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  • August 17th, 2006 | 8:39 PM
I did it

Oh my. I can't believe I did it but I did.
Wanna know what I did?

I hired a housekeeper. Yep. Totally decadent, I know and I wonder why I didn't do it years ago. He and his team start on Tuesday and will come twice a month and I feel utterly decadent about it. My grandmother is frowning down on me but I don't care. It didn't used to be so bad when the messes and the dirt didn't bother me but now, well, they DO bother me. If I have to keep on working at the day job it will be nice to come home to a clearn house. (As long as the dog doesn't decide to do something stupid like scare him off.)

And next I'm hiring a gardener so my husband can have his weekends again. He is traveling most of every week and I hate that he comes home and has to spend the weekend mowing lawn and doing yardwork.

Now if I could just hire someone to exercise for me, I might really be able to get some writing done.
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August 18th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
work is money and if you can do it...that's great! we have a woman come and vaccuum every other week...it just makes "things possible"...and that's important!
August 21st, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
that's the key - "makes things possible" that's what I am most looking forward to.
August 18th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
If I had the money, and if I knew it wouldn't be wasted (because the place would be a wreck again inside of five minutes after they leave), I'd do it in a heartbeat.
August 18th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
HA! Cleaning!
Ronni, that's EXACTLY why we fired ours last year! I'm getting to that time of year where I want a cleaning person again, but WHY??? My house is trashed before my hubby makes it home to admire it anyway!
August 21st, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
I could have never done this when I had little kids because I would have just cried when they trashed it (just because they are kids). Now I just need to train myself not to trash it.
August 21st, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping I don't feel too much guilt about the money.
August 18th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
Good for you. Very, very wise decision!!
August 21st, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
we shall see. so far I have already had to postpone it a week. (pout)
August 18th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
Jealousy abounds! :)
August 21st, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
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August 21st, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
I think the gardener will also make a huge difference. With my back and shoulder problems I can't even do the fun stuff anymore. I'm looking forward to coming home to a clean house though, I can tell you that!
August 18th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
We have cleaning people every two weeks. It's heaven! Even if all they did was clean the bathrooms, it would be heaven.
August 21st, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, on the bathrooms. Sometimes I wonder how the place gets so dirty with just the two of us there.
August 18th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
Yay you! You're going to love it.
August 21st, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
I am SO looking forward to it. Just for the dog hair alone!
August 18th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
As soon as the school year starts up again, we're taking the leap, too. It's my one splurge from our advance money. The rest is going into college funds. But not facing down a toilet that's been overused by two little boys? That's worth more to me than any fancy vacation or flashy bauble I could have bought to celebrate.
August 21st, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
Oh that sounds like a fabulous way to spend some of your advance money! Great idea. Especially with working and having kids.
August 18th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
Years ago, I made a deal with a camper. She cleans my floors and bathrooms once a week May through September (just those things help so much) and I give her very discounted camping. At first I felt guilty that I couldn't keep up with it all myself. After all, my mother-in-law managed with five kids . . . FIVE! And they ran a year round campground. (shudder)

But now, I think I'd cry if I lost my summer cleaners.
August 21st, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
I think that's a fab deal you made. I can make myself feel real guilty if I look back at what past generations were able to accomplish. I feel like such a wimp.
August 18th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I want one, too!
August 18th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
I'm so jealous! But I agree with the person that said it would be a waste. For me, anyway... the little man has the place a mess again in no time!
I keep after the dust and the bathroom, and we run the vacuum. The rest, I don't worry about. I do a good cleaning once or twice a year.

Then again, I live in a bungalow... how much time does it take to clean that?
August 21st, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
I remember when my kids were little and I used to wonder, why bother to try and clean? Sigh. Of course I can be just a slobby but at least I feel guilty about it. :-)
August 18th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
Good for you, Susan! Time is precious. I had a cleaning company years ago and it was wonderful. I'm in saving money mode right now but know that someday I'll do it again.
August 21st, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
You're right about time but why is it so much easier to blow money on cheap but tangible things? It's all about the guilt, isn't it? Sigh
August 18th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
Good for you. Your peace of mind (and writing time) are worth it.
August 21st, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder. It's hard to feel that way sometimes.
August 18th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Dan always says that someday when we're rich and famous, he's going to hire me a housekeeper. My house is a disaster!
August 21st, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
If I wait until I'm rich and famous I'll have a janitor keeping my grave clean, maybe. :-) I want to enjoy life now. I just hope I don't feel so bad about spending the money that I can't enjoy it.
August 22nd, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
woo hoo! i have been toying with the same thing and feeling guilty and unancestor-like about even thinking about it for two years now. good for you! i think i will go ahead when i get an agent/publisher. so i guess i need to get to submitting!
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