Sunday, September 16, 2012

I'm Apparently Not as Smart as I Thought....

Well, yesterday was a fun day.  It took several hours to clean just two rooms.  Yes.  Two.  The kitchen and the living room.  They are the two biggest rooms in the house, but there are still several rooms to clean before this house is officially "dejunkified".  And that's a word.  Even if I made it up myself.

Today, I'm supposed to be cleaning the dining room, my office, my bedroom, and my bathroom.  But before I even begin, I need to get some work I'm doubting that all of the cleaning will all get done today. But some of it will.

So, why did it take so long to clean two rooms?

Because when I say deep clean... I mean deep clean.  I moved furniture.  I cleaned under couches and couch cushions.  I dusted areas that are hidden, but have collected several months worth of dust.  I took everything off of shelves and cleaned it all.  I even washed all of the walls.  Yep.  Climbed up on a stepping stool with a rag and some bleach water and SCRUBBED the walls.  Nothing was left unturned. 

And it's on days like yesterday that makes me wonder why I want to have decorative little items on shelves and pictures hanging on the wall... because all they do is collect dust and dirt that I eventually have to clean. 

But, I like my little decorative pieces - and they make my living room look nicer - once they are actually clean, that is.

After all the dust and dirt was gone, I felt so much happier.  I was sweaty and dirty and tired... but it was all worth the pay off.  It was heavenly to sit in the living room last night and not sigh and grumble at the state of disarray surrounding me.  I was content and at peace.

And what a fun evening it was!

After I jumped in the shower and cleaned off all the dirt I had collected, Hubby and I made a quick run to Wal-Mart to grab some groceries and to pick up dinner.  We all decided on Chinese.  We haven't had Chinese take-out in ages.  I also picked up an apple pie to eat for dessert while at Wal-Mart, and I picked up a new coffee creamer:  Butter pecan.  YUM!

Once we got home, we all ate dinner, watched a little TV, and relaxed.  Then Peanut and I decided to have a game of Trivial Pursuit. 

I learned two things while playing that game.  I am a lot smarter now than I was when I last played the game about 5-6 years ago.  But, I'm still not as smart as I think I am.  Especially when it comes to knowing trivia.  Holy Brain Farts!  Some of the questions I couldn't even understand, let alone try to come up with the answers.

The other thing I learned is that Peanut is a heck of a lot smarter than I was at 12 years old. 

I won the game, but not by much.  By the time I won, Peanut had collected five of the six wedges needed to win.  When I was her age, I couldn't have answered one of those questions...and she was right on my heels the entire game.  It amazes me how much knowledge is crammed in to her still growing brain.

We had a good laugh, but we were glad it was over after playing for over two hours.  I've decided that I need to buy the Junior version in order for us to really enjoy the game.

After a two hour go at Trivial Pursuit, we played The Harry Potter Edition of Scene It.  I have never played it before, I bought it because I love all things Harry Potter.  What I failed to realize is that it's been a very long time since I've seen any of the first five movies - and so the game was a heck of a lot harder than I thought it would be.  Peanut was on my heels the entire time for that game, too.  She's such a smarty pants.

I ended up winning, but only because I got the last question.  She was right there at the end with me battling it out for the win.  And technically, she should have won - because she answered way more questions than I did.. I just lucked out to be able to move more places with my correct answers than she did.  Thanks, Dice!

Today, I have so much to do.  I have to rewrite my lesson plans for the week, because Friday afternoon the 4th grade team decided to rearrange our schedules.  While that shouldn't really mess up my plans, it does because I now get more time to teach reading in the morning - and have to jumble around what I'll be teaching.  I have a little less time to teach science, now, but not by much.  I think the new schedule will work out much better for everyone.  It will mean even less time with my homeroom class - which makes me a little sad - but for the greater good of teaching all of the kids what they need to know, I have to suck up my own wants and focus on the students' needs.

So, no more time for idle chit-chat... I need to get to gettin'. 

So little time, so much to do!


  1. Sounds like a lot of hard work! Good goin'!

    1. Thanks!! It most definitely was. I want to believe that it can stay that way, but history has taught me that's wishful thinking. HA!

  2. lol im glad you won, there will come a point where they'll win or they just wont want to play at all,so these moments are totally worth it. Also well done on the clean. I take these notions for total deep clean every wee while, it does take forever though doesn't it? I find I get so antsy with my mr when he comes in after I've done a deep clean im all 'clean that up after you!' sometimes I think he has to walk on eggshells for a day or two till I settle lol!


    1. I've decided it's not too late to start a game night each Saturday. We play games every once in a while - but I want it to be something that becomes a part of the routine. Maybe friends can join in as the kids get older. And maybe one day, my kids will be bringing their families over for game night.


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