Allowing Myself

…to feel, to love, to be.

Tag: nesting

Laundry Piled High

After traveling for two weeks, I can tell you that the first thing I want to do when I return home is nest. This involves some combination of cleaning, doing laundry, walking the dog through the neighborhood and napping. It also doesn’t hurt to go out with friends and enjoy being with H again.

Took me two days, but I sorted, washed and folded 6 loads of laundry. Sheesh. It’s my least favorite chore. I also cleaned the kitchen, bathroom and master bedroom. Being that we only have a 900 sq foot 2bed-2bath apartment, I can’t imagine trying to clean a house. But I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

For now, I am hoping we can figure out some budget to hire a cleaning crew at least 1x per month, if not 2x. I used to think that cleaning was part of who I am, but I am realizing that things being clean and enjoying cleaning are two different things. The more I want to focus on my own stuff, the less I want to clean.

Until then, though, you can find me vacuuming as Carter Cash’s started shedding again. Good times.

Returning Home

This is what returning home after 5+ weeks of travel, events, flights and friends looks like:

  • The dog still has fleas
  • I can’t seem to get up before 8am
  • I’ve gone into nesting mode – cleaning my desk (above), fixing a towel rack, hanging frames on the wall, cleaning and cleaning some more, taking things out of the house, and making room
  • Set up the autumn decorations just in time for Halloween
  • My sister is here and crashing in our spare room (the office / music space) indefinitely
  • H is so busy with school that I’ve seen awake him for less than 6hrs since I got back Sunday
  • I unpacked but there are piles of laundry
  • The bathroom is dirty from giving the dog a bath and our daily use
  • I desperately need something new to read
  • My body hurts from my San Fran trip and my epic biking of the city (hopefully its own post soon)
  • My brain is shot from too many events, too much email, and way too much socializing
  • Digital photos are scattered and yet to be cataloged and shared
  • I have a burst of excited energy in the morning while I write, which quickly dissipates after exercising the dog
  • I’m taking the space I need even though I panic every few hours that I’m not doing enough

How’s your week going? I’ve opted out of Halloween this year, but my friends had some sweet costumes: the house from “Up”, Popeye and Olive Oyl, sexy Edward Scissorhands, a 70s couple (Afros included) and Where’s Waldo.