Thursday, December 31

Lesson #38 - There Are Certain "Suggestions" To Follow To Maintain Civility

I was browsing Yahoo! the other day (can I say that on Google?! Oh well!) and came across this grrrrreat article title "10 Things Husbands Should Never Do" written by Diane Oats. As I was reading through the list, I couldn't help but to laugh. Some of these things fall under my, "Things Not To Say If You Want To Live" category, but others were just plain silly!! The man was looking over my shoulder as I was reading and as I laughed all he could muster was a scoff..."I bet that was written by some feminist broad," he said. I shot him "the look" and he kept his trap shut. Instead of re-printing the article I am going to summarize. These are good!

10. Expect a medal for doing a little housework. I couldn't agree more!! Just because I am a woman and you are a man - doesn't mean you can't chip in a little too...I mean, we both live here and share responsibility for the mess...so we should both clean, right?! Saying you're going to clean, but then leaving the mess for me doesn't count either - in fact, it will make me more mad.

9. Say anything remotely critical about our new haircut. We like to be pampered and getting a new 'do falls into that category. There is nothing quite like someone washing your hair and then giving you a new look in the mirror. However, if the job was botched - don't say anything because chances are, we already know that!

8. Know it all, especially in public. This one didn't rank high on my personal list. Things like this happen all the time. You might have done something, but someone else knows someone who did the same thing just a little bit better - or faster - or longer - or...well, you get the picture.

7. Buy clothes without trying them on. The point behind this one was that if the clothes don't fit then I would be stuck with the returns. Thankfully, though, the man doesn't require a lot of new things...so this one doesn't fall high on my list either.

6. Be unimpressed by a meal that took a lot of time and trouble. The great thing about this one is that if the man doesn't make a fuss about a meal - when I obviously took a long time to prepare everything, cook it up and make a stellar table scape presentation...then I just don't cook anymore. Simple as that! As you can see - this one also didn't rank high on my list.

5. Brag about your driving. The man frequently tells me that I can't drive. Really, I can't drive LIKE HIM and that is what frustrates him, I think. Diane threatened to "reach over, grab the wheel and make the car swerve into something, just to shut him up" and to that I say - GREAT IDEA!!!

4. Buy us the “cougar” perfume. LOL! The man knows not the get me perfume...it is a waste of money for something that I will only really have the time to put on a few times. A gift card for a massage - or any other spa treatment - is always a welcomed gift!!

3. Give a home appliance as a gift. I would like to add - "unless I ask for it" because whatever appliance makes my life easier is always welcome in my casa.

2. Imply that office work is harder than housework. Being on both sides of the spectrum (office work by day and mommy/house work by night) then I can definitely say that the housework takes more steps. Both are mentally taxing and tiresome, though. Since the man doesn't have a conventional "office job" this has never really come up.

1. Offer to “babysit” your own kids. DING, DING, DING!!!! WE HAVE A WINNER!! I couldn't agree with item number one more - and it definitely makes MY number one! Last I checked, I babysat OTHER peoples' children all through high school and even some of college...but once the babe was born, then it is considered being a PARENT...unless someone wants to pay me to watch my own child - in which case that person should contact me so I can send over a W-9!

So, what is YOUR biggest "suggestion"- leave it in the comments section!! I can't wait to read them!

27 comments:

Helene said...

My head actually hurts from nodding so much while reading this! Can I just say Amen to this list!!! Seriously, best thing I've read in a long time.

I spent 3 hours one day making baked potato soup for my husband, which he loves. He loved the first batch and asked me to make it again the following week. He was less impressed with the 2nd batch, for some reason, even though I made it the same exact way with the same ingredients. He actually argued with me that I had not put celery in the first batch. WTF? Since when he is he Julia Freakin Child??

Okay, rant over...loved this post!

Hissyfits & Halos said...

Ha! That's awesome! I'm going to have to print this and put it on the fridge!
I can't seem to learn to drive "right" either. Ironically, I've had two wrecks in my life, adn hubby has "totaled" out....5 or 6 cars? (not mentioning that he ran over the BBQ grill sitting next to the house, or one of those big rocks in the shopping center parking lots) But, yeah, we can't be critical of HIS "fine driving skills!" *majuh eye roll*

This was one of my favorite posts this week! :) Thanks for the laugh.

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

My ex is just a glorified babysitter, but my husband always offers to "babysit" Like he's doing me a favor!

Shell said...

