Domesticate Me: Saran Wrap

Last weekend was Mark and I’s first anniversary. It was a special night filled with dozens of roses, dinner at an amazing restaurant, and sweet speeches to each other that made us weep.


Actually, someone passed on four seasons of Grey’s Anatomy to me earlier that day. It’s crack. And I’m hooked. All while getting lost in McDreamy’s goodness I forgot about a prior engagement (sorry, Susan!) and about doing anything special for dinner. When I finally remembered that we should probably eat, I tore myself away from Meredith and company to get us some dinner at our neighborhood Greek place.

Except it was closed. Darn. McDonald’s it would have to be.

That’s right. We had McDonald’s, watched Grey’s (he’s hooked too!), and argued about whether or not eating the year-old freezer burned cake could result in sickness (I said no, he said yes). And that was it.

In a way, I felt that eating McD’s was a fitting and symbolic end to our first year as a married couple. And that made me sad. Because shouldn’t I be more at home in the kitchen? Shouldn’t I want to bake cookies and make sure my husband’s underwear is clean? Because right now I really don’t. Right now I’m not domesticated.

So my resolution for year 2 is to become domesticated. And you’re going to help. I fear what I do not know, and I do not know the kitchen. Instead of continuing to let my fear control me, I’m going to ask you, my wonderful handful of readers, all the questions I’ve ever had about all things domestic.

And I’m using the powers of Video.

First question: How on earth do you use Saran Wrap???

Seriously, how do you use it?

Website References: Dorie Morgan the Funny Phi Mu and Gary Vaynerchuk the Dude with Video Blogging Skillz.

13 thoughts on “Domesticate Me: Saran Wrap

  1. Shelly says:

    You don’t. You get press and seal instead. Way better!!!

    Ha, that’s what the Twitter people said, too! But we’re cheap. And I don’t think Mark will “let” me buy more plastic wrap until this roll is gone. I think there is a saran wrap dress ala Fried Green Tomatoes in his future… heh.

  2. Sam says:

    First of all, your video is so cute! Second, I think being domestic is good, but just be careful that he doesn’t become completely dependent on you. And, definitely don’t try and make yourself into a new person because I’m sure he loves you for who you are. As for the Saran Wrap, I say get the one with the slider for cutting instead of the one with the ridges on the edge. It’s much easier. Good luck!

    Sam, thanks! After “shooting” it I realized how much I did NOT do hair and makeup but I decided that I’m just going to have to take “keepin it real” to a whole new level ๐Ÿ˜€

    And we’re so screwed if he ever became completely dependent on me! And good point about the sliding cutter thing! That’s my other “issue” with it is that I end up stretching the plastic all sorts of ways trying to get it out. Thanks!

  3. Aha! Here are a couple of basic things. First of all, you are not using Saran Wrap. You are using Kroeger plastic wrap – big difference. While the branded product is a tad more expensive, you need to ask yourself how much is your mental health worth – it works way better.

    Second, when you tear off the sheet of the required size, try not let it stick together or you are doomed. You sort of need to grab both corners – one in each hand and lay it over what you want to cover.

    Third, in the video you were trying to cover Tupperware with saran wrap. It won’t stick to plastic, just itself – or glass or corning ware.

    Good luck – just be patient.

    PS – yopu could just forget about it because it is not biodegradable – just use containers with lids you can reuse.

    I know you’re a doctor, but Dude, the INTERNET said that it should be able to stick to plastic. To anything. I guess this just proves that we can’t trust everything we read on the Internet, huh?

  4. Susan says:

    I agree with Shelly and all the people on Twitter. DON’T USE IT!

    I think its cute that the men put in their two cents…who’d have thought they’d have opinions (and obvious experience) on Saran Wrap!?!

    It is cute, isn’t it? I’m so relieved to know that everyone hates saran wrap. I really thought there was something wrong with me. The shame is now gone.

    • Just so you know, some of us male life forms are quite domesticated! The key learning for us is to confine our opinions to what we know and have experienced and I can’t believe I am actually dispensing advice about Saran Wrap!

      Is domesticated a word? I know I used it, but I make words up all the time. And you are giving advice about Saran Wrap. And people wonder if advanced degrees are practical. After your wonderful advice I would say OF COURSE.

  5. Secret Agent "CT" says:

    I still have Saran Wrap left over from college…which means that it’s 4 or 5 (or more) years old. Obviously, it’s not getting much use. (Does Saran Wrap expire?) It’s the real Saran Wrap brand because like you, I can not use the stuff!! I do recall being at the store and picking the Saran Wrap brand because I thought maybe it would be easier to use… Yeah, fat chance in that happening. So, I agree with the Dr. on this one. Use containers that come with lids!

