Aug 8 2012

changing it up.

We’ve been busy over here at the Rodda household.  A lot of things have been going on. Minnie is now 4 months old, Dave’s ’76 Jensen Healey finally has it’s engine in the car (!) Bigsby…well…nothing ever changes with him… but the biggest thing that has happened is that I am now working 100% at home.  Last Tuesday was my last day at my old job.  It hasn’t completely sunk in yet that I’m fully self employed.  I keep trying to cram my work into the days that I normally had off…and then I realize: “Oh yeah.  I have all week for this.”

Dave and I are both very excited for this change, because it means I can put a lot more of my energy into promoting my photography business, something that, let’s face it, I have not done.  At all.  Hopefully this also means I can blog more. :S  Which I’d like very much.

PS: I’ve been taking so many pictures of my pets that they deserve their own site.  I know, I know.  Crazy critter lady strikes again.  Go check out their tumblr blog here: Miss Minnie + Mr. Big

PPS: Dave says I should just become a pet photographer.  Are there actually other people in the world that are as crazy as I am and would pay for pictures of their animal?


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Nov 22 2010

day 105: {the weekend}

Much of my weekend was spent in lighting like this.  ”Oh, how romantic!” you say.  I say, “Oh! How irritating!”  Our power was out for all of Saturday, which meant that I could not do any work.  And if you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been just a little busy lately.  So a day of work lost is more than a little bit annoying.
And now the wind is blowing noisily outside, and I can’t help but feel anxious that the power will go out again and I will lose more work time.
Double yarg.


Nov 3 2010

day 96: {falling behind}

I have been terrible these past few weeks with keeping up with my blogging…perhaps it’s because my schedule has gotten a little intense.  I did a wedding a week and half ago, an engagement a week ago, and tomorrow I have a newborn shoot and a portrait session….and then Saturday I have a family session.  *Phew!*  I thought my schedule would die down in the fall.  It appears I was wrong.  I’ve also been working on my new website in every spare moment that I’m not editing, which means that on top of having a job and trying to keep my house from being a disaster, my blogging got forgotten.  *sigh*.

Maybe I’ll post a photo later today…if I get the chance…….


Oct 1 2010

day 68: {in retrospect}

(*note* Most of this post has been written in retrospect.  I had it started yesterday, but was too immensely tired to finish it.  Therefor, I am using bloggers handy-dandy date change option for the post so that it still is marked as Oct. 1)
You know those days at work when it’s been only an hour and you know already it’s going to be a long day?  Today was one of those.
The worst part is, I couldn’t even pinpoint it to one thing.  I think I was tired already when I started work.  Then when I got there I was feeling extraneous.  I hate feeling extraneous.  The day dragged.  Things weren’t coming in on time.  By the time we were finished, it felt like I had been there 12 hours, when it was only a normal 8 hour day.
Luckily for me my husband could sense when I texted him at lunch that my day was going off…so when he came to get me he had Chinese food ordered for dinner.  What a lucky girl I am.  There are few foods that I crave when I am tired, and Chinese food is one of those foods.
On a happier note….I got to take home a bunch of gladiolus (above) from work today.  They are one of my favourite flowers. :)


Sep 30 2010

day 67: {but what about being a housewife?}

*DISCLAIMER* This blog is about housewives who do not have children.  I am not commenting on stay at home moms at all.  I have no experience there.  End of disclaimer.

So.  I’m hoping to hit 1000 hits this month.  If I write something interesting/controversial enough today, then I may just do that.  I need 74 more hits, in the next 5 hours.
Uhh…not likely. (unless you would like to kindly feed my vanity and click on all the posts just to boost my monthly page views) ;)  Anyway….getting on.

I figured I’d write about something that I’ve been meaning to write about for a long time.  I took the picture of myself (above) about 6 months ago with the intent on doing a whole series.  (I did two, and consequently got too busy).

I’d like to talk about being a housewife. *GASP*. Those of you who know me on a casual level will know that I work two and a half days a week outside of the home.  You may also probably know that I have my own photography business that I run on the side (hopefully to turn into more on the forefront).  But I also have another job, and that’s being a housewife.  I am a pretty busy person.

What is amazing to me though is that many times (seriously, it’s many) I get asked this question: “What do you do all day?”  Generally, the response this question will get is a furrowed brow and a sigh.  Let me tell you why.

