Day 931: Laundry, Again

For a couple with no kids, we seem to generate a supernatural amount of laundry. I think it’s exercise — when you think about it, that’s a shirt/shorts every day for me, and again for my wife. But it seems like one evening and a chunk of the weekend is always laundry, and if we miss laundry one weekend it can take weeks to catch up.

But it’s gotta be done! So off to laundry. Before enlightenment chop wood haul water, and all that good stuff.

Carrying on just fine with exercise, food, etc.

Day 868: Chore Day (Day 6 of 100)

Chores today! Lots to do; the laundry is already done, but there’s yard work and some “work work” to do; a few things I need to get ready for next week at the office. We’ve promised some friends we’d help them move tomorrow, so Victoria Day is a bit of a write-off.

I’m also hoping to spend some time in a canoe with my folks today, despite having baked the back of my neck to a delicious crisp yesterday while gardening (well, anti-gardening, really… digging up all the crap to make space for something new this year).

Torn between nap desire and the pull to just push on with all the must-dos and sleep very well tonight.

Day 848: Sick Spouse

I haven’t mentioned, but my wife’s been flat out ill since Friday — mainly staying in bed, getting up for fluids and showers and a bit of food. This is actually a good trial run for me in some ways, as we’re going to try a thing where I take on 100% of house chores for May — I do all the cooking/cleaning/laundry etc. — and take on the radio show solo, giving her absolute free time outside of her job to figure things out post-drinking, because it was a big part of her life and she’s looking forward to some latitude to figure out what her passions might be if they’re not craft beer. This is a chip I’ll probably cash in when I’m working on my Master’s over the next couple of years.

Day 641: CHORE GOD

Up at 3:30 — bathroom, then cat, then my wife was up at 4 so what’s the point. I’ve admittedly been not great about exercise recently, but this was a good morning for chores: dishes, washing the stove and stovetop, two loads of laundry, prepping the upstairs for Mr. Butlertron…

…oh yeah, we got a Roomba, which we have named Mr. Butlertron. I was not in favour, secretly, but supportive… now that it’s here, though, I freakin’ love Mr. Butlertron. It’s pretty amazing how nice it is not to have to sweep every day — it really had to be a daily chore, in a two-cat house, and now we just drop Butlertron off on a different floor every day and let him have at it.

Anyway — chores done, and it’s time to head back to bed. This is, again, a weird way to go about things… but it’s working for me so far.


Getting Psyched for Chores 6: Adam from Kingston

Our last tip for Chores Week — but not least — from Adam, in Kingston. Possibly our most prosaic tip, and one I think will stick with me. It also reminds me of my grandpa!

My grandpa’s thing was “that’s better than a kick in the teeth.” I don’t think he ever had been kicked in the teeth, and I don’t think he was a teeth-kicker, but it’s an expression I use to this day.

That’s a wrap for Chores Week. We’ll be setting up the digest tomorrow — one long show with most of what was submitted — if this were something where I was drowning in submissions it might be a long show, but I would up just getting enough tips to fill the week, so there y’go.

Next week: get out of bed! How do you do it? What’s your one thing? Take a minute right now to call 1-833-JERKPOD or send a voice memo to You could be making a difference in thousands of lives! Okay, (a) not actually thousands, and (b) don’t actually do it, this is just a test.

I’m going to do a little bit better today than I did yesterday. How about you? Yes, you will. I can tell.

Getting Psyched for Chores 5: Michael in Toronto

Question the premise! It’s a healthy approach to most problems. And today, Michael in Toronto is doing just that to tackle the very idea of psyching yourself up for a chore.

Well worth considering: is psyching up a false start in and of itself?

Tomorrow, our final psyche-up tip from Adam in Kingston. On Sunday, the weekly digest of the bulk of our calls, plus some additional stuff.

Every day, we’re taking a tiny step forward. Not always a huge leap. Not every day. But we’re still advancing.

Get Psyched for Chores 4: Andrea in Kingston

One thing I’ve discovered this week is that I didn’t need to worry about variety. I thought maybe I’d get one tip, six or seven different ways — that’s not the case. Turns out lots of people do things differently! Who knew?

Andrea from Kingston is checking in today, with an organized/optimized way of approaching the dreaded chores…

Sensible and straightforward! Thanks, Andrea.

Next week is “Get Out of Bed” week — send your ideas and advice on how to get your butt off the mattress and into gear. Voice memos to, or call the Jerkline at 1-833-JERKPOD. We’re not really doing this! It’s fake!

Let’s get ready for another day and another small step forward.


Get Psyched for Chores 3: Max in Lennoxville

We’re doing this thing, you guys. This is day three of Get Psyched for Chores week, and Max is calling in from Lennoxville with a tip so simple it borders on genius. Maybe it is genius. I’m no genius, so I’m not really qualified to say.


Next week is “Get Out Of Bed” week. What gets you off the mattress? What’s your one killer idea that gets you up and at ’em every morning? Send a voice memo to, or call the Jerkline at 1-833-JERKPOD and let me know.

Folks, we are doing this one day at a time. We’re building an arsenal of small chunks of helpful knowledge from normal people who are doing their best while living their lives.

Tomorrow: we’re back to Kingston with Andrea checking in for her killer unpleasant-chore tip.

Get Psyched for Chores 2: JR in San Jose

JR from San Jose checks in with his tactic for getting psyched for unpleasant chores — this is more of a mantra, and a good one! Parental wisdom at its finest. Thanks, JR!

This is part of the big experiment for Jerkpod 2.0 —  feeling out what this format is like. Do I like it or not? What kinds of things should I say in the blog portion?