Y2K-OK – stocking up. Some people had feared the sky would fall when the year 2000 rolled over, so they turned survivalist and stocked up on supplies. Since then my husband and have referred to being stocked up or having an abundance of something as being “Y2k-OK.” As in, “I bought the jumbo pack at Costco, so now we’re Y2K-OK on paper towels.”
Vortexed — not making progress, the feeling that you’re never going to arrive at your destination when you’re on a road trip.
You sucked my brain – you read my mind. (The longer you’ve been married, the more brain-sucking occurs).
Church clothes — sloppy clothes you should never wear in public. Years ago, when I attended church, I invited my mom to go with me one Sunday. When I went to pick her up, she had on sweatpants and a baggy, raggedy T-shirt. She said that’s how people dressed at her church. Maybe so, but she was way underdressed at mine. So my husband and I now call sloppy clothes “church clothes.”
Cruise clothes — the opposite of church clothes. We’ve been on a few cruises with my mom, and she dresses nice then. So if we’re going somewhere and we want to ensure she dresses appropriately, we’ll say, “Don’t wear your church clothes. Wear your cruise clothes.”
I don’t know/I don’t care — chicken. When I ask my husband what he wants for dinner and he says ,”I don’t know” or “I don’t care,” I make chicken. Usually barbecued.
Fe-Lion — What I call my cat. Fe for feline and lion because she has the heart of a lion.
Reading room – The master bedroom. As in “I am retiring to the reading room.” Note: the reading room also doubles as the “sexification station.”
What special phrases do you and your spouse or partner have?
Janelle and Brent Gibb, the hero and heroine of Wife on the Lam in Domestic Discipline, my new release, could have used a secret language. When he told her he had to go out of town on a “business trip” on their anniversary, she didn’t know he’d planned to surprise her with the luxury vacation she wanted. Thinking he blew off their annivesary, she got mad–and decided to take a trip of her own, spoiling his surprise. But Brent still has a surprise up his sleeve, but this one, Janelle isn’t going to like…
An excerpt from Wife on the Lam, Domestic Discipline
The only person to board so far, she sank into a seat midway down the aisle curbside, grateful for the air conditioning. After only a short jaunt from the building to the van, perspiration dampened her skin. She plucked at her cotton capris stuck to her legs. She wouldn’t need the slacks she’d packed. Just shorts, tanks — and the swimsuit. If she had the guts to wear it.
Could she call the States from Isla Island? Because Brent traveled so much they had a comprehensive cell plan. She powered up her phone. Seconds later a text message beeped through. Her hand shook as she recognized Brent’s number.
Can’t believe U did this. Where R U?
She texted him back. Cabana Resort, Isla Island. I’m sorry.
She widened her eyes when seconds later a response popped up. He must have been waiting for her message. She could imagine his fury. Fortunately she was hundreds of miles away. Of course, if she hadn’t been hundreds of miles away, he wouldn’t be mad. With any hope, he’d cool off some by the end of the week. Or would he be angrier by then?
U R in so much trouble. B there Thurs.
Did that mean what it sounded like? She gulped. U R coming here?
Yes. We’ll talk.
Talk was often a euphemism, but of course she wanted him to join her. Her heartfelt wish had been for her and Brent to take the trip together. And she was ninety-nine percent sure he wouldn’t spank her at a resort.
Domestic Discipline story blurb
Love, desire, domination, and submission. Two domestic discipline romances by USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol in one volume.
Wife on the Lam
Janelle wants to take a luxury vacation for her wedding anniversary. Despite numerous hints, husband Brent misses all the clues and plans a business trip! Miffed, she flies off alone to a luxury resort. She’s going to celebrate—with or without him.
Brent didn’t have to work. He’d planned a second honeymoon to the luxury Cabana Resort. Janelle might have ruined his surprise, but he’s not going to let her ruin their anniversary, too. He has a little trick up his sleeve to take his errant wife in hand and get their marriage back on track.
Before her military husband left for his tour of duty, Cadence Simmons relied on Rahm’s love, direction, and protection. His absence forced her to become more independent and make decisions for herself. After serving his country, he’s home for good and eager to resume their marriage as it was before. Only Cadence isn’t quite sure she wants things exactly as they were. Can domestic discipline guide this couple through some major changes?