I have never been domesticated. That has usually been o.k., except for any relationship I have ever been in, where my house cleaning shortcomings, and to a lesser extent my cooking laziness have always ended up an issue. Of course I have gotten far less messy, and slightly more decluttered over time, but could never make the leap to actually doing my fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Until now. I'm not sure which of us came up with it, but the solution was so simple...
I cook, Thor cleans. The scary thing is that we each think that we are getting the better end of the bargain. Thor is convinced that I spend more time cooking (this includes the menu-planning, the shopping, and most of the washing up...none of which take very long, to be honest) than he spends cleaning. I'm not sure about that, but I am sure that cooking is really fun. I'm developing quite a repertoire, actually, and good feedback is extremely motivating. Cleaning just simply is not...not fun, not interesting, not creative, not anything.
From this, many related questions come into my mind. For example, can any other of life's sticky problems be solved this way? I honestly can't come up with a single example (maybe this is why I haven't usually found myself blogging after a long workday?) How do other couples creatively share the workload? And of course, how long can I keep this up? I hope forever, just because I really, really never want to ever wash a floor again. And I'm not missing the dusting either.
And now, a small confession: of course this post should be accompanied by a shot of one of my special dishes...but I keep forgetting to photograph dinner. So, this is not my creation. However, I do plan to eventually learn to make it myself. It's called rødgrød med fløde, a name beloved (or perhaps not) by foreigners everywhere, as it embodies everything that is hard to pronounce about the Danish language: The 'ø', the so-called 'soft d', and the strangely placed (by English speaker standards) 'r' sound. It's the kind of thing that Danes will ask non-Danes to pronounce so that they can have a good laugh (no, really, it is). However, it's worth the effort to pronounce it, becase the dish itself is delicious.