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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Escape from Housework

Last week, I was an amazing housekeeper.  Even despite the fact that my schedule was unusually full on top of all the normal things (parent/teacher conferences, dentist appointments, several make-up lessons, birthday parties, Joel's concert, and more).  Somehow I managed to keep the dishes done, stay on top of the laundry and even do some deep cleaning of the playroom.

I am often more effective when I am so busy I cannot handle my life.  I don't know what sort of coping mechanism this is, but I wish it would go away.  Because this week?  My schedule is considerably lighter, and I have been a big, fat slacker.  On Monday I barely got myself ready enough to get grocery shopping done.  And that's about all I did, besides teaching one lesson.  Yesterday, I taught my lessons at the university in the morning, and when I came home I absolutely did not want to face the mess in the kitchen.  Or the living room.  Or in every other room in the house.

So I thought about what errands I might have to run, and Sophia and I got the heck out of there.

We went and bought stamps at the post office, and mailed a couple letters.  It was a nice day, so we walked downtown and stopped at the music store where we bought a new scale book for Chloe. Then we walked across the street and got Sophia a strawberry ice cream cone.  We sat at the table by the window while she ate it and discussed important preschool matters like who she played with in the sandbox and why her ice cream was pink.  I was really wishing for my camera...nothing cuter than preschoolers and ice cream cones, I say.

Then we headed for the library.  They were holding a book for me (Catching Fire...I read The Hunger Games last week and was hooked), so I was anxious to pick it up.  Sophia picked out a DVD, and then played on the kids' computer for a while so I could sit and read.  Then my mom called, and I realized that I actually do have a camera!

So I took a couple pictures of Sophia deeply involved in her Barney alphabet game. Not bad for a cell phone...I'll have to use this option more often.



Headphones




Library fun


Then we headed home, and I was able to face the dishes again.  But that's all, because then we were off to get the girls and go to violin and piano lessons and see Sophia's preschool art show.

And you know what?  The world didn't end because I didn't make my bed.  In fact, the world was just that much nicer yesterday.  I think I'll do this more often.

Happy Wednesday!

25 comments :

  1. Have you read any of Catching Fire yet? I could not put it down!

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  2. They say, "If you want something done, ask a busy person." I think that is b/c once we start moving, we keep a-goin'. And once we stop to rest, we stay at rest. Pacing myself is always a struggle for me but your day does sound absolutely lovely (and essential).

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  3. three of us have read those book in this house, and Allan says he gets first dibs on the third book because it comes out the week of his birthday. lol

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  4. I am the exact same way! The busier I am the more I get done. We had spring break last week without any obligations- I barely got any housework done.

    I liked the Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Can't wait to read the next one.

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  5. Oh, I am the same way. Sometimes it's just easier to avoid the mess and clutter than to clean it! When I am busy, I'm not lazy because I can't be, so I get more done. When I'm not busy, I can be lazy if I want. And sometimes, it's nice to do what I want instead of what I should do!

    LOVE The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Can't wait for the 3rd book to come out!

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  6. Me too. It's my way of maintaining control. When things are busy or stressed, I clean to keep myself sane and in control. Weird, but it works!

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  7. I just read Catching Fire when we started out on our trip. It was interesting reading it after reading your Hunger Games review. I'm hooked on the series too.

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  8. I LOVE those books, and I can't wait for the third (September....SOOOO far away...). I keep the house miraculously clean (sometimes) when Phill is gone. Then he comes home and it all goes kaput because I'm just too happy to be so controlling anymore. :)

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  9. I have been keeping really busy lately too, and I'm exhausted!

    It sounds like it was a nice day.

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  10. But NOW - did you read Catching Fire? I am anxiously awaiting the third installment!

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  11. Lara I think it is so important to have days just like this. This past year I can not tell how many days off I have taken. How much happier my children are with a Mother that is not always running around like a crazy lady! I think the key is too find a balance.

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  12. I'm with Heidi. I get a lot more done when I have a lot to do. I also work best when I'm under pressure. This is across the board: I prepare my lessons the night before I have to teach them, I do dishes when the only other choice is to go out and buy more, I clean my house and do the laundry when we're all wrapped in burlap and considering planting crops in the dust on every surface. Can't tell you why, wish it weren't so, but that's the way it is!

    You had a perfect day. Life doesn't hand you many, and I'm glad you were a faithful steward over yours!

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  13. i love being busy! i'd much rather be busy than not. but, i think it's also important to have "lazy" days, simply to refresh our mind, body, and spirit - you know, the don't run faster than you can walk principle? and, sometimes i've noticed my slacking off - or what i consider slacking off anyway - is a result of not following that principle. sure, i can do it when i really have to and need to push myself, but keeping up with that on a daily basis? maybe i'm biting off more than i can chew. it's all about balance, and that is the TRICKIEST part of all!

    sounds like you had a great day with shopia, and i'm sure she LOVED the one-on-one time with mom not frazzled!

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  14. I am so much more effective when I'm busy as well. Looks like this comment thread is a support group for that. As a correllary, I'm a lot more energetic when I'm crazy busy. When I'm not, I have a hard time finding energy to do much of anything at all.

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  15. Forget the kitchen..I couldn't get passed the fact that you just BARELY read The Hunger Games! Holy cow...those books were AWESOME!...Rumor says they are turning them into a movie! WOO HOO! Although it's pretty gory, I'm wondering how it will come out!

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  16. It sounds like you and Sophia had a really nice day together!

    I have been running away from the housework way too much lately. Dirty dishes and floors and clutter are much harder for me to face when I feel sick. Thankfully I had a Primary presidency meeting at my house tonight so I HAD to clean it up. It's definitely not where I want it to be, but much better. And I won't feel so overwhelmed tomorrow and will be able to chip away at it some more.

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  17. Two things I have discovered about myself and cleaning the house to a high standard:

    1. Do it when I am already completely swamped (like you said)

    2. Invite people over every couple of weeks or so in order to have a deadline

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  18. So, so me.

    Whenever I'm crazy-busy, I launch into Super Cleaner Woman. Why is this?!

    Also - DON'T READ CATCHING FIRE. (Though I'm probably too late.) Reason: it is absolutely amazing and you will go insane until the third one comes out. JUST WAIT!!!

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  19. I can't wait til book three, either, and I hear thay are doing a movie! I just hope they do a good job with it.
    And I say, you need slower days once a week or so to make up for the super busy ones!

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  20. It is always so nice to take a day off. And so weird about staying on top of things when life is crazy busy for you. Maybe it is because you have to be organized that it spills over into the other parts of your life, and when you are not crazy busy, you let things slide more? Just a thought.

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  21. Do you know I NEVER make my bed? I actually don't make Lael make her's either. I do the laundry and dishes but I don't care if I go to bed with dishes in the sink. If I have to pick between taking Lael to the park or doing a load of laundry, the park always wins. Things around the house can wait. They will be waiting for you. But life? Life passes you by and you have to make the best of it while you can.

    I'm glad you made the best of your days. :)

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  22. Sounds like a perfect day to me! Oh, and I'm hooked on the Hunger Games series too. Can't wait for book 3 to come out in August!

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  23. I hear you on the housework. So much easier to stay up on it when I'm busy. I think it's because when I have down time I want to just ENJOY the days of nothing because I know soon enough I'll be crazy busy again.

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  24. I know! Hunger Games and Catching Fire! No words. I just can hardly wait for Mockingjay. You know, if you like those two, I think you might love Graceling. It's very different, but also wonderful teen lit.

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  25. I think I'm a little like this too. When I'm so busy I can't stand it, lots of stuff gets done. When I have too much time to myself, nothing gets done. How odd.

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