Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium: Turn

I have a confession.  I hate to admit this, but I'm one of those wives who relies on her husband to take care of things.  I especially tend to do this here in China.  I think the reason I rely on him so much is that he doesn't seem ruffled by things, but I feel really nervous about doing them.  If something needs fixing, I rely on him to get a repairman, or fix it himself.  I guess I'm not this way 100%, but in many ways I am.  But this week it was my turn to take charge.

My husband is currently on a business trip to India, so hasn't been here to take care of things for me.  I've had to do it myself.  It's been a little stressful, but all in all, things have gone well.  But here is a run down of my week:
1:  Telephone quit working
2:  I went in to pay money to the account so that the telephone would work
3:  Telephone still didn't work, so I went in to the office to talk to them.  They told me to call a repairman.
4.  Called the repairman.  He said that I should power down the phone, wait five minutes, then power it up again and see if that fixed the problem.
5.  Powered down the phone, but in the process lost the internet too.
6.  Called the repairman again.  He said that before I could get it fixed, I had to go in to the office to pay a fee.
7.  Went to the office and paid the fee.  Repairman was called, but said he couldn't come til tomorrow.  In the end, he did come today, but was only able to fix the internet.  The phone must wait until tomorrow.
8.  Some friends who were teachers here, but returned to America are waiting their last paycheck.  I went in to check their account and see if it had come.  It hadn't.
9.  Called the school to get them to make sure the money gets deposited.
10.  School called me back, and said the money was in the bank.
11.  Went to the bank to check on the account.  The money was still not in the bank.
12.  Called the school again.  They are getting things taken care of.

So now you get a clue as to how I'm taking my turn at taking care of business.  But when do I get my turn of not feeling stressed about it?!  :)

Check out how the other consortium members treated the subject "turn".

  RummuserAnuAshkokGaelikkaGrannymarPadmumMagpie11, andAkanksha,Will KnotMaria the Silver FoxAnkiNema Noor Paul Plain Joe, and RohitBlack watertownThe Old Fossil, our newest member MAXI! and last, but not least SHACKMAN! :)


Grannymar said...

When do you get my turn of not feeling stressed about all that? When your hubby comes home. For years Jack would call me saying: "Come here Darling, you will need to know how to do this when I am gone." It might have been how to change a wheel on the car, or sort something under the engine, change a fuse, a spark plug, or raise or lower the blades on a lawn mower. I already knew how to change a plug on an electrical lead and the fuse inside it.

Over the last fifteen years, I sung his praises when faced with many of these jobs. None the less, I hope you are never in my situation, it can be a very lonely place.

Rummuser said...

Till illness felled her, my wife ran my home while I was away from home on an average 21 nights a month. In the later stages, my secretary would help, but mostly she ran the house and when I had to take charge after she became incapable, I found out how much she had been carrying. Husbands mostly do not get to learn that very important lesson and I think that you are being very modest in your post. Your husband is likely to have a different spin on it.

Shackman said...

I'm reminded of the Harry Chapin song - Circle - lyrics include

It seems like I've been here before;
I can't remember when;
But I got this funny feeling;
That I'll be Back once again.
Theres No straight lines make up my life;
And all my roads have bends;
There's no clear-cut beginnings;
And so far no dead-ends.

The Old Fossil said...

The end of my week has gone somewhat like yours! Let's raise our coffee or tea mugs in salute and laugh together across the Pacific! Pacific means "at peace" does it not?

Maxi said...

You have had a tough week, D. My late husband was the same, never got antsy about things. Just took care of business.

Hope everything gets squared away soon.
blessings ~ maxi

Nene said...

If I can do it myself I will, but I know my limitations and so then it goes to my husband. I have almost the opposite with him. Unless it's a repair job that he can fix, then I am the one who calls the repairman. I even am the gopher who goes to pick up the parts with specific written instructions on what to get. I remember at one point in my life I had to tell (remind?) my husband that I was not his secretary nor his gopher and that he really needed to step up and so some of the running around or calling himself. He doesn't mind fixing stuff, he just hates to do the calling and running for parts.