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posted by Momo Fali on October 27, 2011

On Tuesday night I went to bed early because I had to get up at 4:00am on Wednesday. After one-and-a-half Ambien, I was snoozing at, roughly, 9:30pm.

My husband was at a hockey game, so when I started getting ready to hit the hay (at 8:15…because that’s how long it takes a woman to actually move from the couch to bed when there are a dozen obstacles in her way…oh, for instance, like her 12 year old’s paper on kangaroo rats) I sent my husband a text telling him he had a short “honey-do” list waiting on the kitchen counter. It should be noted, that this is something I never do.

The list said:

1. Please fold the clothes in the dryer to the best of your ability.

2. Put the clothes from the washer into the dryer.

3. Throw the towels we use for the dogs into the washer, with lots of detergent, bleach and hot water.

When I woke, long before the sun had risen, I went to finish the laundry he had started, only to find that he had already done it. TWO loads of laundry were folded and stacked on the dining room table instead of just one.

When he got out of bed I asked, “What got into you?”

Which is when any impression that he had done it out of the goodness of his heart was vanquished when he replied, “Because, now you won’t be able to say that I haven’t done a single load of laundry in 16 years.”


  • meriah

    I want to leave a comment that says something besides the face that I’m laughing really hard, but I’m laughing too hard!

  • Always Home and Uncool

    Smart man.

  • Paige from Ohio

    Very nice of him but I find there is always so sort of ulterior motive……….now you should threaten to say “you haven’t done 5 loads of laundry in 16 years” Ha Ha

  • Amie

    Duffy does 99.9% of the laundry in our house…maybe we can work out some sort of a trade where your man does our yard work and mine does your laundry?

  • Melisa

    He’s a keeper!

  • Jack@TheJackB

    I love his answer. Very cool.

  • MommyTime

    Groan. Perhaps you should start noting other things he hasn’t done in 16 years? It might relieve you of a bit of work now and then… 🙂

  • Rhea

    Oh, he’s good.

  • meleah rebeccah

    HA! Good answer! And hooray – that’s two less loads of laundry for you!

  • Goon Squad Sarah

    I’d do that too.

    Your husband and I have a lot in common.

  • terri

    Frankly, I don’t care if your husband had an ulterior motive…he folded to loads of laundry. Hello???? That’s what hero’s are made of in my book.

  • Carmi

    Now that my wife has emailed me an explicit set of instructions on how to operate the washer and dryer – she’s meticulous about Every Specific Kind Of Clothing, and our washer-dryer seem to have come off the same assembly line as the Starship Enterprise – I rather enjoy doing the laundry. It’s one of those rare quiet times when no one’s around and even the dog isn’t whining.

    Still, I can’t do it without my BlackBerry at the ready. I stand there reading the settings and making sure I get ’em right. Because doing the laundry Wrong is probably worse than not doing the laundry at all.

  • AlisonH

    He’s good!

    When we remodeled, we had the contractor put in 6’10” doors so that my husband would have the luxury of not having to duck in his own house. Only thing is, the guy goofed and put a standard door to the laundry room.

    So my hubby says he can’t do laundry because he can’t fit in the door.

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