So here is the deal - I am not a clean freak. However, when I clean my house, I am a freak about it. I like things done certain ways and if I don't get it done that way I don't feel as though I completed the task. Now, this is where I have a problem - I can NEVER get it all done. Someone always needs something, I get distracted and six hours later I still don't have everything put back on the my bathroom counter. On Sunday I decided I was going to get some cleaning done and D was busy watching t.v. and playing.
I'm going to chase a squirrel for a minute - I probably have the greatest tolerance of hearing kids' shows ever. I have never been able to understand why J gets frustrated when he hears the same shows. It just doesn't bother me. ONE EXCEPTION - Fairly Odd Parents. I do not understand Fairly Odd Parents and I do not want to. I would like to drop kick Timmy Turner and his fairy/fish/whatever those things are that fly around. This is the show that D chose to watch on Sunday. So, I was thinking I wish I could turn on some music in order to not hear said show. Light bulb! I got my ear buds that I use while I run on the treadmill and hooked myself up.
Another squirrel - when I'm running on the treadmill, that is mommy time, which means when the kids come in and say something I respond with "I can't hear you". This is probably more comforting than "mommy can't talk to you because she might die from the pain". Unless there is an emergency or a valid need, I do not take my ear buds out. D not playing "the dog" properly for E does not count, nor does sissy not letting D play Barbies.
SO, on Sunday, I put my ear buds in and go to work on my house. D comes and finds me a couple of times and I just tell him that I can't hear him. Yes, this results in D following me around with a duster in my back like I'm being made to walk the plank and every time I walked through the living room I was attacked with said duster as if he was Spartacus and I was Crassus (don't knock it until you have watched it). But, guess what? I got my bathrooms clean and other things that I didn't even have on my list! Yes, the living room where D was hanging was completely trashed, but I got an amazing amount of housework done in a short amount of time and when I say "done", I mean it was done. I wasn't lacking the last detail. It felt amazing. I will be doing this again and again... and again.
Then again.. I may just do this: