Michael and I on our wedding day; May 2012.

Beginning today, I’m starting a new Friday feature on my blog — a “Top 10” list covering a variety of topics that will probably be of interest only to me and my mother.  The first Top 10 list is in honor of my dear husband Michael and in commemoration of our 3-month wedding anniversary.

Top 10 Things I Didn’t Know About Being Married:

10.   That having a grown man and a tween boy invade my girl palace would prove to be a major test of my character.

9.     That blending families is not as easy as blending margaritas.

8.     That it takes a while to become accustomed to calling my husband to check-in before agreeing to meet the girls for happy hour.

7.     That I don’t spend nearly as much money now that someone else is monitoring my day-to-day spending.

6.     That, for me personally, being a married parent of two is harder than being a single parent of one.

5.     That even though I finally have a built-in date to escort me to a multitude of dinner parties, charitable events, and social gatherings, I would rather stay home than go out.

4.     That I still need time to myself.

3.     That I may never come home to a neat house again.

2.     That I still have the same hopes, fears, insecurities, dreams, and interests I had when I was single.

1.      That even though I’m a newylwed, I still don’t shave my legs every day.

I love you, Michael!  Thanks for being a saint, a masochist, or both, and making me your bride.

Have a wonderful weekend, all.