Allocation of household duties: SAM (partial list)

  • Re-loading inefficiently loaded dishwasher
  • Incorporating "bad" phrases (e.g.: "Out on your ear," "Round and round we go") into conversation
  • Getting out/Putting away cake stands
  • Drawing birds
  • Ejecting, Polishing, and Re-loading scratched DVDs when DVD player has trouble with them
  • Crepe-, pancake-, and waffle-making
  • Keeping up with and Dispensing latest BYU Sports news/trivia
  • Final Design Editing of fliers, invitations, etc.
  • Finding funny YouTube videos
  • Changing camera settings (but not changing BACK to normal)
  • Answering science-related questions
  • Mistakenly Referring to his mom as "Your Mom"
  • Grilling things
  • Bringing home flowers
  • Remembering previous years' football scores, players' names, and other relevant sports information for reference in current year
  • Retaining household color information (Me: "Will this match our pillows?" Sam: "No, they're a little less saturated.")
  • Building/Lighting fires
  • Doing funny voices in Cock-a-Doodle Dudley and The Monster and The Tailor
  • Responding to any questions that begin with "How do you draw. . . "
  • Ignoring announcements in church and then Reacting with Great Surprise when they come up on the calendar at home
  • Middle-of-night Getting and Distribution of Baby, as necessary
  • Doing pushups while festooned with boys
  • Pillow fluffing
  • Investigating any Funny Noises (from fridge, toilet, computer, drain, washing machine, baby, car, etc.)
  • Changing light bulbs
  • Choosing music to listen to while putting puzzles together
  • Sitting on the "upside down" side of the puzzle
  • Making/Stirring/Adjusting temperature of family hot chocolate
  • Swaddling babies
  • Imitating German accents
  • Stirring up/Squeezing lime on our shared salad at Cafe Rio
  • Monitoring household Kleenex Usage
  • Noticing when things are crooked
  • Toasting marshmallows
  • Carrying temple bags/other luggage
  • Covering eyes of those scared during scary parts of movies
  • Lurking
  • Imitating and Developing Silly Walks
  • Evening up edges of brownies/cake/etc.


  1. I have a question about one of these:
    - Building/Lighting fires

    Is this only referring to campires, or are you giving me authorization for any additional fire building/lighting activities I might want to pursue?

  2. Sam: I will authorize further pyrotic (?!) activities as long as you can remember the following: stop, drop, and roll.

    And I'm intrigued by these "campires." Have you been bitten by one? And what has been the effect---to turn you into a s'more?

  3. Marilyn: Fortunately, since we generally avoid camping at night, we've never had a run-in with the tent-stalking undead. :)

  4. I need to make like this. maybe I should just copy yours. it's too fabulous. I know we could come up with some great silly walks.

    By the way, thank you for your comments on my etsy blogs. It is so nice to have support from friends. Doing this is a tad bit intimidating it you know what I mean!

  5. I LOVE this list. It's perfect and adorable.

  6. I'm going to steal this idea if you don't mind. I keep coming up with duties for Kris's list. You're just too brilliant. Now I just need to carry around pen & paper so when I think of funny brilliant things I can write them down instead of just immediately forgetting them as USUAL.


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