Monday, September 08, 2008

How do You Manage ...

... to be a mother, work away from home, ride your bike, maintain a home and still knit? This question was posed by a loyal reader the other day and I thought I would share my answer with you.

Simply put, I don't cook and I don't clean. Except the kitchen after dinner. I pay someone else to clean my apartment (she does a much better job then I do) and Mike does most of the cooking. I do laundry once a week (usually, this week is an exception) and knit or spin while it is drying.

I bring simple knitting with me everywhere and use it to fill in wait time. Today I started turning a heel while waiting on line at Staples after gathering yet another load of school supplies for Little Squid. I finished it while waiting for Squidette to finish her Bat Mitzvah rehearsal.

That said, I did absolutely no knitting Friday, Saturday or Sunday this past week. Not a stitch. But I did finish warping my loom and wove a few inches. I also spent considerable time preparing for Sunday's bike ride and then spent all day riding on Sunday.

There you have it. Somehow it all gets done but you can see where my priorities lie.


T. said...

We all manage all our stuff in our own ways and we should be proud of ourselves for doing all these things, while also doing something we enjoy (like knitting).
Good job on doing it all as best as you can!

Anne K. said...

Hooray for no cooking, no cleaning! I couldn't always indulge in such luxuries, but at this point in my life, outsourcing such duties is worth every penny!

Cookie said...

I think managing your priorities in a way that best suits your family is a wonderful way to live and makes a lot of sense.

knitseashore said...

Anyone who is a teacher/principal/counselor deserves to go to a home that is cleaned by someone else after a long school day! You have one of the hardest jobs there is.

I enjoyed reading about your century ride. Congratulations on 85 miles to all of you!! I hope to join you next year.

Susan said...

Sounds like a good balance to me. And you are to be commended for finding what works best for you.