Knowing Your Spouse, Part I

After confirming that Hurricane Earl was not going to cause havoc in the New York City area, the Mrs. decided to take the older son for a quick trip into the Big Apple Saturday to visit her elderly grandfather.


The following conversation started fifteen minutes before she left our house.


One other note, an E-ZPass is stored in a vehicle and used to pay road toll charges in advance so a driver does not have to wait in line at the toll booths.
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THE MRS.: How much is in our E-ZPass account?

ME: I am not sure.

THE MRS.: Would you find that out for me?

ME: (I look away and grimace). Um. I'll give it a try.

I hustle back to the computer room, trying to remember how to do that.

Ten minutes later..

THE MRS.: Any luck?

ME: No. I have tried every user name and password combo I can think of with no success. I can't get them to reset the account automatically because I don't know our account number and their customer service department is closed on Saturday.

THE MRS.: (Starts to grit her teeth, but then takes a deep breath to relax) Did you look in those desk drawers where you are always haphazardly tossing papers?

ME: (Frowning). Well, not yet.

The Mrs. leaves the room and I think to myself: should I waste my time looking in the drawers? I really don't think anything is there that will help. Maybe I should use my last few minutes trying a couple of more guesses at the correct user name and password.

I shake my head and begin rummaging through the drawers.


Five minutes later, I walk into the kitchen where the Mrs. is grabbing her keys.

ME: The E-ZPass total is $88.75. I found a notice in the bottom desk drawer and was able to reset the account.

THE MRS.: Yeah, thanks.
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Epilogue: While they were in NYC and the kiddos were distracted, I organized my papers scattered about in the desk drawers--discarding most of them.  Glad my stubbornness did not influence my decision-making.  Well at least this time... 

42 comments:

Miss Caitlin S. said...

hahah sounds like she knows you better than you know yourself! The moral of the story is that you guys found out the answer, right? Right. :) I'm very glad Earl didn't hit like it was suspected- it would have affected my workload hugely!!!

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

I giggled through your post because it sounded oh too familiar!

A similar incident and conversation like this occured yesterday when I asked my hubby where was the info regarding trash pickup schedule. Of course, in his organized mess, he couldn't find it. So we began the game of hide and seek. He lost. While he was out for his walk I organized the several files he kept in many places regarding the same information!Now it is in the file drawer in one easy to find folder, but I'm sure next time he'll ask me, "Where did that info go on the trash pickup schedule?" UGH!

malone8 said...

Keeping a laminated sheet with important data (including info on pc) has pulled me out of the fire many a time.

Just sayin'…

Diane said...

Our E-Z pass automatically takes out $25 when it needs it, that way the money is always in there.

How do us wives always know where to look??? :O)

Creepy Query Girl said...

Good boy! lol. If only my husband would listen to me more often. I do know best, after all:)

Theresa Milstein said...

I have a paper box, and it's a mess, so I can relate!
It's nice to go through once in awhile and organize.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Yay to Mrs S! Always listen to your wife. We wives know EVERYTHING. (oh, and please tell my husband that. He doesn't believe me!)

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
And to know them...IS to love them.

"Know thy SPOUSE, and thereby KNOW THYSELF"
(from the writings of Bob-Tzu)

:)

Right?

Have a great week!
(both of you)

obladi oblada said...

Thats funny...she really does know you. I hate having to keep track of a bunch of passwords...lately its the bane of my existance....

ladyfi said...

LOL! Your drawers sound as disorganized as my desk!

Stephanie Faris said...

At least you can find them! I hate when you have to look up a password for something you use rarely.

Sister Copinherhair said...

You know we women rule the earth, right? ;)

SoccerMom said...

Dont you know that is your job as a husband to know all. Too freakin funny.

I expect my sportsman to take care of things for me once in awhile, which includes being a mind reader.

SuziCate said...

I so identify with the Mrs. on that one, and I must say both of our sons are just like their dad. I am known as the finder of lost things!

Tamika: said...

Cute! I think I'm more like you! This gave me a glimpse into what my husband goes through with me~ ha:)

Pia said...

i find it a bit funny how you refer to your wife as THE MRS. =D

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

This sounds exactly like Matt and I...however, he wouldn't have looked, I would have found it! Too funny!

