Today, in continuation of my happiness project, I vacuumed out my van. It has not been vacuumed in YEARS! The sad state of my van is one of those things that bugs me daily, not to mention embarrasses me anytime someone else sees it. I was waiting for my hubby to clean it and obviously my hints of “This van is so dirty” every time he was in it, weren’t working. I’ve long since given up nagging about the cleanliness of my van and just kind of let it go. Then, while reading “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin, I started thinking of things I could do for myself, that I normally nag the hubby about. She talks about how it’s not really fair to expect her husband to do certain things just because he’s the man. If I don’t want to do it, he probably doesn’t either. I’ve now added “clean van” as one of my monthly to-do’s, because as I’ve noticed and as Rubin also talks about, doing something more often makes it easier to do.
Thinking back, there are other tasks I’ve taken on since I’ve started feeling better that normally I would reserve for the hubby. I’ve taken a more active role with our dog, I’ve been more involved in the trash duties and I’ve been hanging pictures and other things myself, rather than nagging incessantly and cursing the hubby while he largely ignores my tirade. I’m sure he appreciates the decrease in nagging as well.
I just looked and the title and realized that I forgot to talk about the dead birds. In vacuuming the van, I have also worked out. BOO-YAH!!! Two birds, one stone.
Side laugh: I was just doing my tags and I typed “two birds one stoner”. LOL.