Hello visitors from Medical Monday's week! Happy New Year!
I've been sitting on this question and discussion for some time, so I thought today would be a perfect time to discuss- given so many medical community friends (or anyone who works a lot) can relate.
Do you hire out help?
Say, a house cleaner, dog sitter, lawn mower, snow plower (if applicable ;), meal delivery...?
We've been sitting on this topic for almost a year now. We teeter back and forth every other week, and inevitably it results in us getting too busy to do anything about it. I do realize the irony that is spilling all over this picture.
We are just used to getting things done on our own (or with our families help- see, house renovation!). So when it comes to hiring help, it's almost like we both have a twitch reaction. As if it's a bad thing. I blame Midwestern mentality. A coworker of mine just moved here from San Francisco, and he made a comment that hit the nail on the head, "Why do you Midwesterns HAVE to do everything yourselves?!! No one cleans their own home in California. Hire a freakin' cleaner...and get a dog walker!!!"
Our life has dramatically changed in the past year and half due to residency. Although we'd love to avoid the obvious, it's hard for us to both swallow that sometimes, we simply need help. We both work more than the average 40 hour work week (Kyle works way over double that each week, but don't tell the government. Supposedly there is some law against that. Who knew.)
Our time together is precious. Our time to relax is precious, and rare. WHY AM I STILL SCRUBBING TOILETS?!! Seriously, the more I write the more frustrated I'm getting. WITH MYSELF!
Maybe it's a pride thing. Maybe I'm convinced that I can and should do it all myself. Maybe I think I'm just being over dramatic. Maybe I think it's too snobby for us. Maybe I'm too cheap (no, wait, the cheap part is definitely my husband. Okay, a little bit me too. The dutch thing has definitely worn off on me in four years of marriage.)
Just one deep clean every month would be make such a world of difference. Even one healthy pre-made meal a week- amazing. Right now, I so wish we would have paid a snow removal company for the entire winter to plow our driveway. Who knew the snowpocalyse was coming??!
One day, I'll write a post titled, "why your doctor spends more money than you," and it will have nothing to do with money made, and everything to do with lack of time. Is it ironic to anyone else that residents end up spending even MORE money due to the lack of time to do anything themselves?! (I've been keeping a list for good measure...care to add to it?)
I'm not on a rant, just stating the facts...that happens to sound eerily similiar to a rant. But I promise, not complaining.
After the holidays and to usher in the New Year, I promised myself there would be no more of this pride and plenty more of hiring people who could do a job better than I can. I've looked into lawn companies for Spring and I'm making a point to interview two more house cleaning companies in the next two weeks. It's time. It's past time. We need some assistance- for our sanity and those around us (i.e. Maizy.)
In the mean time, I'm off to shovel more snow.