Sunday, October 27, 2013

Living the Part

Ana muses about having a maid

Sometimes, I daydream about the day when I can quit my job, hire a housekeeper and write full time. When I come back to reality, though, I'm not so sure. 
My job is how I exercise. I shudder at the thought of going to the gym. I prefer multi-tasking. Pitchfork a stall in the barn, and I end up with a clean pen as well as a workout. Harvest and lug a bushel of beets to the wash screen, and I've done two hundred toe-touchers. And passed an endurance test.
A cook might be grand. But what if I was trysting with my muse when lunch was ready? Muse could leave in a huff and play hard to get for a week.
A maid would be nice, but I'd worry about appearing messy and would clean house before she cleaned. And I couldn't feel comfortable sitting at my desk wearing knee-highs and my red thermal nightgown while someone vacuumed behind me.
And I would have to hire a PR firm when she sold out to the tabloids. "Ana Morgan wears a ten-gallon hat and spurs in the bedroom." 
I'm writing a western romance. I have to live the part. 


  1. I'm so with you. I would clean before the maid came.

  2. I'd be quite happy to shut myself in my study while someone else cleaned my house!

  3. I understand completely, Wendy.

    I could become jaded over time, though, and become completely comfortable with a host of attentive servants. Maid, cook, chauffeur, cabana boy.
    I could share with you, Paula.

  4. Okay, I'll confess I have a cleaning lady who comes once a month. And it's a bit awkward to be here when she is, but I'm getting used to it. :) And yes, I clean before she comes! But the one week that I don't have to clean is definitely helpful.

  5. I was raised with cooks and housekeepers, and I liked hanging out with the "help" because they were down -to-earth.

  6. I think I could go for a cleaning service.

    And my dream is to have someone come every morning and do my hair for me...nothing too fancy, just some style. I think that would be really fun!