Eight months ago, I married my best friend. It was kind of a whirlwind–you could say we did things a little backwards–but it all worked out in the end. Now that we’re living together as newlyweds, our lives are so very very different, but some things remain the same. We still have the same bickering and bantering that our friend group knows us best for, and he still gives me the most satirical lectures anytime I jump at something that spooks me. Then we’re always jostling over the best video game controller when we have everyone over for the monthly video game fest. However, we also do a lot of housework together. He always remembers to change the air filter every month for the condo, which thank God for that because I constantly forget it. Just last week, he even called to have our oil furnace inspected before the winter chill really sets in. And it’s a good thing he did too, because the old furnace apparently had a few small parts which, if the HVAC contractor hadn’t repaired, could have become a huge problem later on. The two of us live out in the southwest, so we don’t use the furnace much, but we will need it at least a few times this winter. Newlywed life is still weird–sometimes I’m baffled that its happening to me–but I am happier than I’ve ever been. Plus, we agree on the one thing that matters: the thermostat!