Aby @ always.aby said...

Hah! This sounds way too close to some conversations I have with my husband... very entertaining!

Suzanne said...

lol, I thought at the end she was just going to take some money from you to pay for the tolls.

terri said...

Don't you hate when that happens?

Glad you were able to solve the problem before she left!

kathryn said...

So, wait. Did you make up the number...or did you really find it?

'Cause, frankly my dear....my EZ-Pass account is re-upped every $25 dollars automatically from my CC...and you can have your statements emailed to you as well.

Wouldn't that be easier? I mean...you spent all that precious time cleaning out all those damn papers....

I'm just saying...

Cathleen said...

I'm getting married in March...I love this! I swear you men are all stubborn! hahaha!! :)

Fickle Cattle said...

Hahaha. I like your relationship dynamic with your spouse. You both seem very comfortable with each other.

http://ficklecattle.blogspot.com/

Rhiannon Nicole said...

haha this sounds like an oddly familiar discussion that I often have with the mister :) and thank goodness Earl didn't hit NYC. What is up with this crazy weather we have been having? It's nuts. Have a good week Slam! xx

brittac said...

oh I always lose my user names and passwords - what a hassle.

notesfromrumbleycottage said...

Sometimes it pays to listen to the Mrs. Have you been talking to my husband?

LisaF said...

Well, at least she didn't see you flinch (or clean).

CL Beck, author said...

Loved the story. Good thinking on your part to follow your wife's suggestion and check out the drawer. You are a truly wise man, Slam Dunks! :)

Krista said...

See? This is why I live alone. Nobody to give me a hard time if/when I can find something I need. I suffer alone. In silence. LOL!

WomanHonorThyself said...

ha ooh the Big Apple eh! God bless you this Sept 11 and always my fellow patriot!! :)

Nikole Hahn said...

I am the disorganized one, and though we have an office my husband and I share, he has taken it over though I use it more than he does. If I need to find something, I ask him. If he needs to find something of mine, he asks me and then, I hem and haw and pretend I know where it is...lol

Momma Fargo said...

LOL. Now I know all men are alike. Funny. If Earl had struck...you would not have been given the I TOLD YOU SO looks. :)

Oz Girl said...

If you ever decide to make a trip to Kansas, NO, your EZ-Pass will not work here. I deal with people sitting in front of the unraised gate all the time... "won't my EZ-Pass work here?" Um, you didn't see the gate go up, did you?

On a lighter note, I'm glad the question that Mrs raised caused you to clean out your drawer... I fear hubby's drawer is in the same state as yours was! :)

Diana said...

LOL! Ah well.

My hubby says "if not for you, my dear wife, where would I be..."

Lost, maybe?

Hehe :D

Glad Earl was less of a problem than could have been!

Single Girl said...

Ha! Too funny:) I think I have that exact same drawer. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love what you have here. Police cases are fascinating to me. Makes me want to throw on some PJ's and have a Dateline marathon. Take care! -SG

T.J. Carson said...

Haha. I could say something feminist right now, but think you learned your lesson ;) lol just kidding. My mom tells me to do that all the time when I can't find something.

Beth Zimmerman said...

I'm glad you found it! We have a similar thing in Oklahoma but they raid my checking account periodically to bring it back to $40. I'm guessing tolls are cheaper here!

absolutealaia said...

hahaha sounds like exactly what happens in our household!

Candice said...

Wives are so smart!! ;P

angelcel said...

I'm afraid I write down codes and passwords in a book and the book is locked away when I'm not in the house. I'm afraid if I am to use different pw's all over the place (which I do) I can't be expected to remember what I used and where! Can I??

Secondly, my father-in-law has a quirky but quite possibly brilliant filing system that works well for him. Forget separate files. Anything important is speared onto a mangled wire coat hanger. That way important stuff is always in one place. I laughed when I heard this but the more I think about it, and the more I look at my filled filing tray, the more I think he may be on to something! :D

Abigail said...

Hmm...I can relate to both of you. Glad to see you got her the total AND are getting yourself organized!

It is interesting that she knew where the answer might be. LOL

Ann T. said...

Dear Slam,
ah ha ha ha!
You are great. I think you did great.
Ann T.