The Husband and I have always enjoyed different hobbies. In terms of our sporty hobbies, mine is running and his is golf. When we first became serious, a few people asked me if it bothered me that we had different hobbies, but I have to admit that I think we both enjoyed it. Not that we wanted to get away from each other or anything â€“ itâ€™s just that our hobbies were our own. Our alone time or our time with our friends.
A little independence is always a good thing. Plus, they canâ€™t miss you if you donâ€™t go away, as my mother always said.
Anyway â€“ lately our hobbies have begun to overlap a little bit. He started to coach Girls on the Run with me and is discovering he kind of likes running. And Iâ€™ve been watching him play golf more often or hitting balls at the range with him.
So when he suggested we play 9 holes of golf on our vacation, I readily agreed. Iâ€™m learning that itâ€™s fun to have our hobbies overlap a little!
Since the Husband is a great golfer, and I am a newbie, we established that Iâ€™d be given 6 shots per hole. Which means I could swing 56 more times than the Husband over 9 holes and weâ€™d be tied.
I NEEDED that handicap.
To spice it up, we decided on a little bet:
- If I won, the Husband has to take the dogs out every morning for the next week. Normally, Iâ€™m on AM duty because he likes to sleep in more.
- If the Husband won, I had to take the dogs out every night for the next week. Normally, he is on PM duty because I get lazy at night.
Once we decided on the terms, things got SERIOUS. I kept envisioning these little monsters climbing all over me at 7 AM, begging to go outside.
That, my friends, is motivation.
Guess who won?!
Granted, he shot 3 over par (38) and I shot a 87, but I still won when the score was adjusted. I won! Fair and square.
Nothinâ€™ like a little friendly competition to keep the marriage interesting! I look forward to seven mornings of lazy, perfect bliss.