Archive for Housework

My Riverdale: Caribbean Dutchpot

My Riverdale: Caribbean Dutchpot

It’s Wednesday night. John is in PEI so it’s just the dog and me. I don’t feel like cooking. I rarely feel like cooking for myself. But when it comes to my family, I make award-winning dinners even on school nights. Monday night, I made…

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Have You Had “The Talk” About Housework?

Have You Had “The Talk” About Housework?

You are watching the roving dust elephants in your living room crash into the dust bunnies. And your romantic partner is expecting you to tame them. But your growing menagerie doesn’t bother you. Life is short. Should you really be wasting your time pushing a…

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First Comes Love; Then Come The Dishes

First Comes Love; Then Come The Dishes

Your spouse is your best friend, your lover — and your housemate. It doesn’t sound sexy, but hashing out how you will work together as domestic partners will help keep your love alive. Wouldn’t it be a shame to ruin a perfectly good marriage over…

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Do stay-at-home dads have a jobette?

Do stay-at-home dads have a jobette?

Here’s an interesting factoid. Stay-at-home dads are five times more likely to have an affair than other men. One hypothesis is, feeling emasculated by not being the primary breadwinner, they sleep around to prove they are still macho. Interesting theory, but I’d like to propose…

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Confessions of a micro-manager

Confessions of a micro-manager

It is exhausting and under-appreciated work, being a micro-manager. So after decades of dedicating my heart and soul to it, I am throwing in the towel and giving up. This was not an easy decision. I have been micro-managing practically my whole life. I first…

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Simple creatures (Part 2)

Simple creatures (Part 2)

It took me too many years to figure out that if I wanted to get my husband to fulfill the activities on his side of the domestic ledger in a timely manner, I had to learn to speak his language. For too long, I honed…

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Simple creatures (Part 1)

Simple creatures (Part 1)

My husband buys an average of nine magazines per month, subscribes to three daily newspapers, and owns about five million books. He has a strong emotional attachment to everything he has read or plans to read. This means that recycling is only an option when…

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Blue, pink and rainbow work

Blue, pink and rainbow work

I’ve always been closet jealous of my lesbian couple friends. A lesbian partner doesn’t have to translate that “please don’t get me anything for my birthday” really means “surprise me with something big”; or beg their partner to stop for directions when they have unintentionally…

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