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A blaring alarm clock at the break of dawn, jolting you awake & out of your comfortable mass of blankets on your cozy bed. Stumbling into the bathroom to shower & brush teeth, dressing & all the other necessities of the morning before rushing out the door to commute to jobs in dreary offices. . .
Or is it a “flexible” retail schedule that has your alarm clock going off at various times on different days each week? Yeah. “Flexible.” As if you really have all that much flexibility. . . In retail, the flexibility is for upper management; let's be real.
Maybe it's something more back-breaking. . . Something like construction, where you are going to work to sweat your ass off anyway, so you can skip the shower in the morning, saving it for later.
Either way, after a hard day's work, there's usually more rushing around to get dinner started. . . Maybe there are children that need to be coaxed into doing homework or chores — or to just not kill each other. . . Then, you might get to sit on your couch for a short while to stare at the television before going back to bed to get up to do it all over again. . .
Yeah. Not me.
After a “hard” day of work, I do more “work.” Okay. It's not really work. Well, kinda.
I am what many call a “housewife.” I am not a stay-at-home mom — at least not in my book; I might stay home & I might be a mom, but my children to not live here — not full-time & certainly not on a regular basis. Some like the term “housespouse” since it is gender neutral. Eh. Whatevs. It's the same to me.
The handsome husband busts his ass to provide for us financially. I get to be a full-time student; I just finished the first of what I anticipate will be about five years towards earning my bachelors degree. The school year is over right now, though. . . So, I don't even have school WORK to occupy my time. . .
Instead, I have housework. Yuck. But, I suck at it. . . & I don't do it as often as I think I should (or as often as I think the handsome husband wishes I would, for that matter). BUT, the fact of the matter is, I do it because he deserves that extra bit of effort — especially now that school is out for the summer for me.
So, there is no “after a hard day's work” for me. . . Since I despise it so much & because I am blessed to have the opportunity to do it in my own time, in my own way, in my own home, I do bits & pieces throughout the day. I get up & start my coffee & load &/or unload the dishwasher & wipe down kitchen counters of any mess left from the day before. When my coffee is done, I read some blogs or watch a show or write & sip my coffee leisurely. Each time I need to warm up my mug, I will pick up something or pause to start or swap loads of laundry. . .
It's not a huge block of time; it is small moments of time, peppered throughout the day. So, “after a hard day's work,” I've also had a relaxing (& maybe even productive) day of doing things I also like to do. . . Most of the time anyway. 😉
Thank you, handsome husband for being so supportive; I know not everyone has this luxury. I am blessed.
Check out Kristi of Finding Ninee‘s (our host) Finish the Sentence Friday post here & Michelle of Crumpets and Bollock‘s (our co-host) here; at the bottom of each of their posts, you can click to see all the other blog hop participants' entries. This week's sentence was “After a hard day's work. . . “
Thank you so much for joining Finish the Sentence Friday with this and wow – I am a little bit jealous of your days although my son is much younger (almost six) and I know how things change through the years.
Thanks for having me, Kristi. 😉 I am stoked to be able to participate.
I nodded through a lot of this. I really like how you describe your situation and circumstances – isn’t it true that everyone’s day and life is so different from anyone else’s?
So true, Lisa! 🙂 I am glad you could relate at least a little.
I’m jealous. Sort of. Going crazy with the kids gives me an excuse to not touch the dishes for 3 days at a time (I keep buying disposable plates, forks, cups, bowls…), and even then, I’ll make the husband do a load occasionally-I don’t care if he does work and I stay home… But personally, I’d rather spend the day taking the kids places and feeding them and breaking up fights and answering stupid questions than doing dishes and laundry.
I get it; I do. I am a bit jealous of you having the kids to go crazy over, though! LOL. I’d love to put off housework to wrangle my kids; it just didn’t work out that way. 😉 I guess there are benefits & drawbacks to both.
Congrats on being in a position to go for your college degree! It’s a lot of work, but an accomplishment to working towards it. Best of luck — what are you studying?
Thank you, Anna! 🙂 So far, so good — my first year ended with a 4.0 G.P.A., so I am pretty stoked about that. My major will be in finance with a minor in mathematics. Right now I am working on an Associates in Business to transfer. 😉 I am pretty excited about it all.
I think the important thing is that we support each other and build each other up. Each situation is different…so I think it’s wonderful that your hubby is supportive.
I couldn’t agree more, Karen. 😉
Your day begins in rather the same way as mine! Right now I’m enjoying my coffee and blog reading. Isn’t it amazing how our days unfold? Some times I’m exhausted and more than ready for sleep yet when someone asks me what I did I can’t really remember. “Um, the laundry, the dishes, went for a walk with the dog … wrote for an hour or so … ummmmmm…..”
OMG. Yes! Ditto, for sure. 😉