2.9.14 – Found: The Secret Of Happy Marriages

February 9, 2014


Here is a simple secret to a happy marriage: shared vices.  In the case of my marriage, this takes its primary form in a shared love of chocolate, followed by red wine, binge-watching TV and cured meats.  The only thing that would make my marriage better is if Tim liked to read fairy-tale retellings as much as I do. (I kid, I kid).  Tim and I take turns bringing home chocolate (sometimes fancy, sometimes we just eat baking chocolate chips right of out the bag).  Last night Tim procured all four of our shared vices simultaneously, most notably, a bar of Antidote Chocolate. It was delicious. Light notes of lavender and salt, but that grounded, not too sweet chocolate-ness too.  It gone in a blink. SO. SATISFYING. I also have a soft spot for anything mythology related, so I got a little thrill out the packaging which proclaimed:


Gentle and smooth, Panakeia’s healing potions are the Antidote to anything that strikes your heart or soul. She manifests through uplifting lavender and red alaea salt promoting stamina and vitality.

PS: Here are 15 ways to stay married for 15 years.

PPS: For those of you who share my reading predilections, you might enjoy Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone and the second in the series, Siege & Storm.  Set in Russia,  they loosely follow Russian folktales and I devoured in a weekend.

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James Norton February 9, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Great post on all fronts. Chocolate, check. Cured meats, check. Mythology, check. I’m adding Bardugo to my list and remind me to tell you about my upcoming project that invokes Norse and Ojibwe mythology topped off with a dollop of credit card fraud and doughnuts.

Lindsay February 10, 2014 at 9:47 am

Yes to all your vices except my oddball husband is indifferent to chocolate. Say whaaa? I don’t get it either. I loved the PS link to staying married for 15 years. If everyone spent a little more time doting on their spouse, this world would be a happier place. (And more good sex for everyone. That would help, too.)

Tokyo Jinja February 10, 2014 at 9:56 am

How did you know I was about ready to email you for a book suggestion?

M February 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Not married, but I am getting a month’s supply of that chocolate stat. Yum!

Kate February 10, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I think we might be living parallel lives. Those are pretty much our top four as well, but I had not heard of this chocolate. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for it.

Bridget February 10, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Ha, so good. Perfect online dating description. Must like red wine, chocolate, and binging on TV shows. 🙂

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