So. Many. Things. To. Do.
- batch of uni marking
- formatting Liquid Gold to get ebook ready for sale
- organise contract for forthcoming FableCroft project and format for sale (to be announced)
- finish editing for (different) forthcoming novel project for FableCroft (to be announced)
- work up blog posts for Momentum (I was announced as their new blogger on the weekend!)
- keep unpacking (does it never end! We finally got Miss Seven into her room over the weekend, but there are STILL BOXES!)
- CBCA reading (starting out late doesn’t help, but I’m almost on top of things)
- clean bedrooms and put away all the things accumulating there
- Continuum this weekend!
Oh, and keep kids alive and loved. Cos they’re cute and all
I’ve been really rubbish at keeping up with everything – I’ve been shocking at answering perfectly simple emails, hopeless at getting house clean, terrible at doing important jobs, and though I haven’t missed any deadlines yet, I’m just not motivated to get AHEAD either! There are some good reasons probably, and hopefully it will be clearer soon, but a good part of it is that working full time has really impacted on my available time (duh), and I’m just not coping very well. Add to that I REALLY miss having a cleaner (she only came once a fortnight, but that makes a HUGE difference in what you have to keep up with the rest of the time!), and, well, there you have it. Not only do I have less time to play with, there’s more things I have to get done with it – I don’t see housework as an optional extra. I hate having a house that looks dirty, and I don’t like not wanting to have friends drop in because it’s such a mess.
I did overcome one small barrier to my quest to make housekeeping a tad easier – yesterday I called in at Godfreys and walked out 10 minutes later with a new vacuum cleaner (with free steam mop and free foot spa – win!). My last vacuum bit the dust, rather literally, after husband thought it might be a good idea to vacuum out the ashes of the fireplace with it. Erm, no. We have a Vax, but while it does a good job for carpet washing, for some reason it’s terrible at vacuuming. So I needed a new one, and got one. Vacuumed this morning – was fairly painless. So hopefully the floors will be a little easier to look after now – although with kids, what’s clean one minute is covered in sand, dirt, or *stuff* within five, but anyway…
Also yesterday, was lucky enough to have a friend babysit Max so I could watch The Avengers with her husband and a bunch of kids (not all of which belonged to either of us!). I really enjoyed it, and we laughed a lot (in a good way). We then spent the evening at their place, being plied with home made pizza and good conversation.
Things to do today:
- Conquer the washing
- Conquer the folding, ironing and putting away.
- Finalise Epilogue and get it to the printer.
- Proofreading job for Twelfth Planet Press (sorry Alisa!).
- Answer some important, neglected emails.
- Watch new Fringe and Once Upon a Time (to be achieved while folding etc).
It’s already 12.30. Best I get a move on!
I probably should note the jobs I need to do these holidays, because they’re already almost a quarter over and we’ve been too busy socialising to work! Yesterday we went to the Fun Station with one of Master Eight’s mates (who then followed us home for more play), and today was an unexpected but thoroughly enjoyable afternoon with Terri and Nick, who came from opposite end directions on the freeway to visit! However, there are some important jobs that need doing, so:
1. Tax (there’s a REASON it’s top of the list!)
2. Read slush.
3. CBCA reading
4. Write talk for WA Library Officer’s Day (for next Friday)
5. Clean out shed & pack stuff
6. Sell truck and Pajero for husband
7. Still be social!
(Ahem, ETA…) 8. Compile WASLA Library Journal. Fairly important that one!
Ah, is not so much! *goes off to start work*
* we took hubby’s car in for a service
* my husband had two skid steers delivered
* I took Miss Five to story time at the library
* I finally got to the bank to do a job I’ve been meaning to do for months – took over an hour
* Hubby took the big kids and went down south to pick up a new (secondhand) big truck for the skid steers
* I did some slushing, work for my mum and other miscellaneous jobs
* I drove hubby up to Perth to pick up our car from his mate
* Then I drove to Mandurah to enjoy the Scholastic Book Fair sale (wow, that was FUN! And expensive…)
* Drove home and did washing etc
* Went to shops to pick up stuff for kid school party tomorrow and afternoon tea for meeting
* Went to work to prepare for a meeting
* Took delivery of school yearbook and organised distribution process
* Had three hour WASLA meeting (which got me more work to do!)
* Came home and finalised yearbook distribution details to email to work for early starting staffie
* Organised clothes for family Christmas party tomorrow afternoon and clothes/costumes for kids’ school Christmas concert tomorrow night (which included pinning an elephant costume to look (sort of) like a kangaroo)
These two days followed two full on busy days at work, Tuesday night at school Awards Night in Mandurah, Sunday with a big shopping trip and visiting kids, and Saturday at Helencon!
Feel a little like I haven’t taken a breath all week, am not sleeping all that well, and really looking forward to school finishing so I can have a rest day!
Lucky it’s all fun though