I work, I mom, I cook… repeat. That pretty much sums it up. To clarify:
When people ask me what I do for a living, I say, “I work” and leave it at that. If I say “I work on the web” or “I do stuff online” they automatically think I design websites or I’m a developer. I’m not.
I am part of a whole sub-set of internet workers who work with copy, upload stuff into a CMS, understand terms like “right-hand rail” and “secondary nav” not because we create them, but because we work within their confines every day. I don’t make things look pretty; I don’t know how to set up a site from the ground up. I (hopefully) make things easier to read and do a little coding every now and then to move stuff around on a page. That’s it. Glamorous, it ain’t.
Ultimately, I’m just hoping for a higher CTR and more PPVs to bolster my ROI. (If you understand that, welcome to my blog, comrade!)
I find it impossible to make a list of everything moms do so I’ve decided to use “mom” as a verb. Being a mom is being in a constant state of doing and being, rather than a label or a simple person, place or thing. “Mom”-ing means constantly thinking, doing, feeling, anticipating, worrying, supporting, tending, organizing, sacrificing… all at the same time. I am a mom, and I mom. Noun and verb.
I had my first child in 2009 at the ripe old age of 37 and the second four days after I turned 40. Yes, it was a modern miracle that I was able to get pregnant TWICE (so they make you feel). I think my kids are great, but I also know quite well that their shit does stink (literally and figuratively) and that I’m not the first person in the world to have a child. I love being a mom, but let’s get real. It’s not always rainbows and unicorns. And no one wants to hear about your damn kid all the time. I hated those people before I got pregnant and I swore up and down I wouldn’t be one of them when I got knocked up. If this blog turns into a tome about how completely fabulous my kids are, I’ll be just as annoyed as you.
I cook because I love it. I love to eat, I love food, I love thinking about food, I love cooking it, I love talking about it. I make time to do it because I enjoy the process. If you don’t like cooking, you won’t make time to cook.
That being said, I fully admit I’m not whipping up gourmet meals at every turn. And I do appreciate meals from the world of delivery/take-out/prepared food aisle every now and then (I know my limits!). More often than not though, you’ll find me preparing a meal at the end of the day because that’s how I like to spend my time. Sometimes, the only thing that gets me through the day is knowing there’ll be dinner at the end of it.
“Maybe you don’t like to cook, maybe you’re too lazy to cook, maybe you’d rather watch television or garden, I don’t know and I don’t care, but don’t tell me you’re too busy to cook.” — Michael Ruhlman