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“It’s Wednesday so that must mean it’s time for some mid-week giggles because it’s #HeSaidSheSaidWed time! So put the nips to sleep, grab a tasty beverage and like I always say – ‘hold onto your shit folks’ cause here comes another cracker #4!”
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The Stented Papa & The Stented Missus
SAY HI TO Lucy FROM This mum’s life !
I am officially made up, to be asked to take part in this awesome series! I don’t know Ross IRL (‘In Real Life’, for anyone who doesn’t speak Twat,) but I love his blog, and I get the impression that he’s just a bloody great bloke.
And he has a fucking awesome beard-and you can always judge a guy by his non ironic, non hipster, bloody awesome beard. (Disclaimer: if you shave it off Ross, I’m sure you’ll still be an all around good guy, and funny as shit!)
My name is Lucy, and I blog at This Mum’s Life! I’ve been on the blog slog for nearly two years now, and I mainly blog about the ridiculous things that happen to me as a parent, as well as some more serious stuff, like postnatal anxiety/depression. Hopefully there’s a good balance of comedy and deep.
SO, WHICH ‘HE SAID / SHE SAID’ TOPIC DID ‘WE’ PICK?!
Anyhoo, I chose cleaning because I had a post about it figured out in my head immediately, which I thought would be quite amusing. I knew the imaginatively named Mr W would be well on board to share his side of the story-and he was!
So let’s do this, crazy party people! Do I get to say ‘Ya Bollox’ during this?? (The Stented Papa says ‘Oh hell yeah ya do‘!!) Hopefully, because it’ll make me feel like a female James Nesbitt, and there will be something really satisfying about referring to Mr W as ‘Ya Bollox’ (contextually correct?!)
When I married Mr W, I insisted that we bring our boys up in a feminist household, with open lines of communication regarding our 50:50 shared division of labour-naturally including cleaning.
Therefore, you can clearly see that I set a ridiculously easy question for Mr W, when I asked him ‘and tell the dear readers, where do we keep our cleaning products, darling?’ His response? ‘Fuck knows-somewhere in the utility?’
As you can see, I was having a real chortle there, because our lives are bloody Victorian! The clear division of labour in our household is that Mr W goes to work, and I do everything else.
Ok, so let’s break this down… I grew up in a household where cleaning was pretty much the priority-my mum was fab, but I think me and my brother only just made it to first place in the priority ranking, with cleaning taking a reluctant second.
I used to taunt her with tales of how I was going to move out and live like a total sloth-just to rebel against her extremist cleaning views. Before we had children, there was occasional sloth behaviour, but I ended up mainly keeping everything up to a good standard.
then arrived the children!
However, since the children came along, I have one, standard cleaning policy: Shove all the mess into cupboards when somebody is coming over, chuck bleach down the toilets when I remember (or if people are coming over,) and run a disinfectant wipe over any available surface, between evening Netflix and wine binges!
My mum contributes to trying to improve this policy, when she visits weekly to judge help out. She can’t resist donning the marigolds and making the house just that bit shinier-albeit for just the rest of that day.
This needs to change, because our lovely house is slowly going to shit-but it all comes down to that valuable commodity…time. When I have more, I will pass my Dirty Mummy baton to someone else, and resume mid to top range level cleaning duties-all the while coercing Mr W to help the fuck out. ‘Ya Bollox’!
I think asking me where the cleaning stuff was kept, wasn’t the best opening question-it could be stuffed in any of the cupboards you shove things in when people are coming over-I’m calling bullshit on that question!
FYI-It’s been in the same cupboard for five years darling, but if you want to call bullshit-that’s fine! This is an open, secure space, to express our feelings!
Anyway, I can fully remember cleaning the toilets that time Lucy had campylobacter, and was really ill.
Ok! Not sure people need to hear about me having the worst upset stomach ever, for months. That was also legit, like 7 years ago.
Anyway, I’d do it if I really needed to, and Lucy’s mum gets all OCD about it most of the time, and does it for us? I agree that the shoving things into cupboards when people are coming over, isn’t the best strategy. Lucy says that she can’t possibly get stuff done around the house in the day, because of the children. I’ll chuck a grenade and run here-I don’t actually know whether this is true or not…
I think time is definitely the thing here-we do agree on that. When Lucy has more time, it’ll just get done, won’t it??! And as I’ve just been punched in the arm, I will add quickly, that I will do more than just clean the toilet when someone has campylobacter…!
Is this sharing the load enough for you?! I think we both have the same expectations about what we want the house to look like, and both put it to the bottom of our priorities.
And the boys make a monumental mess in the toilet most days-I’m not sure how tiny boys create enough poo that would make an elephant feel inferior-it would be nice not to come home to constant splashed pans and floaters that no matter what happens, just won’t bloody flush!
I think we should just get a cleaner.
Conclusion: I want the house to look like it does when my mum has cleaned it, all of the time. Mr W wants the same, but does nothing to maintain it. Yes-we’ll just get a cleaner…!
….. Ya Bollox!!!
THE STENTED PAPA SAYS
Agh ha ha, brilliant! I loved this post, very funny and so identifiable. And Lucy, you are a woman after my own heart – I love to throw in a few swear words into my posts and I’ve used the exact same phrase ‘Ya Bollox‘ in some of my own posts! So this was a winner for me the moment I read it.
(Also 10 out of 10 for the intro paragraph, flattery will always be a winner with me hehe)!!
OK so folks, make sure you pop over and check out Lucy’s brilliant blog ‘This Mum’s Life‘. She is also co-host of a linky I’ve been a fan of since day one called #BigPinkLink. And if you’re not already following her socially, what are you waiting for?! Twitter / Facebook / Instagram.
Thank you both – Lucy & Mr W – for taking part in our #HeSaidSheSaidWed series #niceone!
COMING UP ON ‘HE SAID / SHE SAID – THE BLOGGERS ED’
#5 in the series features a fellow Irish Dad blogger who’s helped me out a lot since I’ve started blogging and with a family of 4, I haven’t a clue how he gets the time! It’s only Alan from OMG It’s a Girl!
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