Thursday, February 26, 2009

Imaginary Symptoms

I've been nauseous off and on for about 3 or 4 days now and my bbs hurt. Even though I know the chance is so so so so very small... I can't help but hope. What the heck is wrong with me? *sigh*

This is my constant torture.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Ugh, Monday

Monday's are so much harder after a long break. The last 4 days were awesome in terms of work. I tried not to think about work much at all. Such a relief. But now, so many emails to catch up on and sort through and other work that needs to be done. My time entry is due by noon and it'll be a miracle if I actually get it done. (update: I didn't get it done by noon but it's done now! yay!)

Here is the view out my office window of downtown Albany. The little sign says it's 22 degrees. brr. I'll write more later... really gotta get this work done.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Zone A = F

Well, I give myself an F on completing zone A cleaning last week. However, I did manage to vacuum the living room and the stairs to the second floor. I even moved the couch and vacuumed under and behind it (ew.).

This past Sunday, R and I took a bunch of boxes and storage items down into the unfinished side of the basement. That side is finally complete - we were waiting on the floor being repainted because the contractor screwed up a couple "patch" spots - so now we can actually use it as storage! I'm excited. So, even though I failed on last week's cleaning assignment, the livingroom/diningroom area looks much better.

Zone B is going much better. On Sunday I vacuumed the kitchen and hallway/closet area. I've taken all the recyclables out and the dishes are done so I'll be able to clean the counters.

Still to do in Zone B (the incredibly hopeful list - hah)
-put away/organize things left on counters and island
-clean counter tops and island
-wipe down cabinets and island base
-clean stove and microwave
-vacuum again and mop kitchen floors
-wash dog towels
-clean out 'fridge

I'm feeling much better this week than last. Around Thurs or Fri of last week I started to feel better but the rest of the week sucked. I should keep track of my crazy moods - they don't seem to correspond to PMS or anything so I wonder if there is a pattern...

My better mood could be due to having Thurs and Fri off this week - yay! I can't wait for our 4 day weekend. We aren't doing anything specific but we'll probably try to get some of the last purchases made for the basement remodel project. Just having 4 days to not think about work will be awesome.

I have a ton of painting to do in the basement but other than that, a light is slowly appearing in the renovation tunnel. We need three major things still - ceiling, door, and baseboard. We've picked out all three but haven't purchased them yet. When the painting is done and those three items are installed, the only things left will be to hang cabinet doors and do final touch-ups. I'm pretty stoked about having this project done.

The room (before our mini-flood) was finished but we didn't use it for anything but storage. We've lived here for almost three years now. Silly us. So, it will totally be like we added a large room on to our house. The completed room will be like a tiny apartment - a small "kitchen" area with a cabinet/countertop, sink, mini 'fridge and microwave; a "diningroom" area with a table that we plan to play some poker on!; a "livingroom" area with seating and a TV; a small closet. We'll also have a dartboard corner down there and I've been thinking of adding some bookshelves as well. We shall see. It'll also be a great guestroom. The only thing lacking is a bathroom (which we have NO plans to add :)).

I feel like I have more to say. hmmmm. No, this is long and boring enough already so I'll stop for now ;) and get back to work.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Monday = Hate; Husband = Love

Yesterday sucked. Today is not a ton better, but a little.

I don't even know what was the matter with me yesterday. Everything seemed horrible. I couldn't deal with my projects, my coworkers, my clients... bleh. R went home first (we work at the same place but only sometimes drive in together) and picked up our dog. This is awesome because it saves me 15-20 mins on my drive home. I im'd him from work saying that I was in a completely terrible mood and maybe I shouldn't even come home. Not that I have any other place to go but it was a wonderfully negative thing to say, so I said it.

When I finally got home he was right there to meet me at the door. He had already put pizza in to heat up for me (leftovers I told him earlier that I was going to eat) and gave me a big hug. I cried. I love him so much. I felt like total crap but he was doing his best to try to make me happy.

Oh and Zone A progress? none. (maybe tonight but totally not promising anything!)

Monday, February 2, 2009

I need to hire a cleaning service.

I'm sooo bad at getting the things done that need to be done on a regular basis. When I have lots of tasks looming over me or if I feel like crap (mentally and/or physically) - NOTHING gets done.

My house is a mess right now. It's always balancing right on the edge of "too dirty" but when it's back within my acceptable limits, I put off cleaning. Some of this right now is due to our never-ending basement remodel. Should I clean the kitchen floors only for the messy contractor to track crap all over them again? My answer is always "no".

In order to make a change for a more clean house and a more happy me, I'm going to attempt to put my cleaning duties in perspective. Give myself some attainable goals. I've decided to start this by sectioning off my house into zones and assigning each zone a rotating week. I'm hoping this will make the daunting job a little more feasible.

Zone A - Livingroom/ Diningroom (these are basically the same room so putting them together is a no-brainer. This zone includes stairs to second floor.)
Zone B - Kitchen (includes basement stairs and hallway/coat closet)
Zone C - Bathrooms
Zone D - Master Bedroom, Guest room, & Computer room
Zone E - Basement

Tentative Schedule:
Feb 1st - Feb 7th ---> Zone A
Feb 8th - Feb 14th ---> Zone B
Feb 15th - Feb 21st ---> Zone C
Feb 22nd - Feb 28th ---> Zone D
Mar 1st - Mar 7th ---> Zone A

I'm starting with Zone A because we actually cleared off our entire table on Fri night so that's a start. I will need still need to:
clean table once more before the end of the week
wash the couch pillows and blankets
clean and organize any loose crap strewn about
mop tile

Think I can do this in the next 6 days? Ugh, I dunno. Everything seems so doable in the daytime and so horrible when I get home from work. We shall see...

I'm sure this will be revamped over time, depending on how well it's working out. I left the basement off the list because there's nothing much I can do in terms of cleaning until the remodel is done. Also, this list does not include doing things like laundry and dishes which need to be done way more often :)