Cleaning schedule (about 15-20 min daily)

After viewing many lists on Pinterest, I came up with my own that works for me. Background on my house: 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house. Husband and two cats. No kids. Dont regulary clean the downstairs two bedrooms, living room or bath.

 

 

Daily

Do dishes

Return clutter from kitchen, family room, bedroom to it’s home

 

 

 

Monday

Dust the…

Dining table

Bookshelves in living room

End tables in living room

Shelves in husband’s man cave

Nightstands

TV console

Armoire

Vents in bathroom

 

Tuesday

Vacuum the…

Kitchen rug

Living room

Bedroom

Husband’s man cave

 

 

Wednesday

Sweep then mop the…

Kitchen

Master bath

Half bath

Cat room

Entry

 

 

Thursday

Wipe down the…

Bathroom counter

Kitchen sink

Kitchen counters

 

 

Friday

DAY OFF! Unless going to be gone for weekend

 

Saturday

Laundry

Meal plan for Husband to shop

 

Sunday

Clear all trashcans to prepare for Monday trash pickup

Clean All 3 toilets

Shower

Do any remaining Laundry

 

 

 

Started May 18. not fun. Took a long time but I think thats because I cant remember the last time I cleaned

 

May 22. This is working out well! It’s not fun but it’s getting done and that is awesome!

 

June 6. With school ending, I missed a few days. I simply do the activity assigned for that day and move on. The toilets can be done next week. House is cleaner than it has ever been and I feel a sense of accomplishment so woooohooooo!

 

A clean bathroom makes everyone happy!

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Baby shower rules-a list you wont find on Pinterest

1. Dont talk to me while she is opening gifts. I understand that she already opened yours but she hasnt opened mine yet…so be quiet and smile.

2. I dont need a full meal. Cake and a beverage is fine.

3. I dont need games.  Guessing which candy bar is in the “poopy diaper”? Really? I have a masters degree.

4. Dont make judgements about the presents that other people bought for the expectant mother. They were gracious and brought gifts. So be quiet and smile.

5. Turn on the air conditioning in your house. When guests have sweat rolling down their faces, then your house is too hot. Putting a lot of people in a room always makes it hotter. 

6. Do smile and try to get along with everyone. Its only a few hours of your life. 

7. Do read all of the names on the cards/ books that people brought you.

8. Dont make the pregnant woman pick up the presents from the floor. Hand them to her.

9. Dont forget the expectant mom also has a mom. Her baby is having a baby. Dont make her do anything.  Just let her enjoy this special and rare time.

10.  Do thank the hostess as you leave. She did her best and soon the new baby will come and people will forget all about the shower. 

Slump

I have officially hit one. This is my pattern. I get excited about something new, put effort into it and after a week or two, I’ m like eh? I dont know why I do this. You may think I’m flighty which is definitely not the case. I have been with my husband for 6 years, the same job for 8 years. My summer job as a camp counselor continued for 7 years and I went back to my alma matter to get my Master’s Degree. I have staying power. Maybe I like the chase? Maybe I like the thrill of something new?  However, with writing, working out, a new diet plan, etc… I just dont seem to be able to stay the course and I have no idea why. 

Sometimes I think it may be that I dont see the end result. I cant see the result of writing. I cant see the result of eating better and trying to lose weight. Maybe because there isnt an end result to those things?

I can see the end of every school year. I could see the end of college. I knew that the end of summer camp would happen when I started a full time job. 

Is that the answer? Maybe I need to create an “end” for myself so that I dont get so discouraged and can feel like I accomplished something. I will try this. It couldnt hurt. 

Tiny thought for today…What parts of your life have “staying power” and what parts of your life fizzle out after a little while? 

I didn’t have a picture to go with this post, so I thought this would be ok ūüôā

TV and Video streaming

A $49.99 little purple stick has made me super happy. His name is Roku and he makes it so that I can watch Amazon Prime on my living room TV. We had been watching it off the PS4 which is fine but the TV is smaller and the couch isnt as comfy. ¬†So my husband and I went to Best Buy today and came home with Roku. It is FANTASTIC! You do need high speed internet and a modern TV with an HDMI plug in but other than that, you dont need cable! I am watching episodes of Sell This House and 24. ¬†These are older episodes but that is ok! ¬†Added bonus? You can unplug it and take it to ANY OTHER TV IN THE HOUSE! Or on vacation! It seems too good to be true but so far so good! Tiny thought of the day…what invention has made your life better?

