Tuesday, July 14, 2015
SLICE OF LIFE
So should I admit it?
I am not very good at housework.
In fact, I pretty much stink at housework.
And besides that, I really hate housework.
My idea of housework is moving the stacks from the dining room table, where everyone sees them when they walk in the front door, to my office, in the basement, where I can pretty much shut the door and no one knows there are stacks.
The problem has been greatly exacerbated for the past year. Every Sunday, I go down to Colorado Springs (a 130 mile round trip) and spend the day with my mom. We go out to lunch. Sometimes do a little shopping. Watch the Rockies. I love spending the time with my mom. But that leaves only one day for housework and grocery shopping and errands and everything else that has to happen on weekends. Which means even less gets done.
At the beginning of the summer, I promised myself I was going to get serious. Throw out a bunch of stuff. Donate a bunch of stuff. Whip this house into shape. And I really did mean it.
But then my mom got sick and spent three weeks in the hospital and in rehab. And then my son totalled his car. And then he spent a week in the hospital. And I have not done very much housework.
About the first of July, I bought a book, THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo (When all else fails, buy a book, right?). Kondo advocates taking a category, e.g. clothes or books or papers and putting everything from that category into a big pile in the middle of the floor. Then you figure out what you want to keep and thank the rest for its service to you and then get rid of it. And I think that sounds great, in theory, except that I don't think I have a room in my house big enough to pile all my books. And I'm a little worried that I wouldn't get them put back and they would all sit in a gigantic pile for the next school year. And then besides that, the LIFE CHANGING MAGIC book got a little buried in several other piles of books and now I can't quite find it.
And now it's mid-July. And I'm teaching a class and responding to papers for twenty people each week. And trying to do #CYBER PD. And next week I have to take a class for three days during the day, then two more evening classes.
And the week after that is three days of classes and another evening class.
And then it's August 1st. And I'm pretty much headed back to work.
And the house hasn't really gotten cleaned.
Have I mentioned that I really stink at housework?