So once again the fiancée has left me to my own devices again this weekend. (YEEAAAAHHHH PAAAARRRRTTYYY). No not really. Worst case scenario I hit the airsoft arena for an all day session followed by sitting at a friends house till the wee hours of the morning shooting the shit and having a couple of cold ones. I know….a real ragger.
However, instead of fighting with her not to bring me something home I relented. ONLY because she sent me a picture of the make your own light saber stand in the place she was shopping. Needless to say with zero objection from her and some help from my future brother in-law a custom light saber will be in my position in a few short days. (Squeeee.) (Yes, I am knocking on the door of 30 and no I don’t give a shit what you think of me. It’s the Wars bro and that’s all you need to know.)
Gentlemen please take note here. If you find a woman who is willing to put up with you AND WILLINGLY BUYS YOU A CUSTOM LIGHTSABER. SPRINT your ass to nearest jewelry store and buy an engagement ring. I’m more than certain you won’t find anyone better.
So today I had one of those what I am going to call “proud hubby moments”. My fiancée not only cleared up the low pressure situation in the downstairs shower head of her parents extra bathroom, but also installed a brand new shower head with out issue. I find this spectacular because a majority of the females I know wouldn’t know thing one about basic home repair and would most likely just call a plumber wasting time and money.
No, the future Mrs. did me proud. Took the time to trouble shoot the issue and cleared out a busted piece of the previous shower head from what I think was two heads ago and installed the new one thus improving both water pressure and water usage.
Here is my point, I expect every adult in the house to be able to trouble shoot and fix basic things like this. Ladies you have been stepping up to the plate a lot lately, keep up the good work. For those of you who haven’t or refuse to we need to have a chat. To the gentlemen in the audience that don’t know the difference between a Flat head and Philips head screwdriver……first off figure that shit out. Second, and this is for everyone who doesn’t know what is what in basic home maintenance, take some classes. I believe Lowes and Home Depot offers them. THIS IS A ZERO EXCUSE AREA as far as I’m concerned.
“If she doesn’t find you handsome, she’ll at least find you handy.” -Red Green
Let me just preface this with I don’t believe in perfection, but my fiancée is as close to perfection as I can get in terms of my partner in crime for life. You’ll also have to excuse some of my hetero skewed thoughts. At the end of the day I really don’t give a damn about anyone’s sexual orientation, but what I do care about is people being able to get along with their spouse/life mate.
Everyone needs to eat and unless you have a healthy pocket book or desire to go down early from blocked arteries eating out every night just isn’t an option. I suggest one of you be a decent cook.
I may get in trouble for this one, but if you stack my cooking skills against my future wife’s she’s got me beat by miles in the baking department, but when it comes down to dinner and such I’ll most likely outshine her. Scouting kick started learned life skills early for me and cooking was a central part of the troop I grew up in.
However, since I have no desire to be the primary meal creator in the house and I know she can cook I will most likely be the sous to her executive chef. Let me also be clear here that all adults in a household should be competent enough to cook a basic meal without burning the house down. “Mom” will occasionally get sick, need a break, or have their own stuff to take care which will preclude them from creating dinner that day.
Figure out how to divide up chores. I find that everyone does have a task they like to do. Either because they want that task done a specific way or it takes them away from everything else and gives them a few moments of Zen.
I also suggest finding out as much background knowledge on a person as possible. You might find they have a skill that compliments one of yours, you find it interesting and wish to learn more, or is just a bonus for life in general. In my case my fiancée has studied massage therapy. Although not her job anymore that skill set is not wasted. I’m sure everyone is thinking “you lucky bastard you”. Your god damn right I am. She makes dealing with my aches and pains easier, especially with the damage I have done to myself over the years.
However, its a two way street. I am a firm believer of give and take. I have done my best to learn from her so that when she requires a neck massage to relieve the tension of the day or help with a pulled muscle I’m not making the issue worse than it already is.
Let me put it in to perspective here. Find the person that makes you the least homicidal and make it work.
My dad is sometimes a pain in the ass, but he is still my dad and I love him. Our relationship is no where in the ballpark of those you see on sitcom’s and I wouldn’t have it any other way. To be honest it could probably be better, but we both work on it now and again. As I progress further into my own adulthood we do a better job of being father and son.
As I watch the world around me progress and I move forward with my own life I realize how good of a job my father has done and continues to do of raising both me and my sister. Although I don’t have my own kids yet, but I watch and hear other fathers, I realize that my dad did do a lot. More than most probably. It’s when these other dads fail to measure up to even the minimum that my mind becomes boggled.
When it does become my turn to be dad I have already resigned myself to the fact that I’m probably going to screw up. There’s no amount of classes, books, or lectures that can help prepare a parent. Learn on the fly and take what you know worked from your parents and figure out to improve on what didn’t. At the end of the day it’s about minimizing the negative and reinforcing the positive.
Alright I’ll just stop here before I give myself a case of the “feels”.
Gentlemen if you have a female significant other accept the fact that you will be wrong…….a lot…….most likely all of the time. Let me break it down for you.
When your right your still wrong. When your wrong you indeed are wrong. When she is right you sure as shit are wrong. And finally, you could have a team of NASA scientists and the boys and girls over at CERN proving her to be wrong and you right you are still wrong.
Remember happy wife, happy life.
Seriously though. Unless it is going to put someone’s life in danger or turn out to be a horrific financial decision is it really worth the fight?
If you know the rest of that phrase fantastic. If you believe it to be true then your an even bigger asshole than some people think I am. However, there is something to be said to having some time even if it’s just an afternoon where its just you and your male friend(s).
Today is a normally scheduled day off for me on primary gig and my per-diem job did not require my services as they were a half day only so woo hoo I had a legit whole day off. As a result I got to sleep in a bit and still got some home chores done. During the afternoon I was able to have lunch with a friend and catch up with him even though this is the busy season for him as he is an accountant.
This evening I caught up with my best friend and best man for my future nuptials. Since he recently decided to pull the trigger on his own engagement, congrats again bro, he bestowed the same honor on me. After consuming some fine sushi and hibachi we shot the shit as usual for a few hours.
At the end of the day though I still spent some quality time with my lady cause that’s what awesome fiancés do. I write this as a reminder to guys to make sure to make some time for your friends. Chances are that you spent a good chunk of your life growing up with them and you should never forget that. Also, it’s a good to vent and reminisce in the good old days. It find it recharges the batteries a little better.
This is going to be one of those rare moments where I will get a little touchy feely. If you have a significant other, pet, or blankey you enjoy cuddling with please do so on a regular basis. There are many positive reasons to do so.
Personally I find that it does lower my blood pressure and anxiety levels. During the cold months it helps maintain warmth so you get the added benefit of a somewhat lower heat bill because you don’t have to turn the heat dial so high. Also, when its bedtime I find myself being able to maintain sleep better than usual.
That’s all I got people. We’ll get back to our regularly scheduled rants tomorrow.