Thank you so much for a great release, guys. We are both very grateful for all of your support. It’s very exciting to see our work produce so much discussion and speculation. It’s also a little tiring. I called Jeaniene on Friday and tried to have a conversation, and ten minutes into it, she said, “You realize you’re so tired, you can’t even talk?”
I feel like we’ve done a lot of promotional and fiction related posts, and now it’s time to switch gears and work on Hidden Legacy #5 in peace and quiet. Murdering people in horrible way requires a lot of concentration. I’m really tired of being Ilona Andrews, so fair warning, a lot of the posts from now on are going to involve just daily life for awhile and rambling on things we watch and read. With that in mind, I present to you the current topic.
Open floor plans.
In theory, a marvelous idea. Let’s merge the kitchen and living room and sometimes even dining room into the same huge space. Parents are not stuck in the kitchen. They can supervise children while making dinner. They can socialize with their friends while they are entertaining.
In practice, the dumbest idea ever. Do you know what’s a really messy process? Food preparation. It generates huge amount of trash and messy dishes. You know what you don’t want to do while you are cooking? Having your friends and acquaintances whom you’re attempting to impress with your culinary mastery observe the process and comment on every step. No, no, please enlighten me with your observation on the complex artistry of me cutting up a tomato. Please. I welcome all suggestions. With this big ole cleaver in my hand.
Kids tend to be very distracting. The last thing I want is to be distracted while I am trying to stir-fry something at instant blister temperatures so it’s neither too under-cooked nor too mushy. And when I am done, I am left with two options: I can either immediately clean the mess I made because it’s out in the open for everyone to see or I can resign myself to gross island and a sink full of dirty dishes and attempt to serve dinner against that backdrop. If I choose the option #1, instead of gaining more time with my family as open floor plan suggests, I actually lose time because I am cleaning while everyone else is either eating or socializing.
I don’t want a hidden kitchen, but I want enough separation between kitchen and dining room, so I can leave the mess, walk away from it, and serve dinner in peace. This is probably why we rarely entertain at home outside of feeding a small herd of children’s friends during holidays.
And by the way, who are these people who constantly “entertain?” I always see this in house buying shows. “Oh we love to entertain. We entertain all the time.” No, you don’t. You know what you’re going to do? You’re going to come home after working really hard to pay off this new expensive house, you will eat dinner, and then you will turn on Netflix and pass out in ten minutes like normal people. Who are these friends who have the energy to keep going to other people’s houses instead of spending time with each other and I don’t know, reading a book instead?
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