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Marriage Thoughts: Cleaning as a Skill that Must be Learned during Your Childhood

I never learned one important aspect of being a wife: effectively cleaning. Thankfully my husband knows how, and even more thankfully, he is patient with me as I learn this skill.

He thinks (and probably you do too) that cleaning is simple. Here’s his method: you pick something up, you put it where it belongs. Most of the time, it belongs in the trash, all of it. Continue doing this until the pile is gone.

Here’s my method. Pick something up. Thumb through it before trashing it to make sure that there isn’t anything in it valuable (either as a memento or like a recipe, free offer, or coupon). Find scissors to cut out the memento, recipe, free offer, or coupon. Scissors are by the computer. Check email real quick. Check friend’s blog. Check online banking. Remember that I was cleaning up that pile on the kitchen table. Go back to pile, pick up same item. Remember what it was I wanted to save. Cut it out, file it, and throw the rest away. Pick up second item. Repeat. Result: a pile of coupons, a pile of mementos, a pile of free offers, and a trash pile. Must organize resulting piles, which multiplied from the first pile. I tell you, these piles are asexual reproducers; you only need one pile to spawn two, three, or more piles!

*sigh* I’ll get there some day!!

Tired and a bit depressed…

I’m tired (ran 3 mi. today and lifted weights), a little depressed (not sure why), and the school work just keeps piling up higher and higher.

My strategy? I structured my classes (the ones that I’m teaching) so that I don’t really have a lot of class prep to do. For instance, tomorrow my students are workshopping their theses. That means all that I really had to do for tomorrow is make up the peer workshop sheet and not forget to bring some annotated bibliographies to class to grade while they work on their peer workshopping.

I am really glad that I don’t have anything left to do for tomorrow (except make copies of aforementioned peer workshop sheets), because I have a “microteaching” lesson to plan for tomorrow. I have yet to write the paper stating the theoretical background to my microteaching and the detailed lecture plan. Looks like it’s going to be another late night…

And that’s fine, because I have decided that I am not setting an alarm clock Wednesday morning. It is Thanksgiving break, and I have decided that I am actually going to take a break. Usually, if I “don’t have anything to do” (translation: no where to be specifically–like class–but plenty to do–like grading or my own homework), I set my alarm clock for some time relatively early (8 or 9). That way, I get up at a decent hour. But I decided that I deserve to sleep as long as I can Wednesday: I am starting to get sick, and the only way to fight it off is by sleeping! Wahoo! Something to look forward to!

SilverJewelryClub.com… CHECK IT OUT!

You have totally got to check this website out. http://www.silverjewelryclub.com! I have bought, oh, I don’t know exactly… let’s just say more than I have should have! I am really impressed with the quality, and that was the biggest thing I was worried about. If you are unsure, just ask me–I will probably be wearing something I bought there, and you can see for yourself.

It’s a great deal, and they have unique designs… you really should check them out!!!

New furniture!

We bought living room furniture Sunday! We bought a reclining couch and love seat, and a coffee table and end table! I am so excited, because we have this crappy old sofa (it’s really comfortable, but it’s pretty yucky looking) and a futon. In six to eight weeks, we will have brand spankin’ new comfy black leather reclinable seating in our living room!!!

I have most definitely gotten better at waiting for things like this. I remember just NOT being able to wait to move. Last Christmas, Rob bought me a beautiful diamond ring (which I promptly lost/broke whatever you want to call it–I don’t talk about it anymore), and I COULD NOT WAIT to get it; I wanted to see it–just look at it–all the time, but Robbie wouldn’t let me. He made me wait until we opened Christmas presents–and it nearly drove me crazy waiting! As soon as we had decided on moving into this apartment complex, I could barely contain myself waiting. But now I am calm about the furniture. Perhaps because it isn’t as exciting as a diamond ring or getting out of a white trash neighborhood….

Another reason why I don’t have as much energy to spend on being excited about spending almost $X,000 in one day is that I have so much else that demands my attention! I have three papers and a presentation to prepare for, plus class prep for two classes a week and the grading that goes along with those classes, and “time is tickin, it keeps on tickin, yeah, time is tickin away!” (Sorry, old DC Talk reference…). Somewhere in all of that, I am supposed to be a wife and a friend. And a daughter and a sister, and other familial relations. It’s enough to drive a girl crazy. But I must be an organized productive girl. Which is why I must stop wasting time talking to this blog at a quarter until 1 in the AM and get to work!

Rain, rain, DON’T go away!

I am sitting here, working on my seminar paper proposal, and it just started raining outside! I heard the distant rumblings of thunder first, and opened the window to hear them better. Now it is pouring outside, and I can smell the fresh clean smell of the rain and hear the thunder and pitter-patter of the big fat raindrops on the grass and sidewalk. Beautiful!


I stayed up *really* late Wednesday night to get all caught up with my grading, but I wasn’t really getting caught up because my students just turned in another assignment Tuesday. So I still have stacks of papers to grade! It’s endless!