Lately I’ve been fascinated with names. Specifically what to call my husband on my blog? He actively avoids the limelight, so his real name is not an option. Mentioning him at all can be risky.
But it gets redundant when my only choices are my husband, him, he, and once in awhile, my guy which might be confusing since I reserve that mostly for Blue Blue, my cat.
My husband windsurfs, but Windman doesn’t sound quite right. Neither does Windy. He also plays the guitar, but Strumbo doesn’t cut it either.
The other day a friend recommended a blog to me and when I read it I found the perfect name. The (non-smoking) Marlboro Man. That’s what Ree Drummond calls her husband, a romantic, virile cowboy in her blog, The Pioneer Woman.
When I first went to her site, I felt I’d found a brand new cyber-restaurant where all the menu choices were scintillating dishes I had to try. Now.
I think she’s much more than that.
While I’m pretty sure any one of her recipes would blow my daily allowance of points on Weight Watchers, my mouth waters reading about her Cowboy and Cowgirl Foods which include such things as Rosemary Butter Rolls, Beer-Braised Beef with Onions, Curried Chicken Pasta Salad, and Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt.
On her “Confessions” page, she shares the quirky charming adventures of her children, husband and pets as she lives life, unexpectedly, on a ranch.
Her “soon-to-be-a-book-and-maybe-even-a-movie-starring-Reece-Witherspoon began as a series of posts” called “Black Heels to Tractor Wheels” and chronicles how she met and married her Marlboro Man. In her words, “Harlequin Romance meets Green Acres in my real-life saga of love, chaps, and manure.” She’s also fascinated with taking photos of her husband’s derriere in his Wranglers and cowboy gear; what can I say? She’s got a good eye!
I’m still exploring all the pages. As Ree says about her archives: “Got an hour? Got 800 hours?” Her blog has been going strong since May 2006; there are layers upon layers of interesting entries. For a quick fix, you can also visit her Facebook page.
The beauty is you can return over and over, yet still find something new to touch you or make you laugh. Thank you, Ree Drummond!
Back to Marlboro Man. Clearly, I can’t swipe his name. I’m open to suggestion. Or, maybe I should ask my husband what name he prefers? ~ JD here.