The backhanded compliment

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"I wish I had the time to do what you do"

 

That is all I am saying. Bye! sshhh don't tell anyone I really have 36 hours in my day, not the standard 24. cool

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"I wish I had the time to do what you do"

 

That is all I am saying. Bye! sshhh don't tell anyone I really have 36 hours in my day, not the standard 24. cool

Seeing this today made me think of one of my cousins. She said to me one day, "Where did you go this year? I wish we could go places like you do."  I really wanted to answer with - if you did not renovate your house every 2 years and buy Waterford crystal, you could go places like we do. We live in a small house, rarely went out, I work 2 jobs, I can every veggie I can get, and a lot of the stuff we have (including my son's birthday presents) come from garage sales. That is how you afford trips where you see and do things that are mostly free or very cheap.

But of course, I did not say it.

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Yesterday I had an older gentlemen who couldn't sleep well and was up on the deck at 5:30.   He finally fell asleep on the deck about 7am and then went to his room when other guests got up for coffee about 8am.  He fell back asleep in his room and woke at 10:30.  We had a 5 room group and they were hanging around waiting to go to a wedding so I was tied-up answering their questions etc after I got my other 4 rooms out for the day.  So I told him to take a seat and I'd get him some breakfast, was scrambled eggs and toast OK?  He said he didn't want to bother me so he'd just take juice.  When I said it wasn't a bother that I'd be glad to do it he protested again.  That's when his wife said "She has nothing else to do today honey, her housekeeper is here so it's no bother for her.  She's got plenty of time to take care of you."

I wanted to rip off my apron and smack her with it.  Yes, I offered and I truly wanted to make him breakfast.  But to assume that I have nothing else to do is nuts.  I had plenty to do including doing all my reservations that came in, return calls, drive over an hour to the hot tub store to get a new heater as ours broke last night and guests want to use the hot tub, get back and bake cookies, and get a package ready for a proposal taking place in the backyard at 6pm including letting in the guitarist, setting up cider & truffles in their room while it was going on and making sure husband had the camera ready to capture it all for the couple.  Then making family dinner, running kids to the movies and food shopping on the way back.  Yep, I had nothing to do today because my housekeeper was here and I just sit in the kitchen watching cooking shows all day doing nothing until you see me again at breakfast time tomorrow.   We innkeepers have to be so good at grinning and bearing it!

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Here's a scene: you take the apron off and hand it to her and sit down at the table. "Go ahead, walk in my shoes.

The list of things to do is in the office. Try to be back in time for the engagement party and to take the kids to the movies. I'll just sit here and keep your husband company. Oh, and we'd like a nice BBQ for dinner, so pick that up on the way back from getting the parts for the hot tub. What did you prep for breakfast tomorrow? And what's for snack today?"

Sigh.

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This morning I got the comment in a heavy heavy southuhn belle drawwal... "My hus-bind only lakkes me to wear longer skirts or dress-sis, he says it loo-ooks so much mohr eligant on a lady" as I stand there in a pink polkie-dot swaggie just-above-the-knee type skirt and apron. 

I felt like saying "Well maybe you have ugly legs and he doesn't want to see them"  cool

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Bwhahahahaha! 

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We discussed this while cleaning today.

Dh thinks the witty comeback should be: Now that explains why your husband couldn't take his eyes off my legs.

I think it should be: Thank goodness I'm a woman and not a lady so I don't have to wait around for a man to tell me what to wear.

Or, the short version: Glad I'm not a lady then.

Which considerably nicer than: Who gives a flying rat's ass what your husband thinks.

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Madeleine wrote:

We discussed this while cleaning today.

Dh thinks the witty comeback should be: Now that explains why your husband couldn't take his eyes off my legs.

I think it should be: Thank goodness I'm a woman and not a lady so I don't have to wait around for a man to tell me what to wear.

Or, the short version: Glad I'm not a lady then.

Which considerably nicer than: Who gives a flying rat's ass what your husband thinks.

 

Am happy to provide stimulating topics of conversation whilst cleaning.  yes

Well yeah the comment about what MY husband likes to see...yeah cover it all up lady, all up, burqa-yo-self. ha ha

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

We discussed this while cleaning today.

Dh thinks the witty comeback should be: Now that explains why your husband couldn't take his eyes off my legs.

I think it should be: Thank goodness I'm a woman and not a lady so I don't have to wait around for a man to tell me what to wear.

Or, the short version: Glad I'm not a lady then.

Which considerably nicer than: Who gives a flying rat's ass what your husband thinks.

 

Am happy to provide stimulating topics of conversation whilst cleaning.  yes

Well yeah the comment about what MY husband likes to see...yeah cover it all up lady, all up, burqa-yo-self. ha ha

I'm always discussing the forum topics while we clean!

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Madeleine wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

We discussed this while cleaning today.

Dh thinks the witty comeback should be: Now that explains why your husband couldn't take his eyes off my legs.

I think it should be: Thank goodness I'm a woman and not a lady so I don't have to wait around for a man to tell me what to wear.

Or, the short version: Glad I'm not a lady then.

Which considerably nicer than: Who gives a flying rat's ass what your husband thinks.

 

Am happy to provide stimulating topics of conversation whilst cleaning.  yes

Well yeah the comment about what MY husband likes to see...yeah cover it all up lady, all up, burqa-yo-self. ha ha

I'm always discussing the forum topics while we clean!

Well you know as this is the backhanded comment thread, the reason she said that her husband prefers that is so that she is not accountable for the comment, and also that he is a man and he knows how ladies should look. doh!

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Bless her heart. Potty Mouth (auto filter).

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I'm not your age anymore

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gillumhouse wrote:

I'm not your age anymore

Yeah, as Bob Dylan might say, you were so much older then; you're younger than that now!

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I was thinking about all the things JB does and ruing that I do not do half as much. THEN I realized when I was her age I FIF do as much - in different ways. I am now at an age where my body will not go hours on end. "There is a season, turn, turn, turn....."

My regret is that I was unable to have the impact JB does with her work - and same thing goes for Cambs in her town - but it was a different era and we were pretty much limited to our own neighborhoods then, at least I was.

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I look like a nutter at the moment as I have the coach unloading bay for the coaches for the Harrogate INternational centre opposite me so every time I feel a coach (vibrations from the diesel engine) I have to dash out and write down the company! ive go it to a fine tune! so we now have a massive list for the christmas market!

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I've got your time, I don't have your drive.

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Madeleine wrote:

I've got your time, I don't have your drive.

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