Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wacky Wednesday Writers Guest Post By: The Sadder But Wiser Girl

   
Today I am ridiculously excited to feature one of my favorite gal pal bloggy buddies---Sarah of http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com. When I first read her blog last year, I knew I'd found a kindred spirit when it came to our wacky sense of humor. Who else but Sarah would laugh at my lame jokes and goofy memes? She gets me. I cannot tell you how many times this special friend of mine has helped me through writer's block and glitches when it comes to my lack of computer skills.
     Sarah's blog ALWAYS leaves me laughing out loud and she is one of the sweetest bloggers around---always promoting everyone else's work in order to see them succeed.  Even though we have never met face to face, I love her to bits and consider her one of my closest friends. Please welcome this kind-hearted, hilarious lady to my site today and be sure to show her lots of love!      



Go Ahead, Roll It Over
by Sarah Almond

      Much like Buddy the T-Rex on Dinosaur Train, my husband seems to have a hypothesis…

     When he does something nice for me, he believes that he is somehow accumulating points that could be redeemed at a later time.  Kind of like frequent flyer miles, only with less interesting destinations.

     Example:  “In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t played the Sims in two days.  I just wanted to make sure that you’re paying attention to that.  I get points for that.”
(In case you are lucky enough to live with people who don’t play video games, The Sims is a game where you tell pretend people to do stuff, like pee and eat.  You know, kind of like being a parent.  Fancy that.)

     Example:  “I’d like the record to show that I cooked dinner.  Remember that, I get points for that.” (Let the record show? Are we in court?)

     Points?  The last time I checked, there was no points system in place in our household for much of anything.  On one hand, what is he plotting? On the other hand, is this something I can take advantage of?

     After much thought and scientific(ish) research, I put together a system for marriage points.  I had to keep the following questions in mind: 

     What exactly should husbands get points for?  When can he redeem these points?   What can he redeem these points for?  If he doesn’t redeem them by a certain date, can he roll them over?

     Here is my not quite ready to be patented Marriage Points System:

1 point=Acknowledge existence of wife and children.
5 points=Pleasant demeanor around said wife and children.
10 points=Socks and underwear put in the hamper instead of in the general vicinity.
15 points=Zero mentions of football, video games, and other similar activities within a five hour period.
25 points=Cook dinner (Bonus points awarded for cleaning up afterwards)
50 points=Wash the dishes (because I really, really hate doing the dishes)
75 points=Take the children out of the house and away from the wife.
100 points=Do the things that need to be done around the house without being asked.
250 points=Send the wife out on a shopping trip that does not involve groceries or going to places with “wal” or “mart” in the title. 
500 points=Leave the wife a nice note with full sentences (to-do and shopping lists do not count).
One trillion points=Arrange a date night, including making the plans ahead of time AND finding the sitter.  (What? I need a night out.)

     Note:  Additional benefits of attempted points accrual may include happiness and extra video game playing/sports watching time. 

     Redemption of points is completely up to the wife’s discretion.

 
     Accrued points may be revoked at any time per review of husband’s behavior.

  
     So what do you say?  How about we all institute points systems in our houses!  What would you give points for?  



Sarah Almond is the creator of the wildly unsuccessful blog The Sadder But Wiser Girl.  Last time she checked she was the mother of two future Nobel Prize winners and the wife of one sleep deprived evil genius.  You can read up on just how much she loves chocolate and caffeine at 
http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesadderbutwisergirl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sadderbutwiser

33 comments:

  1. LOL Men everywhere should take note... maybe they will stop pointing out the little things they do and realize everything that is done for them ... I like the date night idea... :-D

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    1. YEAH! Do I hear a little Bryan Adams in the background there? "Everything I Do, I Do It For You..."

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  2. I cannot agree with you more! Maybe I should print this out and enlarge it then tape it on the ceiling so this is the first thing he sees when he wakes up.

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    1. Then if he scores a trillion points, I want to know!

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  3. If my husband ever arranged a date night for us I would fall over dead from a heart attack. The shock would be too much for me to handle.

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    1. Why do you think it's worth a trillion points? HA HA! I'm glad I'm not alone in this.

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  4. You aren't alone in this! I've just started a program in Marriage and Family Therapy and there is a name for this -- "quid pro quo" which means something for something. I'm lucky--my husband does so many nice things for me without keeping a tally, and he will tell me if he feels like I'm taking him for granted (like sometimes when I'm studying too much or doing too much and don't have a lot of time for him).

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    1. That's good that he does so many nice things for you! :-)

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  5. Enjoyed, as usual. Could it be that men feel the need to bring attention to good behavior because our behavior is critiqued daily? Just speculating... :]

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    1. I'm not the critiquing kind. I am a ray of sunshine!!! ;-) No really, you may be on to something there John...

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  6. I guess I am one lucky gal because my husband does or has done everything on the list, except the note. He does the dishes every night, sometimes cooks, and does his own laundry. Sometimes he even does mine. I think I need to start earning points from him.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. I would think it would go both ways! HA!

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  7. This is too funny. I feel bad for my married guy friends. Even so, I still arrange everything for me and my gal, especially date nights and travel.

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  8. Phil, you get a zillion points, and you're not even married!

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    1. Ha! I'm just a control freak when it comes to travel and planning things!

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  9. Love this! =) I would give points for cooking, doing the dishes and washing my car!

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  10. LOL!! This is so funny! I love your point system! I love the 100 pointer and of course, date night:)

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  11. Date nights like that do deserve a bazillion points. I can remember the last time I received a nice note. It was about a week after we started dating. Psh.

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    1. Since I wrote this several months ago he's come through with a couple of very nice texts. I'll take it! Bonus points for him!

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  12. Hi Sarah! I think a "You look nice today" is worth points. Hey, it's not like I need to be told I'm gorgeous or anything. I'll settle for 'nice'. Extra points for beautiful!
    Ceil

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    1. Guys don't necessarily think about that stuff, huh? I do hear it occasionally, but I'd certainly take it more often! HA HA!

      Thanks for commenting Ceil! Your name makes me smile, my grandma's name was Lucille and she went by Ceil as well.

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  13. This has to be one of my favourite posts by Sarah from the description of the SIM game and the likening thereof to parenting (HA!) and to the grading system. This was HILARIOUS!

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    1. Thank you Katia. That is high praise! :-D

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  14. Sounds like a comprehensive and apt list to me :)

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    1. Right? Thanks for the support! I can really use it!

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  15. I'd give points for this post! After 37+ years of marriage, my Husby does every single one of these! I'm thinking of having him bronzed...

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    1. Does he teach classes? HA HA! Yes, KEEP HIM!

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  16. Great post, dear! I had fun reading it xoxo

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  17. You are a master at creating memorable posts!
    I love to come here and enjoy! Excellent!


    Regards,
    Katherine Unique


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  18. What a fantastic list! I wonder why husbands do that? Mine doesn't mention points, but he will point out to me what he has done all of the time! Like....really?!lol! Aw the men in our lives....love em forever!lol! Nice post, had me rofl!

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  19. Just wanted to stop by and say how refreshing your blog is and this wonderful! Wish my husband could do this, but sometimes he surprises me! Take care Maria http://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com

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