The campaign for more slacking off as a family.
October 17, 2012 7:51 AM Subscribe
Are there corners to cut that we should be cutting? What tasks do you skip, consciously or not, as a family? Washing dishes? Putting laundry away? IS THERE SOMETHING WE SHOULD NOT BE DOING?
Mr. Llama and I are wondering if we're working harder than we need to, somehow, because our lifestyle-equivalent peers seem to be experiencing the universe at a more leisurely pace than we are.
My mother suggested that a solution for our cat sneakily carving up the couch behind our backs--she does it when we're not around--would be for us to cover our couch and chair each morning with some kind of drop cloth, and then uncover it each day when we return home.
That sounds so totally batshit insane, I don't even. Not because the idea is so dumb in particular, but because the thought of adding that task to our mornings and afternoons makes my head feel like it's going to explode. (I don't want to derail on this whole thing -- ultimately, preserving the couch isn't a major priority to us.)
We have a four-year-old, a dog, and a cat. We both work demanding jobs that demand a lot of attention. The four-year-old is in preschool. The dog gets a good off-leash walk every day, and both the animals are well-cared for. I run (three miles) most mornings. We get up around 5:30, sometimes 5, sometimes 6.
We are pretty tidy, and a little rigid, but not pathologically so. We don't leave dishes in the sink. The beds are made when we leave the house. We don't eat very much prepared food. On the other hand, we sweep the kitchen floor only weekly, and with a robot. The bathrooms are tidy, but it's safe to assume the counters are dirty and have a film of toothpaste on them.
I'm interested in:
...as a member of a shared household, are there tasks or obligations (including social obligations) in your life which you have decided to blow off so that your life is slower paced and more relaxed and you have more time to concern yourselves with more important things, like sitting outside together on a fall day and having cider?
What are those tasks?
I'm interested in it also, obviously, if it turns out that this is just the way the world is and everyone is faking it.