Today is my favorite Momosa holiday – Hausfrau Day (Babushka Optional)! Every January in the DC area, there is a 100% chance that I get to celebrate Hausfrau Day via a snow day. Now that my boyz are old enough to get their own snacks without burning our house down, I get to choose the pace of this magical day. No more nap trap (first down at 10am-wakes up at 12pm, second down at 12pm – wakes up at 2pm, first back down at 2pm-4pm – trapped at home from 10am-4pm), no more pleas of “entertain me Disney-style,” no more potty training accidents on my new carpet. This is Mommy’s time to plan.

First off, for Hausfrau Day I get to wear whatever I want which does NOT include lined slacks and pizza slice toe shoes. Today I chose pink cotton pajama pants, red fluffy slippers, glitter hairclip, and black “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” t-shirt. My ensemble is comfortable, colorful, has some bling, but showcases a modern edgy twist. I describe my work fashion sense in the same way, only I wouldn’t be caught dead out of the house in this “statement.”

Due to my traditional Hausfrau Day costume, I have a limited geographic area to explore, so therefore, I choose to stay in my own den today. Instead of viewing Excel documents and composing emails, I am viewing Millionaire Matchmaker and composing facebook wallposts. Macaroni and cheese lunch prepared by an 8 and 3/4 yr old tastes a million times better than any masterpiece made by a sandwich ‘artist’ from Subway.

The best part of Hausfrau Day will happen around 3pm when I succumb to the afternoon sleepyz and hit the couch for a Celebratory Nap. Don’t wave a cup of coffee near me in case I get caffeine poisoning that could disturb my slumber. This Sleeping Beauty needs a slobbery dog kiss or the melodic sounds of brother-on-brother violence to awake.

Unfortunately, Hausfrau Day ends around 5pm because that is when the guilt starts to outweigh the enjoyment. It also coincidentally is the same time that Oprah ends . . . At 5pm I will race around the house, stuffing items in the dishwasher and washing machine, throw on a pair of jeans, cardigan and ballet flats, and shove a casserole in the oven so that when hubby comes home all evidence of Hausfrau Day are tucked away.

Hausfrau Day is a secret holiday that I will only share with other Momosas. So, when it is your turn, I wish you a merry version of your own Hausfrau Day (Babushka Optional) to you!

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Pour Some Sugar On Me

January 14, 2011

It was one of those mornings that every working mom has experienced. It started with immense joy (pun intended) that my fat pants “finally” fit after the holidays. It continued with panicked surprise when I couldn’t find my car keys 30 seconds before we walked out the door for school. It reached its pinnacle when I was stricken with a back spasm after attempting sarcastic laughter at my first voicemail of the day which came from the school nurse letting me know that my youngest poked himself in the eye with a colored pencil, but “they would not require me to come pick him up.”

On mornings like this when I want to pack it up and head home for a well-deserved cocktail, nap and trip to the nail salon, I feel blessed that I can turn to my job to bring me joy, surprises, and laughter (no pun intended here – I love my job). Most recently my joy comes from work on the 2011 Mom Congress Education and Learning conference, an initiative by Parenting Magazine, along with Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies as their educational provider, which celebrates and connects moms fighting for better schools. On this day, I had an amazing conference call with a Georgetown University faculty member who will provide their research and expertise on the topic of Early Childhood Education. I was then wonderfully surprised by emails from other faculty and staff at the University excited about participating in Mom Congress. As one faculty member noted, Mom Congress is “such an ambitious and constructive endeavor.” I completely agree and welcome the opportunity to add my voice to the mom advocate’s leading the charge for better schools.

After starting the day on a sour note, then turning it around with fulfilling projects, I did end this work day laughing. I found myself still in the office after 8:00 pm along with another working mom. We decided to amuse each other by blasting our laptop speakers with NSFW music. Her choice was Amy Winehouse, “Rehab”. My choice was Def Leppard, “Pour Some Sugar on Me”. Oh, how I truly love my sweet job!