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Happiest of Anniversaries

Many years ago, Josh and I started a tradition of buying a new ring every time I complete a large project or reach a milestone, and I wear it until the next new ring.  We celebrated our 11th anniversary last weekend by stealing away for a few hours, during which time, Josh bought me a ring to celebrate the new book Taking Seconds (he told me that I couldn’t have the ring for The Other Man until I finish the manuscript in June).

It’s made out of an old, used Winchester bullet casing. (I know, not exactly the most obvious choice for a pacifist, but I like that something potentially destructive was repurposed into something pretty.)  The word “mischief” is stamped around the side.  And then on top (upside down in the photo above), there is an antique button with an interlocking monogram spelling out BLS with a crown above it.

If you know what BLS stands for, I’d love to know.

And if you don’t know what BLS stands for, I’d love an amusing answer I can feed people whenever they inquire about the ring.

Best answer wins.

Josh — I love you.


1 Anjali { 11.26.12 at 8:12 am }

Happy Anniversary!

2 Katie { 11.26.12 at 8:35 am }

Happy anniversary!!!

3 Manapan { 11.26.12 at 8:47 am }

Happy Anniversary!

And, baby-led solids? Seems an odd choice for someone who was so devoted to making her kids purees. 😉

4 Cait { 11.26.12 at 8:55 am }


I vote for “Black Label Society”. And? Happy Anniversary!

5 Tireegal { 11.26.12 at 9:03 am }

You two are gorgeous! Happy Anniversary! And a life punctuated by rings. Not bad!

6 Ellen { 11.26.12 at 9:20 am }

Love amidst the bullshit, like life.
Happy Anniversary!

7 Sunny { 11.26.12 at 11:09 am }

Basic Life Support? I got nuthin’. 🙂

Congrats and happy anniversary!!!!

8 deathstar { 11.26.12 at 11:10 am }

Happy 11th Anniversary – seems like every other couple we know is breaking up so it’s nice to hear that there are people out there you still love and cherish one another. How did you two meet?

9 Battynurse { 11.26.12 at 11:12 am }

Happy anniversary!

10 Jendeis { 11.26.12 at 11:28 am }

Gorgeous ring! Happy anniversary!

BLS: Bureau of Labor Statistics or Blown Like Sh*t.

11 Denver Laura { 11.26.12 at 11:41 am }

I think BLS stands for bullets. Or your secret nickname that Josh has for you 😉

12 It Is What It Is { 11.26.12 at 12:03 pm }

Happy 11th anniversary to you and Josh.

Although I wish I had something creative to add, BLS is used in relation to a bullet sabot (in firing terms, a sabot is a device, smaller in diameter than the bullet, used to fire the bullet). I actually think that BLS stands for ballistic sabot. (can you tell I spent summers on a ranch firing shotguns?).

Very unique ring and very cool. Congratulations on your next book!

13 Tiara { 11.26.12 at 12:32 pm }

Happy Anniversary! Whatever BLS means, I love the ring!

14 Cristy { 11.26.12 at 12:35 pm }

Congratulations on 11 yrs of marriage! Wishing both you and Josh many, many more.

Basic Life Support was my first guess, but a G.oogle search reveals a gold-mine: brake light switch, Brooklyn Law School, Bacterial Leaf Streak, British Lymphology Society, Blackboard Learning System and (my personal favorite) Bachelor’s of Leisure Studies.

15 a { 11.26.12 at 2:03 pm }

I was going to ask the Firearms people at work, but it seems it’s already been covered!

Happy Anniversary!

16 Astral { 11.26.12 at 2:04 pm }

Happy Anniversary!! And many more!! I think BLS stand for Best Life Sweeheart!! Love the ring 🙂

17 Astral { 11.26.12 at 2:05 pm }

That was supposed to be Best Life Sweetheart

18 Mud Hut Mama { 11.26.12 at 3:17 pm }

Happy Anniversary – what an interesting ring and a beautiful tradition. I’ve got nothing for BLS. Maybe if you’re wearing the ring you could say the bullet left me standing?

19 Lori Lavender Luz { 11.26.12 at 3:49 pm }

Happy 11th to you two!

Cool ring. Wear it with your Docs.

Body-Love-Soul. Too mushy?

20 Another Dreamer { 11.26.12 at 4:59 pm }

Happy anniversary!

How about Beating Latest Statistics? Or Boldly Laughing Somewhere? I’m not very good at this, lol. It’s a very cool ring though!

21 Stinky { 11.27.12 at 12:11 am }

Cool. I have a poppy made out of a bullet casing, I love that juxtaposition of violence/remembrance.

Bitch Loves Sex
Too nasty?
Because Love’s Strong

22 Mina { 11.27.12 at 4:53 am }

Happy anniversary, you two! Your story is such a breath of fresh air. How about Best Love Story? 🙂

23 marwil { 11.27.12 at 6:48 am }

What a great way of celebrating. Happy Anniversary!

24 loribeth { 11.27.12 at 8:53 am }

Bacon Lettuce Sushi?? ; )

Happy anniversary! : )

25 Chickenpig { 11.27.12 at 9:02 am }

Happy Anniversary 🙂

I personally like “Bitch Likes Sex” 😉
How about Bitchin’ Literary Stylist? I can’t wait for the next book.
Book Loving Slut?

26 {sue} { 11.27.12 at 12:56 pm }

Happy anniversary!!

27 FrozenOJ { 11.28.12 at 12:04 am }

I think it’s a Beautiful Little Secret. 😉

28 luna { 11.28.12 at 1:28 am }

beautiful life sweethearts.
awww. happy 11th!

29 Tracey { 11.28.12 at 5:03 pm }

In my life, BLS is Brooklyn Law School. I implore you to pick a different meaning!! Happy Anniversary and I love the ring idea.

30 Kathy { 11.29.12 at 3:14 pm }

Happy Anniversary! What an awesome tradition and interesting/unique ring!

#22 Mina, already shared what I came up with “Best Love Story.” I was so proud of it until I saw that someone else also thought of it… But I still really like it! So if I were you I would give her the win! 🙂 Hmmm… let me think if I can come up with anything else.

Beautiful Love Story
Brave Love Story
Brave Love Souls
Brave Loving Soul-mates

31 B,http://expectingtobeexpecting.wordpress.com/ { 11.30.12 at 9:50 am }

Very cool! Congrats on the ring, that is so unique and cool!

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