Thursday, February 01, 2007

Things That Win My Heart

I'm not a terribly complex person and I'm easily impressed--if you want my undying affection here is the map:

1. Fill my car with gas. Leaving me with an empty tank is cruel at best and life-threatening on a bad day. But fill 'er up and I'm yours forever.

2. Replace the toilet paper with a fresh roll. You wouldn't even have to wait for the old roll to run out--it's the act of replacing that is key.

3. Make the bed. Andrew does this frequently--though he could probably argue (if he weren't such a gentleman) that it's easier to make a bed when there's not a body in it.

4. Scrape off my car. This won't mean much to anyone living in Florida, but there's nothing to heat up a romance like a man willing to scrape off your icy windows and heat up your car when it's been sitting outside.

5. Put the dirty dishes into the dishwasher. That extra foot of traveling distance between the sink and the dishwasher is the path to enlightenment and total fulfillment. I promise.

6. Call me at lunch. Every day--or nearly every day I get my lunch time call. If that doesn't say "I love you" I don't know what does, especially when I know he could be catching up on the scores or his favorite blogs during that precious lunch hour.

7. Take me out Friday nights. By the time that day comes around I'm radioactive. I don't care if it's a movie, Quizno's or just browsing at Barnes and Noble, time away wins you big points.

8. Watch Sandra Bullock movies. When a man willingly sits through The Lakehouse or While You Were Sleeping--especially a second time--he's a keeper.

9. Read my blog. Then tell me you like it, even when I'm posting about a salad.

10. Be the "bad" guy once in a while. Parenthood is all about effectively utilizing the Good Cop/Bad Cop thing. Unfortunately I'm usually the Bad Cop. But when I can say "Just wait 'till your father gets home" and have it mean something, I'll love you forever.

11. Let me talk. And talk and talk and talk. Even when it's 11pm and you're dying to go to sleep. But you can't go to sleep, not yet . . .

12. Tell me that I'm your Trophy Wife. What more is there to say?

13. Play "Lava Monster" and "Weird Bunny" and "Harry Potter Soup" with my kids. And like it.

More about the Thursday Thirteen meme.

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49 comments:

ancsweetnsassygal said...

I love your list. Especially the Sandra Bullock movie item. I love her movies and any man who watches them with me, or even better, takes me to see them, wins my heart.

My TT is up on why I want snow.

Missy said...

Filling the car up with gas is a definite for me. That is one of the many tasks I HATE doing. Especially during the winter. *brrrr*

Thanks for visiting my TT.

jdoriot said...

Great list! I'm with ya on the filling up the car. And reading my blog is always a plus! Thanks for sharing!

India, the Hippie Chick said...

Those things would win my heart, too! #2 is great! :)

amy said...

The only thing I can do for ya is read your blog and I love to do that..Its great..What a wonderful list and I would love to steal it!@

Janie Hickok Siess, Esq. said...

That's a great list. I made my husband take me to the theatre to see "Two Weeks Notice" because it opened on my birthday. He slept through it and then denied it. That's the last time I made him take to a movie. I thrive on NetFlix. Oh, well . . . can't have everything.

Delena said...

I swear, this could have been my 13 for the week! Every single one I read, I kept nodding, and even pointing and talking at my monitor! You get it! Finally, someone gets it, thank you thank you... =)

This was a fabulous list!

Anna said...

Those are great. I am glad that I can read your blog and let you know how I like it! :)

Nicole said...

I love those. Sandra Bullock movies. THAT was funny. I love it when my husband tells me what he liked about my blog. It makes me feel good that he is interested in ME, no matter if he thinks blogs are cool or not. LOVE the list!

Jeannine said...

I so agree with you! I have a wonderful man but I think I will copy and print your list and give it to him. Just as a hint that there is possible room for improvment... :-)
Happy TT!

suki said...

:) I'm easily pleased too... Hehe. Great list!

Heather in Beautiful British Columbia said...

Wonderful list - I need a copy of that to put up on my fridge :)

Kim said...

I like your list. We are doing a marriage class at church right now, and lots of those things came up under romantic and some of the guys were surprised...go figure! I'll try to get a picture of my crazy, curly hair on my blog sometime. I hate pictures of myself (I'll have to put that on a TT sometime).

Have a super day!

Sanni said...

How romantic =)
I´m smiling about the blogging part!
All the other things would win my heart, too. I guess I´d replace the Sandra Bullock movies by a German actor named "Till Schweiger" - most of the German guys like Sandra Bullock anyway but they prefer movies not produced in Germany and of course without Till Schweiger - and so does Frank =)

Angela/SciFiChick said...

Great list! A guy could win my heart that way too.

Thomma Lyn said...

Ahhh! Yes, your list is lovely. :) I agree on all counts! Wishing you a Happy TT!

Cheryl said...

That is the best! My hubby all the time reads my blog and comments. I just love it!

