You may remember our crazy housekeeper, Joy.
We sent Joy back to the Philippines a few days before I left for London. My grandmother was still with us in Dubai and she had her helper with her so I don’t think we really noticed Joy’s absence all that much.
It was when I got back from London that I really felt the difference. I never thought I’d say it but I missed the moody cow. Not her specifically, but all the things she did around the house. It’s amazing how spoilt one can get after just 5 months.
I had to unpack my own suitcases to start with. Anyone who knows me will know that I hate packing and unpacking so this was a harsh welcome back to reality.
Cleaning: There are several cleaning agencies in Dubai so we call for a cleaner a few times a week to do the sweeping, mopping, bathrooms, and so on. These days I make my bed, I make my tea, I load the dishwasher, I change my sheets. These are all the things I wanted to get away from in London – now I feel if I’m doing it here, I may as well be doing it back there!
Cooking: We have a man who comes every afternoon to cook. He makes dinner for that evening and lunch for the following day. He cleans the kitchen and he leaves. He only cooks Indian food and I’ve realised that it doesn’t matter what he makes, it all tastes the same (and this is after 1 month of it). He also comes right in the middle of the afternoon so one of us has to be around while he’s here.
Laundry: Our clothes are still washed at home but most of our laundry is sent out for ironing while Mum does the rest.
I’m not sure what the plan is. I think once we get back after the summer we’ll have to find a more permanent solution. At least I hope that’s what’s going to happen!
To read more about Joy, click here.