Well, technically, I wasn’t a blogger when we married. (It was 2000; I barely knew what the internet was!) So, I guess you could say my husband didn’t know what he was getting in to. :) In honor of Valentine’s weekend, some of my blogger friends and I are interviewing our husbands, asking them questions to see how much they actually know about us and what we do. . . (I added my commentary in italics below—just for fun.)
How involved are you with Emily’s blog?
I’m mainly a reader of Emily’s blog and sometimes used as a prop.
I read all of her posts. This is how I know if there is a project coming my way.
(He’s right. I find it easier to set his expectations once I’ve told thousands of people.)
How much time does Emily spend on her blog? What are her hours like?
I would say Emily spends 10 hours per week on her blog. Emily’s hours are late at night after everyone goes to bed.
(I wish. I do work some at night—while I’m watching reality TV—but I also work some in the mornings and sporadically throughout the day.)
Are you the cheap manual labor or is there hired help for that? In other words, does Emily use you for your handy work?
I have minimal handy skills so I handle some of her projects, like re-wiring lights, etc. I’m usually not quick enough for her.
(Again, he speaks truth. I’m beginning to think hiring help is good for our marriage.)
Describe Emily’s style.
I don’t really know the right words to describe style, I do know she did not like my duck prints, pillows, pleather couch and recliner when we first got married. So, I know it’s not that. I would say her style is light colors, lots of pillows and it’s always changing – I don’t even know if I answered this question correctly.
(You did. And, you’re welcome for saving you from the duck hunting themed art.)
Describe your style.
(He left this one blank. I think that is an accurate answer.)
How often does your home change?
Our home is always changing. When she is staring at a blank wall, I know a project and change is coming. My guy friends also know a project is coming when their wives have Emily over.
(They ask me. I don’t just volunteer my opinion, thankyouverymuch.)
How many different sofas have you had since marrying Emily?
Counting my pleather couch that she ditched soon after marriage, I would say four, so not that many. I always wanted a sectional with a cooler and massager but that hasn’t happened yet.
(And, it won’t happen until you get a new wife.)
How often do you offer decorating advice? Does she consider your opinion?
I never offer decorating advice, and she never asks. I just go with whatever she says. I do not think she considers my opinion. Every once in a while, she might run something by me, but I think that’s just her way of being nice.
(Wait—has he had a real opinion about decorating since we’ve been married? Okay, I’ll let him decorate our bedroom then. . . )
What’s your favorite room in the house? Why?
My favorite room is our living room right now, while I still have my recliner. But, I know it’s on her short list to get out of that room. It’s not even one of those really big comfortable recliners. It’s leather and looks good.
(Not true. If he’ll quit harassing me about the two sofas facing each other, I’ll leave him alone about the recliner.)
What does it really look like behind the camera?
We have five kids, so behind the camera, our house is always a work in process to try to keep it looking nice. Emily tries hard to keep it looking good all the time, but she’s fighting against six people. (Yes, I included myself).
(I think that’s his very nice way of saying our house is a disaster most of the time.)
What is a project that you hate but have never voiced (or maybe you have)?
I hate painting, but she does not let me do that anymore because I didn’t do a very good job the last time I tried.
(But, I’m willing to give him another shot.)
Do you know of Emily’s blogger friends? If so, who’s your favorite?
I don’t really know her blogger friends, I’ve heard about several of them, though.
What’s your favorite aspect of Emily being a blogger? Least favorite?
My favorite aspect of Emily’s blog is that it gives her an outlet to do something other than stay at home with the kids. I’m also amazed at the opportunities and responses she gets from her ideas and projects. My least favorite aspect of her blog is getting her to track the business side of it—receipts, mileage, etc. That is just not her thing.
(I like to make things pretty. I do not like numbers. Fortunately, opposites attract.)
What are your household chores?
I’m supposed to clean the toilets, but I sometimes slack on that. I try to do my share of cleaning the kitchen.
(And, he is good about giving the kids baths.)
What’s something about Emily that her readers might not know (but she would be okay with you sharing)?
Emily is an amazing singer, and this was her talent when she was in the Miss Kentucky pageant. She also sings solos at church. Emily’s singing melts my heart!
(Well, that’s very sweet. And, I did not win, by the way. I can’t believe I even did that. . . )
What does Emily REALLY want for Valentine’s Day, and what are you getting her?
I’m not the best Valentine’s giver. I think what she really would want is a day and night where she can go by herself and stay in a hotel. I’m not totally sure yet what I’m getting her.
(I thought we agreed the kitchen reno was our gift to each other. And, I’m totally happy with that. But, I’d take the night in the hotel, too. Oh, and I’d also take a bag of Reese’s Cups.)
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