This could give “Pants on the Ground” a run for the money, don’t you think?

donutMonday was a school holiday. Yesterday it snowed, so they cancelled school. Today, there is still snow on the ground, so they cancelled school again. I’m not sure whose IQ is dropping faster, mine or the dude’s.

I grew up in Michigan. If we cancelled school every time we got a few inches of snow, we’d be home most of January.

Mr. Dude has been home as well. That’s a lot of togetherness. I love my family, but I only have eight hours of nice available to me each day. When it’s winter, six hours, tops, and that’s with meds, exercise and a glass of wine around 6:00 p.m.

My tank of niceness was running dry. Last night I was cooking dinner. Actually, I was cleaning up a day’s worth of dishes and mess from the kitchen so I could cook dinner, and I began to hum. Then I began to sing. It went something like this.

Oh how I hate to cook dinner.

Almost as much as snow.

And if you tell me you don’t like it,

Then I will tell you where to go.

Oh how I hate to cook dinner.

It’s my least favorite thing to do.

And since no one’s in here to help me,

I give you a hearty …

At this point my husband walked in. He refused to join me in the sing-a-long portion.

He reminded me how much fun it is to go to work every day. I get that. There used to be a Dunkin’ Donuts commercial that had a guy getting up early every morning with a sleepy “time to make the donuts.” Eventually, he saw himself coming and going. It’s what my husband and I said to each other when work got crazy. So I told him this was my “time to make the donuts” only more creative.

Over the years we have evolved into a traditional marital work split. It’s been beneficial all the way around. But am I less entitled to dislike my job just because I don’t get paid for it? When he gets up in the morning and says “time to make the donuts” I don’t say “suck it up, you have a family to feed, sugar daddy.”

He suggested streamlining our eating options, simplifying meals, maybe cooking ahead and freezing meals, or finding some cost-effective preprepared food options.

I pointed out the obvious. “Or you could cook dinner some nights.”

We’re working on that third verse together.

Words  by J. B. Everett

Photograph “Newest donut in town” by Steve Schroeder © 2007 via Creative Commons/Flickr

7 comments on “This could give “Pants on the Ground” a run for the money, don’t you think?

  1. aviets says:

    I’ve lived that same experience. I’ve been back to work for more years now than I care to count, Even though I’m still happy with the traditional split of labor in our marriage, and even though I basically enjoy being the one who feeds the family, sometimes I’m sick to death of being solely responsible for the planning, purchasing, and preparing of food!
    -Amy at

  2. Zan Marie says:

    Amen! He *could* cook some nights. Only my hubby doesn’t know how to cook. 😦
    OTOH, he *does* do most of the cleaning. I’ll manage.
    Now how does that third verse go? 😉

  3. Danni says:

    So funny! mine doesn’t know where the dishwasher is…

  4. I really did laugh out loud. I can so relate! Great post.

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