The disappointing strawberry bread.

I am not a great cook. I am trying. However, I am a pretty good baker. Cakes, cookies, breads are easy for me. I add things and make them taste even better than they started out. However, today was a disaster! I saw a recipe for strawberry bread online and since I had all the ingredients (plus 5 lbs of fresh strawberries) I decided to whip up some bread. Well, this is what happened   I have no idea what went wrong. It didnt cook in the middle and I had to scoop a lot of it into another pan because it was still liquidy after 50 min. 

Tiny thought for the day…what are you good at? Do you sometimes fail at it? So why are we so hard on ourselves for failing at trying new things if we even fail sometimes at things we are good at? 

The elusive white shirt that I NEED

So I just got a catalog in the mail, looked through it and thought “I need this white shirt” ok. Stop for ¬†minute. Obviously I dont NEED a white shirt. The only reason I would NEED one is if it was required for work, or a uniform, or a wedding, or a ceremony of some sort where a white top was the only acceptable color. I am kind of pale and dishwater blonde so white doesnt even look that good on me. (I even wore cream to my wedding) yet, for some reason, I have been telling myself that I need a white shirt and white cardigan. Well I just bought the cardigan and I regret it. What is my problem? Why does my brain think that I NEED these things like I need water and air and food? I look better in brighter colors so what is going on? Could it be all the wardrobe capsules I see on Pinterest? Or the fact that every website of “essential wardrobe items”says I must have a crisp white shirt and a versatile white shirt? It kind of makes me wonder what else I have bought in my life that I NEEDED. I’m not a frivouos spender…I am actually quite frugal compared to my family members. ¬†Because I am a teacher, one project I want to tackle this summer is to put together all my clothes into different outfits and catalog them so that I know what goes with each other, all the way down to the jewelry and shoes! Then I am going to ebay or give away the rest. ¬†Now I just saw another capsule and have been looking for gray skirts and gray boots! Agh! Soooooo not the point of a capsule wardrobe I dont think. I think I should instead look at what I have and see what I can make from that.

 

Tiny thought today: So what have you NEEDED? And why do you think that is? What is driving your “need”?

Why you should always take your cell phone to the bathroom

So today I went to lunch with a friend. We are both teachers and have just recently come out of our “summer hiding”. Its an interesting phenomenon among teachers. When that last bell rings and grades are turned in, a lot of us hiberate. We dont have kids so we are free to sleep in, eat when we want, use the restroom when we want, and generally enjoy ourselves. ¬†It takes about a week for us to want to see or talk to other people again. We spend our school days catering to the whims of 150 teenagers. You might think that they arent as needy as younger children but we would beg to differ. ¬†They all want attention no matter what the age. And high schoolers have these really fun attitudes that get thrown on top of the neediness so that makes it even more fun! We love our job but we were ready for a break! So today we met (it has been about a week since the end of school) and we had catching up to do. In the midst of all this, my friend used the restroom. It had been a little while so I jumped on Facebook on my smartphone. ¬†All of the sudden it rang and she was calling me from the bathroom. She was locked in! Both of us had big belly laughs as two employees took the doorknob off the door to get her out. It felt so good to laugh at the absurdity of the whole thing.

 

Tiny thought for the day

When was the last time you had a big belly laugh? And if it has been a while, then figure out why your life isnt funny. Are you working too hard? Are you stressed out? Maybe all you need is a giant laugh to remeber that things will get better and life is pretty funny sometimes.  

First post

When I started teaching, my cooperating teacher (the person you student teacher under) said to me ” you will never have another “first day of teaching”, you will start new school years but this is your first and only “first day.”

I remember the weight of that comment at the time. This fall I will start my 11th school year as a teacher so we are way past that “first day” but this post is like that first day. Once I publish it, I will never have another “first post.”  The pressure of that is enormous and yet so is the excitement.  As I remember back to that day, I think about all that I have gone through since then and if the same happens with this blog, why should I even start? It is scary. Starting something is exciting and frightening. What if I fail? What if no one reads it? But then this voice in the back of my head says  but what if I do succeed? What if lots of people read it? What if it helps people? What if you never try?

And then I remember why I HAVE to push the publish button. We live ONE TIME.  So as I hit that publish button, I am swallowing all my fear and going after it. Going after life!   Tiny question for all of you today: which of your “firsts” are most memorable?