@shahnm So did you correct “a simple tasks” to “a simple task” or to “some simple tasks”?
Personally, I maintain that ad copy writers had always hated the grammar part of English classes (notably the concept of adverbs, generally using adjectives instead), almost as much as college athletes. And even more than the generally unwashed public.
On the other hand, they probably earned more money than did I, a simple learned (but now retired) college professor.
@melonscoop@pooflady Ah, but emptying the dishwasher offers a simple and finite end to a particular task. Much more satisfying than trying to clean the kitchen, in general, a never-ending-task each and every time.
A predicament: change a bulb that dies every other month, seemingly for no reason, or replace a bulb once a decade, but put far more effort to do so properly, then spend more time looking for a replacement with the right socket.
@callow It’s all good until someone comes along and wipes a finger along a shelf and says “Dude, you really need to dust.” Noooooo!!! Then there’s a big finger swipe across my shelf looking heinous and calling to me to dust the freakin’ house already.
Takes nearly all the strength and motivation I can muster to ignore that swipe for a few months until a new layer of dust can settle and make all right with the world once again.
Cleaning the litter box. It doesn’t take long at all, but I dread having to do it. Fun fact: It wasn’t my idea to get any of our animals and yet my spouse hasn’t cleaned the litter box in over 6 years.
@smilingjack Well…she’s a chick, so…
It all started with that old wive’s tale that litter boxes are dangerous to pregnant ladies. Toxoplasmosis my ass… Sounds like a made up word to me. She hasn’t been pregnant for over 5 years now, so I guess I’m just a nice guy. Begrudgingly, mind you, but a nice guy all the same.
@medz my partner promised to take over cleaning the litter box duties almost ten years ago. I have to do it because he won’t unless I say something, and I avoid it because I am eternally fighting becoming a nag. It’s awful when I’m pregnant because I have hyperolfaction /and/ I have to rely on him to do it, which happens twice a week at best (we have two cats and only one box they generally use).
@jitc I used to have google calendar reminders for each of us so it would theoretically be done twice a week. She is really good about ignoring her reminder which would make my turn that much worse… So I just do it now and try not to gripe too much.
@medz oh, he is the worst at responding to any calendar reminders that require an action that isn’t involved in his presence outside the home. I had to take over all of our rent/bill paying activities that couldn’t otherwise be automated because he would set himself reminders to pay them, disregard them, and then never remember to do them independently. I try not to gripe too much either, though. He does so much other stuff for our family.
@mrburatti@RiotDemon I do like using silicone mats, but they present their own challenges to clean, too - so floppy and hard to handle in the sink. I seem to always get water running off the mat onto the counter or floor. And they really don’t fit in the dishwasher.
@macromeh@mrburatti@RiotDemon I do love mine too but yes, the act of getting them clean is difficult, even when I put them in the DW. How do you do the upside down U shape, RD? LIke, rolled up first? Then bend it around the tines? I have just rolled it up loosely and laid in between tines but it doesn’t get that clean unforch.
I hate hanging the shower curtain on the little hooks. No clue why that makes me so upset. Oddly I don’t care about cleaning up animal poop. Cage or in the yard. Guess I should own a horse…although I’m guessing more than a day of horse poop in a stall would be icky. My sons friend back in HS would ring the door if his little dog pooped on my block because he didn’t want to pick it up! He would ask me to do it. I did it twice before I told him to do it himself!
@medz The ring ones make me totally crazy. Why did we have them? I’m the one who buys that stuff. The least annoying ones are the 2 hook ones so you don’t need to take the cloth curtain off to hang the plastic one.
Taking out the trash/recycling. We live in an apartment so it’s a not-insignificant walk downstairs, and because I loathe it so (as does my partner), we accumulate enough such that we need to make three to four trips at once. I have an infant and a toddler, so I can’t just take it out whenever I think to, either, because I’d have to get him in his shoes and her in a carrier and somehow manage the emotional expectation he has of going outside after he realizes we’re only just going right back inside. Lately it’s been raining every day. This makes it even worse.
I don’t mind replacing the garbage bag, I don’t even mind taking out the garbage, and technically speaking, I don’t even really mind that I am the only one in my house that will do it. What drives me crazy is that to avoid taking it out, people continue to stack garbage precariously on top of the full trash can to the point one can’t even breathe hard in its vicinity, lest a couple of half-full soda cups dump out on the floor.
I have told the wife and kids that that I would rather they call me at work in the middle of the day and say “Hey, I am a lazy @$$-hole, so will you come home and empty the trash can so I can put some more garbage in it?” rather than stack it on top of it and leave it for me to clean up the mess later. It would be worth the hour-long round-trip.
@RiotDemon@tkylemiller That doesn’t work. In my experience, even one wearing will mold a sock to the shape of my foot, resulting in left and right footed socks which need to be sorted.
/giphy left handed sock
A while back I started at times sprinkling some cinnamon in the kitchen garbage container before putting a new bag in, to repell ants. But I’ve continued doing it because it’s such a nice scent when I pull the bag out.