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

Great list--and I totally agree! Except with the Sandra Bullock movies. *g* Happy TT!

Vicky said...

What a great TT!

Very few men understand how little it takes to win us over. I'm with you on all of them... especially cleaning off the ice on the car. That to me is love! ;)

baggage said...

What a sweet list. I love having a full gas tank..I always let it go too low and then I worry about it. I love the talking one and the being the bad guy one. So true. I do wish Geo would read my blog though. If he had a blog, I would be constantly refreshing it.

Rashenbo said...

Ahhhh, what a great list! :) You have a sweety for a sweety. I really liked reading this. Thank you for sharing and thank you for visiting my blog.

Have a lovely Thursday.

Robyn Mills said...

Hey, I'm with you on the Sandra Bullock movies. Get blog by the way.

scribbit said...

I hope I've made it clear that my sweet husband does all of these things. This isn't a gripe list, it's a list of "why he's wonderful."

Gina said...

Hmmm,original idea for a T13! Maybe I could be borrow it sometime. I do like your list . Happy Thirteening!

Jen said...

What a great list. Turned around, I sure hope Tom has figured out I love him! LOL And I love #12 on your list. I *am* the Trophy Wife, and he tells me every day. :)

marina said...

men have a funny way of doing tiny little things that win our hearts.
my husband works away from home sometiems and brought me and my son little steel mugs. that totally won my heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy Ruttan said...

Great list, being a parent myself ALOT of those are on my list.

You're living in a place I really want to go to, I've always wanted to see Alaska.

Happy TT. Thanks for dropping by mine and thanks for the congrats!

Jill said...

I'm finally on your blog, after not being able to get to it!!
Your husband seems to be a sweety and a keeper!! You are a lucky woman!!

Melissa said...

Hey, great list! Those things would make me happy too! Hopefully you get most of those on a regular basis.

JAM said...

Simply wonderful. (furiously writing notes for future use on wife.)

allrileyedup said...

Great list. My husband repeatedly watches "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" with me, AND back when we hadn't even gotten married, he sat through 12 - count that - 12 hours of a 90210 marathon (I hate admitting how much I love that show, but I do).

spyscribbler said...

Awwwww, that's so sweet! You know, it's the little things that really count, you know?

Happy TT!

Carol said...

Now, that's a good list!

Thanks for visiting my T-13 at She Lives!

It's Me, Maven... said...

I can relate to all of these except 8, 10 and 13.

Great list!! OH god... especially the scraping the car!

Neila said...

That is such an awesome list! I couldn't get my husband to sit through The Lake House even if I promised him naughty favors. ;-)

Debby said...

Awesome list!! My hubby could learn a thing or two from that list! Happy Thursday and thanks for visiting!

Haley-O said...

Those are great, Michelle. I'm with you on everything but the Sandra Bullock.... I'm not a fan. Used to be, though.... :)

Blond Girl said...

Every husband should have to read this... required reading for marital readiness....

I have to agree with your list and I love the "read my blog" line. I love it when Champs reads mine.

Oh, and one I would add is "write to me every now and again". I love that he buys me cards, but we just had the 9th anniversary of the day we met and he wrote me a lovely poem. Sometimes when I've had a hard day, I'll find a note on my steering wheel. It's those things that melt me every time.

My T13 is up and it isn't as good as yours!

Sunflower said...

Enjoy your list!
It is those small things that make us happy!

Thanks for stopping by my Sunflower blog!Welcome back any time.


I will Exercise for Comments!
Sunflower

Kimo & Sabi said...

WE likes yer bloggie!

Fence said...

Great list.
I especially like 2 and 5, it only bugs me when I go back to the family home, as none of my brothers can seem to manage these little tasks :)

Darla said...

Oh, those are good things indeed. My husband took me to see The Holiday last night--his idea. Definitely a keeper. :)

Christine said...

What a great list! and I hear you on scraping the car windows. That is love!

Andrew said...

To my trophy wife. I love your blog. I read it every day. How about a Sandra Bullock movie. Undying affection from my wife -- mission accomplished.

wheresmymind said...

I'm lucky if my wife reads my blog twice a month

Margaret said...

A great list! And I can soooo relate. Thanks for stopping by yesterday. =O)

JohnH985 said...

That's a great 13.

e-Mom said...

LOL, tell me I'm your trophy wife.. And loading the dishwasher, and reading my blog, and... and... I could relate to all of these, especially being radioactive on Friday night. (I hope you're out with your sweetie right now.)

Please visit my TT here, when you get the chance. :~)

Carol said...

GREAT blog!! Glad I happened upon it!

Can I borrow the "ways to win my heart" idea? Especially since I just wrote an entire post about being a blogging wallflower... and then accidentally deleted it?! (Kinda proved my point.)

Carol in Seattle (like, your neighbor!!)