Tuesday, June 20, 2006


My husband and I were watching The Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel. It's a compelling look at the dangerous life of commercial fishermen. In this episode, the finale, the men were finally headed home after battling sub-zero temperatures, deadly gales, ice-covered decks, and months of life on treacherous seas without their families. A couple of the guys were below deck, chatting about their homecoming, and one man was teasing the other about how his life on ship was actually easier because he was going to have to go home to plan his upcoming wedding. "Yeah, " the other lamented. "She's insisting on purple flowers and purple this and purple that. Her favorite color is purple. And I guess I'm in charge of the music now. I don't care about all that. I just wanna get married."

I turned to my husband. "How typical," I said. "If it was up to men, everything would happen with people sitting in recliners, wearing their sweatpants and eating cheeseburgers off of paper plates."

My husband looked at me, wounded. "Hey!" he said. "I hope you're not lumping me in with all that."

Inwardly, I chided myself. He was right. This was the man who looks forward to the Shaw Festival every year and enjoys the plays. The same man who enjoys going to the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. The husband who takes me to concerts and wine tastings that are his idea! I turned to him and smiled.

He said, "I don't wear sweatpants."


  1. Anonymous11:51 AM

    I've always maintained that you don't appreciate your husband enough. I don't know how he puts up with you, but you're one lucky broad.

  2. Sigh. Your feelings are well known, and now documented here for all the world/internet to see. You know as well as I do, Ann, that I have always said he is far better than I deserve. Welcome to the Dept., and let me know if you want a cubicle all to yourself! LOL.

  3. Anonymous8:56 PM

    Hey, I'm just impressed the guy admitted to wanting to get married. Most of them fight that one tooth and nail!!

    Your hubby sounds like a winner. Better not advertise that too much.

  4. Anonymous2:16 PM

    My husband never wears sweatpants. I am the slovenly, sweatpants wearer in our family. And let me tell you, the dent in the recliners is shaped like my ass, not his. The shame of it! ; )

  5. anonymous--Yes, he is definitely worth holding on to. Thanks for stopping by The Dept. and I hope you come by often.

    v-grrrl--I noticed the plural; you have more than one recliner? Good heavens, woman! How do you people ever get anything accomplished? ;->

  6. Anonymous1:21 PM

    I have four, count em, four recliners!

    Two tasteful distressed leather mission chair recliners with lovely oak frames (by Lane). And two big, honking recliners disguised as library wing chairs (they're not for reading--they're for napping!) from La-Z-Grrrl, um, I mean La-Z-Boy.

  7. Anonymous10:00 AM

    Your husband may be faking the interest in plays but that is what very best friends do. My wife is my very best friend, but your husband who I have known for many years is next despite the miles that prevent frequent male bonding.

  8. Anonymous8:15 PM

    Wearing sweatpants is a sign that you have given up with your life. (As I sit in my recliner typing this)

  9. anon--Oooh, a Seinfeld reference! I'm a fan of the "transitional outfit", which is anything comfy enough to make a run to the 24-hour drugstore in, but still lounge around in.

  10. jimbo--

    welcome to the comments section of the dept! trust me, if my husband was being a martyr, he'd let me know. he does enjoy the plays, believe it or not. and if there is one that he doesn't particularly like, he lets me know. same with DD-L movies!!!! thank goodness for VBF's.

  11. Anonymous9:08 AM

    Hum, Shaw plays or Blue Collar tv?


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