How to Start a Fire (and other stereotypically manly stuff any mom can do)

How to Start a Fire (and other stereotypically manly stuff any mom can do)

Ok so I'm a little stuck on a gift for my guy.  I've reminded him umpteen times to get going on my present and was fully humbled when I sent him some *hint, hint* pictures of things I'd like and he responded, "I already have your present."  That was three weeks ago!  Damn.  I better get going.  

Sad though it may seem, I've resorted to scouring internet gift guides for men, in the hopes of sparking some sort of revelation.  And, alas, here's one shining example of what I've found: 

 1. R2D2 French Press 2.  Flasks 3. Fire-starters (from Real Simple)

1. R2D2 French Press 2.  Flasks 3. Fire-starters (from Real Simple)

 4.  Some bike gadget 5. Backpack 6. Inflatable beer boat  7. Socks 8. Video game controller that looks like a video game 9. Wallet 10. Bubbly water maker 11. Candle (from Real Simple)

4.  Some bike gadget 5. Backpack 6. Inflatable beer boat  7. Socks 8. Video game controller that looks like a video game 9. Wallet 10. Bubbly water maker 11. Candle (from Real Simple)

Needless to say, I'm still searching.  From this collection, and so many others just like it, I've come to the overwhelming conclusion that there are 5 things men are good at/interested in.  They are:  

1.  Starting fires.

2.  Playing video games.

3.  Drinking/Making drinks.

4.  Riding bikes.

5. Wearing practical (read: boring) accessories. 

These are all great things in isolation, truly.  And I know these lists are made to suit ALL men, not just my wonderfully nerdy Greek-&-Latin-scholar husband, but GEEZ.  

It's got me thinking... I've spent a large portion of my life admiring things that "only dudes can do."  For many reasons, I've been made to think that these things are complicated and impossible for my weak-armed woman bod.  Like grilling, for example.  Boy, grilling seems tough, right?  But, here's the secret (my man let me in on it)...  GRILLING IS THE EASIEST!  That's why guys do it.  Men are just real good at figuring out the simplest things to do and then complicating them with tools and gadgets so that they can claim the rights to these dumb dumb jobs while we women slave away making seriously complicated things like potato salad and, I don't know, HUMAN BEINGS!

In an effort to dispel the myth that guy stuff is difficult, here is the first in a series called "...And other stereotypically manly stuff any mom can do."

HOW TO START A FIRE

You need:

 Wood, Lighter, Duraflame fire starter (Mariano's, CVS)

Wood, Lighter, Duraflame fire starter (Mariano's, CVS)

Steps:

1.  Buy:  Wood Logs, Duraflame, Lighter

2.  Stack:  WRAPPED Duraflame (oh, the ease!) on bottom, 2 or 3 logs on top (in a criss-cross fashion)

3.  Light:  The wrapped Duraflame.  

Enjoy for 30 minutes, which is as long as Duraflame will burn.  If the other logs happen to catch on fire, you're in luck, and may even get 1 hour.  

That's IT.  Seriously.  Enjoy yourself some cozy holiday cheer by the fire you started your GD self!

Stay tuned for other posts in this series, including "How to Grill Everything by Simply Owning a Grill," "Screwing Stuff In" and "Cutting Meat."  

 

 

Cover photo via Remodelista

 

 

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