Monday, December 1, 2008


I am absolutely fascinated by the answers you gave to my questions. I am also fascinated by the fact that my short-term memory is apparently very, um, short. Because every time I got an email alerting me to a comment, I had to open up my blog in another browser to remember what I'd asked you.

I find it intriguing that most of your houses must be immaculate. Honestly, I cannot even fathom spending two hours a day, every day, cleaning my house. I do maybe a half hour a day. And then every couple few days, I will my husband will do a big clean that takes a couple hours. You may not be embarrassed to have people pop into your clean houses unannounced, but my kids immune systems are going to beat the shit out of yours.

I'm sad to hear that most of us do not get much time to ourselves. We should declare a national day of the week when we all take two hours off and refuse to do anything for anybody but ourselves. Say, Tuesday. At 8.

As for the bike riding, shoe tying, and pill taking, none of my kids do any of those things yet. I think the bike riding is because Alex and I are being lazy about teaching Sam. I think the shoe tying is due to the fact that no one makes shoes with shoelaces anymore. And the pill taking I haven't started on, but Sam's doctor suggested I teach him, and I was curious if other kids did it.

What was really interesting was how many of all y'all can't or don't like to take pills. Now when someone asks me what my talent is, I'm going to say, "Swallowing pills." Or maybe I'll call it my hobby. Although calling pill popping a hobby may cause other problems entirely.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. You have assuaged much of my curiosity on the subjects.



  1. Ah, but you see, my dear, there is a flaw in your logic. You *assume* that b/c one spends a couple of hours cleaning that the house is actually *clean* or stays clean!

    My "cleaning" often involves such delightful things as scrubbing the table for the 4th time after one of Nik's meals, cleaning up cat puke, cleaning up child poop, and doing dishes and laundry.

    You don't even want to see my bathrooms! ;-) And I vaccum once a month whether the house needs it or not! (Ok, a little more frequently b/c I have two long-haired cats.)

  2. Oh, and for the record...can you take pills without water? Do you drink the water after you take pills or do you fill your mouth w/water (or vodka?) first then toss in pills? I cannot take pills without some soret of liquid already in my mouth. TMI, I know...

  3. So I'm not the only one with pill swallowing issues?? YAY I thought I was a freak. My throat closes up and I gag. Someday when I'm 80 and need to be on like 16 pills per day, I'll probably just have to give up and die.

  4. Oh yay! My house and yours are close in cleanliness. You have kids - I have cats. That's equal. Kinda.
    But I liked your comment about the immune systems! I wish I had thought of that when my kids were little. Damn!

  5. I was just about to comment here, reading your blog when I got your comment on my post... that's so weird... are you sitting on your couch reading blogs on your laptop, JUST LIKE I AM :) ??

    My son just got his first pair of tie-shoes, so no tying yet, I can swallow pills like it's my business and as you know b/c you've been to my house- I take the route of 'baskets' everywhere... instead of cleaning :)

  6. Hm. . . Well, I couldn't answer yesterday's questions because I was still trying to wrap my brain around daily cleaning. Who knew? If there is something to that cleanliness is next to godliness theory then I have no choice but to be a heathen. I spend a lot of time outside and my house is still cleaner than that environment, so I'm not too worked up about it just yet.

  7. if it makes you feel any better when I read this, I was so confused as to what questions you were talking about (and I commented yesterday!) but when I pulled up the post I remembered. I tell you finals week is killer on those brain cells. And I can assure you for the next two weeks there will be NO cleaning on my part. in fact, right now you can't even tell I have a floor (unless you count the textbooks, notebooks, and study guides as a floor).

  8. I missed that post (still catching up on my post holiday blog reading).

    But I'm glad to hear that there are other people out there who don't put in a lot of cleaning time but also don't use cleaning services. My house is always a mess. And I don't even care if people come by anymore. I just move the laundry to the other side of the couch, offer them a seat and try to come up with something to offer them from my empty refrigerator.

  9. My house is clean today but only because I was annoyed with DH last night so I spent a lot of time stomping around and huffing while picking up. And when I say "clean" I really mean "picked up" I haven't mopped a floor with a real mop in, um, ever. I just use the swiffer wet pads.

    I've been thinking about your questions a lot the past couple days and I'm composing a blog post in my head about them. What I found interesting in a kind of sort of sad way is how some of the commenters counted personal hygiene time as time to ourselves. Somehow I don't think that's exactly what you meant.

    Okay, now I have to go unload the dishwasher, load it with dirty dishes, and clean up the trash that the $&%^&$ dog got into. That will probably take me 30 minutes.

  10. I've been thinking about this a lot since you asked it. The interesting thing is that I would bet my 2 hours to myself is 2 hours more than my mom EVER spent on herself or my grandmother even dreamed about! Actually, I forgot working out. I usually do about 30 minutes of that a day and that's extra. :-) But I think the cleaning to self time ratio has probably changed in a generation. Interesting?

  11. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who does 1/2 cleaning every day! :) We're still struggling with bike riding--Ethan finally gets it--yeah!! James could care less.

  12. I think you struck a nerve!

  13. The best pill-swallowing hack I've ever heard is to use a beverage and straw. Put the pill on your tongue and take a big drink (or several) from your straw. You get a larger volume of liquid than sipping from a cup and the pill goes right down with it! This works pretty well for kids or adults. Better than just giving up and dying, right?


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