Claire Zulkey

Light Yogurt Is Not Dessert

Jezebel is reporting that Yoplait is pulling some ads after complaints have been rolling in that the women in the ads echo the inner monologues of people with eating disorders. I don't want to get into that (except to say I really wish the whole planet could get past the concept of "I…
By: Claire Zulkey / June 16, 2011

The Wedding Dos And Don’ts That You Can’t Get Married Without

One thing I learned before I got married is that nobody loves to talk about weddings more than women who just got married. They'll grab on to any socially acceptable opportunity to relive their experiences. Now, I'm one of those women who's full of tips on how to get through your wedding day. One day,…
By: Claire Zulkey / May 29, 2011

Girl Talk: Babies Can Wait Until After My College Reunion

A few years ago, I jokingly declared that I would refrain from reproducing until after my 10-year college reunion. That way, I said (again, facetiously, although of course I’d be lying if there weren't a tiny grain of vain truth to all this hilarious jokery), I wouldn’t have to worry about losing baby weight or…
By: Claire Zulkey / August 12, 2010

The Obamas Are Bringing Sexy Back To Marriage

I'm a big fan of the old "Thin Man" movies from the 30's and '40's. If you haven't seen them, they're about Nick Charles, a wry and debonair detective who enjoys martinis, solving convoluted murder plots, and spending time with his lanky wife Nora. I can take or leave the murder mystery element of the…
By: Claire Zulkey / January 30, 2009

Wife With A Life: The Unexpectedly Sucky Parts of Newlywed Life

The first year of marriage is the hardest, I'd been told many times by my friends. While I wasn't sure if I was prepared for the uncertain road that lay ahead, I certainly felt like I'd gotten fair warning and couldn't expect to be surprised by the challenges that would come once I entered marriage.
By: Claire Zulkey / January 20, 2009

Wife With A Life: Pre-Cana Is A Mixed Blessing

Before my husband and I could have a Catholic wedding, we had to attend Pre-Cana. It's like Driver's Ed. for engaged Catholic couples. In theory, it's a great idea. Couples are counseled en masse on a wide-range of topics, including compatibility and conflict resolution within marriage, the theological meaning of marriage, and Catholic…
By: Claire Zulkey / January 6, 2009

Wife With A Life: How I Learned To Quit Worrying And Love My Honeymoon

I was pissed when my uncle announced at our rehearsal dinner, "You know you're taking your honeymoon during hurricane season, right?" Well, duh! But it was my honeymoon, which meant that everything was destined to be perfect. Unless a certain relative opened up his yap and jinxed it all. Which is exactly what happened. That'…
By: Claire Zulkey / December 30, 2008

Wife With A Life: The Greed And The Glory Of The Wedding Gift Registry

There are plenty of perks to getting married: the attention, the made-for-you gown, the whole life-partner thing. But the presents are pretty sweet, too. Registering for gifts can seem like more fun than an adult female should legally be allowed to enjoy. Basically, it's like catalog shopping, only there's a good chance someone will buy…
By: Claire Zulkey / December 23, 2008

Wife With A Life: Our First Christmas

After almost six years, a wedding, and a house, there aren’t a whole lot of “firsts” left for my husband and me. In a few weeks, we’re adopting our first pet. When we have some spare money, I hope someday we can take our first trip to Europe. Maybe one day we’ll have our first…
By: Claire Zulkey / December 16, 2008

Wife With A Life: How I Learned To Not Be A Bridezilla

There was one point during my wedding-planning process that I was afraid I was losing my mind and becoming what I feared and hated most -- the bridezilla.
By: Claire Zulkey / December 9, 2008

Wife With A Life: How My Mom Planned My Entire Wedding and Nobody Got Hurt

I worship my mother. She's smart, funny, annoyingly good at most things she does, determined, stylish, everything. And I'm still kind of scared of her. We're talking about a woman who booked the date of my wedding before I even knew I was going to get married. That's right—between the time that my soon-to-be-fiance Steve…
By: Claire Zulkey / December 2, 2008