1. Okay. The first one is quite literally a dirty secret. I fired the cleaning ladies last summer. They were doing a terrible job, and the kids were always griping about having to clean up beforehand. What I learned is that cleaning ladies doing a sub par job trumps no one cleaning at all. So, we spent some time decluttering (except for Dave’s stuff which still remains untouched), and over the break we spent some time cleaning. It is not perfect but at least the bathrooms are no longer cringe inducing.
2. Parker has been sleeping in my room since mid-June. I think that she just wanted to be near me initially, and I was quite fine with not sleeping alone. We talk about her “moving out” but it hasn’t happened yet. In the whole scheme of things, I don’t think this is a big deal.
3. I don’t cook. With the exception of the Blue Apron meals and an occasional taco night, we have not been eating home cooked meals. We have been using gift cards that have been given to us, and we have been rummaging through the pantry and fridge and freezer individually. We have eaten at Wegman’s. This is a goal for the new year – to cook more often.
4. I have done more than my share of retail therapy lately. To be fair, Dave always encouraged me to get or do nice things for myself, but the workers at Anthropologie are starting to recognize me. Time to rein in the spending. We had an amazing trip to Florida. We had an incredible party for Dave. Now it’s time to get it together. (On a side note though, I have struggled with pants that seem to want to migrate low on my hips – like many teenage boys. I thought it was the cut of the pants or my body shape. What I learned is that by buying one size smaller, they actually fit. Who knew?! Haha!)
I don’t want to make any of these new year’s resolutions. I mean, who needs that kind of pressure? Just room for some changes in 2015. Onward and upward.