What Happens When I Leave my Husband and Kids Alone for Dinner

On Monday evening, I had the extreme pleasure of going to Assaggio Ristorante in Seattle for a dinner I had bought at the Explorer West auction last year.   The very charming Proprietor, Mauro Golmarvi, was doing a personal cooking demonstration Dsc_0001_2for the parents who "bought in".  I’m "the cook" in our household so this means that my husband and kids were going to have frozen pizza for dinner (they love the stuff)…it also allowed my husband to do something he’s been waiting to ever since we moved into our current home: cut a hole in the kitchen wall.   

Our home was built in 1928 and the kitchen is a bit closed off.   We’ve discussed opening up the wall between the kitchen and dining room, which would be a nice improvement and allow the cook (me) to be more social when we have guest.   My thoughts were to wait until we could get the entire job done, see what pipes are behind the wall (yeah, that’s a sink in the photo; there’s bound to be some plumbing)…and to Img_6004 not have the house messed up during the holidays.   Armed with a steak knife, my dear husband went to work on opening up the kitchen wall.   What did he find?  Pipes!  His earlier thoughts that we could either move a single pipe or, if it looked decent, we could leave it exposed…this is not going to work! 

When I returned home from my delightful dinner, I was quite surprised to find a large picture (that was hanging elsewhere) over the sink covering the newly exposed pipes.   

I love my husband.

By the way, I highly recommend Assiaggo Ristorante and their cookbook, Mauro’s Passion.  If you have a group function…consider booking Mauro at the restaurant for a private cooking lesson.   The restaurant is beautiful with frescoes on the ceiling and Mauro makes you feel at home.   The food is outstanding and Mauro is a wonderful host.


  1. OMG that’s hilarious.

  2. What’ really funny is that I asked him to keep the hole small so that we could keep this rooster that my Grandma made cut out of plywood with different nails and tacks over it, hanging over the sink. I teased him…if you’re going to do this…please keep the hole small and cut it out the shape of the rooster…now I have a huge poster over the sink! He couldn’t stop.

  3. Thanks Rhonda, it is nice to not talk about business every once in a while.

    PS “There is no job that is too small to subcontract”

    I have learned it is cheaper than counseling.

  4. Thanks, Rob! My husband is a real DYI. Usually we subcontract once we find the project is bigger than expected…like this one! 😉

  5. Oh Rhonda. Husbands and DIY projects will test any marriage, won’t they?

    Ya gotta laugh though.

    Reminds me of when my dear hubby (DH) decided to dig up all the landscaping in the backyard because he didn’t like it and he had this grand plan for how he was going to “improve” it. He figured it was a small yard, how hard could it be. Keep in mind we had just moved from a condo and neither of us had ever done any yard work. Well, he got as far as digging it up, and now we we have a big dirt patch/weed yard out back. He learned the hard way what Rob said above–no job is too small to subcontract!

    Our landscaper guy is booked up until December but he will be fixing up the weed-yard for us sometime this winter. Till then I have to live with it (been living with it since July).

  6. Oh–and Assaggio is great. I haven’t been there in about 5 years but it’s one of those places that doesn’t change–and won’t until Mauro is gone.

  7. Sandy, I’m actually very impressed with how much my hubby knows about various things. I know I must insult him when I try to encourage “subcontracting” out task. 🙂

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