If You Give a Guy a Bigger TV

Mouse CookieLaura Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a classic picture book that children adore. My own kids enjoyed this circular story of a mouse who wants a cookie, then milk, then a straw and so on, and so on, and so on . . . until he’s made quite a mess in the house and comes back to wanting another cookie. Still, the mouse is so cute, you let him have what he needs and wants.

Same thing with a good husband, I guess.


If you give a guy a bigger TV, he’s going to ask for the bells-and-whistles one.

Bigger TV

When you give him the bells-and-whistles one, he’ll probably ask you for a new stand.

When he’s got the stand on order, he’ll ask you for a wall to put it against.

Then he’ll move all the furniture around to make sure the TV and speakers work well together.

When he looks at the speakers, he might notice the surround sound won’t work that way. So he’ll probably ask for a new table for the side speaker.

When he’s finished telling you what all he needs, he’ll want to start hooking things up. He’ll start the installation.

He might get carried away and read every word in the manual. He may even end up spending hours getting to know the remote control!

When he’s done, he’ll probably want to move more furniture. You’ll have to look around at the room and figure out none of this is going to work. No way, no how. He’ll negotiate, you’ll discuss, and finally decide to yank out the built-ins where the older, smaller TV was perfectly housed.

He’ll probably ask you to call the handyman right away. So the handyman will come by, and he’ll start to remove cabinets.

When he removes the cabinets, he’ll discover a major wall repair that needs to be completed. He’ll ask for more money. He’ll need another day.


When the cabinets are removed, he’ll also point out that you need more supplies. Then he’ll price the items at a local building supply store (expensive!). Then he’ll suggest you shop around. Which means you’ll research online for hours and visit several places to get what you need. You’ll pick up the stuff and return home.

Looking at the mess back at home will remind you how much you clearly love your husband (darn him!). Thus, years and years ago, you agreed to marry him.

And chances are if you marry him, someday he’s going to want a bigger TV.


Given this upheaval in my home, and all that handyman hammering from the demolition of my living room, I lost a bit of writing time this week. However, I still managed to get some things done. Here’s my weekly report for A Round of Words in 80 Days.

ROW80 Update

1. Read 12 books. Finished The Quantum League: Spell Robbers by Matthew J. Kirby (middle grade fiction) and read Self-Publishing Attack by James Scott Bell (nonfiction). 3 of 12 done.

2. Finish editing SHARING HUNTER, a young adult contemporary novel. Compiled my draft into an ebook and began reading it through. I really need to do this before I can tackle the edits. A bit of progress.

3. Edit one short story to publication qualityStill waiting on the first beta reader’s feedback. Also sent the story to another reader for input. Making steady progress.

4. Publish and promote two short stories. Made copy edits, worked on formatting, and received cover options from my book cover designer. It was tough trying to decide which cover to go with, because I loved two of them. But I finally made my pick on Saturday. My first young adult paranormal short story will be released soon, titled My Sister’s Demon. Lots of progress!

5. Stay on top of ROW80 sponsor duties. Yep, I checked on quite a few writers this week and enjoyed reading the updates! Also, my guest post went up on Monday: When Did You Fall in Love. Done.

What purchase for your home turned out to be a bigger deal than you expected? And how was your week?

19 thoughts on “If You Give a Guy a Bigger TV

  1. For the record, it’s not just guys that do that. 😉 Hehe. Glad to hear that you managed to get some stuff done despite the demolition/new TV. I’d wish you a better week but it sounds like you’ll be in TV land for a bit yet.

    1. Yes, the repairs will continue. But you’re right that I have my own projects that have turned into a bigger deal at times. Just comes with the territory. Thanks, Ryan!

  2. LOL. Good thing you didn’t give him a horse. You’d have a new ranch, a new barn, a new truck, a new horse trailer, and a few other horses to keep the first one company. 🙂

    1. Ha-ha, Piper! So very true. On the upside, I didn’t feel one bit of guilt when I bought a dress and shoes for myself last week. My purchases were still nowhere near what we put down for his TV. 🙂

      1. Sounds like you need some new jewelry to go with that dress and shoes, and perhaps a car that matches. They do say accessories make the outfit. 🙂

  3. LOL don’t they all want a bigger TV! I’m thankful mine at least waited until I decided we needed to redecorate the living room – and we also got nice, new furniture (that I mostly picked out). 😀 Good luck with the rest of the remodeling project!

  4. This is so true! I’ve been in your shoes. Next, he’ll want a projector/DVD player for that big family reunion, which means he has to install a large screen in the ceiling and reconfigure the furniture in the room. Then that new TV will never be used again, because it’s just too small.

    I exaggerated only a little bit. The screen hasn’t been installed yet. 😉

  5. My wife’s been talking me into replacing an old tv with a new flat screen, and she rarely even watches tv. We’ll probably get one, but if anything involves reading complicated manuals, I’m sure I’ll throw up my hands and scream. I don’t do well reading instructions, directions and diagrams.

  6. This same theory works for cars and power tools as well. It just doesn’t stop.

    But, like you said, we love our hubsters. We just have to be careful what we allow them to have. I mean, honestly, isn’t my love enough?

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. Yes, I can see that for cars and power tools. I have also wondered how many screwdrivers and pliers a guy really needs, but apparently they’re all different — kind of like my collection of shoes. (My all-male household is always saying things like, “But you have dress shoes already” or “But you have black shoes already.” *sigh*)

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