• xuxu

    Armstrong Posse:

    nothing brings a family
    together more than a gathering
    around the chamber pot.

    http://www.frenchshelter.blogspot.com

    xox
    XuXu

  • SuzieQ77

    I feel your pain. My husband’s favorite questions concern stating the obvious. When he sees me in the bathtub, he asks, “taking a bath?” Or when I am in bed reading, he asks, “watcha doing, reading?” Why bother!

  • Vsuns1girl

    I think I will “just” text my wife and ask her how she is doing…

  • jon

    I’m calling the therapist. RIGHT NOW.

  • cooterbug

    sounds like things are getting a bit skwinchy around the ol Armstrong household! You know what would help? A stressful trip to the mountains so you can bundle into uncomfortable gear and freeze your toenails off while falling on your butt. YEAH!
    hahhhaha . . . you guys . . . your marriage is made of super glue. I do not doubt for a minute.

  • MJBUtah

    ROFL…been there!

    You guys are too funny.

    I had a client that when I would reply, “I am fine, Mr. X” he would say “Well, you sure are lookin’ fine kitten.” Yes, he WAS an old creepy dude, why do you ask?

  • Jacquie

    I once had a friend who was going through something terrible, and one day when I showed and said: “Hi, how are you?” She went through the roof. I understood, I really did – it was an awful situation and there was no way she could easily respond to my greeting/question without providing a heavy, convoluted backstory and emotional explanation. Now I almost never say those words, unless I’m trying to flirt with my husband. I’m sorry it doesn’t have the same effect on your husband. Maybe he’s just cold from driving around with no doors on the cars.

    good luck!

    Jacquie

  • josephine

    No sun & cold weather = a crazy, cranky household, at least here in Colorado!

    You need to escape to the Bahamas… or something like that. :)

  • Leiah

    I’m cracking up over here. A noise, albeit possibly construed by most as a grunt, is a response isn’t it?

  • rparton

    hmm, my winter blues were considerably lifted today by a snow day from school (teachers need those more than students!) – - maybe you should impose a snow day on the home office. :)

  • PlaidChick

    Jon is totally PMSing.

  • kellic78

    I love how you said you thought you would find Jon “busily reading a response from a conservative friend on Facebook that would require every molecule of his body to process without taking a bat to his monitor.” My husband is equally worried about finding me in that frame of mind every time he walks in to my office.

    …and if he finds me that way, dare he mutter, “How YOU doin’?” without getting a complete re-education of the history of the United States, a rehash of the current US economic situation, another unsolicited explanation of why the President is mad at the Supreme Court, a moral scorning of our redneck acquaintances who dislike the President solely based on the color of his skin (even though they refuse to admit it), and in my closing breaths, a lecture regarding the hypocrisy of the conservatives.

    Followed by darling husband saying, “Sorry I asked.”

  • Schnauzie_Mom

    I’m convinced that men really do PMS. My husband seems to have unexplainable mood swings that correspond with my PMS. I told him our cycles were syncing up. He didn’t think that was funny.

  • radkitch

    This is an exact replay of a scene from my Monday….winter in Wisconsin is evidently as bad as winter in Utah.

  • Agent Scully

    I want to tell you how AMAZINGLY CUTE Marlo is in the last picture. I have never, EVER seen a prettier baby. Do you tell her everyday: “Marlo, the Internets think you’re so cute”? Because you totally should.

  • kristanhoffman

    Aww… Perhaps dessert calls for increased dosage dipped in chocolate? Or maybe just shared cuddle time with Marlo.

    Not related: love the February banner! :D

  • Katie D

    Heather, you need a vacation. Maybe just a weekend away from the house. I have a great idea – a booksigning in Boston!!! The weather here is soooo nice too. I’m brilliant, I know. :)

  • ivergani

    guys you are a great couple so let this one go, it is not a big deal, the pen is another story.

    I am with Katie, a vacation will help! Heather go get a nice massage and get awy from home a bit.

  • SaltySpoon

    Florida. Destin, Florida. That’s what you guys need in the worst way.

  • Kim

    Winter = tetchiness. Makes sense to me! Though the pen/garage door story was classic – it reminded me of the time my mom and I left my dad with a whole chicken and step by step instructions of how to cook it. We came home, it tasted like plastic, because he didn’t TAKE THE BAG OF INNARDS OUT and then we had a 2 hour argument about where the hell did he think all the stuff in the gravy came from/him saying why the hell didn’t we tell him there was a plastic bag of inards in there? That was probably 20 years ago, and a family war breaks out if it’s mentioned even now.

  • chicgeek75

    I find this quite interesting particularly since I had been watching your Momversation at the same time, wherein you say how wonderful your husband is… I think it’s cute. But, after these two “encounters” – in such quick succession – I have to wonder.

    How ARE you doin? :)

  • cablearms

    jon, i hear st. john’s wort helps – and you don’t even need a prescription for it. that or those light therapy contraptions apparently work wonders! tee-hee ;)

  • cedar crest

    When I am asked the “How are you doing?” question, my response is “Great! Thanks for asking.” RARELY do I re-ask the questioner’s question because most of the time I DON”T CARE.

    If I do ask that question, I REALLY WANT TO KNOW HOW THAT PERSON IS and will ask the Q in another way and when we are in a time and place conducive to talking.

    The problem with the “How are you doing?” question is that, so often, it is asked on the fly, without thought, and asked rather than offering a simple, “Hi.”

  • cedar crest

    When I am asked the “How are you doing?” question, my response is “Great! Thanks for asking.” RARELY do I re-ask the questioner’s question because most of the time I DON”T CARE.

    If I do ask that question, I REALLY WANT TO KNOW HOW THAT PERSON IS and will ask the Q in another way and when we are in a time and place conducive to talking.

    The problem with the “How are you doing?” question is that, so often, it is asked on the fly, without thought, and asked rather than offering a simple, “Hi.”

  • Bethany B

    Heather, it would appear that Jon is suffering from what we in our home refer to as MPS. (male penile syndrome) It’s similar to PMS in that the man becomes wildly irrational for a short time. My suggestion to you is to stock up on donuts and pretend you are wrong. Good luck.

  • gail37

    Ah…there are days…and there will be more of them, hopefully not frequently.