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Time Management

by @ Tuesday, December 20th, 2011. Filed under employment, home ec

I work from home on the days that I am watching Scout.  I get a surprising amount of work done because of the kid.  Most people say that kids are a time sync.  She can be a little inconvenient at times (screaming through a webinar, immediate need for diaper change while writing, etc…), but for the most part she is a great time keeper.

From 8-9am she sleeps in her crib and I take care of anything requiring phone calls.  I also clean out my inbox and do any personal bookkeeping.  This is her longest nap during the day and my opportunity for 1 hr of uninterrupted work.

Once Scout is up, she gets fed every 2 hrs and takes a 20-30 minute nap sometime in the 2 hr span. I don’t dictate the naps I just put her down when she shows signs of rage.  During feedings I plow through my rss feed.  She’s chatty so anything involving active listening is out. Between feedings and naps I might get some other things done that don’t require 100% focus.  I check Twitter and Facebook for things to read during the next feeding.  I make to-do lists.  Scout is chilling in her bouncer right now while I write.

We usually shut the office down around 3 or 4.  I catch up on shows I record on the family DVR or whatever is in my Hulu queue.  That way I can be productive when I go home.  Sometimes we cook dinner while we watch TV.  Last week Scout and I made Chicken Cacciatore.  I made sauce and rice earlier that day.  Food that requires minimal supervision.  Then we tossed chicken in the pot on low and let it cook while we watch Soul Plane (someone left me a present on the DVR). (Seriously, if you have time to sit on the couch, you have time to cook)

Scout loves the kitchen.  The bouncer fits on the countertop within site of me but out of dangers way (she gets a little freaked out when she can’t see you).  She is way too squirmy to be held in the kitchen.  Besides, holding a baby 24/7 is completely unnecessary.  This is why some parents have no time.

I am not sure if this system would work out if I had to watch her everyday.  5 days of Crankypants would probably wear me out. This system will definitely evolve as she gets older.  Right now she is easily entertained in a chair with a dishcloth.



What’s with all the recipes?

by @ Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011. Filed under food, home ec

A lot of my recipe posting  has to do with my latest quest to revive home ec.  I made a deal with a co-worker of mine to track my food spending habits (grocery and restaurant) for the month of October (I also recorded my grocery consumption on a calendar for future reference).  I told her I spent $200 a month or less on food purchases (we decided that alcohol fell under entertainment).  She spent closer to $500 between restaurants and grocery.  I told her that I cook most of my food. It’s nice to have someone else cook your food, but I like the fancy stuff if I go out.

Now that the month is over I tallied up my receipts and reviewed my food calendar. I’ve cooked some great food, hoarded a bunch of leftovers and spent $191.  If it weren’t for M’s fancy birthday dinner at the end of the month I would have been under $200.  But it was Olivia, so it was more like $225 with my entree and food sharing.

So, what now?  My co-worker is going to try and do better with her spending.  I am going to continue to prove that cooking is not a chore.

Time/money saving tips:

I will add on to the list over time.  Stay tuned.




What happened to domestic arts?

by @ Wednesday, October 12th, 2011. Filed under home ec, note to readers

In the last year I have toyed with the idea of returning to teaching.  Not just sewing, but domestic arts or home economics.  As someone who cooks, sews, and can tackle most basic home repair situations I am a freak of nature among many of my friends.

So, over the next few months I plan on doing some serious research on this topic.  In times of economic crisis people are going to have to buckle down and do for themselves (well at least the little things).  These days people can barely sew on a button let alone cook a pot of rice.

I admit, I did have a bit of an advantage. My mom was (and still is) an amazing stay-at-home mom.  My dad wasn’t around much so we fended for ourselves quite a bit.  Mom’s best lesson was that if you can read, you can do just about anything (cooking, sewing, plumbing, electrical work, etc…).  Not everyone gets this lesson.  Instead of trying and possibly failing people would rather have someone else do it.

My question for you readers, can you do for yourself or do you have others do it for you?  What’s holding you back from doing it yourself?  It is time?  Is it skill?  Is it fear of failure?


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