1. Deep Blizzard Shoveling. If you're married to a man who's never home during daylight (or even nighttime) hours, someone HAS to clear the snow. I once shoveled over 8 hours in one day. Pregnant. We live on a corner with two entrances (both with stairs and porches) and a bear of a steep driveway. And we had a "nor'easter"!
|Shoveling... it's not for perfectionists. Especially our driveway.|
2. Toilet Troubles. I remember the first time I cleared a clog... I assumed it was an extreme, once-in-a-lifetime situation. LOL. Since then I've learned all about all sorts of toilet troubles online and in discussions with my dad, our landlord, and the plumber. Got a toilet problem? I just may be your lady.
3. Dishwasher Trouble-Shooting. It turned out not to be fixable... but I was able to verify that for our landlord after a lot of research. And without any water damage to our neighbors below!
4. Massachusetts Plates. I believe it took 4 trips to the RMV to finally get our MA plates. With or without a baby, I did all 4 ... waiting over an hour each time.
5. Need New Tires. Good thing our tire blew out before winter arrived! I'd had no idea all 4 needed replacing. Now I know what to look for and how to tell... and how to get a good deal on new ones.
6. Other Car Maintenance. Oil changes, new wipers, brake adjustments... oh yeah. And all with a baby in tow.
7. Take Out The Papers And The Trash. I don't get any "spending cash" for this but trash and recycling are pretty much all me.
8. Steam Heater Maintenance. I can't explain this if your house isn't ancient, but it involves keeping water at a certain level in the basement. I think I made our landlord write it all down for me... that was before I gained confidence in these matters.
9. Dryer Vent Fixing. Actually I haven't done this yet because I can't reach. But that's why it's been out for nearly a year. I'm still scheming about how to get a chair down two flights of steep, narrow stairs.
10. Installing the Car Seats. It scares me that I'm even involved with this.
11. Assembling Strollers, Furniture, and Baby Toys. My parents would be proud. And utterly shocked.
12. Purchasing Big Heavy Items, like our Area Rug, and Hauling Them Home. A big thanks to Kelly, who helped me out with the rug.
13. Last, but definitely not least: The time I had to fish a dead, stinking, fly-attracting rat out of my diaper bag and salvage what I could of the contents. It had to be done... and it had to be done before that long hospital shift was over.
|I almost couldn't do it. I think it took a few tries.|