you have many, many more happy years together.

At June 18, 2007 9:45 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

You ARE a crack-up, Christina! I get quite a smile every time I come read what you're up to.

Happy Anniversary, indeed. My first time I made it to 21. My second time it was only 5. This time we're almost at 10. And we love to count! :)

And I just happen to LOVE smoked fish. So good for Mr. M.

At June 18, 2007 4:56 p.m., Blogger Haddock said...

I love kippers! I've not had them for breakfast for many years. That what I call a proper breakfast! :)

Happy Anniversary! :)

At June 18, 2007 5:27 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

Nice post. I wonder where The Fiance and I will be in 17 years? And if he's making me "romantic" dinners of steak and tater tots now, what will we be eating then? (Yikes!)

In any case, happy anniversary. :)

At June 18, 2007 9:50 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Antipo - I stay married just to entertain you, my dear. ;-)

rositta - I don't know if all German men do that, but I like it. Happy Belated 16th to you and your sweetie. The fish were great.

Carol - Oh yes, things change A LOT. :-) Not sure yet about Frankfurt but I'll let you know.

bonnie - Thanks so much! Hope you guys had a good one too.

Thimbleanna - thanks! Napping is one of my favourite pastimes!

TBF - It was SO good. You really should have been there.

colour me crazy - Well, we donated some to the neighbours and in-laws so it's all gone now.

melusina - Oh, I think you can too. Just let inertia take over. :-) Yep, If smoked fish for the 17th wasn't the standard present before, it is now!

Wendz - Passion? What's that? And who knows what the future has in store for YOU. We'll all be waiting to find out.

CanSwiss - Yes, every week. I like flowers. :-)

californiakat - Well, there's still time, don't go rushing into things. :-)

katja - Aww, you could have been one of my flower girls, I think they were in second grade too.

andrea - Thanks! I wish someone had told me when I got married that smoked fish would be part of the package.

Dixie - Thank you! We'll certainly try to hang in there.

Ginnie - It's amazing how the years add up, isn't it? The fish turned out really well this time.

Haddock - I think Mr M must have gotten a bad one because he said it kept repeating on him all day. The ones in the picture are trout and weren't all that smoky.

Angie - Shane is such a great guy. Maybe I should change the last line to "nothing says love like tater tots"? You guys will be up to gourmet dinners by the time you hit 17 years.

At June 19, 2007 12:25 a.m., Anonymous ian said...

Hiya Christina,

thanks - i am having a good one over here on the wet coast. yes, it's been raining since i arrived, but hey - at least it looks like home again. cheers, ian

At June 19, 2007 12:28 a.m., Blogger Trac said...

That was a great post...

Happy Anniversary C!

Crikey if I had to walk that much on my honeymoon, I'd be very glad it was over! :O)

Oh and I can't help but smile that you are talking about kippers and trout to a person called Haddock!!?

At June 19, 2007 7:51 a.m., Blogger mar said...

Happy anniversary!!!to the lucky girl who gets flowers every saturday :)

At June 19, 2007 2:11 p.m., Blogger Cathy said...

That is quite the contraption! So very innovative. So very German! ;)
Happy belated Anniversary!

At June 19, 2007 2:37 p.m., Blogger tinakala said...

Oh, happy anniversary (I`m hopelessely late but still). You´re 4 years ahead of me. And the fishies look delishy.

At June 19, 2007 4:15 p.m., Blogger Jul said...

Happy anniversary!

At June 19, 2007 10:56 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Ian - Hey there! Good to know that you arrived safely. Stick your toes into the freezing Pacific for me!

Trac - Thanks! Well, we didn't walk all that fast - mostly just went to the beaches and looked at the cows. All very relaxed. And Mr. Haddock knows a proper English breakfast when he sees one. :-)

mar - Thank you! I got pretty yellow roses this time around.

Cathy - Thanks so much! Yes, this type of smoker is pretty German. They use them alot in Scandinavia and the Netherlands too, I think.

tinakala - Wow, you must have been a child bride!

Jul - Thanks!

At June 20, 2007 2:20 p.m., Blogger Betsy said...

Sorry to hear you were feeling melancholy on your anniversary. Hope you enjoyed the dinner and the flowers, though.

People and relationships are always in flux-- hope the coming year is good to you both and that you rediscover all the little reasons why you like each other so much...

At June 20, 2007 2:24 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Betsy - Aww, thanks! You're a sweetheart. :-)

At June 21, 2007 10:51 p.m., Blogger EuroTrippen said...

I think after so many years of marriage you learn to let go of the romance just a little. The trick then becomes embracing the ongoing humor of living with another person day in and day out... and day in... and day out.

And smoked anniversary fish are pretty darn humorous!


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