Monday, 25 October 2010

Advice for husbands on maintaining marital bliss

Yesterday I made a one-pot Sunday lunch and put it in the oven on the timer while husband played on the Wii.

I then spent all morning painting daughter's bedroom while husband read a book.

On finishing the painting, I got the vacuum cleaner out to clean the hall, stairs and landing carpet while husband lounged on our bed watching TV.

"Does something need hoovering?" he asked.

"The hall, stairs and landing is covered in bits from moving daughter's old carpet" I replied.

"Oh right" he said.

Note, the correct response should have been:

"I'll do that then, love, you have a sit down and a cup of tea"!!!!

Grrrrrr!!

20 comments:

Maggie May said...

Its all a case of priorities..... isn't it? LOL!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

libby said...

Men can be such useless articles can't they? Seem to just coast along in blind 'well I'm alright so everything must be' mode for most of the time.....

Mrs Average said...

So familiar. Either Mr Average thinks the "domestic fairy" does everything* or he doesnt feel the need to mention how grateful he is or offer to do some of it.

* Definition of everything:
Cooking all meals, housework, organising the children (packing their bags, drop off and pick up from nursery, bathing, reading) washing, ironing, purchasing of birthday gifts and cards, ordering the shopping (or visitng the shop when I forget to add something to be delivered - God forbid), entertaining the MiL and FiL Average, gardening, putting the rubbitsh out (on the right days), decorating....and breathe. Oh yeh, I almost failed to mention that full time job I have.

Tasha Goddard (WAHM-BAM!) said...

I find you have to ask, and then they're happy to do it. But we hate being asked and expect them to know and not need asking. If we accept the differences it works out.

Then again, these days, it's more likely to be me not doing anything while he gets on with it.

Lorraine The Party Times said...

bloody men!!!!

Kelloggsville said...

mine always says 'I'll do that just as I am finishing' Grrrrrrrr indeed!

Working Mum said...

Maggie - definitely. And men's priorities are not their surroundings!

Libby - they just aren't visual people, unless it involves Angelina Jolie, Kylie, etc ;)

Mrs Average - men are definitely from mars; I learned so much from that book.

Tasha - yes, you are so right, another mars and venus thing, they have to be asked and we don't like asking. I have learned that when I ask I have to say "will you", not "can you", men respond to "can" with "I can, but I won't"!

Kelloggsville - pretend you've finished!

Expat mum said...

Oh please - mine had a bloody colonoscopy this morning and you'd think he'd just given birth. Yes it wasn't pleasant drinking two litres of that vile stuff yesterday and then spending hours on the toilet but please. He was sedated for the entire procedure (the irony) and slept for the rest of the day.
It's just as well he's never, ever made a comment about not having drugs during childbirth or I'd have done the colonoscopy myself - with a shovel!

Sarah said...

Tasha's right. Whereas women's brains are on permanent roll of assessing what needs to be done, men are more concerned with what they want to do and don't think about what needs to be done in the house. But if asked, they accept the task, but they would never think of it for themselves.
And they never will either :)

mummykimmy said...

hee hee - such a familiar tale. Have you tried The List? "These are the things that need to be done by the end of the weekend, fit them in round whatever other stuff you want to do"
It's the only thing that works with my hubbie - he feels like he's in control and I don't have to nag :)

This Mid 30s Life said...

Ooooh that "oh right" at the end made my blood boil!!

Grrrrr grrrr grrrrrrrr....!

Kelloggsville said...

let me move a speech mark and it will all come clear!

mine always says "I'll do that" just as I am finishing. Grrrrrrrr indeed!

Now it makes sense!!!

cheshire wife said...

I know the feeling. It sounds all too familiar!

scrappysue said...

MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sally in norfolk said...

I often wonder if men really have any brains or should that be common sense :-)

Tawny said...

You can have mine, he never sits still! I have cups of tea washed up before I have finished them!

BNM said...

Even when I leave a note he seems to not understand!!
Useless!!

Alcoholic Daze (ADDY) said...

I'd have rolled him up in daughters old carpet!

rachgrif said...

Hmmmm this all sounds very familiar lol :)

Cakes in the cupboard said...

I know exactly how you feel...I am the slave in my house while they all just sit around oblivious! Then they can't understand why I fall asleep while watching a film!!