Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I just don't get my husband

In my house we have deal. I make dinner, Jesse cleans up afterwards. In the past Jesse thought that "cleaning up" meant "putting the leftovers away ...... sometimes". Over the course of our 8+ years of marriage though I have managed to nag and harass lovingly redirect him so that now he does a much better job. He clears the table, puts leftovers away and sometimes loads the dishwasher. It's my job to unload the dishwasher and if I haven't done it he doesn't pick up my slack and do it for me. The dishes just sit there until I get to them. Ok, fair enough. Unloading is my job and I'll take care of it. And while I'm at it I'll go ahead and load up the dirty dishes when I'm done.


But here's the thing. Husband, if you are reading this (and I know that you might, a week or two from now) there is something you need to know. If you want me to load the dishwasher then you're going to have to do your part. No more leaving food on the plates so that it hardens into a crust and becomes permanently bonded to the plate. If you do that again I'm going to load the dishwasher with the food still on the plates and then the food will come off and clog up our crap-ass dishwasher and you'll have to try to fix it again like you did that one time when you thought you could just vacuum up all the pieces of food only you didn't realize that there was a puddle of water in the bottom of the dishwasher and you vacuumed up the water and broke the vacuum cleaner. And nobody wants that.

15 comments:

Radiomom Rhetoric said...

Hi Jen~
I surfed over from Kyle at Secondhand Tryptophan (quite sure I spelled that wrong.)

I enjoyed reading some of your posts! I am also a Minnesotan, Mom and about your age (ok-slightly older--but I'll deny it)

...and I also emptied out our (EXPENSIVE top of the line) dishwasher. Food stuck and caked all over several forks and plates.

I tried to explain to hubby how he must RINSE...and he told me that since it is a TOP OF THE LINE model...that rinsing is unnecessary-AND a waste of water.

Ahem....he also is in the appliance and home theatre business-he is SUPPOSED to be an expert on these things.

No lie.

Will visit you again. Stay witty! ;-)

Jen said...

radiomom - What is it with men? It does make me glad to know though that it's not just my husband and my crappy dishwasher that are falling down on the job. Thanks for visiting!

Ben said...

Vacuuming out the dishwasher is great, outside the box thinking! Go Jesse!

Jen said...

Ben - Stop defending him! He broke the vacum cleaner!

Cathy said...

Yeah but didn't you get a new vacuum out of that deal?

Ben said...

I don't know you Cathy, but that's the spirit! Jesse is always thinking two steps ahead, that's just how he rolls.

Jen said...

Ben & Cathy - I didn't get a new vacum cleaner. Jesse just "fixed" the old one and it's never really worked right since.

Anonymous said...

FYI

the vacuum works just fine

-Jesse

Ben said...

Great job Jesse. I tried to fix a vacuum cleaner once, and just when I got it working it sucked up a small sock laying on the floor and burnt out the motor.

Jen said...

Jesse - No it doesn't.

Ben - Fine. You win. Jesse is never wrong. Jesse is my role model. It is my dream to be more like him. I once saw Jesse walking across a lake to heal an injured swan. He is love.

Crunchy Carpets said...

We don't have a dishwasher.
The dishes are either pile in the sink in such a way that I have to unpile them..or scattered across the kitchen no where NEAR the sink...

this is his helping.

I think you got a SLIGHTLY better deal!!!

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Anonymous said...

I am wrong plenty of times, I just don't always admit it.

The vacuum does work - it still sucks up the dirt, didn't have to get repaired (just dried out a bit and it is good to go)

-Jesse

Jen said...

crunchy - No dishwasher!?! How do you do it? If I didn't have a dishwasher I would never have a clean dish. I'm lazy like that.

Jesse - We can argue about this face to face instead of via comments.

Tink said...

You are not alone. I have to argue with my husband to clean a fork.

Good luck. Great blog. :-)