Weekly FLYlady report; 7/26 – 7/30

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A briefing on my progress this week as a FlyBaby.  Also known as my “Weekly Housewife’s Report”

After two years of following the FlyLady system, I have learned SO much, but I still struggle with maintaining my routines.  It’s that Evening Routine I just can’t seem to stick with, even though I know that if I did it, I would make the rest of the cleaning so much easier for myself the next day!  This is something I will have to work on. 
This week I did make some progress in a couple areas. 
On Monday I did some basic cleaning.  It seems like there were a LOT of dishes to wash on Monday, probably because I didn’t wash them before bed on Saturday and Sunday.  But I got the kitchen back in order anyways.
Tuesday I did some more basic cleaning, plus I cleaned and orgainzed the desk in the office.  The office which is currently doubling as a Livingroom and Family Bedroom.  You can see the Before and After pictures of the desk in my previous post, “Tackle It Tuesday”
Wednesday I was a slacker.  I did the dishes, but that’s about all.  I blame the heat, the humidity, and a headache; but it could have just been laziness.
Thursday I got back on track.  I started early in the morning and had done 6 rounds (30 minute cleaning segments, with breaks in between) by 11:00 am.
Friday (today)  I found that the basic cleaning didn’t need much attention.  I had done such a good job on Thursday that things hadn’t gotten too messy yet.  So I decided to take on a couple more projects. 
Number one- The Girls Room

Since it’s been so hot, this room has become more of a “Grab and Dash” than a “Sleep and Play”.   The girls haven’t slept or played in here in over 2 weeks, since the swamp cooler stopped working. 

Now at least they can access their clothes and toys.  Man, I hope the heat and humidity goes down before school starts in 2 weeks!  I would really like for them to be able to sleep in their beds once school has started!!

Here’s another angle on the whole mess, Before

and After;

No, I didn’t organize the toy box.  But I think this is still pretty amazing.  It didn’t take me all day either… the whole thing took less than an hour.

My second project is less impressive in appearance.  But this was definatley the harder job.  The other half of the office, the part I didn’t clean on Tuesday, looked like this;
And now it looks like this:

Okay, YES, it’s still a mess.  But as FlyLady says “Progress is Progress”  She says that getting a little bit done at a time is better than doing nothing at all, and also better than trying to do the whole thing at once and getting overwhelmed, frustrated, and give up.  So I spent 1 hour here on the floor surrounded by boxes and their contents.  I emptied 4 boxes!  Used 1 empty box for trash and junk, and filled it up!  Everything else got sorted, organized, and either put away or put in another box with similar items.

All in all, I think FlyLady would agree it was a succesful week.  Now I can focus on getting through my weekend at work.  I’m going to really try to stick to an evening routine after work on the weekends so that I don’t have piles of dishes to wash on Monday.

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(FlyLady.net is a self-help guide for bewildered people like myself who are not B.O. (Born Organized).  F.L.Y.  stands for Finally Loving Yourself…. as in Loving yourself enough to stop living in C.H.A.O.S. (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome).  Am I a neat freak for talking about my house cleaning online all day?  Not at all!  Am I a nerd?  Well, maybe.  But I have learned to take pride in the little things I do, to celebrate them, and to count every baby-step as progress!!)

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Wordless Wednesday; Rain on the Mountain

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What’s For Dinner?

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Just trying to get back in the swing of things. I had planned out 6 weeks worth of menus, but that was before the heat wave, before the Dew Point reached the critical level in which a swamp-cooler will no longer work. Before it was too hot to cook dinner. And before we blew our weekly budget by buying a window unit A/C that we couldn’t really afford but desperatley needed.

I’m almost back into the swing of things. I have figured out how to go back and forth between the hot and cool parts of the house at 15 minute intervals to get the housework done (the minimum, that is.) and this week I improvised a short, sweet, and budget friendly menu plan. Sooo…. here it is.

Tuesday;
Salmon, Pasta, veggies
(The Salmon was on sale!)

Wednesday;
Beef Stew (crockpot), Salad

Thursday;
Shepherd’s Pie

Friday;
Lemon-Herb Chicken, French Fries, Veggies

That’s as far as I got, and as far as $60 would take me (including breakfast and lunch foods) But at least I feel like I’m starting to reclaim my life!

Hooray! The Salmon is ready, and I’m gonna go watch Hell’s Kitchen!

Tackle It Tuesday *The Desk*

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So, I was searching for Memes.  That is, a weekly blog prompt that other bloggers around the world participate in.  I’ve already found “Wordless Wednesday” and “Thursday’s Thirteen”, so I thought certainly there would be an interesting meme for Tuesday that I could join.  Then I found it… it’s called “Tackle It Tuesday” and it’s from 5 Minutes For Mom.  This one is really perfect for me, because I need all the motivation I can get, I LOVE FlyLady and decluttering, and I love taking Before and After Pictures of projects that I “Tackle”.

Today’s project?  The Computer Room.  In particular, the desk that is supposed to be used for the kid’s studying, homework, and craft projects.  But it never gets used, because it’s always a big mess.  To complicate matters, the family has been LIVING in the Computer room.  It has an Air Conditioner, and the rest of the house just has a swamp-cooler, which doesn’t work if the Dew Point is higher than 55%.  So, the computer room has become a play room, tv room, and family bedroom.

The kids sleeping on the floor of the office, last night.

The longer we are all cramped in here, the messier it gets.  I’m starting to get a little stir crazy.  Clutter gives me anxiety…. actual physical and psychological anxiety.  So it’s time to do something about this room, a little at a time, before I completley lose my cool – even if it is the coolest room in the house!

