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  1. Stacey
    November 12, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

    I LOVE this post and of course (love your blog) – I often bring my husband in to read your posts so that he can feel better knowing he’s not the only one. You are so funny and I love how perfect you and your husband are for one another 😉


  2. Sarah from Soymilk + Honey
    November 12, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

    These are fabulous. I’m new to your blog and I am loving it. Thanks for all the laughs!


  3. Cassandra
    November 12, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

    What a fabulous post. I can assure you, I tell my man on a daily basis the many things that make him the only human in the universe for me. So lucky for you to have found yours!


  4. Matt Packwood-Ace
    November 12, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    I love your blog, as I totally share your obsession with large shiny objects and the need to collect items deemed unnecessary by your other half.

    The last paragraph was particularly poignant as I made my wife come with me on a 50 mile round trip to the otherside of London to pick up an enormous steamer trunk that now lives in a storage locker as our house is too small to keep it in. I keep telling her that one day we will have a house big enough!


  5. Tina C.
    November 12, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    Oh how i wish that you were wrapping little presents to fill up my x-mas stocking… i would be so glad.


  6. Candice
    November 12, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

    You are too funny! And I thought that was Diana Vreeland! I think she “discovered” Lauren Bacall.


  7. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    November 12, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

    You never cease to amaze me — and in a good way. I’m sure Paul knows that life is never dull around you. He is so lucky that you caught him. My Honey and I have been married for 45 years and we’re still crazy about each other.


  8. Kelly Nelson
    November 12, 2014 @ 5:19 pm

    Hi Victoria! I met you in Philly at the conference (that you only came to on the first day…..) I signed up for your blog blindly because I could not imagine what I would find interesting about a victorian rehab. Well, you are a hilarious crazy girl and I love reading your posts. How’s the kitchen coming?


  9. Lynne Rutter
    November 12, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

    You are so right when you find that mate who gets you and can do. One day I asked Erling to write me a waltz, kind of a sad Russian style waltz. so he wrote me two! more is more!


    • Janet
      November 13, 2014 @ 1:55 am

      Loved those waltzes and that started me on a whole classical YouTube evening tonight. Thank you!


  10. Margaret
    November 13, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

    What a sweet love letter to your Paul. Each time I read your posts I want to know where you fall on the Briggs Meyers personality test.wish you would take it and share the results. I bet I have you pegged! Your enthusiasm is contagious and delightful. Thanks for the posts.


  11. nancy
    November 14, 2014 @ 9:09 am

    Being 4’11” and having 9 foot ceilings I feel the same way about my husband especially when the smoke detectors and light bulbs don’t work on these high ceilings. He fixes things that I would never be able to do on my own.


  12. Sue
    November 14, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    Love this. My hubs is like this too and I could not be more grateful. We are (mostly him) building an entryway and he is magically making our dream come true. I’ve tried to subscribe but for some reason it won’t let me, maybe you can sign me up Scotty.


  13. Helene
    November 17, 2014 @ 7:30 am

    This was a super-sweet terrific post, a beautiful love-letter to Paul who marvels everyone and absolutely deserves it! He better get his cholesterol checked, 103 is a long ways off. You both are a lovely example of what marriage should be. And thanks for being so funny!


  14. JamieAbe
    November 17, 2014 @ 11:09 am

    Great!!! So, now the next time I am itching to make my own fashionable accessories I not only have to spend and hour and a half looking at everything in the jewelry section three times, but I also have to spend an hour or so in the floral section?!?This is why my kids despise shopping with me.
    BTW, I came here to show you this!
    I thought they might be worth a trip to Texas!


  15. Michael
    November 19, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

    Those are some big pearls. That necklace is oddly entertaining.


  16. Andie
    November 19, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

    Handsome Husband doesn’t string ping pong ball sized earrings. He doesn’t carry beds up a tightrope. He doesn’t accompany me on Craigslist jaunts.
    He has mentioned his desire to live in a log cabin with a dirt floor. He would happily buy an RV and travel the country like BJ and the Bear.
    But he doesn’t. Instead, he works side jobs so I can buy the right shade of grey.
    I think I make him feel normal.




  17. Laura
    November 19, 2014 @ 10:53 pm

    How have I just found you?! We must be sisters from another mother! My poor husband tolerates all my wild and crazy ideas too. His most dreaded words from me are “Honey, I’ve been thinking…..” ! I have just begun my own blog and want to stay up all night reading your past posts but I have to drive 9 hours tomorrow – but I’ll be back!!!


  18. Kristen
    November 21, 2014 @ 7:02 am

    Yes, yes, yes! The several times that I have asked you about your bead source and then fruitlessly searched the internet I came across vase filler, but didn’t purchase any because I was concerned that a) It would not work to make a necklace and b) I would waste a gargantuan amount of money on that potential failure since there seemed to be maybe two enormous pearls in each packet. Now, I can go buy vase filler without care, hooray! Thank you for the update!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 21, 2014 @ 9:08 am

      You are right – there are only four giant beads in each of the packets I bought. But I guess you have to ask yourself – can you put a price on a necklace of invincibility?

      PS – if you find a craft store that carries them, and have a 40% off coupon, and do a couple of different transactions, the price might not be too bad? (Also, one of those Amazon links was a large quantity – still mixed beads, but I thought the price was good.)


  19. Maureen
    November 22, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    You and Diana look “absolutely marvelous darling” as Fernando says. “And you know it’s betta to look good then feel good.” (Had a great morning reading this entry and then You Tubing Billy Crystal!)


  20. Julie
    November 23, 2014 @ 3:19 am

    Wait, what?! I’m all caught up? (I’ve read all the posts, in order.)
    But but but, I want to read more…. oh. Hang on, I haven’t been to see your Facebook page yet. (Whew! That was a close one.)

    Also. I have a Paul, but his name is Dan. And yeah, THANKFUL doesn’t even come close.


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