blog of a mad housewife

On the list of things I like about working (which incidentally, also includes #1: money and #42: discussing last night’s tv shows with co-workers) is the absence of pressure. The kind of pressure I am learning about as a reluctant stay-at-home spouse. Now obviously if you have kids and you stay at home, your only real responsibility is to keep them alive. So if your significant other returns home from the office, after a long day’s work, and sees that the kids are all breathing and accounted for, even if the house is a wreck and dinner consists of freezer burned girl scout cookies, it’s a major accomplishment.

I have no kids. No pets. And only one plant. It’s small, and really only needs to be watered once a week. So when Bryan inevitably asks each night, “what did you do today?” my mind races. The pressure…

Should I tell him the truth? I took my time at the gym, not because I was exercising so much, but because someone had left a magazine out with a good article on Sheryl Crow. Spent 3 hours looking at greeting cards in Selfridges. Went to the grocery store but then couldn’t remember what I really needed or wanted, so I left. Laughed a little bit when Ellen DeGeneres came out and danced with the studio audience. Took a quick cat nap at 11:30am- waking up at 10am is intense!

So invariably I will quickly recount the productive aspects of my day– “Looked for jobs online, went to the post office, went to the dry cleaner, went to the grocery store, dropped off the recycling, went to the gym, got that lightbulb we needed at the hardware store” in an authoritative and somewhat dramatic tone that will sound like I have had a full, stressful day. Even if the sum total of all those activities was two hours.

My real fear though is that I don’t recognize this crazy person I have been replaced with. The other night I made lamb chops. LAMB CHOPS. I am 31, and I don’t even like lamb. Bryan came home from a long day’s work, looked at his smiling stay-at-home spouse, bit into one, considered it, looked up at me and said “You’ve really stepped up your game.”

Oh god.



Filed under blogging, bryan, career, family, food, tv

8 responses to “blog of a mad housewife

  1. Barks

    I am SO happy you have the Internet again! what’s for dinner tonight?

  2. MG

    Since you are so busy at the dry cleaners it sounds like a visit sooner rather than later is in order.

    I’ve totally been the underemployed houselady and its a weird position but dinner was always pretty creative.

  3. yaelgutt

    Yes, everyone please come visit!

    Since you asked Rebecca, last night was chicken cacciatore (YOUR recipe! and it was mmm, good). Tomorrow is homemade minestrone. Tonight I will be by myself so it’s probably just gherkins out of a jar. I do love gherkins.

  4. Ney Ney

    There’s always “I studied the specs on square sail snubbers, and I got smart on the Punic Wars.” It works for Dan.

  5. nilda

    man! stay-at-home spouse sounds way better than housewife sans the kids. I HATE that stress and guilt of recounting my day! After a few months though you eventually tell through truth when you’ve done absolutely nothing, it takes too much energy to make up elaborate lies when the clothes are still all over the bedroom floor. ha ha ha

  6. yaelgutt

    Nilda, I am going to follow your advice. It does take up too much energy to make much ado about nothing. Nice to hear from you!

  7. Lindsay

    Linsday and Sonjey here enjoying all you have to write. Never thought he liked lamb much, so way to go! Tell him you eat, pray and love all day!

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