Thankfully, Hubs never says that he's babysitting our kids. Several of his friends say that about their own kids and I think he's seen the fire in my eyes over that one enough to know better!

Michele said...

What an awsome post. I really have nothing to add,
BUT, I did want to say thank you for reminding me how lucky I am to be a single mom!!! LMAO!

Keep up the great work,
A very Happy New Year to you!

Mass Hole Mommy said...

LOL!!! I have had a Dyson vacuum on my list of things I want FOREVER, but apparently my guy takes that rule too seriously and has never gotten me any sort of home appliance.....even when I ask for it.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Funny list! I had many of those complaints with hubs 1 but the newer, updated, YOUNGER model is a vast improvement!

LOL!

Happy New Year and thank you for visiting me on my special SITS Day!

Gay Vaughan said...

LOL! Totally agree. My hubs brings up that HE dropped off and picked up the kids each day a couple of weeks ago while I was home nursing a bad cold. HEll-oooo, they are HIS too! I offer him a medal and he gets all defensive. Men!

Thanks for making me laugh and for stopping by my blog...makes me feel loved. lol

Mae Rae said...

my husband has never done number one but i freak on my male friends that i hear do it. as for appliances, those are for his mom to buy me or my mom NOT HIM!

BigSis said...

That last one is SO TRUE. It's not babysitting when it's your kid. It's PARENTING!

Laura said...

Such a great list sweetie. Can I use these as a warning in some future fights with my future husband? I love the cougar perfume. Happy New Year to you and to yours!

Scottish Lass said...

I am still searching my Christmas stocking for the babysitting coupons from the husband....
Thanks for reading my blog.
Happy 2010 to you and yours!

Tricia said...

This was great, thanks for sharing!

1 Special Family said...

LOL! This list should be attached to the marriage license!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a great list! I love the babysitting point. I am still working on clarifying that one.

Thanks for stopping by.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Give a home appliance as a gift....

I would have agreed with that comment up till about 3 years ago and then I got a front loading washing machine and my life has been easier...However, in my 1st marriage, my ex wanted to give me a vacuum for a bday gift and I HATE TO VACUUM.

I told him if he did that, I put on the edge of the driveway with a sign that read: Brand new and free.

He didn't get me that.

I used to work with a guy who would tell that he babysat over the weekend. I knew he meant he watched his kids while his wife worked retail, but I'd always ask how much did the parents pay him? He looked puzzled and I'd say, "hey, don't you remember how these kids came to be? Bet you didn't complain while they were being created". He'd shut up.

The Princess of Sarcasm said...

Hahaha! I'm so lucky that the Prince is a prince of a guy. He'd never do these things. (I've trained him well. *wink wink) My girlfriends and I took a long weekend trip to NYC. Everyone was talking about the detailed lists they left their husbands. I was shocked. All I did is kiss the prince and my kids goodbye!!

Menopausal New Mom said...

Don't get me started on the cooking thing. My husband is such a bastard about that one. I can prepare a fabulous meal that takes all afternoon and have him say, oh it's nothing special. Whereas if he peels a couple of potatoes and fries them in the frying pan, he thinks he's a gourmet cook.

Yeah, what's up with this babysitting their own kids!

Good list. I'd laugh if it wasn't so damn true!

On a brighter note, I'd like to wish you and yours a Happy New Year. Looking forward to reading more in 2010!

Daffy said...

Suprisingly I'd love it if hubs would stop telling me 'Not tonight..I have a headache'

Angela said...

LOL - I got a vacuum for Christmas. The sentiment was yucky but I did really need the gift. :)

Tina Lane said...

I will never forget the Xmas my dad bought my mom nothing but fancy cleaning appliances. Wuh wuh wuhhh... It was our unhappiest Xmas on record and has not been repeated since.

Now he gives her vodka bottles with $100 dollar bills wrapped around them.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Gotta say that the babysitting comment KILLS me. :) Thanks for all of your thoughtful comments on my blog. You're too sweet! Happy New Year!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Here is a great listing of places to list your giveaways:
http://icefairyland.today.com/giveaways/giveaway-listing/.

~*mb*~ said...

hahahah i LOVE this list. thanks for the follow, i look forward to reading more of ur blog <3

SexShoppingandGreed said...

I read that too and thought it was funny. And true.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Do you have the link to that??? I loved it and run a blog called Real World Venus vs. Mars and would love to use that particular article! Thanks :)

kys said...

That's a great list. Esp. the LAST ONE!!! Not that I have any experience with it.....,

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