Why I Hate Electronic Toys

Electronic, battery-operated toys? Not in my house. Source: flickr
Electronic, battery-operated toys? Not in my house. Source: flickr

When I was pregnant and fielding the usual “oooh, let’s get you baby clothes! Yay, tiny clothes for babies!” comments, I had one simple rule: Until Chipmunk is old enough to care about what she wears, All Pink Will Be Donated. This was a personal choice based on the fact that I just really, really don’t like pink. Especially the washed-out, anaemic pink that so many baby clothes come in.

Now that Chipmunk’s older (she’ll be three in a few weeks – how did THAT happen?!) the “no pink” rule has well and truly fallen by the wayside. She adores pink, and red, and black, and just about any colour, really. It depends on the day. (Right now she’s wearing a fluoro pink swim top and a pink/red skirt with red flowers on it.) Continue reading “Why I Hate Electronic Toys”

“But I didn’t DO Anything!” Finding Accomplishment as a Homemaker

Keeping a home isn’t the same as keeping a job. The world of paid work gives you almost constant reminders of what you have and haven’t achieved – and thus validation. Home making has none of that. It’s hard and messy and often lonely, too. There’s no manager to keep you on track – you ARE the manager. Your employees are all shorter than you and make all sorts of ridiculous demands in return for their wage.

They are also, paradoxically, your customers, and by God you’d better keep them happy. They love you and irk you by equal turns. These customers think they’re always right. And they get crabby when you tell them no.

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Organising Part Two: My To-Do List and Planning System

Following on from Wednesday’s post, here’s how I sort out my day and keep track of all the things I need to get done as a house-spouse/parent/writer/awesome Crunchy Squirrel.

My daily To-Do list used to be miles long and I never got anything done. After I discovered the 4 Hour Work Week, though, I promptly switched to the uber-short list recommended there. Here’s what some previous To-Do’s I wrote look like:

To-Do lists

This is the main use my 3″ square Post-its get. I write with Sharpie, Connector pen, or some other chunky marker. This serves two purposes.

  1. It’s easy to see the list from across the room.
  2. It ensures I can only write down 3-4 items, tops.

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