of scaring my expected company away:

Does it mean that I have made profoundly poor lifestyle choices if I write up my to-do list to get the house ready for company, review it, then ask John: “Hey, hon, the next time you go over to your shop tonight, could you bring back your fumes respirator?”

And then he says yes without even needing to ask why at pam[at]viewfromthenorth40.com