Day 8: Introduction to Learning

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When you are a child, you are encouraged to learn, praised if you learn and master things quickly, and admired if you are curious and like to discover new things. Somewhere between 1st grade and being 28 things change. When you attempt to tell people at Ivy Tech you want to register for a horticulture course that starts at 7am just because you want to learn, everyone gives you a quizzical look. Then try adding that you already have a degree and submitting your transcript from Notre Dame. [Looks intensify]. The interesting thing is that once I reach AARP-age, I will probably be encouraged to “keep my brain engaged” and “try to learn a new skill”. Why is it so hard to try to do the same thing now?

One of my friends, fed up with me talking to her about this, suggested I just tell people I’m signing up for classes because I’m a bored housewife. Another one suggested I just say I’m changing career paths. I refuse. None of these things would be true: a) I’m definitely not bored at home; b) I’m not really changing career paths; and, c) I like learning. So I stick to my story and tell people I like to learn and put up with the looks. Many years from now it will be acceptable again.

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Not satisfied with simply learning a new skill, I go all out. I don’t just learn how to drive and park, I learn how to parallel park in between two cars in a space 4 inches longer than our car.

Making a country loaf of bread would be too easy, so I try to master a cinnamon-swirled, berry-filled brioche braid. It’s the competitive side of me. If I’m going to delve into the dark arts of domesticity, I will be the best at whatever I do. There is no professor to grade my progress, no council of housewives to judge my performance (although I’ve heard once you have kids, everyone judges your parenting skills), just crazy little me still trying to hold myself to impossibly high standards. It keeps me on my toes.

As the days go by I’ll share some of the new things I’ve been learning about and post pictures of the growing vegetable plants, flower beds and sewing collections. Don’t stay away too long!

 

Day 6: Changes

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Before I continued posting on the blog, I wanted to make sure I had a clear direction of where it was going and what I was going to continue sharing. I came up with a plan that involves two sections instead of the current one.

The front page will be the equivalent of “Section 1” and will include thoughts and musings about life and home, while the second section will be devoted to “The Science of Homemaking”. Many people call it an art, but really, when it involves exact timing, trial and error, math, and various experiments (stain removal is basically chemistry class) it is nothing short of science.

On this page I will include tips about cleaning stoves, washing away stains, keeping foods safe in the fridge and recipe testing. I have not yet decided whether I will include my sewing adventures here. Since I’m so new at this part, I have no idea what I could possibly contribute to the huge amount of work already on the internet. Except, perhaps adding to the many scared and frustrated voices out there complaining about bobbins and finger pricks.

So tomorrow I will begging adding posts to either section and seeing how that goes. Maybe it will help me keep my thoughts compartmentalized, maybe it will just create duplication, I’m not sure. We can try it out for a few weeks and see where it goes. If you have any ideas, they are more than welcome!

Hope you come back to try out the new format.