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Why I’m a Bad Wife: Part II

Last year, so many of you got a kick out of my special anniversary post, chronicling why I’m a bad wife.  Did you think there were so few reasons?  I’m flattered.  I have a whole second list, in honor of our fourth wedding anniversary (which is today!) . . .

11.  Hubby had to come to Hungary with a mostly empty suitcase and completely empty
carry-on (that must have looked suspicious) to trek home all the stuff I bought here.  Really Hubs, three pairs of gotch?  Why so fancy pants?

12.  Hubby gets volun-told for a lot of tasks.  Like painting my Grandma’s fence.  Replacing my Mom’s door knob.  Shimmying into my parents’ attic to lay insulation.  And, for 2013, making a treadle desk for a member of my PhD thesis committee! 

13.  I’m still learning the words to songs he hates, but now I’m insisting he learn half so we can do duets on road trips.

14.  I don’t know how it comes across in text, but in 3D I’m quite the cut up – always cracking jokes and making funny faces.  But I’ll never be a great comedian because, even if it goes over like a lead balloon, I won’t bury a bit.  Until laptops become obsolete, every time I have an open laptop across from Hubby’s open laptop I will yell, “You sunk my battleship!” (even if it gets the Hubby eye-roll).  I also laugh so hard at my own jokes that sometimes I can’t get the punchline out, but Hubby patiently waits for me to get it together.  

15.  To celebrate our one month of being married, we made a scrap book of the wedding day.  Oh gosh, if his work buddies knew his list of skills include gluing pretty corners on pictures . . .

He looks happy enough, but I’m sure he’s glad scrapbooking and I didn’t really get along.  Ask me if we ever finished that damn scrapbook? Stupid scrapbook.

16. I am a typo-making machine.  Despite all my edu-macation, I also make oodles of grammatical errors.  As a result, Hubby is well versed in feminist theory and philosophy from editing everything I have ever written, since we started dating (back in high school for those keeping track).  Oh, and he has the login info for the blog, to fix mistakes here too.  It’s more efficient to cut out the middle man on that one.

17.  He’s my favorite treasure hunting partner in crime, even though he hates the smell of all thrift stores and most antique stores.  Yard saling he likes, because it involves sunshine, driving and the occasional hot dog.  But here he is, in one of my favorite antique shops (loitering near the door, by the way).

18.  He thinks it’s super swell I’m so into action movies while other wives insist on watching The Notebook again.  Yup, I’m into action movies alright.

Muscliness Via

Suuuuure I’ll watch The Transporter, or Transporter 2, or Transporter 3, or The Italian Job, or Death Race, or The Bank Job.

19.  I put a copy of Twilight in his hands and told him it was about vampires.  He is so removed from popular culture, he had no idea it wasn’t on par with Blade!  He read all four books (even if you hate the first one, how can you not want to know how it ends?), called it “literary crack” and is now wary of all my recommendations.  I think admitting, on the internet, that I read the series myself is penance enough, no?

20.  I tell anyone with ears (or an internet connection) that Hubby used to cut my hair.  I’m not sure this is something he wants to brag about, given my propensity for volunteering him for tasks (a high school teacher once asked if Hubs was available for appointments) and also because this skill might fall under the same category as “scrap booking,” when it comes to being teased horribly by friends.  But I’m so proud of him!  He did such a good job that I am seriously considering going for the DIY’d choppy cut again.  Where are the kitchen scissors??

Me, circa High School graduation time, rocking my DIY hairdo.  Oh boy that was a long time ago.

Happy Anniversary, Handy Hubby.  Thanks for loving me, even when I rook you into another trip to the thrift store by pretending we’re going to Le Baron.

That’s us, on our wedding day!


P.S. Tonight, (on the night of our wedding anniversary, remember? I didn’t), we’re meeting my Hungarian friend to go to a pottery painting place, then we’re meeting up with her boyfriend and making palacsinta (Hungarian crepes).  I’m just getting a jump start on next year’s list.



  1. CaseyinTO
    December 20, 2012 / 2:27 pm

    You two are adorable to the max. And Im totally stealing the "you sunk my battleship" line

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      December 21, 2012 / 4:55 pm

      Awww, thanks! And I think the more people that use the battleship line, the better. If I can get everyone, everywhere to say this I can make sure Hubby is tormented with this even when I am not around, lol.

  2. Ashley
    December 20, 2012 / 2:40 pm

    You are the freaking cutest, haha.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      December 21, 2012 / 4:55 pm

      Haha, I going to tell Hubby that all these little quirks are cute, not annoying 😉

  3. erica | wicked bride
    December 20, 2012 / 5:28 pm

    Happy anniversary! I love this post so much I could kiss it.First, you're beautiful. Second, I volunteer my hubs for stuff all the time without notifying him – for Christmas he gets to lug a rug I gave away to my brother up four flights of twisty-city-apartment-stairs. Hooray! Third – I see a lot of duets in our future trip up the Eastern shores (although I like to sing both sides of Little Talks, so we may have a conundrum). Fourth – I've never seen the notebook, but insist we watch any sort of action movie when it's on. Mike may be getting sick of DOOM but I'm sure not (yum, Karl Urban…).

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      December 21, 2012 / 5:02 pm

      Awww, you're such a sweetie. Thanks :)Is it weird "lug a rug" made me start laughing before I even read the rest?? You are too funny. And I am so happy duets are in our future – even if we both sing both parts, lol. I will look into DOOM . . .

  4. cred
    December 21, 2012 / 1:08 pm

    You two are just cute! (bet his buddies would love that, too). And Happy Anniversary!I loved the …3 pair of gotch… and I nearly cried over you sunk my battleship. (apparently, I like cornball jokes too- this explains the reactions I get, from my family, to many of my jokes)and I can relate to the action films- hello Jason Statham. We started watching the new superhero tv series Arrow- it is pretty bad but even if my hubs tries to retire it, I won't let him. The lead (I don't even know his name) is such a great actor ~wink~. It's pretty terrible; we may have to start watching it with volume muted.funny post! thanks

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      December 21, 2012 / 4:59 pm

      Thanks :)Happy to make you laugh!! I love that you like cornball jokes, too. I will have to rustle up a few more, just for you.Hmmm, yes, let's think about Jason Statham some more. I will have to check out Arrow – might be a good show to embroidery to (then I only have to half pay attention).

  5. Rebecca
    December 21, 2012 / 4:14 pm

    You are a terrible wife. I have to agree. And you have a wonderful husband. Funny, funny post. The scrapbook thing was the worst.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      December 21, 2012 / 4:57 pm

      Haha! I know, right? Could I find a worse activity to rope my Husband into??? He's so good-natured, though. I really am lucky.

  6. Anonymous
    December 21, 2012 / 10:39 pm

    Fun post, love your wedding photo and your blog thanks for sharing.margo (on Vancouver island)

  7. Anonymous
    November 5, 2013 / 2:56 pm

    oh em gee #14 had me laughing so hard I was crying and couldn't finish reading it until I wiped the tears!! that is so me!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 5, 2013 / 7:07 pm

      Lol, happy to make you laugh!

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