Monday, August 8, 2011

Modern Translation: The Awesome Wife's Guide (Rule #15)

(This is the 16th post of this series. Click here to read the entire series.) 

 * Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. 
  
 
I have a $160 electric bill that proves I follow this rule.

And a dual tap kegerator taking up prime real estate in our tiny little kitchen.

And 1/3 of our bedrooms dedicated to the "man bunker."

My husband is probably a good 10-15 degrees warmer than everyone else in the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter where we are. As you can assume, this is problematic in the summer. A problem compounded by the fact that we do not have central air conditioning. 

Our electric bill is plagued 3-4 months of the year by a window air conditioner in our bedroom and a very... very... very old wall unit in our living room. (The latter of which is blasting out a rude musty smell as we speak.) To eleviate the pain, we try to turn them on as infrequently as possible. 

Probably 4 out of 5 of the times we turn the air on, I would be fine leaving them off. Last year we even managed to turn them on only 4 times all summer. The Hubs, however, gets extremely uncomfortable whenever the temps rise above 85. So uncomfortable, in fact, that this year I've had the air running at least 60% of the time. 

Comfortable Husband- check!

I have probably mentioned before how much I love living in Central PA. The top two reasons why? 

1) Everything is easier here. There are back roads everywhere to avoid traffic. I have yet to wait in line at the bank. The cost of living is decently affordable. 

2) Craft beer. It's everywhere here. And it's GOOD! I couldn't tell you the last time I drank a Miller Lite. It has to have been at least 3 years. Microbreweries are very popular in Pennsylvania and we happen to be friends with the owners/brewers of one of the best- Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company. 

The Hubs and I bonded over craft beer. It was a passion of his and something he could teach me. I enjoyed learned. Beer had become a part of our lives. As are recycling centers. After a couple of weeks of making special trips early Saturday morning to drop off a large bin of brown glass bottles, I decided it was time to give into the Hubs request for a kegerator. So, my mother and I went in together & bought him one 2 years ago for his birthday. 

Seriously, his wife & his mother-in-law bought him a kegerator. My husband should be the happiest man in all the lands!

Cool drink in hand- check!


And the bunker thing: I think that's sort of essential for men. My dad has a bunker too. Men need space. They need a room that doesn't have to always be clean (because it's so easy to just close the door when company comes over.) A room where all the gaming systems in the world can be piled up in the corner (and not in my living room). A room where dirty socks can lie on the floor and pint glasses can sit for days. 

Let's be honest- the rest of the house is ours!

Dear 1950's Housewife, 

I am going to agree with you 100% today. My husband spends most of his day uncomfortable. He has to wear uncomfortable clothes & shoes to work, sit in an office that has fluorescent lights (which give him migraines), and deal with some people who don't have a clue what they are talking about or doing all day long. If there is something I can do to make him comfortable at home, then I should do it. Where else are you suppose to feel the most comfortable, if not home?

Have a pleasant day, 

The 2010's Housewife

8 comments:

  1. Agree, agree, agree!! I feel the same way about my husband.. he comes home and checks his email, eats dinner and naps for about a 1/2 hour... I let him do this all interrupted because he's a welder and needs to be comfortable when he's home.. love this post!!

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  3. "They need a room that doesn't have to always be clean" I have found this difficult before, and I accept your point. I love a clean house, and having a place that has more crumbs or corners where there are wrappers etc, can drive me nuts. But I have accepted my partner's corner where his desk is and its area is his sanctuary, forbidden to enter and clean. Though, I can't always help myself, though I do try, sometimes its just best I don't look at all...itchy cleaning hands at the ready. We forget sometimes our cleaning craze can make them more uncomfortable, nice to hear others do the same thing too.

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  4. "They need a room that doesn't have to always be clean" I have found this difficult before I accept your point. I love a clean house, and having a place that has more crumbs or corners where there are wrappers etc, can drive me nuts. But I have accepted my partner's corner where his desk is and its area is his sanctuary, forbidden to enter and clean. Though, I can't always help myself, though I do try, sometimes its just best I don't look at all...itchy cleaning hands at the ready. We forget sometimes our cleaning craze can make them more uncomfortable, nice to hear others do the same thing too.

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