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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Reluctant Housewifery

I've stated before how much I dislike the housewife role that I have been forced into by the (no) job market. I'm used to paying my own way with perhaps a bit of help, and the amount I get weekly from the lovely unemployment people doesn't cover my expenses. I have the utmost respect for the (willing) housewife and stay-at-home parent.

And when my beloved spouse gets home from work every day, it looks like I've done absolutely nothing. Some days this is true; I've done very little. Most of it is due to a) the kids and b) the fact that most of the stuff I do is intangible or at least invisible without looking carefully. As an example, today in the past five hours, I have done the following:

  • Made breakfast and lunch, and planned dinner
  • Cut up a gazillion veggies for dipping
  • Made chicken stew for a housebound friend
  • Done the dishes twice
  • Assisted an online friend with vacation research
  • Assisted a real-life friend with a game reference
  • Done five of the seven slides due in my Behavioral Science class this week
  • Done two of the three tutorials due in my Information Services class this week
  • Answered daily questions in both classes
  • Applied for four jobs online (weekends are slow)
  • Written this blog post
  • Ordered groceries for tomorrow and planned meals for the week
  • Done three loads of laundry (and I ran out of detergent so I added it to the grocery order)
  • Read seven books and assisted in construction of several Lego creations with Lizzy
However, because I haven't done the floors nor the kitchen counters yet, the place looks like a wreck.