Monday, March 29, 2010

Do It Now

Okay, I think I've decided I'm going to just commit to this and actually change my life. I think. By the grace of God, I'm going to do this.

So today, I didn't actually go back and read any of the daily tasks, but I have been getting her emails, and one things she talks about that I have been trying to incorporate today is the Do It Now principle. It's very easy for me to walk past the pile of laundry, the messy table, the unmade bed, and not do anything because "I'm not cleaning right now, I'll do that later" and it never gets done. Or it gets done, after a lot of stress and guilt about it. So I've been really trying to do that, and actually have seen some results! I cleaned most of the kitchen, and picked up in the living room/hallway and stuff, because I was there and it needed to be done. And that alone I think will make a difference at first. I'll try to add something else tomorrow.

Supper today was frozen Walmart pepperoni pizza with a salad because that makes it healthy, right? It was a good salad too, romaine and spinach and green onion and celery and shredded mozzarella cheese. There would've been mushrooms but we were out.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Is This It?

I'm at a crossroads. So far, I've been doing the simple little easy baby steps that Flylady talks about. Nothing that really is changing my life, but nice nonetheless. But I've gotten to the point where either I keep doing what I've been doing, with some more unfulfilled good intentions, or I actually man up and commit to this and see some change in my life.

If I coast, well, nothing really changes, my house continues on the pendulum of cleaner-not so clean, and I continue being frustrated with the state of things.

If I commit to this...well...that means I have to change something. Something big. I have to become more disciplined. And less lazy. A rocket spends 80% of its fuel in the first few minutes of takeoff, then can orbit for a long time on the last 20%. If I want to change, I need to focus on spending a huge amount of energy on this for awhile, until I can orbit.

I'm not sure I'm ready for this decision. I'm trying to put it off. I'm feeling a bit sick today, so I don't really have to blah blah blah. I like being selfish. I like being lazy. I don't like the results, but so far that hasn't stopped me. But I'm acting out the definition of insanity here.

Gah.

I don't know yet.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Do I Have To Go Back To Day 1?

Well, I've pretty much completely fallen off the wagon. It started last weekend, I took a day off (and by "a" I mean "three") and never recovered. The living room is alright, the kitchen needs work but is honestly manageable, but our bedroom is almost back to how it was before my big cleaning binge, and thinking of the kids' room makes me want to go to my happy place.

I do have a handy list of excuses, if anyone's interested. For example, James is teething and hasn't been sleeping well at ALL at night, which means I haven't been sleeping either. On the good nights Sophia sleeps through it, but on the bad nights, hmm, let's just say she "doesn't". Not fun.
Also, I haven't been really well for a little bit now. It's a weird sore throat/bit of a stomachache combo, and it's bothersome, but if I'm really honest with myself it's not really anything worth throwing a pity party over.

Okay, so when I said I had a list of excuses, I meant I have two.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Something for the Girl

I've been quite crafty lately. First the shorts for the boy, and now this!

My daughter is never so happy as when she gets to wear a pretty dress. It doesn't even actually have to be all that pretty, in her mind any dress is a pretty dress. Which is very nice of her.

I found this tutorial online for making a toddler dress out of a man's button down shirt. So, we went to Value Village and I got a couple shirts (since I wasn't sure my husband would appreciate me raiding his closet) and I tried it out!

Here's the shirt:




















And after a bit of an evening and a bit
of a morning, here's the dress!

















You can't really see the white trim at the bottom, but it's there, like at the neckline. And at first she didn't like it, because it's not pink, but then I put the flower on it and now it's great :) Also please excuse the not-brushed-yet hair :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Look What I Did!!

I made James a pair of shorts. The yarn is kinda boring, but hey, I made them!! What do you think? And hey, spring is here now, right? .....right?!















Look! It's ribbed!! I learned how to do that specifically for this project. They are crocheted, not knit. My gramma can knit anything, she's amazing, and she's tried to teach me a few times. The most recent effort was a few years ago, and the results looked pretty much the same as when she tried to teach me when I was 5. But crochet I can do!

And now, ACTION SHOTS!








































And just cuz he's so darn cute:

Cleaning Fairies are AWESOME

Is it cool to put an emoticon in a blog?...okay I don't know how to do it and they aren't on the little menu bar here. There's this one I've seen of a happy face running back and forth doing a happy dance. I'd like to put that in here. But apparently I can't. Anyway.

I had a cleaning fairy come today!!! My friend came up to me at church and said I looked like I could use some encouragement so she came over and cleaned my kitchen and living room!! YAAAAAAYYYYY!!!! I hadn't done anything over the weekend so the place was a right good mess. Sadly, at one point one of my beloved glass canisters broke - the big one, too! - but on the whole it was a wonderful afternoon. I even got a little nap!

So I really think I can get back into the routine I was starting to build, and get back on track. Who am I kidding, I'm hoping to get back in the general area of the track. But at least that's something. ;)


Friday, March 12, 2010

My House is a Mess

and right now I do not care. I'm making a chocolate trifle for tomorrow's chocolate fest/bad date stories party, there's laundry piled up in more than one room, the kitchen's a mess, and I don't care.

Yes I do.

No I don't.

.....yes, actually I do.

Just not enough to do anything about it tonight.

