August 19, 2012

The Maid Is Gone

I've been working seven days a week since I was first called for this job interview. I feel like I'm still playing catch up, both at work and at home.

All of us, in this house, are working 12+ hours a day, which means housework (lawn care, laundry, dusting, scrubbing, vacuuming, etc.) has taken a back seat. The only reason our laundry has been washed at all is because the school is closed on Sundays, leaving me working from my couch (not the ideal space for lesson planning, but convenient for hearing the washer and dryer chimes).

None of us like the fact that our house desperately needs a good cleaning (okay, Babe and I don't like it... his brother probably couldn't care less), but we understand that there are only so many hours in a day. I'm good about keeping things clutter-free, but I haven't found the time to bust out the steam mop in the past week and a half... and trust me, we need it. Most nights, I'm counting the minutes until Babe walks though the door so we can eat dinner and collapse into bed. We're a fun couple, huh?!

Speaking of dinner... since I'm home first, this task typically falls on my shoulders. I've never really been a huge fan of cooking, but I especially hate the pressure of, "Oh shoot.. the boys will be home in an hour, and I didn't thaw any chicken for tonight's dinner."

If I were only feeding myself, I have plenty of options:
  1. Skip dinner (I skip every other meal now, so one more can't hurt, right?)
  2. Cereal
  3. Peanut butter and jelly
  4. Toast
But... I have a family to take care of now. And these boys... they like to eat! And, apparently, no meal is complete without meat. And since Babe is on this "red meat kills you" kick, many of my go-to meals have been banned from our repertoire (I'm sorry, but ground turkey doesn't taste good in a taco.. it just doesn't). 

To make matters worse, I usually come home to a kitchen that needs cleaning (a dishwasher full of clean dishes, and breakfast/lunch-making dishes on the counter/in the sink) before I can even start prepping dinner. This has been a huge frustration for me because I cannot cook in a messy kitchen, but I don't think I should be responsible for cleaning their mess (I leave before them in the mornings.

So, I had a sit down with the guys and simply explained that if they want to keep eating dinner, they have to help me out. The two of them can be in charge of unloading and reloading the dishwasher each morning so I can come home to a clean kitchen.

And while they both agreed to help, I've yet to see it happen. Not because they aren't willing to do the work. Both of them are great about doing anything I ask of them. But therein lies the problem... I leave for work before they get up, so I'm not there to ask/remind them!

Apparently, it's not just my students who need some procedural training!

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