Meet Norma: A new addition to our household

Foreign Service Life
July 17, 2009

As I wrote yesterday, we have a household helper starting on Monday, August 3rd.  Her name is Norma and she’s a Filipino in her mid-30’s.  She was the first person we interviewed, but she seemed like such a perfect fit that we didn’t look any farther.  We are going to do a 60 day trial period, but I am fairly confident that it’ll last past then.  Here are a few of the many reasons why we selected her:

  • She cooks Asian and Western cuisine and follows recipes very well.
  • She speaks great English, which should help minimize misunderstandings.
  • She got rave reviews from the last couple that she was with for 2 years.
  • She prefers to wear a uniform, which I think is fun and classy.
  • She was very polite and takes pride in her work.
  • She prefers to live-out.
  • She is willing to be an all-around helper, doing more than just clean.

Here are  the tasks she will manage in our household (for those of you creating a contract as well, be sure and list things out specifically – this is our list):

  • Wash, Fold, Iron and put away Laundry
  • Wash and put away dishes
  • Take out the garbage
  • Clean the bathrooms/showers
  • Sweep and Vacuum and Mop the floors
  • Dust and Polish the furniture and windows
  • Run errands as needed
  • Pay bills as needed
  • Shop for groceries
  • Cook lunch and dinner using a recipe
  • Make the beds
  • Assist with visitors/prepare for their arrival
  • Assist with parties as needed
  • Be available to take deliveries

We feel so fortunate to have found Norma and can’t wait to get to know her better!  Stay tuned for more updates along the way…

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