Summer is winding down! Hard to believe today’s the very last Tuesday of August! School starts next week, so I’ll have 30% less distractions and interruptions. Princess Nagger will be starting Virtual Academy with me as her Learning Coach, but from what I understand, since she’ll be in 8th grade (8th grade!!!! GAH!) much of the ‘coaching’ will no doubt be unnecessary.

And face it, it’s Princess Nagger we’re talking about, the girl who’s too smart for my own good sometimes, which means she’ll pretty much be working ahead at the speed of light. Kind of like how she’s been growing – at the speed of light.


But I’m sure you’re wondering why only 30% of the distractions and interruptions will be reduced? Because the hubby is on his summer break until almost the end of September. This is the first technical college he’s taught at (over 25 years of teaching!) that actually has a summer break – usually the schools he’s taught at have a day or two break in between terms, and a week long break between Christmas and New Years – but never ever a break that lasts 6 whole weeks.

So he’s been sort of a hovering lost puppy, not quite sure what to do with himself and unable to shake that weird feeling he doesn’t have a job, because he’s off work for such a long period of time (paid time off, mind you). He keeps asking me to make him a list, so I better get on that to keep him busy.


Can I be honest here? Of course I can, it’s my blog! I balk at his request to make him a list – because I’m not his mother. He’s a grown man who should know what needs to be done in his domain. (“His domain” being the yard, the vehicles, and his half of the garage, just to name a few). Besides, when I have made him a ‘Honey Do’ list, he either responds like a child to the list, or forgets to do it. He is, after all, the Absent Minded Professor.


Of course there’s always the risk that if I don’t give him some sort of list during this time off, that he’ll decide to try to ‘help’ me with the boxes on my side of the garage (a third of which are holiday decorations, another third is the camping gear, and the final third are the moving boxes yet to unpack, but haven’t been because of lack of space to place the items inside said boxes until I buy some shelves).

But since he missed the class in “How to Stack Boxes Efficiently 101”, there’s a risk letting him do that where I won’t be able to get to the stuff I need to get to when it comes time to decorate for the holidays, or that he’ll start bringing stuff in from the moving boxes that I have no place for them to go at the moment.

Maybe I should come up with a list that also has a contingency plan – like if he reorganizes my half of the garage, he can’t unpack the moving boxes, just make them more accessible so we can unpack them one box at a time (after he buys some shelves), and that he will need to bring in the holiday decor boxes when it’s time to decorate, but put the boxes back in the garage immediately after I get what I need, rather than leave them stacked in the house indefinitely.

Then of course that means he’ll have to fetch the boxes for me to fill back up when I pull the decorations down, and put them back in the garage (right away, not left stacked endlessly after the holidays are done).

Wait a minute – that actually sounds like a great idea, because that means less work for me since I do all the decorating with no help from anyone (including schlepping the boxes in and out of the garage – when we lived in PA they were stashed in a shed in the backyard, which was further away). Sometimes Princess Nagger once in a blue moon will get into the spirit to help decorate, but not the schlepping part.

Do you give your significant other a ‘Honey Do’ list?

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  1. Stacy, I don’t “give” DH a Honey Do List. He usually asks me to write a few things down for him as a reminder to not forget what he has plan to do. That works by me. He knows what he wants to do and in what order he wants to get it done. The summer is flying right out the window, isn’t it? I’m anxious for the weather to cool off, but not turn bone chilling cold. It’s been SO hot and humid this summer and it’s gonna be SUCH a welcome to feel that nip in the air again. Thanks for hosting the random fun, my friend. Have a great week!

    1. Now see? Your hubby does it the ‘right’ way…not that there’s a ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ way, but you know what I mean. 😉

      Hopefully it won’t be a huge contrast of cold based on the heat and humidity you guys have gotten this summer – I know I was always wishing and hoping and anxiously waiting for the cooler weather to arrive when we lived in PA, especially after a particularly hot and humid summer. I am not a fan of that kind of heat! I love the 70 degree sunshiny days we have here – and even on the few days it reaches 90, it’s not made unbearable by humidity, since we rarely ever get humid days here. 🙂

      Thanks for linking up – I’m a bit behind on my visits, but am working on getting caught up! 🙂 Have a great week!

  2. I don’t typically do a Honey Do list either because I tend to get the exact same response as when as I ask the children to pick up their toys or do their homework! Since I am the one at home, I tend to just do everything anyway. Instead I request “special” projects for the hubby – ones that I know will get his interest because a) power tools are involved, b) he gets to go to the store where power tools are, c) he gets to leave the house (i.e. children) and go to the garage…. where you guessed it: the power tools live. LOL He made me a lovely trellis this year and stripped the paint off an old desk, so I am happy enough with those chores. One thing I don’t have to tell him is mowing the lane because he is super obsessed with having an amazing lawn. Weird since he doesn’t care if the house is clean or not. Go figure.

    1. YES! That’s exactly the way it is – same response as one of the kids doing what they’re asked to do! 🙂 And I do that, too – think of ‘special’ projects that will actually be interesting for the hubby to do, because *those* actually get done. 😉

  3. Sometimes it takes longer to make a list of what honey can actually do than to just do it myself!

    Happy learning adventures! I imagine we will be hearing how the student became the master in no time!

    1. That is so true, Andrea! I think that’s where my balking comes in…thinking of – and writing – a list takes longer than the tasks themselves. And there’s always the possibility that the tasks will have to be redone… Shhhhhh!!! 🙂 Thank you for the well wishes – I’ll definitely be updating the learning adventures and how the student becomes the master in no time! You *know* she’ll be the master tout de suite. 😉

  4. I hope your hubs enjoy his time off 🙂
    And yes, give him a list, but I totally get what you are saying!

    It’s good to have time with the family

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