9.18.2007

Madge, I soaked in it!

Love to cook.
Hate to clean.
When I was still a teenager, living at home, my mom and I had a very agreeable arrangement. If I cooked, she would clean, and vice versa. I loved cooking, even back then, and my mom is great at cleaning. It was a match made in the kitchen. I had hopes that someday I would have a similar arrangement with my mate. A girl can dream, but not all dreams come true. While I married my best friend who loves to fix things, mows the lawn, moves walls for me, and is a great daddy, my knight in shining armor does not do dishes. I knew this well before we sealed the deal when I first saw his kitchen. I still can't eat frozen ravioli. Enough said.

I've come to realize that doing dishes is a good time to let my mind wander or just stare out the window, and if I stand on my tip toes while washing, I get a great calf workout. I've also learned that the garbage disposal is a great way to drown out undesirable background noise. So, how about you? Do you prefer cooking, cleaning, both or neither?

15 comments:

  1. I know that arrangement of your mother's still works at her house. (If I cook she will clean...but prefers if I clean certain things. Mine are the stainless steel items.)
    On the other hand you can't replace George just because he doesn't follow the "arrangement"! He still does a great job elsewhere!!!!

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  2. I would love to see George in one of your aprons!!

    Jerry

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  3. I love to cook, and love to clean some things. I'm obsessive about clean counters in the kitchen, so cleanup usually defaults to me. He'll do the hand-washing of pots and pans, but won't see stains on the counter, crumbs, all of his leftover ingredients sitting around. You get the picture.

    And I'm right there with you on the pre-marriage kitchen. I still shudder when I think about it. However, my brother is worse. He actually PACKED dirty dishes to move. Seriously. It doesn't get worse than that.

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  4. I'm a cleaner too. Michelle will argue she does most of it, but I still do my fair share. I gotta get some tips from George on how he manages to get out of it. Hmmm.....

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  5. Is that all the mess you can make Molly??? I'm going to have to send you a picture of the damage I can do in a kitchen! =-) I guess it's okay since I'm the one who (eventually!) cleans the aftermath up... right?

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  6. Definitely cooking, definitely not cleaning. Most definitely eating!

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  7. uhhh, I'm just hoping Mark doesn't see this one... I gotta um, study now, yeah that's it

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  8. Ditto!! Love to cook, hate to clean. We had that arrangement when I was growing up, too.. Whoever cooks gets out of cleaning afterwards. Doesn't always work at my house, but once the kids get to be of dish-washing age.. I'll pass down the job to them!

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  9. I know you don't want to hear my comment, Molly :) But when Jerry's not home, it's not pretty! Cold cereal anyone?

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  10. My husband and I have the same deal your mom and you had - I cook, he cleans ... usually, but for the last month or so, he's been so busy at work he's been shirking his duties in the kitchen. Unfortunately, the rest of us still have to eat, and so there have been a few days when cooking was a real chore with all of the dirty dishes all over the place :).

    My ten year old is learning to do the dishes ;).

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  11. lol, neither ;)
    but if i have to choose, cooking.

    squeeze your buns too, and you'll get a double workout or should i say, triple ;)

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  12. Ok, ok, I know the reputation I have in my family when it comes to cleaning. Just call it organized?? Maybe I watched the original "Cheaper By the Dozen" too many times and the whole efficiency concept. You know my theory, clean as you go, the end time is then very short. Dad is so much better at cleaning the stainless steel! I've talked to others and for some reason their men can make that stainless steel sparkle! Now we both cook and clean. Rich, keep watching the Food Network, I know it inspires you. I love your cooking!

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  13. I like cooking the best, there's a big pot of potato corn chowder simmering on the stove right now. I don't love cleaning but I'll always choose it at the end of the day so John can get some time with the kids. My mind wanders too, and I like that, and I like the nice clean kitchen in the morning.

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  14. Oh, by the way Molly... would you like to borrow a bowl?

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  15. Cooking by far - but I'm finding that I enjoy washing up in my new kitchen so much more than I used to. Hmmm, my husband is better at stainless steel too. I don't mind cleaning (most of the time) when someone has cooked me a delicious meal. Today I made piklets for breakfast (blender), juice for afternoon tea (juicer), two sorts of pasta for lunch (for two little kids - two pans), baked bread (a few more bowls + bread tins, not a breadmaker). Need to go wash up now......

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