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Sometimes it frustrates me that I don't have enough time in the day.

For instance, I think we'd be healthier if I cooked more things from scratch, but between a 12 hour day (with commute), exercise (3 nights a week from 7-8pm), (still) trying to get the business up and running, and trying to do some creative stuff (crochet, halloween, christmas), I feel like I have to cut corner in the food department.

If I were staying home, I would probably be making jams, bread, granola, baking a whole turkey, slicing it for Eric's sammies, using the rest of the meat in a casserole an using the carcass for a soup. I would probably have a year round garden to cut down on our fresh fruit, veggie, and herb costs. But this sort of stuff takes plain old time. So it comes down to, submit my whole Sunday to food, giving me a 6 day workweek, or doing more work during the weeknights, meaning I sacrifice sleep.

I know people did this... worked from sundown to sunup and then worked some more... and maybe I'm just spoiled with my leisure time... and I think that I'm probably more productive than a lot of people in the combination of things I do in the time I do it in, I just wish I could squeeze a few more hours in so I could still get 8 hours and be a more wholesome cook.

As it stands we have a frozen pizza once a week for dinner. But I always microwave some frozen veggies! Woot!

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jedipussytricks
Oct. 16th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Actually, I have read in two different books that people used to have far more leisure time than they do now. Prior to the industrial revolution it was far more common for people to work hours that we would now call "part time," or for their work to be integrated with the rest of their lives more (like farmers).

Have you actually figured out how much money your job and Eric's job bring you? Not your income after taxes, but your income after taxes, commute costs, work clothes, the additional money you spend on food because you're not cooking from scratch as much as you'd like, etc. If you crunch the numbers, you may find that you'll end up with just as much financial breathing room as you have now if one of you stays home, or works part time very close to home. And you'd be eating healthier food, and the partner who has the time to run errands during the day can therefore reduce stress for the other partner, and so on.

I'm really beginning to think the idea that couples need two incomes is a myth for most people. I think perhaps it's a phase we as a society needed to go through to break out of the "man goes out to work, woman stays home" mold, but I think most people can actually move beyond that now and acknowledge that maybe one person can stay home--whichever one that is--and that maybe both people will benefit from it.
jedipussytricks
Oct. 16th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
Just to be absolutely clear, I'm not saying that's necessarily the case for you two in particular, and certainly working can have benefits beyond money. Just thought I'd put it out there as a possible option.
iheartiheart
Oct. 17th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Well, see until Yesterday, my food at work and commute to work were free. I'm still able to wear whatever I like, however. So this is something I have to reevaluate.

Right at the moment, it's not worth it for only one of us to work, even with the increased expenses. However, if we choose to have children, it would be stupid, not to mention, financially ridiculous not to have one of us stay home.

I'll be revisiting this situation and report back on the overall findings.
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