Monday, May 17, 2010

Manic Monday: Days Off

I had a whole list of cleaning jobs for today because it is Monday and I happen to have the day off to make up for Saturday. It is now 4:30 and I have not done anything on that list.

Like my friend Chris said, "no one's going to notice anyway...except for you, that is!" She's right. I seem to be the only one bothered by certain areas of the house. I can tend to the more obvious stuff within the next 15 minutes - vacuum, dust a bit, tidy up the toys, etc. All that deep cleaning stuff will have to wait. But, I did take Chris' advice and set some Mold Killer Spray on the bathroom mirror just to see what would happen. I think I should give that a wipe before the kids come home.

My main problem these days seems to stem from lack of time at night. When the kids go to sleep at 9pm, I tend to fall asleep right with them and sleep like a log until 5am. Recently, Luka has become more much more mobile and wants to practice his new skills every chance he gets. So, when he wakes up at 5am, he wants to go go go. After a long day at work, being nice to people and acting fairly energetic while teaching, and then dealing with the likes of Ailin all evening long, I am completely exhausted by the time 9pm rolls around.

If I could stay up later, I would tend to the laundry more regularly, maybe even wipe down the bathroom sink sometimes, tidy up the kitchen a bit better, etc. I would also get more time to read or do scrapbooking, or for goodness sake, just veg out like Yusuke does when he is at home.

Why is it SO EASY for him to veg out in front of the TV or computer? In Japanese, we call this "botou suru" and he is so darn good at it. If I sit down to watch some TV, most likely, I am also doing 5 other things at the same time. I am starting to resent people who "botou suru" all the time, but perhaps I am just jealous because I can't do it very well.

Time to get that 15 minutes of cleanin' done.
That's all for Manic Monday. You don't even want to know the gritty details of my morning, so let's not go there.


Anonymous said...

Sleeping from 9pm-5am, or 10pm-6am is completely normal and will most likely help you to be happier and get more done. I used to be one of those people who logged less than 6 hours sleep a night, and I find that I am not as productive if I don't get 7-8 hours. You know my dad has been living like it's Hell Week for the Navy Seals his whole life, getting as little sleep as possible, and he thinks its normal to work work work and not get some rest. Sleep=laziness in his book. But its just not true. You have been burning the cand, and even he is beginning to realize it now as he gets older. You have been burning the candle at both ends for so long and I must say you've been doing a saintly job of it. But reality sets in and you need that rest so you can be a loving, joyful Mommy, especially when you've been giving your all to people all day and now have to do it again for your kids. Especially when they are still too young to do chores and such, it seems like you never get ahead, but that's just the reality with little kids, unless you've got lots of money and/or a helper.


Mande said...

I agree with you about being happier on more sleep, but I disagree about getting more things done. Even though the mornings go a bit smoother when I can get up on time and am in a good mood, I have this constant guilt about all the things I simply could not get to because of falling asleep. It's not so much the enjoyable stuff like scrapbooking because obviously I do fit that in SOMEHOW, but the cleaning chores are getting to me. With a dog and two kids, things do need to be cleaned up on a more regular basis. I wish I could hire a cleaner, and this is still on my mind, but my husband has threatened divorce on several occasions when I mention the idea. WTD? (That means, what to do?)

Jill said...

I say WTF (to Yusuke) and hire the cleaning person!! Sleep is so, so important!