Waaaahhhh! Where’s my coffee???

Posted by sue on October 24th, 2007

Len is currently in Boston on a business trip, abandoning his self-proclaimed Mr. Trophy Mom duties. I’m now left to make my own coffee and breakfast in the morning, and my own dinner at night, and keep our 5 plates, four pans, and 4 sets of silverware clean for the purposes of those meals! Plus working lots and taking Portuguese lessons.

I’m not too proud to admit that I’m a bit a wreck this week, adjusting to Len’s absence.

I know, it sounds whiny. But is it interesting how, when you’re out of the house for long hours, it can leave so much work for your spouse who is home more than you are. Of course I should know, since in the L.A. days, the grocery shopping and food preparation and financial management and laundry (though I stilll do the laundry because I’m picky about how to properly hang up clothes to dry- thanks for the training, Mom!) mostly fell to me when Len was working long Sony hours, but being on the other end is a whole new experience.

23 Responses to “Waaaahhhh! Where’s my coffee???”

  1. Cathy Says:

    Working mothers must be magic right?

  2. sue Says:

    Absolutely!

    But think how much harder working mothering would be if you didn’t have a dishwasher, a microwave, a decent freezer, or a car, and no stores were open when you got off work at night.

  3. Cathy Says:

    It’s like you took a trip back in time… Mom always comments when she’s here that she can see why career people dont cook. The mess it makes isn’t worth the time it sucks up cleaning. Too bad Schwans doesn’t do Portugal.

    Good news! Brogan successfully auditioned to be in the Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the DM Playhouse! 23 performances!

  4. Heather Says:

    Wow, you are like a bachelorette! Just keep the frat parties and beer can forts to a minimum.

  5. Daniel Says:

    Sue,

    If you had enough time or energy, there is a thesis in there somewhere waiting to be explored again. But, exploring the dynamics of outside the house work with inside the house responsabilities has already been throughly examined and found impossible to successfully do on a regualar basis. Something must give, and something always does.

    “Enjoy the solitude or make aquaintences into friends for the choice of solitude is a rare gift indeed.”

    The Psalms of Daniel, 1:44:AM

  6. Cathy Says:

    So how do you get food with all the stores being closed when you get off work? Do you have to eat out all the time? How many hours a day do you work?

  7. sue Says:

    Len made sure to lay in a decent supply of breakfast and dinner food before he left, and I usually eat lunch out. Tomorrow, Saturday, I teach from 10 a.m. till 1:00 p.m., and then I can go to the store and buy enough to hold me until Len gets back on Friday, I think.

    On weekdays, I usually get to work around noon, and my last class ends at 9:30 or 10 p.m., and I have a 30-minute walk each way to and from school. I have Portuguese lessons two days a week, at 10:30 a.m., but luckily my new Portuguese teacher lives very near where I work, so that doesn’t add much time to the “commute.” Since I get home so late, I sleep late in the morning.

  8. Lil Says:

    Cathy, your mom is absolutely correct. I did not cook for 10 years while I held my 40-60 hour/week job climbing the ranks in the legal profession. The time and mess was simply not worth cooking, and household chores — geez, they were the last possible thing in the world I could face after the work week. For years I had a weekly maid and we ate out or took out almost every meal. Now that I am mostly self-employed and working 50% fewer hours, I have quintupled the amount of cooking I do. Dishes I knew how to make 15 years ago — presto, making them again! Of course, living 12 miles from the closest restaurant and 16 miles from the closest decent restaurant kind of forced me into it.

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