First, a shout out to the wife. Yes, I assembled half a dozen pieces of Better Homes and Gardens furniture over the course of the last week (you know--it comes in a corrugated cardboard box, weighs a ton, and includes instructions in English but written by someone for whom English is a second language? Oh, and the diagrams? Sketched by someone who could make a good living tying size 26 Zebra Midges). Yes, I invested a small fortune in new paint. And, yes, I painted a wall while watching 'Amelia' on DVD.
But do those small sacrifices translate into this?
"You've been cooped up all winter, and you've really worked hard lately. Why don't you take off over the weekend, and go fishing. Stay in a hotel. Drink scotch with your man friends. Fart. Tell dirty jokes. You've earned it."