One thing that happened was that we got word on the one job that my husband had an inside track on...he didn't get it. They hired another guy who was older, had more experience and was certified as a boiler tech (which my husband is not). So, that was depressing.
Yesterday my children were REALLY lucky that they are cute and that I love them as it was one of those days where they go to bed, finally, and you just think, "Right, let's hope tomorrow is better." I spent all day fighting with my daughter about EVERYTHING, primarily cleaning her room, and her brother was a swath of destruction from the moment he got up until the moment he went to bed. I had plans to bake yesterday and kind of a have a fun day. Nope. Ended up having to tear my son's bed apart after he had dumped an entire thing of milk all over it and while the waterproof cover was in the wash he dumped an entire can of soda on his mattress. Oh yeah. So, I ended up having to rip his bed completely apart to deep clean everything, dragged his mattress out to the living room and shampooed it with a combo of vinegar and water to get the soda out of it and disinfect it. And then we had to drag a temporary mattress upstairs for my son to sleep on in the meantime while his mattress dried over the next couple of days (luckily it's sunny today, so we're making progress there).
While cleaning his mattress and bed I came to realize EXACTLY how bad of shape both his bed and mattress were in. Basically he's managed to toast a mattress completely and it's not even a year old. There are dips in the mattress that should not be there, you can hear broken bits of metal jingle in the mattress when you move it, etc and the race car bed frame (which is just pressure fitted heavy duty plastic) is starting to show some stress from all the years of bouncing on it. It's time to get the son an adult bed that moves easily on a wheeled metal frame, preferably a memory foam mattress that he can't break springs in maybe, so I've been calling around today getting prices. I'm not sure what we'll end up with, but I'm done with our current system as it's just NOT working and I can't imagine sleeping on that bed is even comfortable at this point. So, more money to be spent. BLAH!!!!!!
But, yeah, at least his mattress is nice and clean for the time being.
And we ended up with a son who toasted the back of my car with stomach issues as a result of his sinuses getting to him, so I got to shampoo that and clean up his car seat, wash his jacket and things as well and we took him to the doctor over the weekend to make sure he wasn't fighting a sinus infection (ran a low grade fever after the car incident). So far the answer from the experts was no and he seems to be feeling better, so hopefully he's over the hump now.
So, onto what I've been up to on the more "normal side" since late last week!
I got my kitchen cleaned out and reclaimed a bunch of counter space. I have a small bookcase over behind my deck door where I was keeping a few appliances (crock pots, Sodastream and rice cooker) and I decided to clean off the other "things" that I had on the shelf (like some flours) and move them to another location and then make the shelf into an out and out appliance holder. So, my mixer and toaster got moved to the shelf and then I got rid of things I didn't need, stacked some baking containers up (love Tupperware at moments like this) and moved my silverware holder and phone to the top of my bread box on the microwave. And voila! I think I tripled my counter space doing that, which with how little counter space I HAVE, that speaks volumes.
Here's a shot before that I took a while back...
The floors got scrubbed as well. My daughter can take credit for doing them the first time with me having to do a lot of touch up work when she was done (it was her first time using a mop instead of doing the floors with a scrub brush...she normally likes playing Cinderella with the scrub brush when she volunteers to do the floors, but this time she wanted to use the mop). But, hey it got done.
The recliner in the bedroom got cleaned off as well and the multitudes of blankets and sheets that were stacked on it got put away (do NOT ask to see my closet, though, as I refuse on the grounds of it's hidden with the door shut so it's fine), which is a step in the right direction. I would have taken a picture, but I have a TON of laundry that is in the process of getting folded around where the recliner is and I didn't want to have to stage a photo to take a picture of it.
I didn't get the cat carrier deep cleaned, but did get it cleaned up enough to put away in time to pull it out again for the cats follow up visits next week.
And I did get a nap in. It was short, but it was a nap :).
Overall, for a change, I got pretty much everything I'd put on my goals list accomplished this week. Booyah!!!
So, onto this week's goals. I'm just going to lump them together for simplicity's sake since I have both kids home this week on Spring Break and this post has, thus far, taken me nearly three hours to write.
Goals for the Week!
- Get some of the carpets shampooed.
- Dust as much as I can find time for.
- Clean windows (now that it's getting lighter the windows are bugging me)
- Finish menu plan for the next couple of weeks (I'm behind)
- Finish folding laundry and put it away in the proper locations
- Try to rest arm as much as possible (between running the shampooer on the mattress yesterday, NOT EASY, and having to help my daughter clean her room, my arm is making the entire left side of my body hurt today...not fun)
- Sketch out embroidery ideas (I'm determined to get SOMETHING accomplished in the way of embroidery projects here...it might have to wait till next week, but I'm hoping to get a few things accomplished this week)
- Start quilt (new quilt idea I ran into that I'm going to start working on slowly but surely that uses fabric scraps but isn't time consuming...my kind of project)