Sunday, September 27, 2020


Tomorrow is my and Skylar's one-year wedding anniversary what how is that possible you look so young STOP IT YOU GUYS.

What a wild first year of marriage this was. So many unpredictable left turns. I mean, I assumed when we got married last September that our next twelve months would include a worldwide pandemic, a near economic collapse, an earthquake, and a mountain hurricane, but I didn't think we'd also have to process all that news about Meghan and Harry.

In twelve months we've faced more together in some ways than I would have expected to deal with in a decade. I feel so fortunate that he's the person I've had to navigate all of this with. 

People commonly talk about how you can tell a couple is about to break up when they start gushing about one another on social media. Something compels relationships in crisis to engage in full denial in this way. Sometimes when I start to write something nice about Skylar he'll say to me, "people are going to think we're about to get divorced if you publish that."

Whatever. I can't help myself. I adore that man.

Skylar makes everything better. He makes everyone better. I don't know how he does it. You meet him and suddenly you're just a better person for it. 

I've never known anyone so truly, unfailingly kind. He's as pure of a person as you could ever find. He's incapable of dishonesty or selfishness. He immediately finds the best parts of the people he meets and adores them for it. I sometimes think that's got to be the only way he could have ended up with me. I'm not trying to be humble here; I truly feel so flawed next to him most of the time. But he never seems to agree. He's so natural at focusing on the best parts in people that he somehow convinces me that I'm only made up of my best parts. 

He's the kind of person who stays until the end of weddings just to help clean up.

He's the kind of person who texts our family members completely out of the blue "I love you."

He's the kind of person who cries when he hears a dog he's never met died. 

He's an angel of a human, and I can't believe I get to know him.

Happy anniversary, Skyman. 

And now, please enjoy some Strangerville:

This time in Strangerville, have you ever sent an email to the wrong person? Also, a visit to Utah’s Thunder Down Under.


The Mayan, by Eli McCann (some music by PC-One)

Production by Eli McCann & Meg Walter

~It Just Gets Stranger


  1. You already knew this, but I’m not ashamed to say it again: Skylar is my favorite. Sorry, not sorry.

  2. Wait, did Meghan and Harry cause all of 2020?!

  3. Happy anniversary, but please post more shirtless pictures of him, thank you.

  4. Happy anniversary to you two love birds!! My bestie and her wife are also celebrating their one year anniversary today!

  5. I did not know this: “People commonly talk about how you can tell a couple is about to break up when they start gushing about one another on social media.“ Now I get to be a lot more paranoid. Thanks. A lot. —mimihalley

    1. Oh yes. I've seen this so many times. Long dramatic posts about how important the person is in their life and then a week later it's "So, we have some news. So and so and I have decided to separate." I get it, because I've done it before. But, yeah. It happens. Not to say anyone who posts a nice thing about their spouse is in trouble but if you are doing it all the time it's often not a very good sign.

  6. Happy Anniversary, Eli and Skylar! You two are so adorable together you could inspire a thousand rom coms.

  7. Happy first anniversary. Dad

  8. Got teary-eyed reading this. I’m so damn happy that you found each other <3

  9. You two make me feel like love is real. That's amazing after the few years I've had. So many couples I see online make me gag a little but you never have that effect. Your love is so sincere and sweet that it never feels over the top or braggy to me. Just like you are so grateful to have found the right person for you that you can't keep it in. I think your love is making the world a better place. Thank you.

  10. You forgot to mention drop-dead gorgeous......

  11. Eli, I do love you, but not until I knew who you really were. At first, you were the heart- breaker that hurt my baby. Then you were the quiet observer of our dysfunctional family. Then I read your essays, heard your podcasts, saw your tweets and watched my son completely give his heart to you, then I loved you.

  12. Oh my word I love Skylar’s mom so much!

  13. “He somehow convinces me that I'm only made up of my best parts” Wow... just... wow. The ultimate compliment. What a beautifully written piece! Happy anniversary to you both!