So much for relaxing. We took everything out of the mudroom and painted the floors this weekend. No amount of cleaning or air fresheners seemed to help that room...it smelled like a huge old wet dog until yesterday. I'm happy to report that it now smells more like a wet chihuahua than a wet great dane. We also swapped out the kitchen light, painted the bathroom, bought a dryer (we'd been clotheslining it), put the screen door back on, and sewed a nap mat for EZ E. We got a lot done around here and PRH and I are really pleased about that. However, getting a lot done around here sometimes means that we have to say no to things and saying no can lead to conflict. Saying no often leads to people teasing about me being "pushy" and "bitchy" and a "real taskmaster". Does it ever bother me? Yeah, it does. Perhaps that's their point? I don't know where I'm going with this and I'm not trying to whine. This is just an issue that's bothered me for a long time, one that's gotten worse since we've started this renovation project. I'm ambitious and driven and, frankly, I don't like feeling as though I need to apologize for that. Do any of you (women or men) ever feel the same? How do you handle it?
UPDATE: Thank you all for your sweet messages. This issue is definitely not leading to conflict between PRH and I...we're great! Luckily, he and I are very much on the same wave-length, particularly in terms of our renovation project. :)