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Geniuses in the Real World: The "Tenacious" Husband vs. the Inventive Wife

I realized something about my husband. Something fairly significant in terms of our relationship and how we go about doing things. For example, he doesn't like using a particular kitchen tool that is meant to keep messy things off of counter tops. It's a spoon and pot holder lid holder. A white plastic dishwasher safe two sided contraption. Now, I have no problem using it and putting it in the dishwasher. My husband, on the other hand would prefer to NOT use said kitchen tool because he doesn't like how awkwardly it fits in the dishwasher.  After some observation of this for many years and several lighthearted conversations, I have realized it has nothing to do with the tool itself but how we both tend to approach loading the dishwasher, which is related to both of our geniuses. Well, technically my known genius versus one of my husband's suspected geniuses. I believe my husband has the genius of tenacity. Why? Because he likes to get things done. He likes to start and
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