As for chores, the hubby and I have different chores that we do. I tend to take care of the indoors and he takes care of the outdoors. For instance, I'll do the laundry/dishes. He'll mow the lawn in the summer and shovel the snow in the winter. I empty all the garbage containers in the house into one big trash bag. He takes it all outside (as well as the recycling bins). I water all the plants inside the house. He hoses off all the plants etc. in our garden etc. He's actually a better cook than I am but I do most of the cooking. It's a way of forcing us to diet. :D I'll stuff and cook a small chicken or game hen... But on special occassions when a turkey needs to be made, he cooks it. (And it's delicious!)
If there's anything to do with rodents or bugs...he deals with it! (Our cat is an amazing hunter of chipmunks. I've come face to face with one too many of his killings! Shudder...)
And I empathize with you on the bad cooking thing. Fortunately, Mr. Rattus' mother was even worse than I am so he grew to adulthood thinking that bad food was excellent :teeth.
Too much to quote since this all started so let me just put my 2¢ in without directing it at anyone in particular...
I'm of the mind that technological advances aren't saving us time, but making our time more productive. Although 4 day work weeks are a reality in many industries, it's still about putting in the 40 hours. The difference nowadays is that we accomplish so much more with out time.
In the television business we used to do what is called linear editing. We would take the video tape and take a piece of footage from it, put in another tape and take a piece from that, and slowly build a show. Much like a writer using an old fashion typewriter. The creative process was 'linear'. Today we take clips from several different tapes and move them around at will. It still takes almost the same amount of time, but with the advent of non-linear editing we can realize more of the 'vision'. In the same way a writer with a word processor can cut and paste allowing for more creativity in the same amount of time. (I hope that makes sense) :thud
Regarding fruitcake: Hate it! :winkgrin
Okay, all fruitcake haters who gets a fruitcake this Christmas, PM me and I'll give you my address :teeth.
Uncle David, I will grant you that some technology absolutely does create a more efficient use of our time (a word processor, for example, beats the whatsit out of a typewriter), but the incredible volume and variety of technology is also causing our work time to bleed ever more into our down time. Not into my down time, of course, but into that of people who are more diligent than I. My poor boss, for example, has been contacted by me while she was in China, on the Paris to London train, in Alaska, basically on every vacation she's ever been on. The cell phone, the Blackberry, e-mail, the home fax machine mean she can never, ever get away from me and all her hysterical clients, no matter where on the planet she goes.
I'd gladly pay the expense of shipping, but every one who knows me knows better than to give me a fruitcake. :)
Fruitcakes! Hate them personally, and apparently so do a few other people- I read a few months ago that while cleaning out an attic in preparation for a move, this guy found a fruitcake in a tin that his aunt had sent him in the 1960's when he was in the military!!!! Yes, the 60's!!That's not the scariest part- the thing had no mold, mildew, and looked like it had been made yesterday.