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Anyone else have a dishwasher fairy?

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Poshpaws Wed 09-Feb-05 10:48:42

Dh thinks we do.

Went to a friend's house for dinner last night and one of the last things I said to DH before I went was 'Could you please unload and load the dishwasher?'

Anyway, on my return at around midnight, the dishes were still sitiing by the sink

Also, the bloody washing mahcine fairy - DH running around this morning looking for something he knew he needed, but it was in the washing pile as he had not bothered to make sure it was washed (or at least let me know that he 'REALLY needed that item so could you wash it , DW'!

He left for work this morning, muttering about something or other, which I chose to ignore .

Please tell me that I am not alone!

Bagpuss30 Wed 09-Feb-05 10:52:05

Nope. I have picked up socks and pants off the bedroom floor for the entire time during our 9 year relationship. I also do all washing and dish washing although I have managed to get him to turn off the dishwasher once the cycle is complete. It never gets unloaded though.

NameChangingMancMidlander Wed 09-Feb-05 10:52:08

You are not alone. It's the washing machine fairy, in our house, DH is pretty good with the dishwasher

popsycal Wed 09-Feb-05 10:52:45

We have fairies that do all the house work in DH's opinion....

Furball Wed 09-Feb-05 11:08:17

We have a washing basket fairy here too. I had one when I lived with my parents, but sadly it didn't come with me when I married. Dh's did though.

Potty1 Wed 09-Feb-05 11:25:13

We have fairies here too

the Christmas fairy who organises everything to do with Christmas

the Holiday fairy, books it, packs it and then unpacks it when we get back

the Bill paying fairy, she's very busy because there's all the bills, insurance, car stuff to sort and she somehow manages to have money left at the end of the month

oh and the Calendar fairy who aranges all the appointments, buys and writes and posts the cards pressies and stuff

what would we do without them

sozie Wed 09-Feb-05 11:26:32

It's pathetic in this house. After making a ton of pancakes I asked dh to take the plates out to the kitchen and make a cup of tea. Yes, he did this perfectly. However, this morning the plates are by the kettle. He is so literal. Did I have to say put them in the dishwasher? When I give more detailed instructions he says I talk to him like he's a child - if the cap fits .

puddle Wed 09-Feb-05 11:34:30

sometimes the plates find their way to the dishwasher but then - even more annoying - it's not switched on....

Furball Wed 09-Feb-05 11:34:56

Ah, now that is the exact sort of thing I mean, then get accused of nagging. (as per nagging thread from a few days ago)

binkie Wed 09-Feb-05 11:58:11

oh I thought you meant you really had one!

How old are your children? From about nine I was the dishwasher fairy at home - only unloading, but it was My Job and I loved it. I do it at PILs too (obviously am no longer nine, but starting that young means I can do it in my sleep).

misdee Wed 09-Feb-05 11:59:24

why is it, when i ask dh to do the dishawasher, he only ever unloads it, and leaves it for me to load back up? yet when i do it i unload and load it.

Poshpaws Wed 09-Feb-05 12:02:31

Binkie, DS is 3.5 and he actually likes to help to load and unload the dishwasher with either me or his dad.

However, DH is soon to be 40 and therefore has no excuse. Just sat back last night, after having put DS to bed, and polished off half a bottle of red wine. He also cooked for himself, which he could not be bothered to do the night before for both of us, as I told him I had heartburn (6 months pregnant) and therefore had no appetite . IE, becauase I didn't cook it, he didn't do it!

He seems to like dusting and cleaning though

MINNIE1 Wed 09-Feb-05 12:15:07

Your not alone... I'm the Fairy in my house !!!! DP thinks that there actually is a fairy cause all i do is read books!!!! So your plates can wash all by there selves and you cloths can walk into the washing machine!!! Men are unreal at times.

irishbird Wed 09-Feb-05 12:41:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PuffTheMagicDragon Wed 09-Feb-05 12:42:43

Loading and unloading the dishwasher is the one thing that I have finally managed to train dh to do every day. It took about 3 years, but we got there in the end!

Poshpaws Wed 09-Feb-05 12:46:01

3 years? Noooooo!

He bought the blinking thing (although must confess that we were both cr*p at doing the washing up) so I was really excited getting it and always try to keep on top of the loading and unloading. Maybe I AM the fairy. Don't want to be anymore .

tarantula Wed 09-Feb-05 13:00:17

I have a fairy at home to do the washing up and hes very good at it too. Also does hoovering and dusting and general housekeeping. needs to learn how to budget tho and do a weekly/monthly shop.

Lucycat Wed 09-Feb-05 13:05:06

There seems to be a lot of mothers of 30 something males with a lot to answer for! did they run around all day after them, not teaching them the basics of life! My dh lost a stone in weight in his first term at uni when he was 18 because he couldn't cook ANYTHING!! he lived on soup! Luckily he met me and I managed to feed him and now he's pretty good at warming things up in the microwave!!(that I've made!) He was VERY tidy though - to the point of obsessive - I've now made him messy like me!!

Poshpaws Wed 09-Feb-05 13:10:28

Lucycat, that is the annoying thing. DH left home at 19, having been raised by parents that ensured that he could easily look after himself -and he did for years!

I confess that I do most the cooking, dishwashing, and childcare but I get annoyed that when you ask him to do something on the odd occassion it gets ignored [steam coming out of ears emoticon]

HunkerMunker Wed 09-Feb-05 13:12:26

We have a sleeve-rolling-down fairy here. DH wears his sleeves rolled up on his shirts and I roll them down before I wash them.

He irons them though

Lucycat Wed 09-Feb-05 13:13:10

I still do the cooking because it's painful to watch him chop an onion and I would like to eat before midnight, I also can't help interfering! Men also can't multi-task ie making sure that the kettle is on again to rinse the rice when it's cooked! always comes as a big surprise that!

PuffTheMagicDragon Wed 09-Feb-05 13:16:38

I'd like a loo roll changing fairy

Lucycat Wed 09-Feb-05 13:18:15

I also think my dh is a bit afraid of the dishwasher - he'll load it (in a male kind of way!) but won't switch it on!

Poshpaws Wed 09-Feb-05 13:18:37

And the mess that is left in the kitchen after they have cooked....

And as for feeding DS within in a resonable timeframe when I am not around, that's another thread altogether.

Oh, the bloody loo roll changing fairy and the 'putting toilet seat down' fairy..grrrr!!

sasa15 Wed 09-Feb-05 13:20:25

it's dh job...but I often need to remind him in the evening after dinner...
he says i'll do in a minute...and hours later is still everything in the sink...
Getting better lately.///.......

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