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Jan 18 2009

coming clean…

Published by Meghan at 11:37 am under Babble

i feel like i have to admit a few things to you, to help clear my conscious. i have been hiding some things. so here goes.

 1. my house is a pit. there is stuff stacked in every corner. my piano is still in the middle of the living room from when we painted the front room 2 or 3 weeks ago. and i can’t tell you how many dustballs, toys, and crumbs are living under my couch. dishes are piling up in my sink. and bob doesn’t think i’m doing a great job with the litterbox. (sorry, bob. we’ll scoop that this afternoon)

2. it’s january 18th, and my christmas tree is still up. yup. it’s still there. with lights on. and our stockings are still hung by the chimney with care.

3. i didn’t take a shower for 7 days last week. i washed. i just didn’t soak or shower. why? it was just TOO FREAKING COLD! i rinsed my hair a couple times during that time, and washed the pits and nether regions. i just couldn’t bring myself to wet my whole person down. so the hair went into piggy tails for a couple days, i loaded up on deodorant, and i tried not to make eye contact with people incase they could tell. i did shower yesterday, and it was still FREAKING COLD!

4. peanut butter cookies are my kryptonite. i can’t say no to them. especially when i bake a double batch of big cookies on a snow day thursday, ate the dough, and then proceeded to “sneak” some throughout the past couple days. i think i ate a batch and a half by myself. how do i know? my pants aren’t fitting so well this morning. damn.

5. lately, while owen has been napping, and i SHOULD be catching up on housework, or doing something productive, i’ve been poking around on ravelry. or napping. or eating the aforementioned cookies. i just can’t seem to bring myself to clean/organize.

there. now that all of that weight is off my chest, i feel better. i’m gonna go have a cookie and a cup of coffee.

21 responses so far

21 Responses to “coming clean…”

  1. catrina1223on 18 Jan 2009 at 12:38 pm

    YAY, you’re HUMAN. lol. Welcome to the clan. ;) My place is a sty too. I STILL have painters tape up from the SUMMER where I’ve still needed to put a second coat on the inside window trim. And you should see our mountain of recycling downstairs. Mount everest. I should charge people to go climbing down there.

    Martha Stewart, I bet, has hordes of staff to clean her place. I figure some dirt is good for ya…builds the immune system up. ;)

  2. Kateon 18 Jan 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Productivity is SO overrated. :)

  3. Jan Melcheron 18 Jan 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Sounds like holiday burn out to me, just go with the flow, it will get better, it will get better, it will get better.

  4. bethanygon 18 Jan 2009 at 2:32 pm

    hah! I’m in the same boat here, though I am getting some things done-the daily things just to keep my head above water. And I am drying the bed linens and will make those up before bed tonight. But other than that, I’ve been pretty bad too. I shaved today for the first time in a week. This is bad for someone like me. I almost had to do pigtails too…ahem!

    Don’t worry about the rest. Enjoy play time and if you are worried about those cookies, just send some this way. I’ll not fit into pants with you. :)

  5. Stasiaon 18 Jan 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Oh you are FUNNY!

    I have been debating whether to shower, too – it is WAY too cold in this old farmhouse! It’s 16F now and it feels like summer compared to a few days ago – sigh!

    Be well.

  6. Carolineon 18 Jan 2009 at 2:54 pm

    You seem burnt out. I go through that phase in the last half of the semester. Now, though, I’ve had my vacation and I am back into routines, for the most part. I still haven’t gone to bed on time which is really bad b/c that affects my entire personality.

  7. Carolineon 18 Jan 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Also, have you heard about the huge peanut butter recall?

  8. LaurenMon 18 Jan 2009 at 3:50 pm

    You know…winter is for hibernation. Besides, cleaning and losing weight. That’s what spring is for. Go for it and don’t feel guilty.

  9. HappyMe2on 18 Jan 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I think this is why it’s called Spring Cleaning and not Winter Cleaning – I hate to clean in the winter too, probably because it is work enough just to cope with the snow and cold!!!!!

  10. katie Oon 18 Jan 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Well, I hope you feel better coming clean, but i still love ya no matter what! You are human. We all are. that happens. sometimes you just need to do what you can do. I know I wish I had the time and dedication(alas, i have no kids yet) to keep everything spic and span and super neat, but that is not me by nature. I actually laughed a little because you describing your “messy” house, reminds me of something I would do, xmas tree and all!! Clean up when you can… take baby steps… it will all come together. And watch out for those darn cookies!! They are evil(one of my faves as well)

  11. Liz aka FiberGeekon 18 Jan 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Meghan, If I lived where you do, I think I would do the same thing. It has been cold here in Texas too, and it makes us feel better to look at the weather in Chicago!

    Don’t worry about the house. When you work, you need to spend your spare time on important stuff and the cleaning does not matter in the long run. Being productive is highly over rated.

