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Even Snow clouds of bummer can have a silver lining [Feb. 26th, 2008|08:31 pm]
Zoethe
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catvalente was supposed to come over here this evening to work on the quilt I'm helping her make. She called just a few minutes ago to beg off.

Sheesh. Half a foot of snow and more falling is gonna slow you down? (Yeah, note that I didn't say, "well why don't I just bring everything over there?") So I've now gone from an evening of visiting to an evening solo.

But not before I managed to pick up around the house.

I swear sometimes that the real reason for our active social life is that without the motivation of company we would eventually be buried in the rising tide of junk that accumulates. When you're focused on "do the job, pay the bills, get through the day, keep ahead of work," the junk just seems to pile up. And when you're that focused you sort of stop noticing it.

Then you say, "Sure, come on over!" And you look around yourself with a whole new set of eyes.

Generally, horrified, panicky eyes.

That's why it's always better to have people coming over regularly. Because then you can't get too deep in piles of unsorted mail, old magazines, jackets that didn't quite make it into the coat closet, stray Magic cards, and all the other bits and pieces that you put down for "just a minute" and don't quite get around to dealing with.

So, yeah, I'm kinda bummed. But at least my house is picked up!

*That should be "will be helping her make as soon as we actually start it."
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[User Picture]From: idic_writer
2008-02-27 02:16 am (UTC)

LOL

OMG, you live like *I* live! Who knew there were others? LOL
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-27 02:21 am (UTC)

Re: LOL

I think we are many, my friend.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-27 03:46 am (UTC)

Re: LOL

Ferrett used to be terrible, but nowadays he's quite good about it. Thank heavens!!!
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[User Picture]From: clodia_risa
2008-02-27 02:19 am (UTC)
My evening's off because I went over to my friend's house to watch the debate as planned, and they didn't answer the door. Lights were on, but I heard nothing but the dog inside.

We need to have people over to the house more often just so we can have that kind of hurried cleaning as you talk about. Even if I just have one minute I'll get to those things that I usually mean to get to eventually.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-27 02:23 am (UTC)
They're right here in Cleveland, and yet I cannot bring myself to turn it on. I'm campaign exhausted already, and I've made up my mind, so, meh.
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[User Picture]From: kokanh
2008-02-27 02:26 am (UTC)
6 inches? Pft.*

We got two and a half feet of snow the other day, and it started snowing again this morning (hard, I might add), and my college classes werent even canceled.

I envy you, with only six inches.

*I'm being facetious.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-27 02:51 am (UTC)
Yes, but an hour-and-a-half drive to get back over here when it was already 8:15 was a little much to expect.
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[User Picture]From: kokanh
2008-02-27 06:04 am (UTC)
Ahh, I see. That makes a whole lot of difference.
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[User Picture]From: intelligentrix
2008-02-27 02:29 am (UTC)
Yep. I need to have people over more often, too. For the house-cleaning reason as well as it's just nice to have friends around the house sometimes. On my birthday I had people over and waiting far too long to start with the cleaning. Thank goodness for friends willing to pitch in at the last minute. Woot!

Have fun with the snow!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-27 02:55 am (UTC)
We do like having friends over, but the added motivation for cleaning up is great.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-27 02:55 am (UTC)
We miss you!
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[User Picture]From: fortuna_juvat
2008-02-27 02:39 am (UTC)
Even better: parents visiting. It works out really well when I have them come down for dinner at the end of a rotation; between the last-minute dash to the finish and studying, the house tends to decay into entropy.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-27 02:56 am (UTC)
I hear ya!
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2008-02-27 05:07 am (UTC)
I have this problem. As I've mentioned before, though, I really don't have friends where I live (I won't even venture a guess as to the reason, I've given up on trying to figure it out). Right now my room is piles of junk everywhere, dirty clothes on the floor, CDs in leaning towers... And the kitchen is covered in dirty dishes (there's seriously no counter space left). x.x I just can't keep up. And this is all without my roommate being here (I've seen her twice in the last two and a half weeks)! Yeah, no one has come over in a long time...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-27 11:51 am (UTC)
There's all this advice out there about catching up and then keeping up by not letting it get bad. To which I say, yeah right.
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2008-02-27 09:33 am (UTC)
Oh, definitely - our house relies on our 1-2x/mo gathering for that :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-27 04:23 pm (UTC)
With three boys you need a full-time laundress! You have all my sympathy.
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[User Picture]From: gafizal
2008-02-27 03:46 pm (UTC)

Why we pay the bills...

Right! I mean what good is having a n9ice warm house if there is no one to share with? Sing it, sista'!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-27 04:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Why we pay the bills...

Exactly!
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[User Picture]From: miripanda
2008-02-27 08:53 pm (UTC)
That is so SO true -- and there're different levels of CleaningScramble too. When my mom's coming? Forget it -- I'm scrubbing places that haven't even been walked on since we moved in, forcing my roommates to remove any non-furniture from the living room and dusting individual VHS taps.... For my dad, I'll make sure sheets and towels are clean and handy, that the clutter's tidied up, that none of the dishes piled in the sink are mine and that the garbage has been taken out in the past week. For my brother... Well, it'd be nice if there was enough room for the aerobed to lie flat....

My roommates are both slobbier than I am, so the stark contrast between the apartment being "lived-in" by their standards and being "mom-ready" is pretty astonishing.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-27 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yup, there is the old joke about the kids screaming in horror when they think the house has to be "Gramma clean" and dad reassuring them that, no, it only has to be surgery room clean.
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[User Picture]From: gieves
2008-02-27 11:37 pm (UTC)
Yup. This happens every time we have people over and is just one of the many reasons that I propose things like Craft Day. :-)

We live in chaotic clutter when left to our own devices.
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[User Picture]From: dolmena
2008-03-03 08:20 pm (UTC)
"I swear sometimes that the real reason for our active social life is that without the motivation of company we would eventually be buried in the rising tide of junk that accumulates."

I've been saying variations on this for years.
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