A supportive spouse is the most precious thing in the world. My husband and I have our differences, but we’ve always supported each other’s goals and dreams. He’s done everything in his power to give me the space and time I need to pursue my dream of being a writer. He’s shown me patience, good humor, and encouragement.
I work 40 hours a week at my day job. I spend 10 to 12 hours a week blogging. I spend the vast majority of my home time writing and editing my work. This year, a huge chunk of my time has been spent dealing with Ozarks Writers League business, which I consider an investment in my writing career.
A little over year ago, my laptop touch pad stopped working. I dealt with the problem by attaching a mouse. A few months later the computer stopped connecting to WIFI unless I restarted it two or three times. Around that same time the screen began bouncing up and down while I read emails, documents, and online articles.
I finally had to admit that it was time to think about buying a new laptop. That one was nine years old, and I was proficient with it. I really hated to replace it, so I procrastinated. I have never liked change, and a new computer meant a big change.
My husband watched my search in dismay. He couldn’t understand why I kept looking at the same products over and over again without purchasing one. He doesn’t share my techosaurus tendencies.
He bought me a new laptop for Christmas last year. It’s bigger, faster, and does more things than I can even comprehend. No, I don’t like it at all. However, I’m learning more about it every day.
He spent a great deal of money on this HP for me, and I’m certain I’ll love it if I ever figure out how to use it. There’s something called Cortana that talks me now and then. It scares the bejeebers out of me when it starts asking me questions out of the blue.
My hubby is trying to bring me up to more current technology. He bought me the new laptop thinking it would make things easier for me. I must admit that it’s nice to connect to WIFI immediately and not be forced to reboot three times first. I also enjoy having the robot read my work to me. It’s easier for me to catch errors if I hear them because my brain knows what I meant to write and tells my eyes that’s what on the page.
Over the past few years that I’ve been throwing all of my free time into my writing career, my dear husband has taken over more of the household chores. We have always split them since we work opposing shifts, but now he does much more.
Historically, I did all the grocery shopping. Now that we finally have an empty nest, we don’t require as much food and supplies. I still go to the store once a week or so, but he takes care of the bulk of our shopping. I can’t remember the last time I bought milk, and I’ve bought very little bread recently. He takes care of that.
He does more laundry and dishes these days, too. I usually come home to a load of laundry in the washer and one in the dryer. Last night, the last load was in the dryer. All I had to do was turn it on for ten minutes to remove the wrinkles and hang everything up. This allowed me spend four hours proofreading without being interrupted every half hour to take care of the laundry. Such time is golden.
I’m finally seeing some results from my diligence. I will have at least five new publications this year and have already placed in three competitions. While I’m exceedingly proud each time I place in a competition or achieve publication, I realize that I could not do it without the love and support of my husband.
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