Monday, April 17, 2006


Yesterday was Easter, so I stuffed myself full of ham to celebrate a religion that began with the Jews. How proper.

Frankie decided to post about her amazingly well run household just so that the rest of us could see how great she is and how suckful we are. Okay, actually, she has better reasons, and it's pretty funny that she did post about her household. I've been thinking for quite a while that one of my issues is about order and schedules. Her post has pushed me just enough to finally follow through a little.

I'm being totally honest when I explain that most of our days are spent staring into screens. I don't just mean this in number of days but also in amount of each day. I hate it and it's driving me and the boys crazy. They're currently fine with too much television, but we all need to change this before it gets worse.

The house is going straight to hell, and I'm tired of the mess, the confusion, the wrestling match to achieve even making a cup of coffee in the kitchen.

So I'm going to play with some of Frankie's ideas. I kind of like to actually schedule things, when I'm not too lazy to do so, so I won't steal her idea outright. But I do need to list all those things that we want done. Too many things just get forgotten or put off otherwise.

In addition to being tired personally of the mess and the clutter and the lack of motivation, I need to show the boys a better way. I don't want them to think that life is just t.v., nor do I want them to be used to living surrounded by mess. We also need to get back to reasonable bedtimes for everyone so that we can more easily wake up in the mornings.

I've rambled for long enough, and I haven't even touched on education. That's a subject I'm still not sure how I want to approach. But we're going to approach it more than we have lately.

I can hear the boys stirring, and they'll want to wake up and head straight for the t.v. probably. But that's just too bad. Today is the first day of scheduling and accomplishing. Organization and accomplishment are the goals, the buzzwords of the day/week/year.


contemplator said...

There's a NYC cops theory called "broken glass" that's about how if what you see around you is broken, dirty, etc then your behavior follows. There's something to it. It's outlined in Malcom Gladwell's "The Tipping Point". I've found that if the house is clean, the attitudes (including my own) are much better. Do I like cleaning? HELL no!! But it does make a very obvious difference in the way the day starts, goes and ends.

Frankie said...

You know, it's funny what you're not "suckful" and the fact of the matter is that I was a little afraid to post that. I usually think I'm the only one who struggles with that issue and everyone else is perfect.

I finally figured that there had to be others "like me" and so I posted and used it as my first ever submission to the HS carnival to really come out of the closet.

I hope you can figure out a good schedule/routine or whatever you want to call it that will work for you.

It's spring...that cleaning/organization business is what we do in the spring!