Puppy

My birthday is coming up in a couple weeks and for my present (and my husband’s present) we are getting a new puppy.  We already have a 5 year old Border Collie and now he is getting a little sister.100_5154-600x450

Isn’t she adorable! She is a doberman pinscher and we will be bringing her home 2/12.  I’m so excited, and my daughters are going crazy with anticipation.  Every day they wake up and ask if its time to bring the puppy home yet.

I will pose a question to you, dear readers.  We are having issues coming up with a name!  What are some good, strong, female names for my cute puppy.  I have mostly been pulling names from Sci-fi, comics, mythology, any where that there are female heroes.  Do you have any ideas?  We are open to suggestions 🙂

Clean up, everybody do their share!

Happy Saturday everyone!
It has been a crazy busy week for me.  I am taking an accelerated class, we are fitting a whole semester (16 weeks) in to 3 weeks.  It is a women’s literature class so there has been a lot more work involved than I was expecting.  I am in lecture from 9 am to 1 pm monday through thursday then for homework we have to read four novels, write 3 essays (3-4 pages), and a final essay (8-10 pages!!!) in that 3 week period.  There has been little time for anything else!

So in all of my free time, I have been tackling my 1950s housewife challenge.  I have been trying to keep up, but have fallen behind a little, I’ve had  a basket full of folded laundry sitting in my living room for a couple of days.  I am trying to get everything in the house organized, so I am doing one room at a time for that project.  I have put up pictures that have been sitting around because we didn’t have frames, bought frames for said pictures,  I moved around some shelving, got rid of a bunch of papers that were junking up drawers.  So I think overall it was a pretty productive week.

I  started keeping track of all the things I do around the house in my planner, I am actually surprised at how much I get done!

Here is a sample, this is one whole day:

Saturday 12/29

6:30 shower, get dressed

7:30 Wake up the girls, breakfast, run the dishwasher (hooray for modern conveniences)

8:30 make beds, help the girls make their beds, tidy up bedrooms

9:00 laundry (wash, dry, fold, put away, repeat), I think I did 3 or 4 loads completely through out the day

10:00 make YouTube video 🙂 I know that this isn’t traditional, but it is what I did

11:00 go to the Goodwill to drop off a bunch of old clothes

12:30 lunch

1:00 violin practice, my daughters are learning how to play the violin, it’s so freaking cute

2:00 girls take a nap, clean up from lunch, fold laundry, tidy up living room

4:00 girls get up from nap, they clean their rooms

5:00 make dinner

6:00 have dinner, then clean kitchen, load dishwasher

7:00 watch Battlestar Gallactica with hubby, a girl needs some down time

8:00 girls get ready for bedtime

8:30 bedtime

9:30 bedtime for Mama

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then once school started again on the 31st, my day was more like this:

12/31

6:30 shower, get dressed

7:00 kids breakfast

8:00 drop girls off at mother-in-law’s house

9:00 class

1:00 class ends

1:20 pick up girls

2:00 get home, girls needed a nap, I needed a nap too but instead I tidied up the house

2:30 homework

4:00 girls wake up

5:00 dinner

5:30 dishes, clean kitchen

6:00 more homework

8:00 girls get ready for bed

8:30 bedtime, then more homework

9:30 my bedtime

blah! I hate having to cram a whole days worth of housework into like 2 hours, it’s no wonder my house is never spotless.  I am technically a stay at home mom, in that I don’t have a paying job anymore.  But I go to school full-time, my husband made a comment the other day that I am at school at least as many hours a week as he is at work,  but I go more days than he does.  I am at school usually 5 days a week and he works 3 days a week.  He has been a lot more helpful lately, he will do a load of laundry or do the dishes and he is wonderful with the kids, he is a very active father.

During this past week, I don’t know if it’s this challenge or the “feminism” class I am taking, I’ve been thinking a lot about division of labor in households.  My husband and I have taken upon ourselves very traditional gender roles.  I cook, clean, take care of the kids, decorate, etc.  He makes the money, fixes things around the house, does the yard work, does everything that needs to be done with the cars.  I am usually satisfied with our division of labor but it can be very frustrating when I come home and find a days worth of dishes piled in the sink or worse on the coffee table, and he has been at home all day.  Though we talked about it and he is trying harder to help out around the house.

How does the housework get divided out in your house?  If you are married/living with someone, do you both work outside the home or does one person stay home?  Who takes on the bulk of the domestic duties or is it pretty equal?  I would love to hear other people’s thoughts on the subject.  I feel like if I was a true stay-at-home mom and was at home 7 days a week, it would be entirely my responsiblity to keep the house clean and I would have so much time to do it in the house would be spotless.  Since I essentially work full-time, I think my husband should at least clean up after himself.

