My house isn’t spotless, *steps over tumbleweed of dog hair* nor is it a showplace decorated to the nines. My house is a home; enthusiastically lived in and comfortable. It’s my favourite place to be. Though I enjoy a spirited night out now and then, I’m more of a homebody. And despite last weekend's gluttonous inhalation of a Costco sized bag of potato chips, I don’t mean to infer that my rear is the size of a house…though a few thousand miles on the treadmill couldn’t hurt. I mean to say, I prefer to entertain at home.
Our house is open concept and the kitchen is the epicentre. I spend about 82% of my time there. I chat with dinner guests while I toss a salad, help my children with their homework as I take a homemade casserole (frozen pizza) out of the oven, or follow the story line of a cerebral documentary (Gossip Girl) in the den while making the kids’ lunches for the next day. The kitchen is my happy place.
I’m a former work-outside-the-home mom who, due to circumstances I never imagined, now works from home. We recently turned my upstairs office into a guest room and moved my office to the kitchen. I can now wheel my office chair directly to the fridge without ever having to stand up. This doesn't bode well for my homebody.
I’m learning to embrace my inner Helen Homemaker, while raising two wonderful children and one hilarious husband. I cook whole-heartedly, bake optimistically, and clean sporadically — while silently cursing my neighbour (the one with the weekly maid service).
I try to run a tight ship over here; some days it’s a breeze and we sail right along. While admittedly, there are other days… well, it’s sink or swim basically. Despite all that, I love being at home. A little too much. I live at home (obviously...where else would I live?), I work at home and I play at home. I fear I'm becoming a hermit crab.
Do you feel so cozy at home that you find yourself opting to stay in more often than you used to? Is this necessarily a bad thing? Is this a common effect of working from home? Should I fight it or just go with it? We crustaceans have a lot of questions...
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