Ex DIL owes me a bunch of money. It was her suggestion to work some of it off by coming over every Monday and Wednesday “bright and early” to help me clean all day. On Monday, that turned out to be 2:30 to 4:30. As of now, it’s 11:30 and I haven’t heard from her.
On the bright side, I’ve lost a total of 4.5 pounds since I got back on track about 5 or 6 days ago. Not sure of the time. I’m real happy about that! It should be a good day for jogging in the pool. Temps are supposed to go to 81 today and we’re supposed to be in the 90s the rest of the week.
I’m feeling pretty irritated right now. I’m a teacher and it seems like every summer when I get my summer break, the family thinks they’ve gotten a full-time maid. Yes, I do jump in and start doing some heavy duty cleaning over the summer but it seems like they’ve gotten really lazy and aren’t doing what they usually do to help out.
Those of you who know me, know that I’ve griped for years about DH’s habit of throwing junk in boxes and drawers and anyplace else he can find to just get it out of sight instead of putting things where they belong. The end product is cabinets, drawers, shelves, boxes and a host of other containers being stuffed with an assortment of junk. He must have been looking for something this morning before he left for work because he’s evidently knocked over a box of his junk from the cabinet above the kitchen island. I woke up to find spools of thread, nail clippers, staples, paper clips, screws, nuts and bolts, electrical tape, ink pens, batteries and a ton of other junk all over the kitchen floor. Obviously, he was looking for something, knocked over the box and then high-tailed it out the door and left it all for me to pick up. ARRRGGHH!
Looks like if anything is going to be done around here today, it’s going to be up to me.
4:00 update - DIL didn’t call or show up (surprise, surprise) but I got two cabinets and the kitchen island cleaned out. It was one of those “throw out tons of junk, add new shelf paper, scrub with an old toothbrush, clean and polish wood” kind of clean outs and I’m exhausted. I just finished straightening the rest of the house and I’m dreading my pool laps but I’m committed to getting them done. Guess I’ll do my laps and then I can fix dinner and call it a day.
5:00 Update - Laps just about killed me today. I was fighting the urge to give it up the entire time. My calves were burning and I just didn’t seem to have any energy. Anyway, I got them done. Even got a stubborn streak going and did an extra five laps just to prove the mind over body thing. So I did 50 jogging laps and 5 walking laps to warm up and cool down.
And THEN, when I was sitting on the patio until I stopped dripping, DIL shows up. Can you believe it? Said she got tied up and couldn’t get here earlier but wants to spend the night and help me all day tomorrow. Is she for real?