The Domestic Engineer

Your engineer can be handy about the house in more ways than on wreckovation, we mean renovation projects! He wants to be near you (if your relationship is less than 5 years old, then he still can’t believe there’s actually a female who can stand him, but that’s another story!), so he’ll happily work alongside you doing anything.

As always, you’ll want to keep a very close eye on your engineer. His mind is constantly looking for ways to make work easier. When inspiration strikes (and this happens surprisingly often!), he’ll reach for the nearest thing that looks like it could be used to test his idea.

Using regular kitchen knives as a screwdriver is very common – the risk is that the tips of all your knives get bent, which can usually be (mostly) fixed with a hammer.

Other common misuses of kitchen items include:

  • good tooth brushes being used to clean around the faucet as well as in corners,
  • spatulas used as scrapers for the floor,
  • spoons used to get the last of something poisonous out of it’s can, and
  • good dish cloths used to clean spills on the floor – especially greasy ones!

More exotic tools and uses might include:

  • your best scissors being used as a tile grout scraper or for getting hard food off the floor under the fridge,
  • sharp kitchen knives used to cut or saw through hard wood or metal objects, and
  • your new non-stick pans being used as sawdust catchers while he uses those kitchen knives to cut said hard object.

Yes, you’ll want to keep an eagle eye on your engineer when he’s helping. If fact, some engineering wives have been known to suggest that they’d rather that their engineer not help out so often.

He’s usually okay with being left alone to fill the dishwasher – he wants to demonstrate how many dishes he can pack into the machine without damaging anything. It’s sort of a game to an engineer!

He can also usually manage to put away the dishes with minimal supervision – but be prepared for a scavenger hunt if there are any items in the dishwasher that are not commonly used. There’s simply no telling what inspiration will arise in his mind leading to a new, unpredictable home for this item.

Finally, sweeping the floor, and occasionally washing it are safe activities, so long as you, your children and all the family pets stay out of the way. Watch for fast aggressive sweeping motions, directed into a corner of the counters. Once all the dirt is collected there, your engineer will use a  dustpan to pick up most of the dirt. He sees no reason to bend down or get onto the floor to get it all, as it’s in the corner and not really going anywhere. Be happy no one puts area rugs in their kitchen!

As always, you should be grateful for your engineer. Every one of your friends can’t seem to get their husband to help out in the kitchen. You don’t have their problem, now do you?

Finally, be thankful that you didn’t marry an accountant. No matter how bad it might be, your engineer at least has a sense of humor. Smile, and enjoy another day full of wonder.

You are welcome!