Domestnisity Day

Yesterday, I decided I wanted to make some needed changes in La Casa de Tres. What that translates to is that I wanted to actually put up some Christmas decor and get into the Christmas swing of things.

However, being a stereotypical nerd bachelor, my house has been a disaster area for quite some time. And you know, those damn shoe elves aren’t coming in and taking care of my messes at night while I’m at work or asleep. I’m filing a grievence with their union.

In other words, I have a lot of work in front of me.

But the other thing about any Domestnisity Day — invariably I find myself cooking up a storm.

It seems kind of contrarian to create more dishes while you’re attempting to clean, but for me, it’s part of the process. Work all day, eat a great meal at the end. Bizarre logic, I know, but it works for me. And what am I making for tonight’s dinner? Lasagna.

Lasagna is one of those meals I love to make because it’s so versatile. There is no right way to make it — just ways that you are used to and ways that you aren’t.  Today’s will be pretty basic — hamburger and maybe some pepperoni — but others have included bacon, sausage, hard-boiled eggs (sliced), multiple cheeses, mushrooms and homemade meatballs. Some scoff at me for going overboard (*cough* Mike *cough*), but some days you just gotta break up the status quo.

The other thing about D-Day — I break out the big band music and just have it going all day. Now, this is a relatively new thing, but doing so makes me feel like my grandma is here with me, cooking, cleaning and being the domestic goddess that she was. I used to always put on classical music as I cooked, but big band just feels more fun — there’s more energy and it just feels more positive. I especially love the old Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby Christmas songs, so it’s almost like a two-fer today. Again, some of my friends started giving me flak for this relatively new trend (funny to hear them call me “old” and “responsible” now — I still maintain that when I’m the voice of reason, that’s the time to be concerned), but I don’t care. I think it’s awesome.

Of course, it’ll seem extra special if I actually get done with everything I want to do AND manage to decorate for Christmas. I want to grab the DVD set of the Christmas stop-action shows I’ve seen at Sam’s Club, and fully intend to watch them while sprawled out on the LoveSac under several layers of afghans, all fat and happy in a relatively clean house.

Then, if I don’t fall asleep, I’ll grab a beer and play Fallout 3 next to a gently rolling fire, in the warm glow of twinkling Christmas lights. Killing Super Mutants will never have felt more right.

Well, time to get this grand plan underway. Those damn elves have shown that they’re completely unreliable.


2 Responses to “Domestnisity Day”

  1. 1 Mike
    December 3, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Guilty as charged! I don’t get the ‘eggs in lasagna’ thing. But, enjoy your meal!

  2. December 16, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Sounds cool to me – people don’t get my musical tastes all the time either. I like Celtic Woman, I like the musical episode of Buffy, I like Vivaldi, I like Soilwork, I like lots of shit because all of it gives me a different mood or feeling to enjoy.

    Usually in the fall or spring I fall back on my roots. Usually on a good spring day I’ll whip out the older Metallica CDs, or maybe even some of the older crap that I used to listen to with my buddy Kirk while we hung out and enjoyed not being trapped under parental eyes in a house for most of the day.

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