I was just about to take pictures of my messy house and post them on this blog so that you can all see how in over my head I am around here. But then the battery was dead on my camera, and I am pretty sure that is the camera's way of telling me to clean the house first and THEN post the pictures. Fair enough, camera. Instead I"ll post an adorable picture of my baby that makes it seem like I've got my life together. Perfect!
In many ways I feel like I have never totally recovered from June's early arrival. I'm still scrambling, the house is still unpacked, none of the "projects" completed that I wanted to do before I go back to work next week. (Next week!) I just can't seem to get my head on straight, can't get everything (or anything!) done. I feel like I've totally neglected the house, the blog, the dog. (Last week Maverick managed to eat both my breast bump valves and a breast pad. He's got a thing for breast milk, apparently.) BUT the baby's well fed and cared for, though, so I guess that's all that matters?
The house in particular stresses me out. It used to be relatively easy to keep our one bedroom apartment clean. It was one bedroom, two adults. (One adult slightly messier than the other adult, I'll let you guess who's who.) I didn't realize that when we moved into a bigger space, it would be exponentially harder to keep it clean. The mess that was once easily contained to a 500 square feet radius now seems to multiply and replenish itself almost instantaneously times while my back is turned. Things show up places where they have no business being. Laundry in the guest bathroom. Diapers in the kitchen. Diet coke in the bedroom. Nothing stays put away, nothing stays clean, and you can pretty much forget about ever EVER unpacking the box of coats that's been sitting in the front hallway for a month.
And I only have one kid. How do people do it that have three?
Another issue with moving into a bigger space is that we don't have a lot of furniture to fill it up nor do I have any idea how to decorate. (Past attempts to decorate included a lime green disaster and a burnt orange debacle. Poor Greg.) The place looks totally empty. Actually, it looks like a couple of bums broke into a new home and threw their crap all over it. So it's messy and empty- a real feat!
On Friday I decided to put our couches and ottoman up for sale. The couches I bought from an apartment building that was getting rid of all old furniture for $10. We threw couch covers over them and have called it good for the last three and a half years. Well, I now hate the black couch covers, I think it makes our house look dark and ghetto, and I've long been dreaming of a new living room set. Thursday night I figured I'd just see if there was any interest in our used couches. I listed them on KSL for $350 and first thing Friday morning I had a newlywed couple holding hands on my porch, willing to pay the full price.
It's awesome! Except for that now we have no couches!
We tried to hit the Labor Day sales yesterday, but of course, we couldn't agree on anything, (Greg wants brown or black leather. I want light grey or blue and NO leather) the decision seemed so much bigger than it probably is, and for the next little while it looks like we're sitting on lawn chairs. I told you we were a couple of bums.
THINGS I NEED TO DO THIS WEEK:
- Buy couches (!!!)
- Paint the wall in the nursery (I have a grand vision for this. We'll see if it plays out anything like I want. Personally, I wouldn't bet on it.)
- Put sod in the backyard
- Finish writing June's birth story. (Part 1 is here. I am absolutely mortified that I haven't even attempted to finish writing this. I'm hoping tomorrow, but I make no promises.)
- Write thank you cards.
My August goal was to relax. As you can see, I'm totally nailing that one. I mean, if this post doesn't have relax written all over it, I don't know what does. I just don't know how to turn my energy off (or down, for that matter), so a stressed out, maniacal post is what you get. I find it cruel and sad that out of all my monthly goals, the one I did the most horrible on was to "relax." I'm not cut out for taking it easy, I suppose. I'll be an over excited control freak until the day I die, thanks! Next time I set monthly goals I'm not going to try to pretend like I can "relax" the month that I move into a new home and have a new baby and my husband starts a new job. Too much.
I guess that takes us to September goals. I failed so miserably for August that I almost don't even want to attempt September, but here goes anyway.
SEPTEMBER GOAL: TAKE CARE OF MY BODY
My body does a lot for me without asking too much in return. Time to give back.
- Exercise 30-60 minutes a day.
- Eat more raw fruits and vegetables.
- Only one sweet thing a day.
- Drink more water.
- Spend time outside every day.
I'm just going to put this disclaimer out there right now- I'm not real committed to the "only one sweet thing a day" sub goal. The rest I am really going to try hard on.
And now, time to clean the house! And eat some vegetables!