    I am the same way as you with the cookies. I can not allow myself to make them because I can not stay out of them.

    Mmm – coffee and peanut butter cookies. Sounds very wonderful!

  12. gertieanneon 18 Jan 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Don’t worry, you will wake up one day and have the energy to take care of things. It is the time of year, it gets people down.

  13. Ellen Bloomfieldon 18 Jan 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I’m looking at your list and thinking…um…that’s not a big deal.

    When overwhelmed don’t try and tackle it all at once, take it one thing at a time.

    Take care of the living one’s needs first, you, Owen, Ryan, the cats and any houseplants (if they can survive cats!)

    Clean the litter box (I don’t know which is worse, cats with litter boxes or having to walk the freshly neutered puppy on lead in his own back yard in these temps!)

    Wash dishes, do laundry.

    If you are tired, go ahead and take a nap when Owen’s napping. My gosh, you have a 3 year old which are perpetual motion machines!

    Take care of yourself!!! If you don’t take care of yourself you can’t take care of any of the rest.

  14. Celesteon 18 Jan 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Sweetie, let me tell you something. You are a Mom, you are a wife & you have a job (at least 3 careers if you count just those!). That is a lot on your plate. A friend of mine gave me this little saying when I had my son; ‘the dishes can wait, your family won’t’ My house is a mess–usually is unless we have company coming then we have the ‘company clean’ motto. Sure there are times when it just gets to be to much and we spend a day cleaning. But we like to think of it as ‘lived in’. If my house looked like you could eat off the floor, I would think hubby was selling the house!

    Take a deep breath, it will get done when it’s done. Cookies & coffee sounds great to me!!


  15. deliaon 19 Jan 2009 at 7:14 am

    Kindred soul here as well Meghan!! Wishing you warmer days ahead.

  16. Judith Gagnonon 19 Jan 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Oh Drat! Now I have to make Peanut butter cookies…goodbye new years resolution!

  17. karmaon 19 Jan 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Oh good! I’m not the only one with a messy house! =)

    If it makes you feel better, the excuse “Life is too short for a perfectly clean house,” usually works for me. =) So, go knit, spin, relax, spend time with family, or eating cookies and tell yourself it’s more important to enjoy life for a while. (Napping counts too!) =)

  18. psalm139on 19 Jan 2009 at 8:11 pm

    LOL. And lots of hugs. We too are suffering from post-Holiday and winter blues.DH who is usually very productive and an early riser has spent much of the weekend in his PJ or sweats and watching TV. He is not the couch potato type. We still have some of the Christmas stuff still out. I have been off now for 5 days and have only some knitting to show for it. Housework still needs to be done. But, I did finishlistening to 2 audiobooks.
    I see a Knitting and Hiberbnating group for Ravelry starting here ;-)

  19. Vivon 21 Jan 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Wow Meg. I’m so glad you came clean because I went 7 days without a “real” shower last week too and resorted to the same remedies you did. On Monday when I was off I put a space heater next to the tub for several hours in order to be able to get the nerve to bathe. The porcelain is so friggin cold no matter what. The wreath on the front door came down yesterday because it was snowing and we actually thought it ,might be time. The outside lights are still up and my dining room is filled with Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations waiting to be transported to the garage. We always use the Epiphany (January 6th) as the excuse to leave everything up but now we’re way beyond the gift of the magi. This morning I pointed out to my husband that there was so much dog hair in our bed that I would not sleep in it one more night so all of our down comforters and coverlets and winter blankets are in the dryer as I speak. When you work fulltime and have a child to care for, something’s gotta give. Cleaning’s way overrated anyway. Peanut butter cookies rock.

  20. serenknitityon 23 Jan 2009 at 1:25 pm

    The only time I really clean up is when I have people over, otherwise what’s the point? My kids would love if the Christmas tree was still up. They’d also love if I baked cookies. Last year in about July I pulled out a piece of furniture to vacuum and there was a ton of ripped paper behind it… Christmas paper. Don’t they say on those embroidered cushions in gift shops ‘Dull women have clean houses’?

  21. Cathyon 23 Jan 2009 at 5:17 pm

    And the problem with any of that is??????

    You’re a working mom of a preschooler!! Our outside lights are still up b/c it’s under 2ft of snow here in Milwaukee, my house stays messy and I deny anyone admittance unless they are of blood relation to me, I’m still carrying around 25lbs of baby weight (that “baby” is 15mos now) b/c I love food (lots of it during the winter), and I ALWAYS slack off when the kids are sleeping!

    I do shower everyday b/c it’s the only time I’m alone!! I can’t do anything alone so the shower is my alone time. I wash my hair and shave everyday just to lengthen my alone time!!!!

    I see no problems!!!