Every week, for reasons I can't begin to understand, I punish myself by putting off the worst house cleaning jobs until Saturday. And EVERY week, I tell myself, "This is dumb. Next week, I'm going to do some of these things all along so I won't have to spend half of my Saturday doing this terrible stuff." And every week, I watch Law and Order: SVU instead of doing extra laundry. (Well, you can't blame me for that... don't you just love that Elliott Stabler??). Or I paint my toenails instead of cleaning the bathroom. Or I start reading a book that I just can't stop instead of vacuuming. And since there is no way I can let a week end without all the current laundry being done, the bathrooms being cleaned, and the floors being vacuumed, I end up doing it all on Saturday.
It's not that I don't want to do the cleaning. It's just that I don't want to do it RIGHT THEN!
The washing machine is getting ready to finish a load, so I'll close with some random thoughts that I waste time on rather than doing productive things like cleaning at logical times:
1. I just love Dolly Parton. She's not ashamed of where she came from. She's so flashy, and she knows it. She can laugh at herself, and I love that in a person. People underestimate her voice, and her songwriting is amazing. Listen to her sing, "Little Sparrow." It's haunting. Oh, and I adore the fact that she started the Imagination Library to give free books to young children. I think reading to kids from birth is vitally important.
2. I've been using the same jumbo container of Sun laundry detergent since approximately.... February. It has not run out. Every time I use it, I think, "This is it. It has to be it." .... but it's not it. It seems to be endless. What is going on?
3. It's supposed to be 100 degrees here today. That means you will find me one of two places: 1) inside in the air conditioning or 2) in the pool. Only 2 options.
4. Here's what I do to get through my Saturday morning cleaning frenzy that I sentence myself to: I put every tv on the channel where they are showing "Property Ladder," (where people buy run down shacks and try to flip them) and I watch people stress out and make stupid decisions and demolish the wrong wall and pull up tile and find out termites ate the whole foundation... and it makes me feel better about the fact that my biggest problem right now is that I need to vacuum up the cat hair.
5. Did you listen to "Little Sparrow?" It makes me imagine I'm in the mountains somewhere, and Dolly is sitting out on the front porch of an old cabin just playing her guitar and singing.
6. The washer is done. Time to get back to work!