Monday is an interesting day at our house. You can always tell what kind of weekend we had by what the house looks like on Monday morning. Usually, my hiking group drags me up a mountain first thing, so I can ignore it for about 4 more hours, but today, I am home and can't ignore it any longer. What a perfect time to sit down and write!
Although Roxy, our puppy, is trying to chew through my computer cord and Sara, our portly cat, is keeping a watchful eye on the situation, I am going to explain the Monday chaos scale.
If it's been a great weekend, full of friends and activities our house is a level one disaster.
If it's been a busy weekend full of commitments and activities, our house is a level two disaster.
If we've had a lazy weekend and basically sat around and did nothing our house is a level three disaster.
So, levels one, two and three. The truth is, they are all the same. Monday morning is just a brutal wake up call as to how lazy and disorganized we are during all levels of activity. The only way the house stays clean is if we go on vacation, the cleaning lady comes and cleans it, and then it will remain clean until the minute we get home. We bring our bags in and tadaaaa, we are right back to Levels 1-3.
I'll bet that:
1. No one has an outdoor patio umbrella outside their bedroom door in the hallway inside their house.
2. You don't have a signing stuffed pumpkin Halloween candy holder and a tablecloth in your landing of your stairway. Not at the bottom or the top, mind you, right in the middle of the up and down, there is a collection of empty storage boxes, just hanging out.
3. You don't have fluffy stuffing from puppy toys all over your house. Every room is accounted for at my house, no one is left out.
4. On the kitchen counter you won't find (at your house): a pitcher, a barbie, yarn, an empty bottle of ibuprofen, peppermint bark, Elmer's glue, skull head appetizer picks, sunglasses, hiking sleeve, a bottle of soda, picture adhesive dots, car key, sunglasses, hot pizza peppers, one barbie shoe, and all of the other food type of stuff you might expect to find on a kitchen counter.
This is just the kitchen counter, if I move onto the kitchen floor list, things might really get interesting...but, I won't do that to you or myself today. I am going to drink my tea, read the paper, and think about how next weekend is going to be different, right?