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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

There's always some type of housework we hate to do. For me, it's cooking. I'm a good cook (thank you Grandma) but I truly hate it. So doing it for six people every day feels like torture and some kind of cruel cosmic joke. The kitchen often sounds like it does when a man hangs wallpaper. Part of my problem is that when I get hot, my hands don't grasp when I tell them to (MS) and I tend to drop things or they slip from where I think I'm putting them. Today I cut my thumb with a Cutco knife. You know, the ones they show cutting pennies? Um, OUCH. I also dropped a vase onto my husband's favorite cereal bowl and broke it. Not a great day in the kitchen.

My friend Maria and my mom told me to make out a list and shop once for the whole week. So this weekend, I took the Trader Joe's flyer and I planned the week's meals. You know, a little planning makes all the difference. I spent $100 less for the week and I was shocked how great it feels to know what's for dinner. When I'm done writing, I go put it on the stove. Now, if I can keep my hands doing what they're supposed to, that would be icing on the cake.

So out with it. What chore do you hate? And how have you made it tolerable?
posted at 1:02 AM  
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At 1:39 AM, Blogger Ellie said...

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At 1:55 AM, Blogger Ellie said...

I actually enjoy cooking and baking, and now that I am recently married and have the latest and greatest kitchen toys it is quite fun. BUT I don't like cleaning -- vacuuming to be specific, or the floors in general. Or just cleaning...I spent the better part of last Saturday cleaning, and it seems as soon as you clean lo and behold the dirt reappears. Trader Joes is great though -- I like purchasing their Flyer highlighted wine for 4.99 and having my haughty, tautly French husband drink it and have the satisfaction of having him enjoy it :) BTW thanks for the book - and the congratulations message with it!!

At 2:28 AM, Blogger Deena said...

Fortunately, the chores I hate the most I can't do anymore due to illness. But I think the one thing I despise the most is laundry. Just the fact that it is never ending. As soon as I finish the final load, someone comes out with another basket to be done.

Unless it's towels...somehow doing towels is theraputic:-) I know, I'm weird.

At 2:38 AM, Blogger Annie said...

ok so i HATE doing the dishes. whenever i get married i must find a man who will do the dishes and clean the kitchen for me. the funny thing is that i LOVE a clean kitchen. i just dont like cleaning it! at all!

right now, any cleaning is something i despise. i feel live i've been doing it for years!!! I somehow got lice from one of my students or from somewhere so I'm constantly vacuuming and doing laundry and bleaching everything in sight! UGH! Will this ever end???????????

At 4:09 AM, Blogger SketchGirl said...

I don't like ironing. When I have to do it I usually put a movie on. Though to avoid ironing I usually hang my clothes so they don't need ironing or I mainly wear clothes that don't need ironing.

At 6:57 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

Putting the clean laundry away.

I don't mind switching it around to the washer and dryer, but when it comes time to fold and hang everything... I don't think I ever have it all done at once. There's always a pile that still needs put away. And it's just the two of us, so it's not like I can blame a bunch of kids.

At 7:22 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

I think cleaning a bathroom ranks up there. I don't mind most of the cleaning chores. I feel a sense of satisfaction when I can see what I have done. The bathroom just never seems to end. Maybe I have a germ phobia so I feel like it is constantly dirty and needs cleaned.

I often wonder about cleaning in general. It all just gets dirty again! I often reward myself with getting something done then I can read a chapter in a book. Otherwise, I'd rather read.

As far as ironing, I solved that one with Downy Wrinkle Free. Maybe more expensive than ironing but it is worth it to me! :)

At 7:30 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Annie-I don't envy you at all. I sent a student home last week with lice. I work VERY closely with this student. I itched all day! I itch each time I think about it. I have heard all that you have to do to clean and that would not make me happy. A colleague asked if we got workmens comp if we got it. :)

At 8:19 AM, Blogger Georgiana said...

Toilets--I hate. Cleaning. Toilets.

That said, I can't really think of a chore I enjoy, and like you, cooking is not my gig. Especially since the kids are hungry at least three times a day ;)

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I hate cooking the most. Maybe it's just the deciding WHAT to cook. I'm a klutz too, always dropping and breaking things. Or laying a pot holder on a burner. LOL

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Cooking. Definitely cooking. Plus I have a finicky husband so that doesn't help bc if I serve something new he eyes it like I accidentally dumped poison into it. I'm not so clutzy as I am just dumb. Like setting a hot pot on the floor when I couldn't find free counter space and melting the linoleum... yeah ... Pizza Hut anyone?

At 11:05 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh my gosh, none of us are going to want to do anything today because don't you cringe when you read the others also? LOL

The worst thing about laundry is IF you have the satisfaction of seeing EVERYTHING done, your husband will throw a dirty towel in the bin, just to show you, it will never end. GRRRRR!

At 1:26 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I don't like grocery shopping. If I'm in the store more than 30 minutes, I start to get antsy.

At 5:09 PM, Blogger Arodweb said...

Sorry about your finger Kristin :)

Maybe i should show this post to my wife so she can see that with a little planning the meals can be cooked every day "maybe i should apply it as well " :D

At 5:46 PM, Blogger Dave said...

I don't have a problem with cooking, I can't. I do a good job with one dish though (cereal). Microwaves are great 5 minutes and almost any TV dinner is ready to eat. Doing laundry is not a problem, it is only a problem if she expects it to be sorted first. It all has to be washed. As long as the house is cleaner then the garage and basement and you don;t have to move something to set down or find the remote control that isn't a problem either.

At 6:15 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Funny thing is for me, I used to love to cook when all the kids were still at home. Now? I hate it. How do I make it tolerable? Eat out. :D

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Alex, if you want to keep all YOUR fingers, I suggest you not give your wife any helpful hints. We don't take them well.

Pam, I hate grocery shopping too, but it was easier when I knew what I was after instead of roaming the aisle lost. I also have to shop in smaller stores because I get overwhelmed. Funny how I don't have that problem in Nordstrom's. It must be the piano music. LOL

At 12:55 AM, Blogger Beth said...

I hate ironing.
These days I generally buy clothes that don't need ironing and I only iron my hankies when there's none left in the draw.

I got sick of doing dishes when I worked in a cafe one summer.

Come to think of it, there isn't any form of housework that I actually like. I tell my self that it is a good work out, but that doesn't mean I follow through. Thankfully I live with my parents and don't have to do it all myself.


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