The New Year is breathing down my neck. While I'm ready to get the show on the road, I truly wish I could have a few more days to get this house into shape before the kids come back. I know it is hard enough to keep it presentable (even if it starts spotless!) when they are here, so the fact that I am literally BURIED in housework at the moment is not very invigorating. I want the house to be cleaner than it is and cleaner than it has been in months. I'd love it if I could have it as nice as it was when my husband was deployed the first time.
Two differences between now and then, I'm sure--the kids were smaller and less mobile and I didn't spend so much time on my computer. Being able to do my work at home and/or being on-line with my husband eats up an inordinate amount of time. Once this semester starts, I'm going to be buried at school too. So, it's now or never for this stupid house. I really just wish the girls would at least try and help. It just doesn't happen. I've pretty much tried everything short of bagging up everything in their room and putting it curbside. That idea sounds more and more attractive every single day. My problem is I imagined spending a bunch of time at the office this week and a bunch of time at home. Unfortunately, I can't be two places at once and the office has won.
The good thing with the office winning is that I'm making money. The bad thing is--the house isn't coming together as I'd planned. I always expect too much. Even though it can literally turn to crap like this in a day, it is NOT that quick of a clean up. I'm sure the girls expect to come home and find the place the way I like to have it. I doubt that will happen...unless I just start putting things in trash bags and taking it to the curb. Again, still an option that is on the table. I do, after all, have a brand new box of trash bags. And, I'm pretty sure I could spare two of those bags--one for each dog.
We just have too much stuff and not enough space. Period. Story of my life.
In good news, I will be taking on more teaching responsibilities than I did last year for the bar passage program. I'm excited for that and look forward to working closely with the students again. I love teaching and I feel like the bar exam prep course is a good use of my talent. If I can't practice right now, at least I'm keeping my writing and researching skills fairly sharp.
I'm looking forward to finishing up 2009 business and moving into 2010 with nothing sitting around on my to-do list (aside from household things which surely will not be done).
2010 should bring us lots of things--a new family member and Hubs home from Iraq. Both I'm looking forward to with an insane intensity. And, the girls trying new things--M1 with acting classes and M2 with organized basketball. Should be a hoot...and a lot of running. But, whatever! That's life!