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That last panel is a ready-made greeting card
I can relate to this as I have had to totally give up surprising my wife as she hates it.
It goes MUCH smoother if I involve her in the planning...
One of the greatest things one of my friends ever said was that a certain guy she was crushing on "would make a great 4th husband."
Happy Anniversary. Now hold hands, you lovebirds.
I know I've been on a Mitch Hedberg kick lately, but I read the third panel, last bubble in his voice.
As a fellow 'Surprise hater" I'm glad missy found someone who gets it is not negotiable or just a "minor quirk".
I mean, assuming that is factual, otherwise feel free to call me a weirdo.
My anniversary is on the twenty.... first? (that or third) of September. I'm going to be doing... exactly this. Familiar but well loved restaurant and since I took an entire week off work, lots of me cooking food she already likes. My wife hates surprises, so she picked her -engagement- ring, and the day I'd propose to her.
My ex-wife hated surprises but I did them anyways. nuf said.
OK, I am totally stealing panel 1 for my own use. Unfortunately, I can't see how to adapt it to kid's birthdays.
Over the years, the repeated commonalities between your life and mine continues to amaze me: my anniversary is this week....we are going to dinner at a restaurant with which my wife is already familiar.
Eerie. Not creepy - just eerie.
I know, get her a Jack in the Box! Just be sure you are wearing a cup at the time.
@Mikey: Well, I've never seen the two of you in the same room together, just sayin'.
Shout-out to Matt !
The Mitch Hedberg voice last bubble of 3rd panel is spot on !
Ha. My wife loves surprises. She doesn't get it at all that I *don't*. Nor does she get that I don't need more "stuff". I do enjoy when people do my chores for the day, though. That's a good gift--a day off.
I am a surprise-hater married to a woman who LOVES surprises. We have learned how to give the other one what they need. We have been together for 38 years so I guess it is working out OK.
Her biggest challenge now is convincing the daughters-in-law (daughter-in-laws?) that "No, he really does hate surprise parties."
Domestic violence is always funny, but only when men are the targets.
My advice to newlyweds regarding anniversary/wedding/birthday gifts: Set the bar low. Twenty-three years in, this strategy has served me well.
It is apparently good form to remember the exact date on which your wedding ceremony took place...
We were wed on the 3rd Saturday of the month... As we both work full time I presumed that it was appropriate to celebrate on the 3rd Saturday of the same month...
Note of warning... This is NOT a thing! This is really and truly a thing NOT to attempt.
A good friend introduces his wife as "his first wife", that's good for a punch. They have been married for 20 years and when asked how long he usually says "happily married for 7 years" good for another punch.
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