I'm tired and I had a long frustrating day with my children and I'm going to eat leftover trifle ingredients and read Little Women and go to bed. Maybe the cleaning fairies will come while I'm sleeping.....although they must be unionized or something, because they've hardly EVER come before, I don't know why I keep counting on them. Slackers.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Day 3

Okay, day 3. Today's challenge is...to do what we've been doing. Clean the sink, and get dressed. I am AWESOME at this. Today I'm also going to be washing my kitchen floor, because oh my word it needs to be done. We have this awesome linoleum that looks like tile or something, and it's gorgeous, and it is amazing at hiding stuff. I have to remind myself to sweep, because by the time you can tell by looking, you'd be able to build a sandcastle with what's on the floor. And it's really been needing a wash for awhile, so since my Wednesday student rescheduled, I want to get it done.

Alright people, not only did I get the floor washed, but I practiced some arpeggios, made lasagna and garlic bread FROM SCRATCH for supper, and went shopping in the afternoon!! I AM AWESOME. Now of course, who knows what will happen tomorrow, but right now I am superwoman!!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Day 1...For Real This Time

Okay, I'm starting for real now. According to Flylady's beginner baby steps, I'm on day 1. Okay, no, day 2 actually. Day 1's task is to shine your sink. I cleaned mine out, but I didn't do all the steps that she talks about when you first shine your sink. Um, there's things in there like soak it with hot water and bleach for an hour, and using a toothbrush or possibly dental floss to clean around the faucets and that, and shine it up with Windex. I didn't do that, but I did clean around the faucets really well and washed it out well. I'm sorry, I'm not going to use car wax on my kitchen sink. Anyway...(sudden thought, maybe this is why I didn't succeed with this last time? Because I didn't do what she said...I will try to do better from here on in.)

I am glad to have a nice clean sink.

Day 2's task is to shine your sink (you always continue the previous days' tasks to what you're doing each day) and get dressed. Hey, they should've had this as Day 1! Although she says it's not just getting dressed in whatever, it's doing your hair and makeup and getting dressed to shoes. So you feel put together and "professional". I can dig it.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Beware of Vacuums...

...or more specifically, vacuum salesmen. I was getting in some technique practice for my piano exam, and this guy comes to the door offering to do a free carpet cleaning/shampooing for me, and do a presentation thing. I should've known, but I said hey, we only have carpet in the front hallway and it could use a cleaning, what the heck? So the guy came in and started his whole deal. And really, honestly, it was amazing. The dirt and stuff he pulled up out of the carpet was INSANE. I hate my vacuum anyway, so I was half interested (although I have my heart set on a dyson) and let him go through his spiel. All that's well and good, until I start realizing that this is taking longer than I thought it would. I had things to do. I had places to be. I had a shower to take before I could do any of that, and suddenly I realized that I had to be out the door in an hour and he's not showing any signs of slowing. So I mention that I don't have much more time. I do everything I can to get him to wrap things up. I'd even told him pretty much from the get-go that I wasn't going to buy the thing. I told him it was because my husband wasn't home and we don't make those kinds of purchases without talking about it first. This thing was a couple thousand dollars, after all. He told me they have a special discount for women who decide to buy without talking to their husbands. ?!!?! He specifically used those words. Anyway, I know I finally convinced him because he left my house and took his vacuum with him.

Any guesses how long he was here, before I tell you?

I thought it would be like, half an hour or something like that. He came to the house at 10:30 in the morning.

He left at 1:42 p.m. I am not joking. Leaving me with 17 minutes to take a shower and be across town.

The carpet does look awesome, though.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What Was Supposed to Be Day 1

......didn't actually happen. Cynics would say they weren't surprised, but what do they know. I was supposed to go to FlyLady and check out the first day task. I didn't. BUT I did do other stuff. I folded the laundry that's all over the basement TV room for the third time (shut up) and got some of it put away. I went out and got a whole bunch of errands done...and I had my long day of teaching today. We had Domino's for supper but that was not my idea, that was my husband's, I was going to cook. By the way, Domino's Philly Cheese Steak pizza is awesome. My bed is also made. So, I didn't do what I was supposed to do, but I did get productive stuff done. So, I'm chalking it up as a win! Yayy!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

What's the Plan?

I need an action plan. What am I going to do to accomplish my goal? I'm going to give FlyLady a try again, I tried a few years ago but didn't really follow the plan, so surprise! It didn't work. Now I still might not completely follow it, but I'm going to do more than I did last time. She's got a section on her site called "Beginner Babysteps" which sounds PERFECT, it's got daily tasks for a few weeks, to get you into the system. I'll tell you how I do as I go along. See you tomorrow!

It Needed To Be Done

I would've posted this earlier, but we were out of town over the weekend for my birthday (yay!!! it was marvelous!!)

Okay, so our bedroom was a DISASTER. Seriously. And it had been like this for a looooong time. So I decided to clean it up. It took me all day - no really, all day. I started around 9 a.m. and I finished at 11 p.m. in time to go to bed - but I got it done.

Here's what it looked like before:













I know, right? Not good. And if I want to be totally honest, this is even better than it had been before. See at the foot of the bed there? You can see the floor!

And after a solid day of cleaning, here's what it looked like:














Woohoooo!! I cleaned under the bed and EVERYTHING. Now, full disclosure, I made the bed purely for this picture. I crawled into it pretty much immediately after. And I don't know how well you can see, but my dresser is cleaner too. There's still a bunch of stuff on it, but none of it needs to be thrown away, and I actually know what is on there. My dresser is always the last thing that gets clean. Growing up my mom always knew if I'd "cleaned" my room or if I'd REALLY cleaned it by whether or not I'd cleaned the dresser off.

I know it's not good to do whirlwind rounds of cleaning, because you don't keep it up. But this was SERIOUSLY bad. It's really nice having a nice clean bedroom to go to at the end of the day. And hey, I still have the mountain of laundry in the basement....