So one of the most disconcerting things for me in Chile has been having a maid here all day everyday except Sunday. She cooks, cleans. does laundry, looks after the kids some, does the shopping, takes care of the animals, answers the phone...leaves me nothing to do. It is so weird.
Rosita is the maid here and she has been very cheerful and nice to us. We have figured out how to communicate a little with gestures and my 5 words of Spanish. Joffre Jr. is picking up Spanish pretty quickly and already translating for us. I thought that it would be restful to have a maid but I find it hard to relax. I am used to doing a lot of work, running my household and delegating tasks to the kids for my benefit and theirs. So it is really hard for me to let go of my control. This is Joffre's Aunt's house so I don't get to direct Rosita about what to do or cook. Generally this is fine but some things are driving me crazy. For example,we have had soup for probably 75% of our meals. I really want to ask for less soup but I have no authority to do so plus I feel a little guilty about the added work we bring for her.
I really just want to run a house again. I miss doing laundry people! How weird is that? On her days off I have been doing 4 loads of laundry just to feel normal and try to lighten her load. We had to tell her not to iron all our clothes including underwear. I am thankful she is cooking because the stove and oven are quite different here and Joffre's Aunt is a vegan. And just a little less soup please?