Day Ten

Sometimes, you just don’t feel like doing anything. You want to just goof off for the day. I’m feeling like that today…and that is a trap! One day without any work, and it is easier to slack off the next day…by the third day, it’s easier to let things go completely. So, I’m gonna be pushing today.

I’m going to try rolling all my chores at once today, that way I can know where I am going. It may not work out like I expect, but we will see. So, here go the rolls:

4 (Downstairs)  3 (Hallway/Stairs)  4 (1 hour)  — Not sure there is that much work left in that area with the vacuum cleaner broken, but we’ll give it a shot.

4 (Downstairs)  2 (Dining Room)  1 (15 minutes) — Was worried about there being enough to do till I rolled the duration. I know I can find 15 minutes more to do.

2 (Garage/Pantry)  1 (Garage)  5 (1 hour 15 minutes) — There’s at least that much time to go out there.

3 (Outside)  4 (Back Yard)  1 (15 minutes) — Not a problem.

1 (Upstairs)  1 (Computer Room)  5 (1 hour 15 minutes) — That adds up to 4 hours for the day, but I didn’t get a full 3 hours yesterday, so I’m cool with that.

And I’ll try to post more pictures. 🙂

UPDATE ONE: Wow. I didn’t expect to spend almost the entire hour on the stairs, but they really needed it. First of all, sweeping carpeted stairs isn’t as easy as vacuuming, but I need to take my vacuum in to be fixed, and decided the stairs couldn’t wait that long. It was worth it…though I did crack the broom!

That’s all from the stairway. Four cats…maybe I can borrow a vacuum…

The other thing that really needed to be done in the stairwell was addressing the handrails. I’ve been hating them for ages, and finally attacked with the 409. It made a world of difference:



The cleaning is really starting to pay off. We’re off to job two.

UPDATE TWO: So, 15 minutes in the dining room put me in the middle of cleaning the inside of the windows, so I made an executive decision to keep at it until I was done. It felt good not to stop just because the time was up.

Also hung a load of laundry out in the back yard. The laundromat was good for Newell’s work clothes, but I usually just wash mine in my leaky washer and dry them outside as long as it is feasible. It gets me outside, which is nice. 🙂

Taking a wee break before I tackle the garage time. One good thing, when I was getting a load of laundry together, I found my good pedometer. Amazing that I’ve already put in over a thousand steps today just in my own house.

Ah, well. Enough of a break. Out to the Garage!

UPDATE THREE: Quit early in the Garage because I broke the broom the rest of the way and filled every nook and cranny of the trash can. There was a good amount of progress made however:

This corner now looks like this:

Still have a lot to go in there, but it is really looking better.

Next on the list is fifteen minutes outside in the back yard. Want to get that done while there is  still sun going.

UPDATE FOUR: Okay…it might be sunny out there, but it was still chilly. So I did some straightening that I really wanted to get done but quit early. I’m going to add 30 minutes to my last chore of the day (1 hour 15 minutes in the Computer Room) to make up for the bits I cut off the earlier chores of the day.

And it will be easy to do 1 hour and 45 minutes here in the Computer Room…

For example…here’s my desk:


And after.

It might not seem like a lot got done there…it’s still a bit crowded…but it’s a lot better. I still have some sorting to do on that, but at least it’s all in one neat pile to sort, instead of all over the desk. And now I can get to that proof I need to read without feeling crowded. It will be even better when I can get back into the Study to write, but that’s still a ways off.

I’m not going to mention what I did today to Newell. I’m curious if he will notice the handrails for sure…

DAILY WRAP UP: 1 hour Stairs + 30 minutes Dining Room + 1 hour Garage + 15 ish minutes Back Yard + 1 hour 30 minutes Computer Room = over 4 hours today! No wonder I was tired when I finished. 🙂

OH! One more thing I wanted to note — 2940 Steps today. They say ideally you should put in 5000 daily. Well, we’ll work up to that. Considering that number is all housecleaning, I feel it is pretty respectable. 

About RieSheridanRose

Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. A lot. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2,  and Killing It Softly. She has authored twelve novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs. She tweets as @RieSheridanRose.
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5 Responses to Day Ten

  1. Green says:

    Awesome work, especially for an “I want to slack off” day!

    • Thanks! Every day is an “I want to slack off” day — like today when my husband woke me up at what felt like the crack of dawn… — but except for the days I have to go out of town, I intend to do my three hours a day. 🙂

  2. KIB says:

    Great project! Keep it going, man.

  3. Tamian Wood says:

    I’m so impressed with the changes in the “cover” image! You GO GIRL! You have truly inspired me!

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