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What This Is About

14 Mar

There are facets to being a housewife. The job description blankets multiple academic disciplines, from psychology to economics to biology, and yet it’s not a scholarly calling. I think it would be easier if it was. Imagine the papers: “A Quantitative Analysis of Cleaning Techniques Pertaining to the Culinary Arts” (How to Clean Your Kitchen, You Slob), “Diapers Demystified: How Race, Gender, Class, and Eco-Awareness Influence Diaper Purchases” (You use cloth diapers? What are you, a dirty hippie?)!

I could write cute faux academic paper titles all day. Maybe for my first Twitter stream (hashtag? topic?) when my house is clean. So you can expect that around 2021.

The topics for this blog will be the myriad facets of keeping house – mothering, cooking, cleaning, creating, saving money, staying sane, and not letting myself completely run to seed in the process. There are a few things I feel like I actually have a bit of a handle on – knitting and keeping the baby alive. Everything else will be new (or new-ish). For instance, I can make oatmeal and smoothies and omelets, but getting a healthy dinner on the table  on time is a rare, epic accomplishment.

Mothering subjects include things I’ve learned about child development, letters to my baby Daisy, strategies for making her day stimulating and educational. Also I’ll write about topics that vary by age. Right now I am learning about baby sign language and baby food. I think I’ve finally gotten a handle on cloth diapers (after eight months), so I’ll probably write about those too.

All the food I cook is gluten-free, and during Lent, it’s vegetarian, so my culinary creations (disastrous or otherwise) will be in that vein. We eat very little processed food as well. My husband does the bulk of the cooking in our home, but I’d like to be closer to an equal distribution of labor.

Cleaning is my nemesis. I didn’t really learn to do it well as a child, and my standards aren’t very high. I am committed to keeping a cleaner home because it helps me stay happy and sane. I’ve joined the HabitHacker “Nest” email list to assist me with this goal.

Creating is my joy – I love to knit and want to become a better sewer. I am already tempted to make this a craft-heavy blog so that it will disguise my (many) other shortcomings. If this blog becomes “Feats of Yarn” or something similar, you’ll know I’ve given into the temptation.

Saving money is another challenge for me. If we were rich rich rich, my daughter would wear Hanna Andersson every day. (Until college, at least.) (Not really.) Since we are frugal middle class schlubs, I love consignment and home-made (that looks hand-made).

Staying sane is all about doing the things that nurture your spirit. For me this is practicing my faith, spending time with close friends, and giving up unhealthy thought habits like envy, perfectionism, and despair. I’ve loved to read since I was quite little and find it to be the purest form of escapism. So occasionally or regularly, I haven’t decided yet, I’ll post a book review and synopsis. My book selection runs towards fiction, parenting how-tos, and children’s books, so those will be the most reviewed.

Finally, staying fit and active, maintaining a healthy diet and a healthy weight are just as important to achieving housewife nirvana as cleaning my kitchen. I want to dance at my grandchildren’s weddings and meet my great-grandchildren. I want my body to be strong enough to nourish and carry more pregnancies. I want to be a kick-ass vegetable-eating and daily-long-walking role model to my children so that they have the habits of a healthy lifestyle.

A journey that begins with a single blog post

13 Mar

I turned thirty two days ago.

My goal for the next month is to write a post a day, to see how I feel about blogging. What does turning thirty have to do with starting a blog? I spent nearly all of my twenties in college, grad school, and then making (pretty good) money as a software engineer. Then, last year, I had a baby. If I have a couple more babies, I could spend the majority of the next decade at home with them. And I have no idea how to be a housewife. If there was licensing to be a housewife, I’d fail the exam.

The funniest thing about this whole situation is that this was the plan. My five and ten year plans all culminated in babies and staying home with them. So I have some on-the-job training to do, and this blog is my travelogue, even though I am, well, not traveling. At all.