Sunday, April 1, 2012

Who Am I and Welcome

For those of you have followed me to this blog, thank you.  For those of you new to my ramblings, welcome and let me introduce myself.  I’m Britt.  I’m 29 years old and working hard to make things work.  I never thought I’d want to be a homemaker.  I’m a fierce, intelligent, educated, modern woman, dammit!  I don’t bake, clean, fold laundry, and stay at home!  The truth is after Michael and I got our first little apartment I realized I like being a homemaker and I’m not bad at it.  Turns out I’m an ok baker, pretty decent cook, and I enjoy cleaning, repairing, organizing, and managing a household. 

Right now, I’m trying really hard to get done in a day all the homemaking things I want to get done and still manage to work 40+ hours in a week at a paying job.  Michael and I are working at getting to a place where I can dedicate my time to our home and family without needing me as a second income.  For now, that seems like an eternity away.  Despite our college educations and work history, in our small city there simply aren’t jobs available and we’re making due with low paying work that requires us both to bring in paychecks.  So yeah, if you hear about a good IT specialist gig somewhere let me know ;)
I started writing about homemaking because of a trend I’ve (and others) noticed with young people today.  People my age and younger don’t seem to have the skills necessary to be grownups.  At my current job many young people (mainly 18-19 year old girls) have come and gone, but during their short stays with us they have demonstrated an incredible lack of basic knowledge.  Read: Bleach needs to be diluted before adding clothes!

Now, I’ll. Admit I’m no Donna Stone (if you know who that is, you probably aren’t the young girls I’ve worked with.)  However, I do feel I have at least a basic handle on general house duties.  I’m working hard to learn to be better, and sharing my triumphs and sometimes amusing tragedies here with you.  I’m no expert, but I’ve never set my kitchen on fire.  The occasional dish towel and the trash can once or twice, but the kitchen was always okay.

So, this blog is written primarily for the young newly independents out there.  I know so many my age and many younger (and many older) who have never really had to care for a house and home.  It’s a daunting task if you don’t know what you’re doing.  There was a time when girls were taught these things by their mothers so they too could marry and become good wives and mothers.  That is no longer the goal of many young women today, but that doesn’t change the fact that you gotta eat and you gotta clean and do laundry and all the things that must be done in life.  Whether you’re a man or a woman, young or older, whether you’re a career girl or homemaker, single, married, domestically partnered, or in a relationship with a goat, if you have a dozen kids or faithful hamster certain things in life must be accomplished.  That’s what this blog is about, making a home and all the adventurous things that happen every day.       

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