Procrastinating on Errands

I don’t know, I’m not buying this explanation on procrastinating on errands. I’m not a millennial, I grew up in a different world, and my experience of a “financial catastrophe” is from a different planet. But I’m the queen of procrastinating on errands and perceiving them as a burden. N, who grew up in the same society and in the same kind of family, on the other hand, is phenomenal with errands. I’m not an envious person but I do feel jealous of how he dominates his errand list.

I haven’t found an answer for my endless delays of the simplest errands but I intuit that it has something to do with needing to feel guilt to be motivated. This is a result of having poor internal motivation mechanisms. I don’t have a better explanation for now but it’s not a generational or societal thing. I was exactly the same in Ukraine a quarter of a century ago. So I identify completely with the experience the author of the article describes but not in the least with the journey of becoming this way.

Definition of Work

I organized and executed a move to a new apartment. I do all the various paperwork and legwork for everyone’s insurance, medical appointments, and so on. I buy nearly all the food, some delivered and some on foot, as well as household supplies — it’s a major point of pride for me that we never run out of anything. It sounds a little silly to count that among one’s achievements, but the truth is that it’s really really nice always to have what you need. Then I cook 7ish meals per week and assemble another 10+ from leftovers, make sandwiches, scramble eggs, etc. I purchase clothing for all 4 of us, mostly online, not to mention keeping it all clean(ish). Returns, warranty issues, miscellaneous customer service matters all fall on me. It’s a lot.

No, it isn’t. I do all of this, too, and I honestly don’t see what the big deal is. If she had four or five kids, then yeah, it would be a lot. But with two, it’s just normal.

I don’t understand this need to issue awards to oneself for very trivial things. And it’s not about whether she works outside the home or not. I know plenty of academics who list the minutia of their work lives with the same feeling of unacknowledged heroicism. I grade papers! Hold office hours! Prepare classes! You can practically hear fanfares as they speak.

And I’m not even going to address the ridiculous premise of “every millennial needs a housewife,” as if we were talking about objects or robots and not human beings who are somehow excluded from being millennials because they don’t have office jobs.

Another bit of idiocy in the article is the idea that doing freelance work from home is not really work in comparison with a job that requires one’s physical presence in an office. Hello, twenty-first century here! More and more people don’t do 9-5 office work. So what? I have an online store that doesn’t require me to go to an office. Hell, my professor job rarely requires me to go anywhere. Will anybody argue it’s less of a job because of that?

I can understand these attitudes in people who were born in 1932 but millennials should really get over these antiquated definitions of work. Work means something different today. Many people spend a ton of time on their couches staring at smartphones, and it’s work because they are building their online presence, writing content, doing branding, whatever. It’s all work.

“I Miss God”

My mom gave me some holy icons from her extensive collection now that I’ve gone all churchy.

“What are holy icons?” my 9-year-old niece asks.

“Holy icons are pictures of Jesus,” Klara explains authoritatively.

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“I miss church, mommy,” Klara says. “I miss my friends Emmy and Nilah. I miss the priest. But most of all I miss God.”

Money

This is why I hate Beto:

Beto O’Rourke says instead of walls or putting kids in cages, the U.S. needs to invest in “solutions in Central America to ensure that no family has to make that 2,000 mile journey because they’re fleeing the deadliest countries on the face of the planet” https://t.co/fwpQi9GGbApic.twitter.com/k5Xd6UFO2b

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 9, 2019

What a pompous, vacuous, stupid douche. But he isn’t a solitary idiot ranting alone in a cave. The most maddening thing about progressivism today is the iron-clad belief that everything can be achieved by “investing in solutions.” Throw money at it and it will go away! If it doesn’t go away, throw more money at it. Hearing any leftist speak about anything is like listening to an endless replay of Kevin O’Leary’s “Money! Maaaah-naaaaay! I want more MONEY!”

To people like Beto, human beings are like robots activated by coins. If they don’t do what you want, it’s because you didn’t deposit the right amount of coins.