Laura 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.
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.
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 quality. Still 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?