In this post, I would like to talk about what I do as a housewife, writer, and translator on a daily basis. I will take a look at the most common tasks around the house and some of the more obscure assignments, such as vitamin preparation. So, let’s get right into it!
As a housewife, I take great pride in being able to set the day’s tone for both of us. This includes doing a particular set of tasks in which the modern woman may find something demeaning or even too mothering, he is, after all, a grown man. Yet, these things have become the staple of our household to make it run as smoothly as possible in preparation for the challenges ahead.
My husband and I both have our own respective routines that will, usually, make or break our days. For him, the standard is to wake up, have some supplements, take a shower, and pick up his breakfast eggs on the way to the morning walk/lone time. After he returns home, there will be a moment of starting up the work day proper and then protein, with more supplements. And then it’s all work, all day, 7 days a week.
My role in all this going without hick-ups is incremental, as I make it possible for him to not have to think about things such as preparing food, cleaning, or figuring out the general layout of the house. He is pretty much free to focus on his work and other projects. Although, I must say I am one of the fortunate wives out here since my stronger half helps me with the heavier labor such as laundry (which we do in the buildings community laundry room), and the grocery shopping.
A lot of things need to happen in the back-end (teehee, a tech reference!) of our mornings for it all to be able to be experienced smoothly by my main client, Mr. V. That’s where the little lady swoops in at the speed of light! Or at least she tries to get it all done in a timely fashion.
I wake up around the same hour as my husband, as I need to get the eggs in the pot and boiling before he goes to take his shower. Often times I slap on the kettle (with excessive water for my tea) on the stove and go on about my other morning tasks. As I wait for my beloved to get out of bed, I often times check out my Social Media, mostly Twitter since it’s my chosen platform to start this train of writing hype.
After he gets on with his rituals, I get to work by making the bed, laying his clothes neatly on it for when he gets out of the shower, and quickly vacuum the most used areas of our studio apartment. Around this time the eggs have probably done their fair share of hopping away in the pot, and I take them out to cool. While they are doing their thing, I set out to prepare my breakfast, usually consisting of tea and a concoction of coconut oil, cacao, and protein. This is also the time when I do my share of our supplement prepping and lay the day’s pills out for easy access (we take so many supplements I’m thinking about getting one of them pill-organizers for both of us!). After the eggs have cooled, I peel them for my husband and sit down to have my breakfast while watching something, usually from the Corridor Crew, Daily Wire, or some random bits from YouTube.
After my chill time, I do my best to get in my Rosary meditation as well as about half an hour of exercise. After that, I usually sit down to do some writing and/or translations until it is time to make my husband’s protein shake.
The skeleton of the day
The bulk of the routine things happens in the morning, as it is truly the most important time of the day. This period can last anywhere from 9 am up till 3 or 4 pm, depending on the workflow and tasks my husband has to tackle before we can have our dinner. Come food time, I stop reveling in my own literary genius and start cooking, hoping that I had enough time in the morning to do the dishes of the previous evening so I wouldn’t have to do them at this point of my day. There are not many things that please me more in my homemaker mode than having a kitchen ready to go when I need it!
After we have had our dinner, usually watching an episode of some show while at it, our house once more turns into a lair of code, writing, and research. It is quite something to hear the tapping of the keyboards in the air, as we are two very silent creatures most of the time and do our work in the privacy of our own headphones. I believe many people would find this dynamic odd, as we are quite literally inches away from each other for most of the day, and working side by side. He, of course, more than me since I have a bad habit of getting distracted by puppy videos. Other than work, at some point in the evening we bust out our nimble fingers and take down some people and bosses in various games. At the time I’m writing this article, we are neck deep in Elden Ring, and there is no end on the horizon.
If it happens to be Thursday, I take on the vacuum and the mop and go through the house more thoroughly to give us a fresh dwelling for the weekend, ending with the porcelain throne. Nothing quite like having Schnitchel Friday with shiny floors and a pleasant scent of cleanliness!
While our days are typically very predictably unpredictable based on the whims of my darling husband, there are some things that need to be done that don’t quite fit in the skeleton of the day. These are things like grooming days, preparing supplement capsules, and having dates and other types of couple times. Not to mention the random cleaning of things like the fridge or the shower drain.
I highly recommend doing the grooming process, which is exceedingly intimate, with your spouse. I can’t even begin to describe the satisfaction I get from shaving my husband’s beard and getting that gorgeous lip-line just perfect to highlight the beautiful shape of his mouth. As a bonus, he gets to relax and enjoy a loving spa-like treatment for an hour or so as I go through his face and head. And in return, I get to have my care days, laying like a beached whale and enjoying the moment. Intimacy is a strong bonding agent, never forget it!
One of the things I’ve learned to do is become a hands-on factory worker on a roughly monthly basis. It turns out that using powders and filling your own capsules is somewhat more affordable than buying them ready-made (fancy that, who would’ve thought that doing things from scratch is cheaper!), so we procured a simple machine to fill in the casings. Every month I take the time to set out, fill, weigh, and record my findings. While this task may seem meticulous and boring, even a waste to some, for me, it is a soothing and pleasant task. I thrive in meticulous listings and simple work like that!
And lastly, there is the time we spend together as husband and wife. We sometimes have sudden bouts of conversations about philosophy, politics, and random topics like shrews or game mechanics and strategies, for hours. As a wife, my greatest, most important task, is to be there for my husband when he needs me, and for whatever it is he may need me for. Sometimes it’s chatter, other times it’s using me as a bounce board for brainstorming or clearing his own mind, and on occasion (to the horror of the woke woman) it is to be intimate.
Amid all of these things that I do during the day to make our lives more fluid, I will have plenty of time for my own passions and interests. I must say, I am quite fortunate to be in this situation since it allows me to cultivate myself and find that balance between all my different sides, as well as giving me ample encouragement and space for creativity to flow without the endless pressure of the current world.