 

New Year’s resolution time

My house has gotten destroyed over the last month.  With the holidays, finals, and Ballet practice 3 times a week I haven’t been home except for one day a week for over a month.  My house has fallen by the wayside and in disrepair, I’m such a bad housewife!

I read an article on glamourdaze.com about the daily routine of a 1940s housewife, originally printed for Life Magazine.  I was so intrigued by how they spent their day, I have decided to challenge myself to a month of living the routine of the 1940s housewife.
This is the link to the article if you are interested http://glamourdaze.com/2011/02/1940s-fashion-housewifes-daily-routine.html.

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I decided to start today, instead of the 1st since I go back to school on the 12/31.  I have this week off so I thought I’d get an early start and deep clean my entire house.  I always find it easier to maintain a certain level of cleanliness and organization (the hardest part for my family) than to start over every week, so I have decided to clean and organize everything this week.  I am going to use the blog to hold me accountable 🙂  I will go by the Life article as my starting point.  However, there are things that I won’t do such as making my children’s beds every morning.  My daughters are three and five and more than capable of making their own beds and picking up their own toys/rooms.  I will try to do an update a few times a week to let you all know how it is going, I’m not sure how much time I will have to spend on the computer 🙂

I may have to get up a little earlier than I have been to fit everything into the day, because it would not be a 1940s housewife challenge if I did all the housework in sweatpants and a ponytail.  They did it in a dress, full makeup and fixed hair, so I will too.

I started with my kitchen today, cleaned everything from the light fixture to microwave.  Now I will go organize my pantry and take inventory.  Then move on to the living room, dining room (they are connected), and play room to organize, dust, sweep, and mop.  I’m exhausted just thinking about it!  The consolation is I only have to do the organiziation part once, which is the most time-onsuming and difficult part.  I do need to get my husband involved so he can put his stuff away, half of my litchen counter is being overrun with his tools and things that belong in the garage.  I will make a Goodwill run tomorrow to drop off a bunch of clothes that no longer fit, they have been piling up for a few months while I went through my youngest daughter’s clothes and pulled out and washed all the things that didn’t fit.

I have also gotten more serious about my couponing, I watched that Extreme Couponing show and now I feel like an underacheiver.  I don’t think it’s actually possible to only spend $50 a month on groceries for my family of four, nor is it practical to stockpile years worth of toilet paper.  But any money that I can save my family is a good thing.  However, going through and trying to find all the coupons is almost a part time job!  The big problem I have is most coupons that are out there are for really processed food or junk food/soda, things that we don’t buy anyway so I’m not going to buy it with a coupon.  We try to avoid processed food and I refuse to buy things with HFCS (high fructise corn syrup), that stuff is awful for you.  I already prepare most of our meals from scratch, it doesn’t take any more time than heating something pre-prepared or going through a drive-through, and it is significantly cheaper! We eat a modified “paleo diet”, mostly meats, vegetables, and fruit, but I still use pasta and rice (to stretch the budget) and I love bread so I don’t want to give it up 😉

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If anybody wants to join me in walking the walk of being a woman from the 40s-50s, I would love to hear from you!  I mean, who doesn’t wish they had a spotless home!  Try it with me for a month and by the end you won’t want to go back.  We can officially start on January 1st, even though I’m getting a jump on it due to time conflicts.

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I have been MIA the last few days.  I started finals, they will continue through next wednesday so I have to study (blah).  Friday was that horrible tragedy, so I didn’t really feel like doing anything except hold my kids.  Yesterday my rats died, so my kids were sad and I got to try to explain death to them.  It is not fun, at least I can use God and Heaven as the explanation.  I’ve never been so happy to NOT be an Atheist until having to explain conception to a 5 year old and death to a 3 year old.

So besides the awful things that happened this week, earlier it had been going pretty good.  We got our Christmas tree on tuesday and the girls had a great time decorating it.  We decided to get a live tree in a pot instead of a precut one, so that we can plant it in our yard.  It always feel so wasteful to just throw away a tree in January.  We picked out a fairly small one, including the pot it was about 5 feet, so the actual tree is about 4 feet high.  It’s a good thing we picked a small one, because we drive a Prius and didn’t really think about how we were going to fit it in the car prior to purchase.  The plan had been to tie the tree to the roof, but that wouldn’t work with the pot of dirt attached.  In the end we got it in, it was just an uncomfortable car ride home 🙂

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It was really hard to get a good picture of the tree, my camera is  super old.  But it still looks pretty, its much brighter in person.

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My little rag-a-muffins 🙂 They are so proud of their work.

Next week should be better, I have two more tests (the hard ones), then my Dad and his wife are coming to visit for Christmas, Friday is my girls’s first Ballet recital so we are all really excited for that!

I hope you all have a great week!