We have had a change around here. I volunteered to take over a few of the wife's housekeeping duties, which will be explained here, and adds to what I do now, which includes the daily cooking and sweeping and cat litter patrol, scrubbing the terlet and vacuuming. I will now do her dusting and some other things, saying "I will do them, but that does not mean I will do them well". THAT is the crux of the matter!
The wife is very careful about details. She is a bookkeeper after all, and if a button is missing on an old sweater? Or a small tear? She will go out to buy a button and sew on a patch before donating it to the Salvation Army. I myself as a guy would never even NOTICE missing buttons or a tear. Plus, of course, Sally's is getting it for free, right? But she is virtuous about it, with an eye for detail.
The other day the wife is like "I cleaned all the crumbs out of the microwave!" with that triumphant wifely tone...which goes hand in hand with that tone of "maybe you should clean crumbs out of the microwave sometimes yerself!". I am no dummy though, so I open the 'wave and to my masculine eyes it looks the SAME as it always does, but I enthuse "WOW! Amazing!". One of those white lies men need to practice...
That is why we have changed her weekly household tasks. The poor woman is a professional bookkeeper...and she is also MY bookkeeper. Obviously people who notice crumbs in the microwave are good with numbers. Her new weekly thing is now labeled SPECIAL PROJECTS. So she does our books and...whatever catches her eye*.... like yesterday? Scrubbing the dials on the stovetop with a q-tip. That one had never occured to me either, and naturally I was like "WOW! Amazing!" *(I suspect special projects will probably include, some weeks, following her husband around and redoing the sh!tty job he did on the dusting and vacuuming)
But today the difference between men and women seemed especially clear. The wife tells me with that triumphant tone "I stirred the peanut butter!", and you will recall that this tone has an element of "how come you never stir the peanut butter?".
I go through 2 jars of Wegman's organic chunky every week. I did NOT know you were supposed to...stir it? I thought you put it on things and ate it.
She continues "you know how its runny on top and thick on the bottom?" and I think to myself "well, it always spreads easily when it is a new jar but at the bottom is like old gorilla glue" and I thought it was just the way life was! Full of surprises!
I fake her out with "How clever! Stirring the peanut butter!" and she is like "it seperates, the oil stays on top and needs to be stirred down" and I am thinking "it does? Do they teach this in school and I was out that day?" but I fake her out again by saying "Wow! Amazing!" and I buy some time with "Hey, your hair sure is curly today!". Just don't get her started on the subject of TP and whether it hangs toward the wall or....gosh, just so long as it is there when you need it does it have to be aerodynamically placed? Anyway....
In other news, speaking of wives and marital cooperation, we made avocado quesadillas last night! GOOD golly that is yummy... basically, take any filling you like, and this time we did salsa, avocado and roasted potato, fold a bit into the middle of a tortilla NOT TOO FULL and fold it like an envelope, adding a bit of cheese (we use vegan cheese) to each fold, so that when you fry it in a pan it will melt and hold together into those cute little packages you see on my plate...about the tastiest thing on earth!
Note the wife's CURLY HAIR....
I also had an aging zuccini....I make so much zuccini bread when they are ripe in summer, but soooo good anytime....
have a great Monday!
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Monday, March 25, 2013
Gary explains MEN AND women and some persnickity differences....
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It's the bookkeeper in her, not the femininity. I don't see those details. I've been wearing a sweater with a missing button for close to 15 years now. [Although I will admit that I often THINK about moving the bottom button up there, I haven't done it yet.] ;-)
I hadn't thought of that: the SLOB versus tidy person aspect :)
It is really tough when both of you are a bit slobby. However, I DO STIR THE PEANUT BUTTER, and the TP better be rolling to the front! My toaser oven gets cleaned out when the crumbs catch on fire!
Zucchini bread is the bomb!
My husband just does not see "grit and grime". I could give up dusting for a year and he wouldn't even notice. He sees "messy"
Our new TP situation is that it MUST hang off the back, because Lily Kitty hasn't figured out how to unroll it that way.
Mmmm...that looks really good.
I'm the details person at our house. When handing over household chores, I have to turn a blind eye. It takes a LOT of practice.
A most excellent explanation of differences! I have taught others to stir the peanut and the almond butters. How do you feel about crumbs in the butter? Making banana cream pie today.
I had a spam from some guy offering me a fortune if I would only give him a bank account number. Right up there with the phone calls offering better credit. Who are these people? Do they think we suffer from terminal stupidity?
When my husband washes dishes he NEVER rinses out the soap suds and food debris. I don't understand this. Does he think it will magically go away?
I have a lower dirt tolerance than B does, but he does a much more thorough job - he moves the furniture, I just go around it.
Organic peanut butter is just oil on top so indeed needs to be stirred. But if you stir the new jar, and keep it in the fridge, it stays stirred. A small scoop of that on your plate will be soft enough to spread by the time your toast pops! Of course if you go through two jars a week, that might not be such a small scoop you take. ;)
Thanks for this - great funI read this to my husband who has the same trouble with the same peanut butter. We both laughed!
I see all those details too....and quite frankly, taking that tone with husbands is exhausting. Why can't you guys just see it all??? :)
Oh and the TP always faces out, not the wall. THAT is a crime! Your dinner looked amazing!
lol this made me laugh SO hard! Sharing it with Dave LOL!
Ha! But I see crumbs in the microwave and clean it on a daily basis... I do live with all males, remember?... and yet, I cannot stand doing the taxes, the bookkeeping, and all of that. I tip my hat to your amazing wife!
A funny post like this one reminds me that guys aren't always trying to pull a fast one... sometimes they just don't even know that you are supposed to stir the peanut butter!
Also, I was absent the day they taught how to make a cursive "r" in 3rd grade. I still claim that is why I cannot make a decent cursive "r" to this day.
we store our organic peanut upside down in the cabinet, when you take it out and flip it over it is a little easier to stir.
That is my household hint of the week (or maybe for the month).
I made this rice last night. I've never seen my daughters eat rice so quickly. They loved it, and so did Steve and I!
Ha! And it would help if I left my comment on the right post!
Do I detect a wee bit of disappointment in Spike's expression that the baked goods Gary's holding in the photo are not some sort of cat treat?
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