Wednesday, October 10, 2007

cleaning madness

i should be cleaning the bathroom. my mother-in-law is coming over tomorrow and i fear she will be thrown into a state of cardiac arrest when she smells the urine festering around the base of my toilet and sees the fungi thriving at the edge of my tub. BUT at this point i'm just not in the mood for any of it, quite frankly. and so am giving the whole cleaning process a big middle finger.

what's new, right?

i don't know what it's like at your house, but over here i have to make a choice. i can either have a clean house OR i can be an attentive mommy/have happy kids but the two cannot exist simultaneously. i cannot keep my house looking respectable and hang out with my kids enough. it just can't happen.

but since the cleanest person i know is coming for a visit tomorrow i figured i should try to shoo some of the germies out of this filthy hole. the children, of course, were less than pleased.

E was in an especially lovely mood and drew pictures like this all day

and even thought he'd try calling his mother a "Dumbhead". (!!!)

K thought it would be fun to hurl peaches from his high chair at lunchtime and declare, "mommy, i need consekwuns".

they made all kinds of mischief throughout the day. they practiced some new bad words, threw sand in each other's mouth, beat each other with sticks, pushed, poked and shoved. all this while whining at me and begging every few minutes for me to play with them.

it was as they were yelling "you're a dumb dumb!" to my neighbor that i suddenly realized it's just not worth it. this is the reason i never clean! i would rather live in a happy home than in a germ free zone, i guess. so we ditched the cleaning plan and played scooters in the driveway for the rest of the afternoon.

it was the right thing to do, but now my toilet is still filthy.

but i'm sure my MIL won't care. the sweet smiles of her happy grandchildren will make her forget the moldy grout in the bathtub, right?

3 comments:

Scott Ray Randall said...

Don't feel bad Lisa. My father-in-law slept on my couch last night and I still haven't fixed the shower that he bitched about because it didn't work when he stayed at our house a few months ago. Our shower hasn't actually worked since we moved in. That's why we only take baths. Also, my solution to moldy grout around the tub was to cover it in clear silicone caulking. It still looks like hell, but at least I don't have to worry about touching it.

suchsimplepleasures said...

if she is like my mil...you won't win, either way!!!!

Rob Friggin Brandt said...

You are just making their immune systems stronger. All these other little waifs that live in their germ-free zones... they won't have crap. When measles comes back, your kids will be laughing at all the the other disease riddled corpses in mounds in the neighborhood.