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Friday, July 8, 2011

At a Stand Still

With the house, that is. I am frustrated to the point where I am on strike. Leo has been really busy and I understand to a point. He is coaching Tommy's baseball team and it is very time consuming but even when he has a spare minute, he chooses to have a beer with friends or watch other baseball games or "scout" as he loves to say. For a long time I would spend spare moments straightening up but that is a lot like shoveling before it stops snowing. I'm sure when Leo comes home and the house is upside down he is thinking, "What the Hell?" I want to say, you should have been here at 2, when the house was clean and orderly. I always tried to never go to bed with the house a mess (once I had kids...I let up on this one) and I am really trying to get back to that but nothing fires me up more than when I am doing laundry or cleaning up the kitchen (yes, if I cook, Leo cleans...by putting everything in the sink) or Gia's toys and he is either sitting in his Archie Bunker chair or falling asleep in bed. I just want us to both care enough about the house to take care of it but we are at a stand still. And the house is suffering for it. We have lights that don't work, toilets that run, a yard that looks like George of the Jungle lives here, a broken printer, a mail corner that hasn't been touched since 2008, laundry baskets full of clothes that I am not sure are dirty or clean, two corners of the kitchen that have piles of magazines I keep hoping I'll have time to read, a mural waiting to be painted in the kids' bathroom and do not even get me started on the boys' room. I don't even walk by it anymore. It scares me.

I am not blaming this all on Leo. I am at fault, too. The kids help out somewhat but they can't fix things. They straighten up or do light cleaning and Nico mows the lawn. I wish I had a recording that said, "Throw your plates away. Pick up what you just dropped. Don't leave your clothes there. Hang up your towel. Shut off the TV." Once 10:00 hits and the kids go to bed, I just want to go to bed. When I think about it, Leo and I are both hypocrites. He gets on Nico for mowing the lawn but when it was his job, he waited until the lawn was at the top of the TruGreen stake (as if it was his personal indicator that it was time to mow) which was way too long. I get on the kids for cleaning their rooms when mine needs some work.

Weekends used to be a time when we worked on the house but now I barely remember, it was so long ago. The kids got older and their activities have taken over. Then we had Gia and it just added to the chaos (in a very good way but OMG, I am exhausted) so the house has definitely come in last on the priorities. My mom came and helped me clean out my dining room which had become a "catch-all" room and it looks so awesome that I haven't let anyone even go in there but that isn't how I want to live either.

I need to train my brain to hate when something is out of place. We need to be more Felix Unger and less Oscar Madison. I need a little Monica Gellar in me.

2 Comments:

At July 8, 2011 at 12:09 PM , Blogger Chris said...

As long as you avoid Monica Lewinsky, you are good. :D

 
At July 9, 2011 at 9:28 AM , Blogger Kendra Mareva said...

I hear ya. Four hours of my day have already been swallowed up with cleaning and yard work. :(

 

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