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"Cleaning for company" has its limits [May. 15th, 2010|11:53 am]
Zoethe
Today is a movie marathon day. I'm pleased to announce that our friends are completely late, which is Just Fine, since I wasn't in the least bit ready for them at the scheduled start time.

One of the things that Ferrett and I regularly joke about is that we have friends over because it makes us clean house. And that is true to some extent. But the last couple weeks, what with his surgery and PenguiCon and a lot of work stuff, have left me feeling very low energy. To put it in the language of chronic disease, I am low on spoons.

Which means that a lot of the sorting and picking up that I generally do kind of automatically has not been done. And looking at the piles of junk that were occupying the dining room table, I realized that today was not the day to do them.

They have all been gathered, towed to the office at the end of the hall, unceremoniously dumped there, and the door closed upon them. That's what doors are for, after all.

That done, I did have the energy to clean up the kitchen enough to be able to pull together snacks. Looking at my snack choices, it is brought home to me once more how much I am a salt/savory person and not a sweets person. Oops.

But I am baking bread, and made a lovely veggie tray, and homemade dip is resting in the fridge. I'm even considering changing out of my jammies, since people are so late.

Then again, maybe not.

I know I don't have the energy to mop. The kitchen floor will just have to be ignored.

I'm just grateful that everyone is late. I'm usually ready right on time for these things, but today was not that kind of day.
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2010-05-15 03:56 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I think that one of the most gracious things that house party guests can do is be a bit late ;-) I've had tons of those OMG it's party time and these 6 things aren't finished moments.

I'm also a salt/savory person... At a chocolate convention I homed straight in to the lone chips-n-dips table for samples!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-16 03:55 am (UTC)
It turned out well, even if it started comparatively late.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-17 05:29 pm (UTC)
He's such a cutie.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-17 06:12 pm (UTC)
OMG, that's got to be hysterical
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-05-15 04:08 pm (UTC)
Except for the salt/savory thing, you and I are kindred spirits; that's what doors are for, indeed!
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2010-05-15 04:45 pm (UTC)
as i tell mama, i came to see YOU, not worry about the house. i'm sure your friends are the same way. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-16 04:01 am (UTC)
They are, but the motivation keeps my house livable.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2010-05-15 07:16 pm (UTC)
They have all been gathered, towed to the office at the end of the hall, unceremoniously dumped there, and the door closed upon them. That's what doors are for, after all.

Exactly. And eventually you'll hate the clutter in that room and deal with it, but in the meantime there is enough to do.

I'm a savory person too. When people offer me jam for my toast I think "ick, no, just simmer down some tomato puree with a bit of basil and make a paste from that like Real People do".
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-16 04:02 am (UTC)
I'm not quite that averse to sweet, I just tend not to remember to buy it.
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2010-05-15 07:18 pm (UTC)
I'm giving in, and despite being a stay at home mom, I am having someone come over once a week to vacuum and mop. It just never ENDS.
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From: docbrite
2010-05-15 09:24 pm (UTC)
I don't mind the vacuuming, but I wish I could get someone to come and mop. Unfortunately, I tried an agency years ago, and they sent a series of people who were (A) scared of cats or (B) couldn't come anymore because they'd been arrested. We have 18 cats, so (A) was actually worse than (B).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-16 04:03 am (UTC)
When I could afford that, I did.
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2010-05-16 04:49 am (UTC)
Dan's been up to his elbows in OT, and it is rather cheap here. Especially since I want just the floors done, nothing else. It's the same price as taking Ted for an hour, except it would take 4 hours of Tedcare for me to do what she can do in one hour. So it comes out ahead. (I cannot do ANYTHING with him around, of that magnitude.) It's kind of like when I was first offered respite care for him, I hated it, resented it, and felt like a failure. Now, I just do what has to be done.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-16 04:48 pm (UTC)
Respite care is an essential. I'm glad you use it for the excellent tool that it is.
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From: docbrite
2010-05-15 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'm exactly where you are today. Peter and Susan Straub are visiting us for the first time, and I've managed to get the house somewhat clean, but I was sick most of the week and my vacuum broke last night. It's one of those "they'll just have to love us enough to see it this way" situations.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-16 04:04 am (UTC)
We had a good time, which is what counts.
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2010-05-15 10:17 pm (UTC)
One of the things that Ferrett and I regularly joke about is that we have friends over because it makes us clean house.

It's part of what I miss about having couchsurfers; very little was better cleaning motivation for me.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-16 04:05 am (UTC)
I bet!
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[User Picture]From: jojomojo
2010-05-15 10:49 pm (UTC)
Heh - our weekly Rogue Trader game is what keeps our place vaguely tidy, too. :)
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[User Picture]From: zzzzsleep
2010-05-15 11:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, hosting a weekly board games afternoon/night has helped encourage my wife and I to keep the house relatively tidy, even if it starts mostly clean on Sunday, then degenerates through the week.
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[User Picture]From: bunny42
2010-05-16 03:09 pm (UTC)
Sean's is every two weeks, but yeah, that's when things get spiffed up. Funny, too, because I'm not at all sure geek guys notice such things much. I just do it because it makes a dandy excuse.
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[User Picture]From: pjhandley
2010-05-16 01:39 am (UTC)
I'm guessing that you & Ferrett have the same type of friends that we do. Meaning, the house doesn't have to be spotless, you can lounge about in "comfy clothes", and they'd probably either offer to or just bring something over.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-16 04:09 am (UTC)
Yup. But part of that is not abusing it.
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[User Picture]From: gieves
2010-05-17 04:23 pm (UTC)
Your party-cleaning skills are great! There is definitely an art to hiding the piles of debris; one of these days I should take a before and after photo of the house when we hold any party...

Your house looked perfectly presentable to me! :-)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-18 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am relieved that I camouflaged the mess so well!
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