This week's writing prompt over at Mama Kats really caught my attention. It asked us to write about something you do that drives your significant other CRAZY. I wish I could say that this was a TOUGH topic, but after being together for 19 years, you can bet that there a few habits I have that can get under my beloved’s skin!
One of the biggest things that drives him CRAZY is probably my pile of magazines that I keep in our bedroom. Sure, lots of people like to read before bed, and plenty of them keep a handful of magazines around - perhaps even on the bedside table. I however, take my love of magazines to a whole new level.
On average I receive at least 7 new magazines a week in the mail. Yes, 7 -- and that is a conservative # -- plus I'm not including catalogs or newspapers. (You might be thinking that this would be really expensive but don’t worry - I NEVER pay full price. In fact I never spend more than $5- $6 a year for any subscription and most I get for FREE . . . but I digress.)
Also I am a huge online shopper so I get some really great catalogs that I also want to look through, so the stack of stuff I have to read is HUGE!
If you're doing the math you can see that I have AT LEAST one magazine to read each day. Honestly, who has time for that? Inevitably these magazines (& things) begin to pile up . . . and up . . . and up! Usually when the pile becomes so high on my nightstand (6-8) that I can no longer see or reach my alarm clock, a 2nd pile begins on the floor. There are times when the floor pile has gotten so huge that it’s sprouted yet another pile.
For those of you wondering, YES, I do have a magazine rack. TWO actually, and as you might have guessed, they are both filled to the brim. (Mostly with travel and photography magazines that just have too many great articles to EVER toss away.) I also keep my favorite catalogs in the magazine rack (you know that ones that only come out once or twice a year!)
Now having these piles of magazines (and catalogs) doesn’t bother me at all. Are they attractive? No, but I don’t mind. I swear I really do read them all -- EVENTUALLY. Mark however, says it drives him NUTS. Why would 50-60 magazines bother him so much? Heck if I know! When I look through my magazines it makes me happy. My creative juices are flowing with new ideas for the house, my crafts, my travel plans, my blog, etc. Mark just sees clutter. He knows that I read them too but just shakes his head when the piles start to limit access to our closet.
Sorry hon, but this is just one thing I don't think will ever change, and quite frankly, this "situation" used to be much worse. You see I ALSO love to read books . . . but now I have a KINDLE! Mark probably thinks it was the BEST GIFT he EVER gave me!
Do you do anything that drives your significant other CRAZY?