I hope to have a big happy birthday post for Boogermonkey tomorrow (since I never got around to it last year, bad mommy that I am), but today I don’t have much, so I have a meme. Got it from a Ravelry (are you there yet?) group, thought it was neat. I’m trying to be more domestic, both because I’m 25 years old, married, and have a child (soon to be two), my house should be a lot cleaner than it is, and because I am OMG NESTING SO BAD.
Aprons – Y/N? If I had one, I’d wear one. I hate getting water on my clothes when I do the dishes or flour on my pants when I cook. I’m messy and short, so I inevitably have to change after doing much of anything in the kitchen. Lately, I just do stuff in my PJs because maternity clothes are in short supply.
Baking – Favorite thing to bake: bread, both the sandwich kind and the sweet kind. Banana, zucchini, carrot, pumpkin…I’m making myself hungry.
Clothesline – Y/N? If we had a yard & lived in a drier climate, I’d use one. We had a drying rack in college and for a little while after, but the cats always pulled stuff off of it. Now Booger would do the same, I’m sure.
Donuts – Have you ever made them? No, but I’d like to try. It’s a Christmas tradition in my father’s family for my grandmother (Bestemor in Norwegian) to make them, but I don’t think she does it anymore, now that she’s getting older & more senile. I haven’t spent Christmas with that part of my family in a long time, I’ll have to ask Little Brother who’s taken over the task of the donuts that have a special Norwegian name that I’ve forgotten.
Every day – One homemaking thing you do every day: Make food for Booger
Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze? Nope, no space for one.
Garbage Disposal – Y/N? Don’t I wish. No dishwasher, either, and no compost bin because we have no yard.
Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource? The internet, really. Foodnetwork.com for recipes, marthastewart.com for most everything else.
Ironing – Love it or hate it? Hate. Hate with a burning, passionate, loathing. We don’t even own an iron anymore. I don’t own anything that needs ironing.
Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it? Just one, in the kitchen, and it’s more of a “batteries and tools and spare screws” drawer.
Kitchen: Design & Decorating? Renting doesn’t leave a lot of room for decorating how one would wish to do so. If I had my way, my kitchen would be turquoise and orange with red appliances and a copper pot rack hanging from the ceiling, full of stainless-steel cookware. All our cooking utensils would be bamboo and I’d have marble countertops with a butcher block-topped island. ^sigh^ someday.
Love: What is your favorite part of homemaking? Knowing that I’m taking care of my family in an important way. Feeding & clothing & cleaning them gives me a really big sense of pride. Totally throwback, I know, but it is what it is.
Mop – Y/N? Ummm, wow. I don’t think we own a mop anymore. I just used SOS pads to clean the bathroom floor, but our floor is seriously about 3.5′x3′, so it wasn’t a big deal. The kitchen never really needs to be mopped, because I wipe spills when they happen. Even if it did, it would take longer to mop than it would just to get down with a sponge – our kitchen floor is about 8′x3′.
Nylons – Wash by hand or in the washing machine? I don’t even own pantyhose anymore. I hate them, they’re uncomfortable, so I got rid of all of them. When I did have them, they went in the wash if they didn’t have a run in them by the end of the day.
Oven – Do you use the window, or open the door to check? Depends on the oven. The one we have now has a really great window so I use it, but the one we had in Eugene sucked so I opened the door.
Pizza - What do you put on yours? When I make it at home, we do the “gourmet” thing and have artichoke hearts, yellow bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and sometimes smoked salmon if we’re splurging.
Quiet – What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment? Knit, read, nap, in that order.
Recipe card box – Y/N? Nope. We have a file folder of recipes we’ve printed out, and I have bookmarked ones on the computer, and I have post-it notes marking favorites in the books.
Style of house – Apartment built in the 1950s. Lots of closet space, open floor plan, no windows in Booger’s oversized closet of a bedroom that can’t be called a bedroom because it has no windows.
Tablecloths and napkins – Y/N? I have a turquoise batik-print sarong that we use as a tablecloth. It has turtles in the middle & butterflies around the edge and I love it. Booger likes to use it to play “toga baby,” and it’s also been a door curtain and a wall hanging and a beach lay-on over the years. We don’t use disposable paper kitchen stuff, so we use washcloths or dishtowels as napkins during meals.
Under the kitchen sink – Organized or toxic wasteland? Trash can, bag of recycling, extra plastic bags that we use for bathroom trash, a spare bottle of dish soap, and a spray bottle of Trader Joe’s all-purpose cleaner. I’d say that’s pretty organized.
Vacuum – How many times per week? Not nearly as many as we need to.
Wash – How many loads of laundry do you do a week? Now that Booger’s been using the potty chair to pee, we’re down to 2 loads a week because we only go through 2-4 diapers a day. Before, it was every-other day, plus Llamaface would do his own 2-3 loads every 2 weeks.
X’s – Do you keep a daily list of things to do and cross them off? I try to, but I feel really pressured internally if I don’t get stuff done, so it’s a constant push-pull.
Yard – Who does what? We rent, so the management company takes care of all the outside stuff. If we had a yard, I’d do the gardening and Llama would mow, I’m sure.
Zzz’s – What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed? Whatever needs to be done last, usually putting dirty clothes in the laundry bag.