Friday, June 29, 2012

Going out with a bang.

Nothing is ever simple. Today is the last day that I have to be home alone with the boys. I should be rejoicing. I should feel relieved. He will even be home early, soon, in fact. But we are going away. Today, my job consisted of packing, cleaning, and taking care of the boys. Sounds easy enough, right? Especially seeing our house was spotless yesterday. (That is excluding my bedroom, which is last on the priority list right now.)

Well, in a shocking turn of events, our house is already a disaster again. That's right, after one glorious evening (Wednesday) and a couple of hours yesterday morning of a nice clean house, it looks like something exploded and/or died in here. Fine. So our house is messy. I could still get ready for our trip, right? So I began packing this morning and started the first load of laundry. My job was to do mine and Mike's laundry and then the boys'. That was a total of two full baskets. I did ours first. It was just before lunch time when it was ready to go in the dryer so I could start the next load and have all done by the time we were ready to leave. Here's where things got really ugly. I loaded the dryer. Closed the door. And pressed the button. Nothing. I tried again, and again. Nothing. So, our dryer picked TODAY to die again. I did not know what to do. I had to try hanging it all on our rack on the deck. I discovered a few things in this process. One, it is unbearably hot in the beating sun on our deck. Two, a full basket of grown-up laundry does not fit on the rack. Three, our rack has been destroyed by the boys and comes apart if you hang too much stuff on it. And four, (and my personal favourite), if you leave a laundry rack set up on our deck for several days or weeks, multiple spiders will take up residence on it. Lovely. I had to use a tennis racket to swipe all the webs off and to attempt to beat said spiders into a pulp, or at least to motivate them to get as far away from my laundry as possible.

I had to hang the rest of the laundry throughout the house. But the boys' stuff is still dirty and in a basket, which we now have to bring along with us. Fabulous. To top this off, all three boys have been exceptionally grouchy and badly behaved today, so I am beyond fried. Again. I did not clean the house. I decided after all the stress of trying to figure out the laundry and everything else, that the house can wait. Mike can help me clean it on Sunday, when we get back. In truth, I don't even want to go now. I wanted to bless our boys with a special trip. Well, actually we planned to go regardless because it's a celebration of my grandmother's 98th birthday, which is coming up next week. But we decided to make it extra fun for them by getting a hotel with a pool and a play structure and staying two nights. Now I feel so angry at them I don't even want to go at all. I certainly don't want to stay in a room with them all weekend. I know that sounds horrible, but I am so incredibly burnt out that what I really want is to go to a hotel without them and have a quiet night. Not going to happen. All I can say is, the attitudes and the behaviour better improve vastly by the time we are en route, or this is going to be a very unhappy "holiday" all around. If it wasn't my own grandma, I think I'd be seriously considering staying home alone at this point. In fact, the very idea is pure bliss. But not an option. I don't want to miss my grandma's party. She is awesome.

So this is my last post prior to Mike being home for the summer. Here's hoping things will calm down soon because this mommy needs a break. I am 37 weeks pregnant today, for the record, so I guess the baby could come anywhere from 1 to 5 weeks from now. At this point, I don't even know what I'm hoping for. I think maybe I'm not quite ready. A couple of weeks to get everything in order might be really nice.

Anyway, I'm off. Mike is almost home and we will have to do the last of the running around before we leave. I might post from the hotel if things are going well. We shall see. Happy weekend, everyone.

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