Here’s a guest post from a great writer, Marie Ortiz, who’s a part-time staff writer for www.DIYMother.org and a full time social media manager.
She is a mother to two beautiful girls and enjoys teaching them and watching them grow.
She loves to share her findings along the way.
My husband and I have been married for ten years and together, we made and raised two beautiful girls. Now that our girls are older, they hang out with us less.
Our weekends now involve projects I’ve dreamed up, or errands I need to run. Most of the time, I want my husband’s help; to be frank, I miss having company during menial shopping trips.
He’s been a wonderful father and a loving husband, but over the past couple of years, I’ve begun to pick up on some of his go-to aversion techniques when he’s off work.
He reminds me of George Costanza from Seinfeld [see video clip below]. He has completely mastered how to appear busy when he’s not actually doing anything.
I’ve come to accept it as one of his amusing quirks. And since I’ve figured out his maneuvers, it’s something we laugh about. Because now, he always has something to do.
It takes a considerable amount of effort to pretend to be doing something. Here are 4 ways you can pretend to be busy: at work, school, or wherever you choose to avoid doing work. I learned them all from my husband.
We’ve all resorted to “texting” someone when we’re in an awkward situation. Sometimes we even do it while waiting for coffee or food at a restaurant.
Nowadays, not only does we have our phones—we have tablets and personal laptops. That’s three ways to pretend like you’re busy doing something. Add in some headphones or ear buds, and you can’t even hear a request.
Keep a few tabs open while you’re using your device. That way, if your boss or wife comes near, you can quickly switch from Netflix to a more relevant research topic on Wikipedia.
Sleep, or Lack Of
My husband is either sleeping, or complaining about not getting enough of it. In the first few years of marriage, I felt sympathetic because he had a very physical job. After having two kids, however, sleep is an afterthought.
Men can sleep anywhere, through anything. When my girls are upstairs running around or screaming at the top of their lungs, he manages to sleep right through it. I’m pretty sure he slept through a home renovation.
Some people just know when to not be present. It’s like a sixth sense…they can smell when someone might need their assistance. That’s the ideal time to use the restroom or go outside to get some fresh air.
Elusiveness is a powerful quality to perfect. If you do learn it, you can be able to be in a room undetected and gone without anyone knowing you left.
Anytime I ask my husband what he’s doing, he always gives me a list of duties on his agenda. Does he ever do any of these tasks? No. But by letting me know that he’ll potentially be wrapped up, he won’t have to go grocery shopping with me.
Question: What other tips help you beat the weekend Honey Do list?