First things first, (and this is outside of the housewife reflections) I should just say that photography goes beyond that one day that I am photographing a client.  I’m sure most of you know that–but I do know that there are a handful that think I take the pictures and then *voila* they are done.  Not so.  There are many hours outside of the photo session itself that are poured into making everything just right.

So now that you understand that, you will understand that one half time job plus another half time job in essence, equals a full time job!  And even though I am at home for two and a half days during the work week doesn’t necessarily mean I spend that perusing Facebook.

Now let’s get to the housewife part.  I think this is the thing that gets everyone confused when they think of my schedule.  Todays definition of a housewife is not exactly the most positive one.  This is very unfortunate.  When our culture thinks of a woman who stays at home more than she works outside of the home (in this case, one who doesn’t have children, such as myself), they think she probably does the following: watches TV, plays Farmville on Facebook, gets her nails done, gossips on the phone, watches some more TV, puts a load of dishes in the dishwasher, plays some more Farmville, etc etc.  I’d love to say that those housewives don’t exist.  But….unfortunately, they do.  However being a housewife can be a worthwhile job.  I feel like a common misconception is that being a housewife is only an honourable job if there are children involved.  Our culture tells us that if you don’t have kids, both people in the marriage should be working more than full time.  When Dave & I were first married, we found that this was just completely ridiculous.  Up until we went to Europe, both of us always had full time work, as well as side projects with business (I had my graphic design business and Dave had his sound production business).  And do you want to know what we ate almost all the time?  Borscht.  Not because we absolutely craved it every day…but because once every two or so weeks we would find some time to make a HUGE pot, and then freeze it.  Because for dinner, all we had time to do was defrost the soup and eat.  Our house was (by my standards) not very tidy.  We were too busy.

Then we went to Europe…and realized what it was like to relax.  Now I’m not saying everyone has to take a ten month vacation to learn how to relax (although, hey, it was pretty darn cool.) But when we got back both of us realized that our pre-Europe schedule needed to change.  I made a point of finding only a part time job (which, funnily enough, was kind of difficult) because I knew that a) I wanted room for my photography business to grow, and b) I wanted to learn to be a housewife.  We saw such value in having a tidy environment to dwell in and in having all our food homemade (and not only just frozen borscht we made two weeks earlier…although I admit we still do that).

So what does my schedule look like then, you may ask?  Well, here’s a little glimpse into my day:

Outside of the house’ workday: 
- Wake up around 6:30-7:00AM to start breakfast.
- 8AM (after breakfast) I get started on some quick chores.  The kitchen ALWAYS gets cleaned after breakfast.  And by cleaned, I mean all the dishes are done (and our dishwasher doesn’t really work well, so I generally wash them by hand), the counters are free of clutter and wiped down, the floor is swept.  Having a clean kitchen is a must.
- Get myself ready for work.
- Once I have myself ready I continue tidying (make the bed, fold up any clothes that might be lying around, find all the mugs that my husband loves to leave scattered around the house, water plants…etc.  It varies from day to day).
- I leave for work around 9:30, and I rarely leave the house with a mess in it.  On those days, Dave makes dinner (because I come home late sometimes)–but my job after is always to do dishes.

Inside the house’ workday:  
- Until about 9AM, these mornings are the same as the others  (clean kitchen, bedroom, etc)
- After I finish all the morning chores I get on with my photography work.  If I have client work to do, then that is always my priority.  I work on that till about 4PM.  If I don’t have client work then I always have projects that are photography related (be it working on my website, doing correspondence with clients, research into new photography techniques or an art project).  But because I am at home, I can also do all those awesome housewife things like laundry and baking interspersed throughout the day (about 95% of what we eat is completely homemade. Takes more time, yes.  But it’s cheaper and generally better for you.)
- Dinner is usually well underway by about 4:30 (Dave gets home about 5).
There is usually one “at home” work day where I spend more time cleaning the house (like dusting, cleaning the bathroom, washing bedding or couch covers).

Now that I have bored you all with my daily routine, can you see why I get a little frazzled when someone has the audacity to question what I do all day?

Forgive me for sounding a little bit like a 1950′s “Good Housekeeping Magazine”, but being a housewife is a big job.  And it’s important.  Someone has to clean the house.  Someone has to plan meals and make food.  Someone has to take care of all those little details that keep a home running smoothly.  And why would I try to do that all on top of a full time out of the house job?  It’s madness.  There’s no time to relax.  No time to read through Harry Potter, and then watch the movies.  Which is, since I just finished HP#3, what I am going to do now.  See ya.

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