"I'm doing 'the domestics' today," my mom will say to me during one of our weekly phone calls.
"The domestics" would be shopping, cooking, cleaning and laundry.
The purview of women all over the world.
And let's face, of many men, too...my husband being one of them. He is much more inclined toward doing the domestics than I am. He is Super Duper Laundry Guy in our home. He is the one who is much more likely to cook after a long day at work. He is the one who takes the time to clean up the kitchen most days. Goodness knows that I am VERY lucky to have married this lovely domestically inclined man!
Me...once I'm done with a long day at work...I'm done.
I get home from my crazy job to flop down on the couch with the tv or a book and that's my evening.
Not much of a domestics doing kind of gal at the moment.
Chris and I have made a lovely home together. However (quite frankly), with the amount of time and energy that both of us expend in our professional lives, our beautiful home most often ends up being something of a cluttered disaster area. We just don't have the time or energy to get to anything beyond laundry (and even that is minimal...Chris is Super Duper Laundry Doing Guy, but I am no Super Duper Laundry Putting Away Gal...We mostly live out of laundry baskets, which drives more my poor husband crazy.)
Doing the domestics...
Believe it or not, I am actually really looking forward to maternity leave and dropping down to part-time work to focus on parenting and really LEARNING and DOING and perhaps even mastering the domestics. Something I've never in my adult life taken the time to do because I've always focused on things outside of the home.
"Maybe you'll really like being at home," my mom says to me last evening.
Maybe I will indeed.
So, in the spirit of learning and doing the domestics...this morning I am heading to the grocery to store select and purchase all of the ingredients necessary for a hearty beef stew. I will return home to make said stew and then will practice the domestic art of cleaning the house in preparation for a visit from the in-laws this evening.
It's an ambitious plan for a not-so-domestically-inclined-gal, but I'm taking on the challenge!
Wish me luck...