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August 29, 2010


me a domestic diva? not so much, or rather: not yet

by Andrea O'Connell

Okay, so I totally fail at domestic divaship.

I broke my ironing board while just trying to use it.  I dropped the iron.  I burned a finger (but not badly because I forgot how to turn the iron up really high).  And while I was ironing, I made brownies, too!  Yes, I did manage to make GREAT brownies!  Well, the brownies “taste” great, but when one is eaten at 10:00  in the morning, one cannot expect it to have a good effect on one’s digestive system…

Yes, my own brownies made me sick.

If I were to grade my work, an F would unfortunately result.

I never did take home-eck as a kid. Eck.  I hated the idea of it, it turned my stomach even back then because I knew I’d fail at it and be embarrassed and be “outed” as a perpetual tomboy.   But, I did take “typing” in high school and it has served me very, very well.  I consider typing class to have been the very best investment in my future as a writer….truly has served me well.  (Home-eck would have served me well, too, but I couldn’t stomach it back then.)

Typing was the better choice for me.

Can you tell when someone did not take typing in High school? I can, and I feel sorry for them as they look longingly at those of us with proper finger form.

You can always spot the uneducated typist.  They don’t have a clue where to rest their fingers! But, the good ones, oh they can peck away and if you didn’t know better, you’d think they were Mozart the way they can make music with a keyboard!

But, I see my colleagues struggle at the keyboard and I say to my self, awww they must have taken Home -eck.   They have not learned that the left pinkie goes on the “A” key, and the left index finger goes on the “F” key and it’s systematic how you contact the other keys up above and below those keys. Likewise, the right pinkie rests on the “;” key; the index finger should rest on the “K” key.

Oh, and there’s the proper wrist action and wrist suspension when you type….those poor Home-eck devotees truly don’t know….

Yes, typing class in High School was the best class I ever took. It’s the class that’s had the most long-term application in my life.

My mom, when I was growing up, never made me cook and never showed me how to cook either, tom-boy that I was. I was far too interested in softball, horses, and in playing football with boys than in becoming domesticated. And, it must have been clear to her early on that I was not made of the material for marriage.

I was never interested in things that made my girlfriends giggle with delight. I could have cared less about the latest fashions or the prettiest wedding dresses; I abhorred the idea of house cleaning (preferred always to hire someone to do it) because the smell of the Windex and the Comet or the Bleach literally made me sick.

But, things have sure changed. Now I am a good cook, when I feel like cooking, which isn’t often, but I’m good at it when I put my creative juices into it! And now, even though I absolutely hate to iron, I will do it every few months, or so. Therefore, I will just wait until next year to replace my iron and ironing board.

Now I am settled and more the domesticated diva…well, my house is clean and the detergents don’t make me barf anymore… so that’s something.

And now, well, I would like to look at wedding dresses. Yes I would.

And so….. well, I have decided to join………………………… drum roll please………………………………… eHarmony!

Yes. I do want to get married one day, before its too late. Now that I know not to settle for anything, I want to settle for someone.

My friend joined eHarmony and he tells me it’s amazing how it works. He has had great success with it………………………. so…………………….okay. I will try it.

oh my goodness, this is beyond scary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (This deserves lots of exclamation points wouldn’t you agree?!)

So, I will keep you posted. And, I’d love to have tips if any of you have used eHarmony…..

Today’s a rainy day…. maybe it’s just the day for some harmony?

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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sherry
    Nov 26 2010

    How did it turn out? Have you found a good man yet? 😕

    BTW, I took both Home Eck and typing in high school. I’m great at the domestic part of my life but a bit lazy at the typing. I can remember where my fingers go on the keyboard but if I don’t look where I am going I make many typos! I like my two fingers and a thumb system…

    I, too, was a tomboy growing up but I had to cook or help my grandmother in the kitchen (my mother rarely cooked but she always made great meals when she did) even as a child who had to stand on the chair to peel the carrots! I loved it!

    I hate ironing…I wish my iron would go on the fritz but even if it did, I have a new iron in the wings for such an event. And, I have two boards… 😦

    • Sherry
      Nov 26 2010

      wrong smiley used-the first one…should be 😮 lol

  2. Andrea
    Nov 26 2010

    LOL Sherry! Wellllll……….. I chickened out the very next day after writing this….. I signed up for an eHarmony trial and there were a couple of men that looked really nice, but I got spooked – afraid that I’ll meet scary people! My friend swears by eHarmony (but he’s a guy, too so it’s different for them) and he’s trying to get me to change my mind – he says it’s fantastic. says he’s met some awesome people on it…. I am just a wee bit nervous…..

    I finally got a new ironing board……. it’s the kind you put on a table – it’s still in the plastic wrapper…….maybe this weekend I’ll iron… LOL! Doubtful, really! 🙂

    • Sherry
      Nov 26 2010

      😆 Heehee!

      You did give me an idea-bake brownies on the days I must iron-kinda like a reward, lol!

      • Andrea
        Nov 26 2010

        YEAP! It works unless, like me, you eat too much of the batter and then get a tummy ache. That’s what happened to me yesterday! LOL! I baked two batches… and boy I sure enjoyed that batter, but my tummy felt otherwise. Then, I dropped the pot mitt thing into the oven and it nearly caught fire and then I burned my thumb!!!!!!! I am not good in the kitchen… so I stay away as much as possible! (But yesterday’s brownies were good, nonetheless.) My job yesterday was to take pictures…not cook! LOL

      • Sherry
        Nov 26 2010

        Um…Andrea…? I think you should stay away from power tools, too. Jes sayin’…

      • Andrea
        Nov 27 2010

        I know, I know! LOL!

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