First things first – I need some room to work.  I have to pick up those blankets on the floor so I have space to reach the desk and pull things out from under it….

eeew, lots of crumbs on the floor! How did those get there?

Hmmm… need to vaccuum! 
I started, but then had to stop to un-clog the vaccuum hose.  It was full of potato chips.  Now I know what happened to that bag of potato chips over the weekend.  Anyways… now the floor is clean…

Fresh!

Once the floor was clean, I was free to tackle THIS;

The desk, BEFORE picture. (Taken last night)

First, I cleared off the top of the desk, and took all the toys away.  Then I pulled everything out from under the desk….

This stuff was organized at one point I swear!

Then I put this stuff into nice piles… coloring books, workbooks, art supplies, craft supplies, and trash.  I threw away the trash, put each pile into it’s appropriate box, and put it all back under the table.  This is the finished project;

Ahh! Much Better!

I think after lunch the kids and I might do some workbooks or a craft project!
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St. Anne’s Day

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So today was my mom’s birthday. (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!!) Anyways, I was online and I saw something about today being St. Anne’s Day. It caught my attention, so I looked it up.
In the Catholic faith, there are many feast days for Saints and people of the Bible. Traditionally, July 26th is the Feast Day of St. Anne, who was the mother of Mary. She was Jesus’ grandma! St. Anne is the patron Saint of Grandmothers, housewives, unmmarried women, and women in labor. My mom was raised in a Catholic family, and I don’t know if she was named after St. Anne or not, but I found it very interesting that the day of her birth is the celebrated feast day of Anne (her name!) I’ll have to ask her about it next time I see her. (I forgot to ask her today while she was here.)

Whether there is a connection or not, it’s a good day to say an extra prayer for Grandmothers everywhere, and to pray for guidance in the areas of being a good housewife and mother.  I am thankful for my mom and all that she does, and that she is such a great grandma to my kids!

Please, just listen to your waitress!

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I love my job, I really do.  I enjoy customer service.  I enjoy talking to people, I enjoy serving food.  But no matter how much I love my job, after each weekend, (sometimes after each shift), someone or something has given me a reason to need to rant, rave, and vent. 
I enjoy going to CustomersSuck.com, just to see the other horrendous stories and realize I am not alone.  Today I just really need to vent a little. 
I have come to realize over the years that people just DON’T LISTEN.  Yet this continues to be one of my biggest pet-peeves at work.  Here are some examples of customers not listening, and these are things that have happened personally to me or to other people I work with.

Me = Me, smiling and doing the best I can
C = Customer (C1 and c2, etc. if there is more than one person at the table)

Example 1;

C1; “I’ll have the Ham and Eggs”
Me; “And how would you like your eggs?
C1; “Over Medium.  And with wheat toast.”
Me; “Okay. 🙂  And what would you like?”  (turning to the next customer)
c2; “I want the same thing”
Me; “The same?  You want Ham and Eggs?”
c2; “Yes, the same as her.”
Me; “Okay.  Over medium eggs and with wheat toast?”
C2; “Yes.”
(Note, I repeated the order to the 2nd customer just to be sure.  Because sometimes people will say they want the same thing, but then end up ordering something completley different.)
Later, I deliver the food.
Me; “Here is your ham and eggs.”
C1; “Thankyou”
C2; “Uhhhh… I wanted bacon.”

Example 2;
During a busy shift, I am delivering food, taking orders, and clearing plates from several tables as fast as I can.  As I am delivering food to one table, walking with my arms, full, I notice that a different table is running low on coffee.  As I pass by them with my arms full of plates, I pause to smile at them, make eye contact and say “I’ll be right back with some more coffee for you.” and continue on to the other table to deliver the food.  I drop off all the plates, make sure this table has all their food, then turn around to go to the back to get the coffee pot.  On my way, I notice the other table waving at me.  The one that I just told I would be back with coffee.  I figure maybe they need something else.  So I torn around, walk all the way back to their booth, “Yes, can I get you something?”
“Umm, coffee please?”
Me; “$@#^%”  “Yes, I’ll be right back”
It’s really hard to keep my composure sometimes.  I mean, I had TOLD them I was gonna get some more coffee.  I hadn’t even made it back to the drink station yet.  I would have been at their table with a pot of coffee in 10 seconds if they hadn’t stopped me and waved me back. 

Example 3;
Delivering food.  I can’t carry it ALL.  I can’t carry a huge heavy tray.  Sometimes I can get another server to follow me with a few plates, but most of the time I will just carry what I can, drop it off, and then go back for the rest.
Me; “Here’s your breakfast,” (naming each item and depositing each plate in front of each customer,) “and I’ll be right back with your toast.  Can I get you anything else?”
C1; “Um, don’t I get toast with this?”
Me; ” Yeah, I just told you I’d be right back with that, jerk.” “Yeah, I’m sorry, I couldn’t carry everything at once, I’ll be right back with that.”

Another variant of example 3;

Me, delivering food; “Here’s your pancakes and bacon!  I’ll be right back with some syrup, is there anything else you want with that?”
C; “umm, syrup?”

and again;

Me; “I’ll be right back with some steak sauce for you, is there anything else I can get you?”
C; “Um, yeah, can I have some steak sauce?”

*SIGH*

Please, before you go out to eat, clean out your ears, turn on your hearing aid, and try bringing some manners with you.  I realize you didn’t come out so that you could talk to me, but listening to your waitress will help keep her in a good mood, and you might even realize that you are recieving excellent service if you would just stop and LISTEN!

Wordless Wednesday; Pinata

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