Wednesday, February 22, 2006

No slack here!

I think my frayed edges are showing. Husband just asked me before he left for work, "Are you feeling o.k.? You seem a little stressed." Yes, yes, I am stressed! I actually avoided blogging yesterday because I was in such a poisonously bad mood I was sure it would transmit to any readers through their own computer screens!

I am just tired of picking up the slack these days. Everyone's shit lying all over the house that they just leave because they know I'm home all day and can clean it up for them. The dog requiring 2 full-length walks a day (plus pee breaks!) and me having to pick up his poop through a thin plastic bag while wearing the baby on my back. Running all over hell with errands out the ying-yang because I've told Husband repeatedly to let me do some things for him to lighten the load for him a bit. Dinners to cook and then dishes to wash because somehow I end up doing both now instead of our old arrangement of me-do-dinner, you-do-dishes. Stupid science night at school tonight that Sister will be begging to go to, but which is right in the middle of our dinner time and preparations for the girls' bedtimes plus it's rainy and cold. Stupid Brownie parents who STILL haven't called me to tell me when they're giving me their cookie money so that I can make a deposit by the deadline tomorrow. Everyone sucks.

Do you know, dear readers, that we have 8 creatures living in the Sugarmama household that require care? The kids are the first priority, of course, then there's Husband still dealing with his father's estate, plus this new doggie who requires some pretty intensive training and attention as we acclimate him to his new home life. I'm somewhere way down on the care hierarchy--maybe below the cats who are all but invisible in their new dog-fearing, closet-dwelling life, but slightly above the hermit crab who seems to thrive on fresh water and food given about once a week or so. I'm feeling the need for a little care at the moment, y'know?

Okay, some good things to remember though:
  1. My mom is taking Sister for the whole weekend, which is especially helpful because once again Husband is going to Atlanta.
  2. Maybe I'll see my friends on Sunday? (You know who you are.)
  3. I have 2 gift certificates to a day spa that total somewhere around $200, and today is the day that I will schedule those appointments so that I can have something to look forward to!
  4. My friend Pie Maker is coming over shortly with her cute baby boy to visit, and it will be SO nice to have an adult conversation. Maybe I'll sneak a little Cointreau into our hot chocolate.
  5. Also, another friend whom I haven't seen in a couple of months now is visiting on Friday. She's an older lady that I've known since I was a college student working in her vintage clothing store. You can say anything to her and she is never shocked and always sympathetic. She is a fabulous woman who's going to fill me in on all the latest town gossip and commiserate with me about Husband's dad. I can't wait.
  6. Husband promised me a back rub and a pushing of the mama reset button tonight. Heh. I'm looking forward to THAT, too.
(Deep breath.) I'm feeling better now, thanks.


Belle said...

I *so* know what you mean! My house is looking like crap because I am the one 'picking up the slack' here. I don't really mind most of the time, but when I work part time, then do the rest of the things I do, like errand running all over hell, kids activities, and my activities, that doesn't leave much time for sleep, housework, and fun time for me. So I just make sure I have enough fun time, almost enough sleep, and I do what I can in the house. I don't like it this messy, but apparently I'm okay enough with it to let it slide for a bit!

Where are you in NC? You should totally check to see if there is a derby league near you!

Nancy said...

Sometimes it helps just to vent. Hey, that's what we're here for!

Erin said...

You have so much going on right now. It's no wonder you are stressed! I can relate.

At least you have so many wonderful things to look forward to. They should help you get through these hectic days.

Mama D said...

It's cool that husband NOTICED you 'seem stressed'. Sometimes they are so oblivious. When you said your cats are all but invisible due to your dog it made me think about getting a dog, but then I remembered that you said the dog was a lot of work so I changed my mind. I love my cat, I do.

I work at a spa and haven't got anything done there yet (after baby). You so will enjoy it! And enjoy the visits with good friends!!

Dawn said...

A good back rub with a little extra can really pay it forward, if you know what I mean....Wink, Wink.

Mommygoth said...

Oh, baby girl. I'm so sorry. You really do have a lot on your plate right now. I'm glad your old friend is coming to visit. Tell her for me that Miss K still plays with the bracelet she gave her the last time we were in the shop.

As far as Sunday goes - barring disease or disaster, you are ON. And maybe this time I can host so you don't end up doing all the work? Or, if it's easier for you to be at home, I can just bring Cheetos. I know how much you love Cheetos.