    You can buy a pack of 20 of Rubbermaid things for like $20. Cheap! (I actually even pay full price!) They are great and you can use them over and over. I also use my corningware with the glass lids that came with them. Then I have a few of those long pyrex (casserole) dishes the have lids. Whoever bought those for us as a wedding present realized that I have issues with Saran Wrap. (Thank you gift giver!)

    Finally – when you go to someone’s house or have people over and plan for there to be leftovers bring those cheap throwaway containers with lids. I think ziploc makes some. They come in a 4 or 5 pack usually. I reuse these and freely give them away to guests. They are cheap and not part of a true set, so it’s okay to not have them returned. (Unlike the rubbermaid kind – I want those back. So they don’t leave my house.) Then you never have to use the saran wrap! Yippee!!

    Bring on the next domestic question!

    I am loving how helpful you guys are! I think the final conclusion is keep track of lids because you don’t look like an idiot and it’s a way to go green. Keeping track, however, is a feat in itself. But it’s better than Saran wrap. So I think my next question is, is it rude to bring your own left over container when eating at someone’s house? Ha. It seems helpful, but a little over eager to get free food, right?

  6. Marie,
    I don’t use saran wrap either….waaaaay too much trouble! I can’t keep it from sticking together. Press and seal or just plain foil works better for me. Actually, now that I think about it, I buy the Ziploc plastic bowls with lids and reuse them over and over.
    Domesticated is fun most of the time. However, I draw the line at ironing. I told him when we got married that I don’t iron and I don’t plan to. He is ok with that.
    I think it is cute that you have a goal for your 2nd year of marriage. Every year when we go out for our anniversary we talk about our goals for the next year and what we could improve on….pretty interesting.
    When you need easy recipes, let me know. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ok, you read my mind on the ironing thing. I was thinking it would be my next domesticate me question. I hate it, too! And easy recipes would be oh so wonderful!

  7. Secret Agent "CT" says:

    I would only take a left over container to my mom and dad’s house. It would be rude to expect to take stuff home from someone else’s house. I keep them at my house to send home with guests.

    Rebekah – please send me those easy recipes!!! Marie can give you my email address!

    Rude? I think it is GENIUS. And to be honest, wouldn’t you kinda love it if someone pulled their own containers out when it came time to divide up leftovers? It’d be like, “Good I don’t have to waste one of mine on you!” I’m so bad. And I will hook you two up! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love blogs.

  8. Lindsay "Wade" Clark says:

    OMG. I read your blog religiously and I must say that this is the funniest one in my opinion yet…and you have had me lol many a day. If it makes you feel any better, I suck at Seran Wrap too and I only use Aluminum Foil. Me and aluminum foil are friends and work well together.

    Keep the laughs coming Marie…you truely have an art…

    Lindsay, you are so sweet! I think aluminum foil and/or reusable containers are the only way to go. And we so need to get some of the AHS people together this summer ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. […] am currently in the middle of a hardcore marathon of Grey’s Anatomy. Besides ruining my anniversary, I’m finding that Grey’s is a wonderful source of inspiration for relationship […]

  10. You piqued my curiosity. What about Grey’s is a source of inspiration for relationships?

    I was an avid fan but over time Mer seemed more like a whiny baby than a surgeon or woman you could trust to be strong. Too much drama, not enough medicine so I stopped watching. Christina is probably my favorite character.

    As for being domestic, it’s a nice goal but I wonder if it’s a necessity. Marriages aren’t one size fits all, and it seems yours works without the floral apron. On the other hand, being a killer cook has many benefits.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog


    Well, in full that sentence says an inspiration for relationship topics. It’s when Addison tells McDreamy that they were too busy for each other and that’s why she cheated on him, to get his attention. And then I go on to talk about balancing your personal life and work. No, there aren’t lots of examples of “health” on Grey’s but I’m so hooked. And I love Christina, too. I didn’t think I would, but I do.

    Ha, and you’re right about different marriages needing different things. I’m hoping that mine isn’t depending on domestication because there really isn’t a lot of hope ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Rebekah says:

      I agree that Meredith is whiny. She really gets on my nerves, and Izzy….Oh my goodness!!! I think I want to choke her everytime I watch the show. I honestly don’t know why I watch it anymore, but Christina is my favorite!

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