04 April 2013

Little Things

Apparently I have been too busy to blog.  I would feel better about this situation if I could honestly say that I have been doing something productive or interesting.  I can honestly say that nothing I have done in the past few weeks has made any meaningful impact, yet the days just slip on by.

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It is the little things that eat up your day and make you miserable and hostile.  I am actually over much of the monotony.  I have come to grips with the constant cycle of wash, dry, fold, repeat or load, run, unload, repeat.  The fact that the bathroom will be trashed long before I get my cleaning supplies back into the closet no longer makes an impact on me.  What will really be the reason I am finally institutionalized is stuff way smaller than housework.  It is things like the fact that my kids rip the hand towel down and leave it in a heap on the floor, or in the sink, every single time they wash their hands.  So like 6 times a day I have to pick that up.  Sure picking it up, making a call on cleanliness and either tossing it in the wash/replacing with one from the pile or hanging it back up takes like 10 seconds, but do it six times a day, 30 days a month, 12 months a year...I spend a full work day each year just putting the mother fucking towel back on the goddamn rack. Add in ten thousand other little tasks and well, even at minimum wage would be a freaking billionaire if I billed for this time.

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It is also the little things that make life okay.  Getting in my car and discovering that Chris had filled up my gas tank and my leaky tire made Monday that much more livable.   The sun still being out at dinner time makes life so much better.  The fact that both my kids can ride their bikes without constant temper tantrums because "no, I will not drag/push your sorry carcass around this block, pedal or go home" makes the whole experience borderline pleasant.  I took the kids to the zoo and it was easy.  No bottles, no diapers, no strollers, no special toys, just us, some snacks and the lovely warm weather.  With each new parenting challenge comes just a touch of freedom.

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It is finally spring. I put away all our winter gear, so the temperatures dropped to 30 for three solid days.  I started doing the yard work and have concluded that I am just going to have to cough up the cash and seek professional intervention.  Apparently inheriting houses where no one has done any leaf clearing for two years is my super power.  Lame.  Add in that my reward for doing said yard work was a run in with a burdock bush and I am fresh out of patience for that crap.  On the upside, having to chose between "legs on fire with hives" and "turned into a zombie by Claritin" has added some spice to my otherwise mundane life.

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Like sand through the hourglass, these are the days of my life...



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