summary: I have been v busy! And by “busy” I mean do something for 15 minutes and then take a rest for an hour. Repeat from sunrise to bedtime
Work has been extremely burdensome and depressing lately, mostly because I ignored my business expenses for 3/4 of the last year and I had to get them all reconciled and submitted by the 26th of December. It was a very time consuming exercise. Not time consuming to do them, but I spent a lot of time – days! weeks! – fretting about doing them but actually spending my time paralyzed by the size of the task and the prospect of hunting down all those receipts. Those of you who have been with me for a while will recognized that procrastination is my strong suit and you would think I’d learn from year to year but I never do.
It was a great holiday and I’m surprised to tell you that I didn’t miss wintry weather at all on Christmas Day and especially did not miss it on New Year’s Eve. Not that we went out on NYE, but if we did I wouldn’t have had to worry about slipping around on snow and ice. I count my blessings where I find them.
Also, the neighborhood in general was like a professional light show with outdoor Christmas decorations, but the street I live on is populated by duds. Only our next door neighbor had what I consider the proper holiday spirit and had enough lights to suit me and he kept them lit from Dec 1 until yesterday. A few other houses had a few half-hearted strings of lights that they switched on for a few hours a day for the week before Christmas. Speaking of Christmas decorations, water got into my inflatable cocoa mug and I can’t get it out. I don’t know how it got in there in the first place. I don’t see any openings. Any ideas?
Also, one of those little yard lizards that are all over the place in Florida stowed away on my artificial wreath and when I took it down and brought it into the house for storage, the lizard jumped off, scurried behind the china closet and that’s the last I saw of it. I choose to believe that it died 5 minutes after it got in because I will not think about cohabiting with a live lizard. It probably died, right?
Sami was here for about 2 1/2 weeks but now he’s back in NJ and I feel awful and lonely and awfully lonely. While he was here we hung a flag and it’s pretty glorious. Again, only our next door neighbor has one on display, as opposed to the rest of the general neighborhood which looks like a 4th of July parade route.
From Our Department of Actual Work: I have a new love interest these days and it’s name is Hoover Floor Mate. One of my least favorite household activities is wet mopping a floor, so I can only claim a temporary loss of reason when I bought a house that has mostly tile flooring. The bedrooms are carpeted but everything else is ceramic tile, as shown on the highlighted areas of this floor plan.
What was I thinking? I did go out and buy a nice new mop and bucket when I first got here but frankly I haven’t had the heart to get into it. The Floor Mate arrived this week and I must say it couldn’t be easier to use. It’s like a steamer for carpets, except its got scrub brushes and it vacuums up the dirty water from the floor. The floors look so good! I don’t delude myself that I will ever be excited to be doing cleaning of any type, but with this machine the terrible floor washing chore is as bearable as it can get.
In the most exciting news of all, I am currently engaged in trying to sprout an avocado pit.
Pit Watch week 1