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July 30, 2009

From the Publisher's Desk: Chores can be shared

As we all know, there are not enough hours in the day to get that growing "to do" list finished, whether it be at home or at work.

We keep checking off and adding more in hopes that we will get to it, but in my case, with priorities set, some tasks just move from the scribbled-off version to the fresh one I create every few days.

I have been told I am a "type A" personality, and, I must admit, I fit the mold. I am very detail-oriented and lists tend to be instrumental in making sure nothing gets left by the wayside.

For example, if an item is not on the shopping list, it doesn't get purchased. Nothing gets moved from my inbox until there is resolution.

I am sure it drives my husband and my management team crazy, but knowing it is my style, they have come to love and embrace it.

My gentle reminders may either spark the gulp of "thank goodness because I forgot" or the eye roll to let me know it is on their agenda.

To the contrary, my husband is very laid-back and rarely gets bothered by things that infuriate me. I guess that is why we complement each other the way we do.

In our house, based on our work schedules, family time and, of course, the chores that need to be accomplished, we have chosen the divide-and-conquer approach.

So, rather than assign tasks based on the traditional gender roles, reminiscent of the "Leave it to Beaver" sitcom, we operate much differently. (Although, I cannot tell a lie, occasionally I try to play that card!) Although I love to eat, I despise cooking. After the painstaking process of cooking from a recipe book or a girlfriend's suggestion, nothing I seem to try really hard at in the kitchen turns out great, or at times, even edible.

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