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A full day today. I guess. 
3rd-Oct-2005 09:06 pm
I worked on my online class, walked into town to return video for said class, finished what writing I've already been assigned (to be edited tomorrow), and read a book only tangentially related to things I've been studying over the past year that I picked up yesterday for $4.98 at Barnes & Noble (before 10% discount and 6% sales tax).

Hudler, Ad. Househusband. New York: Ballantine, 2002.
Summary: Linc's wife has accepted a position in upstate New York, and the couple moves there from California. Linc, decidedly uneager to revive his landscaping business on the East Coast, becomes a househusband extraordinaire and the the primary caregiver for their 3 (going on 4) year old daughter Violet. Suffice to say that Linc is an enlightened example of manhood, his mother having indoctrinating feminist values into him since childhood, but he goes well above and beyond the call of duty. He handwashes his wooden spoons because they will overdry in the dishwasher. He doesn't just do two loads of whites and colors, he does separate laundry loads of reds, yellows, and blues! He loves cooking and feeds his family only fresh food. He does no subscribe to cable TV because he thinks it's a bad influence on his daughter. He has taught his daughter to sing while he's busy in a public restroom...because he doesn't want to subject her innocent self to male "hygiene" and figures this way he'll know immediately whether she's been kidnapped.
Comments: In any case, I wouldn't say that there are any great revelations about the gender divide, though Linc does get up close and personal with feelings of inadequacy and lack of purpose that housewives often feel. In the end, though, he decides to accept his fate...and they're even having Baby #2! Amusing are the recipes included at the end of any chapter in which Linc cooks. (How much of this is autobiographical, anyway?) But the best and most skillful part of the novel, in a literary sense, is the subplot involving Linc's mother. She "escapes" her banal husband and goes on a jaunt around the oountry, seeing new places and trying new things. Yet, ultimately, she cannot change herself completely and go home. She's learned, and maybe her husband has too, but in the end they're still the same old people. Somehow, it mitigates the message...but at least the novel evinces the possibility of some gender malleablility.
Notes: hardcover, 1st edition, out-of-print; mass market paperback available
Rating: 6/10 - Significantly more entertaining than the average novel but correspondingly lightweight.
4th-Oct-2005 01:35 am (UTC)
He handwashes his wooden spoons because they will overdry in the dishwasher. He doesn't just do two loads of whites and colors, he does separate laundry loads of reds, yellows, and blues! He loves cooking and feeds his family only fresh food.

Er, I do all that stuff... Well really, a dishwasher will totally make your wooden spoons splinter and crack ^^;;
4th-Oct-2005 01:42 am (UTC)


You, like him, are between jobs and have time to care about that stuff.

However, you, unlike him, are not raising a three-year-old daughter at the same time.
4th-Oct-2005 01:51 am (UTC)

No, just the two cats.. They're really quite enough for me....
4th-Oct-2005 01:53 am (UTC)
And cats don't need you in the way that dogs and children do.
4th-Oct-2005 01:57 am (UTC)
I know, and they're still quite enough for me! ^^;;
4th-Oct-2005 02:24 am (UTC)
I like dogs better. The Prima Donna behavior of cats annoys me. ^^;
4th-Oct-2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
My whole family is against dishwashers. They're of the opinion that whirls of water can't possibly really clean dishes^^
4th-Oct-2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Oh, but they do. Very well, indeed. XD
4th-Oct-2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
Try explaining that to my 84 years old grandmother who survived WW2^^
4th-Oct-2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
Seeing is believing. ^_^ How can they be sure if they've never tried one?
4th-Oct-2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
Still wouldn't work. Old people like to think they're right. It saves me and you a headache at least^_^
4th-Oct-2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
*snorts* But that doesn't mean that *you* have to handwash, too!
4th-Oct-2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
Course it does. If there's no dishwasher then I'm going to have to wash it by hand^^
4th-Oct-2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
We make good use of disposable dishware in places that there are no diswashers... XD
4th-Oct-2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
Honey, if I used those not only would my wallet be depleted but I'd be seriously polluting the environment^^
4th-Oct-2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
Depends upon what you use--on both counts. ^_~

Ever heard of 100% biodegradable disposable dishware?
4th-Oct-2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
That's not available in most third world countries^^ Else pollution wouldn't be such a problem there.
4th-Oct-2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
*snickers* Back when we had a fireplace, we used to burn the paper dishware as tinder during the wintertime.
4th-Oct-2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
Paper doesn't smell nice when it's burned.
4th-Oct-2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
It probably depends on the kind. Besides, f you're inhaling the smoke from your fireplace...you've got serious problems with your flue.
4th-Oct-2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
Hee.. My family wouldn't know what to do without dishwashers ^^; Some things I only do by hand though, like stuff with gold trim, etc..
But overall, I have faith in the whirling waters ^_^
4th-Oct-2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
Well, it'd be good on my hands at least if we had a dishwasher.

But delicate glass will still be handwashed of course.
4th-Oct-2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
You have no dishwasher at all?!

*horrified look*

It's a wonderful machine for the lazy, just pile everything in and hit the button ^__^
4th-Oct-2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
*wryly* When I said all my family, I meant my mom too.
4th-Oct-2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
Hee.. A couple years ago my sister ran out of dishwasher soap, and just tried using some regular dish washing liquid soap in her dishwasher (did that make sense?), the machine ran for a few minutes, and then soap suds started pouring out everywhere! It was very funny ^__^;
4th-Oct-2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
I've heard of that happening^_^ The kitchen must have been a mess.
4th-Oct-2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
It was a big mess ^^;; We were scooping suds up in buckets, but then we used a shop vacuum my sister has. It can safely suck up water, so it worked good with the soap suds.. Mostly it just took a long time to stop laughing ^__^
29th-Oct-2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
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