My afternoon has gone better, my mood seems to have stabilized to a little under what I think of as “winter normal,” which is a big improvement on this morning’s crying jags.
Done this afternoon:
- Ate lunch (bowl of white bean and root veg soup with lamb bones I made yesterday)
- Put supper to cook in the crockpot (cream of broccoli and bok choi sauce for pasta)
- Unfuck Your Weekend: Challenge 4 - Laundry. I “Cycled” the laundry: took the dry load off the drying rack, folded it and put it away. Took the wet load out of the machine, put it on the drying rack. Assembled the next load from the pile on the bedroom floor, put it in the machine and set it running.
- Unfuck Your Weekend: Challenge 5 - Bedroom tidy. My bedroom was already in pretty good shape, as I dealt with the floordrobe in the previous challenge, so instead I tackled this disgusting mould on the windowsill:
The pile of stuff on top of the wicker chest that sits under our entry-way coat hooks.
Look! I found space for a boot mat! And I swept the entryway, too! The bottle-shaped brown thing belongs to my other half. I don’t know where he wants to keep it, so I am leaving it there for him to deal with as and when he wants to.
There were two 20/10s on my To Do list for today.
First, the spare bedroom / my sewing room:
I’ve been working on making Christmas gifts, in particular a large quilted wall-hanging for my mother, and so my workspace has been just getting messier and messier because I “don’t have time to tidy it”. Since I know I work better, faster, and am less prone to screwing things up and making mistakes if the environment I’m working in is neat and tidy, I scheduled a 20/10 for this room *before* sitting down to work on my projects today.
YES! All this done in just ONE 20/10, and I put everything away properly where it belonged, I didn’t just shove the crap into a closet or under the bed! The fabric, etc. that’s on the desk and ironing board in the “After” pictures is what I’m using for the current project only, everything else has been put away.
And because I had cleared off the bed, I was able to lay out my project for the first time to see what it was going to look like:
My other 20/10 was part of my on-going effort to get the house clean in time for the holidays, when my family is coming for Christmas dinner. I’ve been working in the bathroom this week, and today’s task was to clean the mould out of the window sill & frame. Our house was built as an air-tight, but we don’t run it as one, because we can’t afford to run the air-conditioner all summer. Consequently we have mould problems. I hate de-moulding the windowsills (and every windowsill in the house needs doing regularly *sigh*) partly because “Mould - ICK” partly because the window frames have a bunch of little cracks and crannies that I can never get clean, and partly because I know it;s just going to get gross again.
So I promised myself a caramel brownie left over from craft group last night after I cleaned the bathroom windowsill, and that turned out to be enough incentive:
And since it actually took LESS than 20 minutes, I drain-volcanoed the bathroom sink while I was in there!
And the caramel brownie was delicious :)
It’s the Coming of the Dark time of year, the time I always struggle with most. So I told myself that even if I only unfucked ONE THING, then it was one thing that was unfucked, and wouldn’t need to be done tomorrow… Corner-drobe before and after:
The basket of laundry was clean and got folded and put away. The other pile of clothes got sorted into “Clean enough to wear again, therefore clean enough to fold and put away” and “wash me now”.
The small pile remaining on the dresser is my work-out clothes, which I left out on the principal that if they were RIGHT THERE tomorrow morning, I just might put them on and get my lazy ass on the treadmill.
The “wash me now” pile is in the washing machine, which I’m about to go and run.