I’m on STRIKE!

3 Nov

This week I am going strike. Let me tell you how it all went down.

 I get home from work approx 5:45pm. In no particular order, I let the dog out, make the bed, thrown in some laundry, fold the blanket on the couch, pick up any dishes lying around, and straighten the bathroom. Now, those chores don’t take that long to do, but everyday I do them.

After I am done winding down, I decide what we should have for dinner. Now it is usually 6:30.

As dinner is cooking I switch the laundry, start a new load,  pull of the vacuum and do the stairs and the around the back door (the dog brings in lots of leaves).

By this time my Husband gets home. (around 6:45ish)  He drops his stuff off in his office, plays with the dog for half an hour, and then comes to the kitchen for a “snack”.

Really, a snack! Dinner is almost ready and you need a “snack”

Here is where my protest started. As I am setting the table he tells me is going for a run. OK, fine, it’s not like he is gone for an hour, but dinner is ALMOST ready.

I stopped and turned to him and say:

“Well, I would like to go for a run also, but I cleaned the house and I am making you dinner.”

(My dinner strike is about to start)

Husband replies: “I don’t ASK you to make me dinner!” “You should go to the gym after work”

I stood there for a few seconds. Took the half-baked chicken marinated in garlic lemon sauce topped with white rice out of the oven and said,

“you are completely right, my dear, and this is your last dinner.”

Now my question to you is am I over reacting? I am not sure.

If my Hubs does not “need” dinner at night. Do I “waste” my time?

Below are a few comments from some twitter friends (who are awesome).

Looks like everyone goes on strike once in a while.

Have you ever?

  • “I’m protesting the o’de’urine in the bathroom!” — @Baby_Wrangler – Molly mae
  • “yup! If hubby doesn’t think helping me around the home is important he can take care of himself!” – “with kids it is harder to do the food strike for me, gotta feed them so he lucks out! Good luck!” — @frecklyone – Amanda
  • “I protest sweeping wood floors cleaning wood floors spotting wood floors and then repeat. Over it” — @LCCindee – Cindee Smith
  • “leah and i agree,mowing the lawn!! And both our hubs clean floors better than us :-)” — @reallifemoms  – MommiesNeedSleepToo
  • “I’d take dinner over chores any day! ” — @mommyofamonster  – Natalie H
  • “Yes, at least once a week! But I can’t stand dirty dishes in the sink…drives me nuts so I break down and wash them.” — @EverydayMama Christine Fox
  • “I protested them all once when I went on a week long strike. No cooking or cleaning. I even made them walk to school.” – “My family still panics at the word strike.” — ooph Stefanie Mullen
  • “LOL yes, laundry. But, it didn’t make a difference, it just piled up until I did it. Hubby does his own most of the time.” — @LaraJCoffee Lara Coffee
  • “haha no. as much as I would like to, clutter/mess drives me nuts” — @gutimom Lori Gutierrez
  • ” I have absolutely protested. I hate to vacuum.” — @Vdkeck Vanessa Keck
  • “I am the anti-chore woman! lol. I like kitchen stuff, but hate cleaning, ironing. Barely tolerate laundry.” — @trininista

xoxo – Elizabeth

6 Responses to “I’m on STRIKE!”

  1. Non-Stop Mom November 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    As a single mom with 5 kids, going on strike isn’t really an option. I’ve done it for an hour or two to convince the kids that yes, they really do need to help out – but if I go on strike, then nothing will get done and there’s more for me to do later. *sigh*

    But no, you’re not overreacting. Sometimes they need a shot in the butt to understand.


  2. Laci November 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    That’s a good one. I feel like going in strike but never have. You’ll have to let me know how it works out for you and maybe I’ll try it. 🙂

  3. ModernMarriedChick November 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    My anti-chore is cleaning the bathroom. it was in our wedding vows that i would never have to do it, and I haven’t in over a decade. #IRefuse — Keep fighting the power!

  4. Red Nomad OZ November 7, 2011 at 6:27 am #

    Perhaps the trick is to think like a man! You’re too busy thinking about keeping the house under control – he’s thinking about what he needs ie in this case, exercise before dinner. So switch roles! Or at least mirror what you’re seeing – so when you get home, what do you need? Exercise? Food?? A clean house??? Whatever it is, go for it!

  5. Heather December 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Please email me! I have a question about your blog 🙂

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