At this point in my life, I am very fortunate. I work four days a week and two of those from home. So I do get to spend some time with my chickies. My DW's job is much more demanding in that she rarely gets home before 6:30 - 8:00 PM. So ... I usually have dinner ready when she walks in the door. I hear you on housework! Since I am home so much the bulk of that has fallen to me and it is NOT intellectually stimulating at all. I usually procrastinate until I have to get it done and then work like a madman to get it wrapped up. Is it appreciated? Mostly but there is usually a question of "What else did I accomplish?" Life goes on.