In the beginning - even before we wed - I picked up on his subtle signs.Anxiousness when she was around.
Mentioning her in random conversations. I used to hear him reference her and think, "How does she have anything to do with this conversation?"
Not being able to keep his eyes off her when they were in the same room.
I brushed it off, thinking - the further we got into our relationship - she would just go away.
I'll admit: I was one of those gals who thought getting married would change things.
But things haven't changed since August 10, 2013. In fact, I wonder if they've not gotten worse.
Every so often she still comes back to visit.
She is incredibly enlightening.
Always attractive and so put together - even after traveling hundreds of miles.
She has a social life we - Cody and I - can only dream of. Is there any event she's not invited to?
She meets every expectation. And Oh So Well.
But I've come to terms with it: the Angus Journal is the full package.
And every month I have to compete with her for Cody's attention.
Did you get the mail?
Anything good in today's mail?
Did you get the mail today?
Have you gotten the mail?
No, cray cray. I have not and will not get the mail on days that I anticipate that 390 page mistress with a gorgeous face waiting for me across the road.
Angus Journal arrival days are like tiny Christmas mornings at our place. For he, not I.
Just substitute wrapping paper with plastic shrink wrap and we're smack dab in the morning of December 25th.
2. It consumes his attention.
When the Angus Journal arrives, nothing else in the house matters. I could be on fire, tap dancing in the kitchen with a band of donkeys and I'm certain Cody would not hear me.
The Angus Journal is kinda like some hot chick a college kid meets on a study abroad trip.
A world past beautiful Economy, Indiana or Council Grove, Kansas.
Excitement and blaze and lust.
Advertisements with photos and EPD's of cattle he suddenly must have.
Silence is powerful.
Ya'll see the backtracking in that message?
Guess who bought another cow with a "tiny" bid?
Actually, he (we) made an awesome investment.
4. He adores her, despite her faults.
Some months she is 150 pages, other months she is 390 pages.
He doesn't care. He still gives her the same attention and adoration.
It's exhausting. And disgusting.
5. She makes his passion come alive.
I know no one else more dedicated to the success and longevity of the Angus breed than Cody.
He studies it.
Loses track of time because of it.
Surrounds himself with it: We have Angus luggage tags, wine glasses, blankets and trashcans, for goodness sake.
When CS sits down to sort through the Angus Journal, I know that his heart and mind are exactly where they should be: progress and passion. Our future.
And that's exactly why I try to avoid catching fire and tap dancing with donkeys in the kitchen while he's with his mistress.
I continue to dust around those darn (my mother-in-law reads this blog) Angus Journals and have never once used them for kindling. Though I've been tempted terribly, bless their glossy covers.
That beautiful, smart, attention-getter is now a part of our home and our marriage.
However, if she starts showing up with big hair wearing square toes,
knowing how to make a mean Mexi meal,
we're gonna have a come to Jesus.
Wait. Did you really think this post was going to be about Scandal?