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Communication and relationships and laundry

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Funny story. Well, it might not be funny, but I'm in it so it's a chance for self deprecation. Anyways..

For *years* my wife would occasionally comment to me when I'm doing the laundry to make sure I empty the lint trap on the dryer. Simple enough. I've always (99.9% certainty) emptied it, it's just part of my standard routine when I'm doing the laundry. But my wife always seemed to not believe me. This goes on for about fifteen years - "hey, don't forget to empty the lint trap!" "Yep, I always do." "Not always, and remember [woman we bought house from]'s sister." "I'm pretty certain I do, though I might miss it occasionally." "Yeah.. ok."

This one time, fifteen-ish years into our marriage, fifteen-ish years into living where we had our own washer & dryer, she was upset or anxious about something, or in a hurry, or whatever, but she pushed the point further. "Don't forget to empty the lint trap." "Yep, I always do." "No, you don't!" *confused* "Huh.. I do, it's part of my standard process when I'm doing the laundry." "No, you don't!" "I'm sorry but I do it pretty much almost every time." "So why do I find lint in the trap every time I go to put on the laundry?!?" You can see where this is going.

It turned out that we were both correct. The thing was that I had been emptying the lint trap before turning on a new load in the dryer, whereas she always emptied it before taking out the clothes from the dryer. This meant that if she went to do laundry and I had been the last person to take clothes out of the dryer she would find the lint trap full of lint because I hadn't emptied it *yet* - I wasn't going to empty it until I needed to turn on the dryer again. As I've almost always been the one to do laundry, any time she did it the lint trap would almost always be full, so to her it seemed I was never emptying it.

Oh, and I ended up changing my routine to empty it before taking out the dry clothes, matching her routine, as it solved the occasional problem of the lint getting pulled out by the dry clothes and making a mess.

Three positive things, day fifty five

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Hello Monday!

The first positive thing was taking our car in because the TPMS was giving warnings when driving on highways, only for them to say that it looked like it was misfiring from the tires being soft. Fingers crossed.

The second positive thing was doing some more Drupal training with #awesomewife. She's slowly but surely improving the content for her site, and started having our kids help with it.

The third positive thing was putting some detail to my plans for Drupal training, based on what I've been doing with #awesomewife and her friend. I'm going to discuss it with a friend and co-worker tomorrow and hopefully we'll start a local group in the coming weeks.

Three positive things, day twenty nine

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Hello Wednesday!

The first positive thing today was remembering to mute my microphone before blowing my nose during the plethora of calls I had today. I'll get the hang of this thing eventually! ;-)

The second positive thing was my #awesomewife surprising me with (mostly) homemade curry for lunch! Yum!

The third positive thing was my #awesomewife finishing her prep work for next year's homeschooling - everything's ready to go! She can now relax and not worry about it for the next week & a half. Yay!

Three positive things, day twenty two

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Today was a relatively average Wednesday.

The first positive thing was someone I work with on that project I mentioned yesterday sending me a surprise gift as a thank you for yesterday's late night efforts. There was a bit more tidying and optimizing to do this morning, but it appears to have worked well for an important demo they were doing today. Thanks Jason!

The second positive thing was my #awesomewife making her amazing lettuce wraps for lunch. They're one of the few things that our family could eat almost every meal for a week and not really grow tired of. I think I've mentioned them before, and this probably won't be the last time either ;-)

The third positive thing was #awesomewife getting a bunch of preparation work done for next year's homeschooling. She has more to go, but a few hours today got through a large chunk of it. Getting through this work now also means that she'll have a more relaxed time for the next few weeks before the next year starts, because it won't be hanging over her head.

Three positive things, day thirteen

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So today was the first day back to work after NYC Camp.

The first positive thing was sleep =) I got up a little early this morning to get everything ready for my day back to work, but was so exhausted after the weekend I went back to bed. What was rather wonderful was that my #awesomewife let me sleep in a bit, so I got an extra hour+ of sleep. And then at lunchtime I snook in another fifteen minute nap. After all that I was starting to feel normal again!

The second positive thing was going swimming with the whole family after dinner. The local YMCA, that we're members of, had been redesigning their family changing rooms, and this was the first chance for us all to see how they work, and, you know, go swimming :-)

The third positive thing happened when we were at the pool. One of the things we were having fun with was throwing a bunch of small colorful balls around to each other. I was carrying Kian while bobbing around in the water, splashing around and tossing the balls to the others. Along the way he started asking for specific balls, because clearly the purple one was better than the blue one. Obviously. Anyway, I was encouraging him to say "ball please" instead of just pointing and grunting, which he did after a little bit. Not being content with that, and because he appeared to spy a favorite, he told me "ringe ball" when he had grabbed an orange one. That's the first time he identified something by color! Quite awesome!

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