Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

I Need to Be a Better Negotiator

My husband and I have fallen into some comfortable routines and although we share in most domestic responsibilities there are two areas that somehow we’ve each claimed as our own. For the last five years Kim has cooked dinners and after we eat and enjoy some family time, I put our son to bed. Our little arrangement has worked just fine except as soon as I put away the story books and turn off the lamp, I fall asleep all cuddled up with my charming mini beast.

Sound adorable? Probably, but these evening naps interfere with important things like the two nights a week there’s actually something on TV I want to watch. You can laugh right now and rightfully call me a socially inept old fart who has no clue about current popular culture, but TV bores me, except on Thursdays and Sundays.

I devised a little plan to make sure I’d actually be awake on my TV viewing nights and suggested to my husband that he put Aaron to bed two nights a week. He readily agreed and Kim and Aaron have been enjoying some extra snuggle time.

My husband, the consummate business man that he is, must believe in an eye-for-an-eye and that no good deed goes unpunished. He’s come back to the negotiating table and asked that I start cooking two nights a week. Does anyone remember where I hid my damn apron?

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