Saturday, November 7, 2009

Cleaning, death and Christmas...

Today I woke up and did not sit down until about 9:00 pm.

Before I was a homeschooling mom, I was just a regular housewife and as such, I did the bulk of my housework during the day while the children were at school. Now that I spend my days teaching the children I have to readjust the way I tend to my home.

Saturday seems to be becoming the day that the house gets cleaned.

I must tell you that I miss the days when I could clean the house without anyone in it. I'd make a cup of coffee, listen to the radio and clean. The best part was that the rooms would actually stay clean for a few hours until the kids got home from school. It's a bit of a losing battle these days.

Anyway, my point is that I cleaned and did laundry all day long. I even recleaned the basement and mopped the basement floor.

I don't know what got into me.

I think that the universe decided to reward me for being such a productive little haus frau. This afternoon both of my children were invited to a birthday party for three hours. Three. Hours.

Three hours used to be nothing, but now three hours is a sparkling gem of free time.

Believe it or not I did not go junking. I had other important work to do.

I went Christmas shopping.

I start Christmas shopping as early as possible because of a morbid fantasy I have. I worry that I will die before Christmas and all of the Christmas responsibilities will fall on David. I just picture Christmas Eve rolling around and he finally decides to start Christmas shopping for the girls. He'd think, "I have plenty of time! Christmas isn't until tomorrow!"

He has no idea the kind of pre-production that goes into Christmas. Gifts must be purchased and wrapped. Some must go into stockings, others should be for Hanukkah. Special foods must be purchased. It's a big deal.

Since I can't plan for everything, I like to at least have all the gifts squared away so that if I get hit by a bus or get swine flu, or heaven forbid, both, my babies will still know that Santa loves them.

Speaking of Christmas, I noticed a really weird thing tonight.

People are putting out their Christmas lights already. I can see how it happens. They took down their Halloween decorations and put up the Christmas ones at the same time.

But really, I have to put my foot down about this. It is too early. I can understand stringing them before it gets too cold, but turning them on just seems wrong.

How's that for a post? Cleaning, death and Christmas. What more do you need?


Anonymous said...

Awww! My troubled home affecionado. It is amazing what morbid thoughts holiday season can bring into one's head, isn't it? It sounds like you need a good, tall hot chocolate, perferably of the Godiva variety. Sip slowly, my friend...and put your feet up. :) luv, Ms. T.T.

Ginger said...

That title got my curiosity salivating. Had to come and check it out.
I used to shop early for Christmas when the kids were young, I always knew what they wanted. Now I never know what to buy and usually wait until right before Christmas.
That was pretty neat that both girls got invited to a birthday party and you had 3 hours to yourself.

mgster said...

you are a little cleaning fool, aren't ya! I must confess that I did not clean my house after my morning class. But, I did Christmas shop...for free. We went to both of our local Casinos (Mohegan and Foxwoods) and I spent lots of my husband's comp points. I got four large Yankee Candle jars (for my fellow teachers) and I got tons of nice...really, really nice stocking stuffers for my grown children. Yes, even though they are in their 20's they all have a stocking here. And so does my daughter-in-law, and my daughter's fiance. And I must remember to buy a stocking for my other son's new girlfriend. So that's a lot of stuff to fill in there so I do start early.