Cleaner Judgment

Our biweekly housecleaner recently passed on some serious judgment via text.  She asked if we wanted her to come every week because it has been taking her longer to get the house ready to clean.  Um, isn't that part of cleaning?  

Anybody with a housecleaner knows that you feel compelled to pre-clean before the cleaners come.  Pick things up off the floor, put things back in drawers etc.  Unfortunately ours come on a Wednesday which is our busiest morning.  I go to an exercise class from 6-7, then we all drive together because I have to be at work early on Wednesdays so Frenchie gives me a ride.  I try to pick up but there usually just isn't time.  

I'm not sure how to respond to the cleaner?  Is she trying to get me to pay more?  I hate to admit it but I don't think having her come every week will really help.  Hopefully with me taking a break from work I can try to organize the house better so it's easier to clean.  We'll see.  

Now it's Saturday morning at 7 and I have to clean up from last night because I fell asleep with the kids and didn't clean up after dinner (not sure what Frenchie's excuse is).  Then we'll make breakfast and I'll have to clean up again.  Then the kids will play and a new mess will be waiting for me.  Oh...then dinner!  It's never ending!!!

Self-help me

Oy.   I am falling down a self-help hole of confusion.   The last 6 months I’ve been (probably overly) concerned with diet and exercise and now I’m ready to work on my brain.   

Should I meditate?  

Should I go The Artist’s Way?  

Should i hygge?  

Is there only ONE thing?  

Maybe I should just go to a hypnotist...  

I should probably be reading parenting books instead... 

Yikes.   

I have recently made some changes in my career so I think my brain is in overdrive trying to figure out what is next and how to live a fulfilling life.  So I will be reviewing some self-help books here.  I recently read The One Thing and found it helpful although since I’m such a fast reader I usually miss a lot so I think I should read it again.   Now I’m reading This Naked Mind which is trying to convince me to give up wine.  I’m also reading The Poisonwood Bible for my book club and really enjoying it.    

Look forward to some book reviews soon!  

Now for my birthday

My birthday is exactly two weeks after Camille's and almost as exciting.  Just kidding, no one cares about an old lady turning 37.  I'm still going to try to get presents out of it though.  My wish list this year is as random as always.  

A new tent for camping this summer.  We went camping a few times since living in Boston but always with some friends that had most of the gear.  Well now those friends have moved away so we either need to find new gear nerd friends or buy our own.  Either way, we also need a tent that actually fits our family of four.  Here are some options I like:

 

Obviously I need the tent to be hugemongous.  

Other wish list items this year are a new cross body bag for spring and some new casual sneakers.  What do we think of these?  

 

Ok, maybe the rose gold is a bit much...

I also need some slip ons for our trip to Barbados in May.  I like these Toms. 

I also want an eye cream that takes away all of my wrinkles, some 15 pound weights and a smoothie bottle.  Of course, these are all things I could just go out and buy myself but it's fun to get presents.  

We have a babysitter for the day after my birthday so I'm hoping we'll find an awesome restaurant for dinner.  It's been a long time since we've been out for a nice dinner and I'm really looking forward to some good food.