Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Writer dreaming: Would I rather hire a maid or a cook?
Writer dreaming: Would you rather hire a maid or a cook?
I’ve decided to take a short visit to fantasy land since in reality I can afford neither, but it’s nice to think about.
As a writer my time seems to be gobbled up from every direction. There are distractions, things that just need to get done and a whole lot more that can keep me from accomplishing in a day what I want to accomplish.
So, once in a while, I ponder that question above. If a genie were to grant me a wish or I was to get just enough money, which would I rather have, a maid or a cook?
It’s a question that’s tougher to answer than one might think at first. There are good sides to both. And both or either would certainly cut down on the chores I have to get done myself. So who wouldn’t want that?
If there was a cook in the house, that would eliminate a lot of headaches. But I do like to cook at times. And, I have to admit, my usual escape hatch when time is pressing is throwing an interesting combo into the slow cooker in the morning and presuming it will produce something both edible and enjoyable by the time my writing day ends somewhere around 4:30. Ah, the writer’s daydream. Presuming having a cook would guarantee seriously good meals neither overcooked nor overdone and the smells of such excellent cooking would fill the house even as I continued to write in my study, well that has a lot of appeal.
On the other hand there is always that slow-cooker to fall back on.
Now if there was a maid in the house that would mean all the dusting, cleaning, vacuuming and picking up would happen without me doing the work. It would be like magic. Things would be dusted, vacuuming done (though I’d have to give some thought to all that noise going on while I’m writing in the upstairs office), dishes would be done.
I’m lucky, I have a husband with whom I split the work around the house, both cooking and cleaning. Nonetheless, wouldn’t it be grand to have to do none of it? Or to have one totally taken care of and need only split the work of the other? Yep, a true writer’s dream.
On the other hand, maybe what I need is a painter and around the house handyman. I do quite a bit of that myself around the house as well and am currently in the idle of repainting all the kitchen cabinets…then there’s the door frame and the downstairs bathroom cabinets…and…hmmm, maybe I just need to win the lottery to finance my writing.
But I got off track. Maid or cook? In the end it doesn’t matter, I’ll take either!