Actual Conversation, part 5

As of this moment, my mother-in-law is visiting. Before you jump to any conclusions, I’ll tell you that I love my mother-in-law, and she’s welcome in my house any time. But the presence of additional people in the house does lead to some…well… stuff like this that happened a few years ago:

We are a multi-computer household. I have my home office, and my wife has her computer in our bedroom. I don’t use her computer (even though, technically, it’s MY computer), and she doesn’t use mine. That’s the unspoken rule.

One day, during the time my wife was using one of my old laptops as “her computer,” I was sleeping late. My mother-in-law also happened to be visiting for the weekend.

In a deep sleep, I sense a disturbance that wakes me. There really is no way to describe it. Something is wrong. I wake up and stumble out of the bedroom.

There they are. My wife and her mom are in my office. Mom is sitting in my chair.




Dark Icon: “…umm… huh?”
Wife: “We didn’t want to wake you up by using the computer in the bedroom, so we’re using this one to look something up.”
Dark Icon: “You do realize your computer is a laptop. You can take it anywhere. We have wireless.”
Wife: “Oh. Yeah, that’s right. I forgot”
Wife: “Did we wake you up?”
Dark Icon points to computer and says: “Her screams woke me. She doesn’t like strangers touching her and she’s very upset now.”
Wife: “You. Are Strange.”
Dark Icon: “I’ll move your laptop downstairs.”

A password was in place a few minutes later (which, of course, lead to this gem). Marriage is all about sharing, but let’s not get carried away.


  1. Kragon, July 5, 2008:

    And yet another beautiful piece.

    Needless to say I had to mop up the water I was just drinking, because it was splatter on my monitor. As of right now this is my favorite. Mainly because I can relate to it. Because as we speak my own mother in-law is staying with us. for a WEEK And I am out numbered three to one in the men to women ratio.

    Unless you want to include the dogs, then we’re even.

    But great one DI, great one.

  2. raykendo, July 5, 2008:

    I am so glad I put down my drink. Otherwise, I would have ended up like Kragon. Absolutely priceless. I have to remember that for my computer at work. She gets moody when other people touch her, too.

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