Saturday, February 27, 2010

A thousand words on work-home balance

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this post is actually worth five thousand words toward illustrating a typical weekend's to-do list and the feeling of ta-dah! when it's done.

First: the laundry room with work in progress.
Next item on the list, but going on concurrently with laundry: schoolwork. Reading papers, math tests, all in need of correcting and then recording in the gradebook. Thank goodness for remote access; I can record all of these scores while watching the Olympics!

Ah, the good feeling when work is nearly done. Below are three baskets full of clean and folded clothes: one for me, one for Amigo, one for Chuck. If you look closely, there's a stray dryer ball in Chuck's basket. It got stuck in the sleeve of his sweater. Oops!

And finally, the table is empty of school papers! They're all corrected, scored, recorded, and packed in my schoolbag for Monday. The package in the back is a to-be-mailed pack with two books requested from I included them with the schoolwork because they're both teacher books.

Did I say the table was clear? Cleared of school files, but not totally clear. While waiting for the washer to fill and the detergent to dissolve (oh, I lead such an exciting life), I've been (are you ready for this?) purging the clutter on the basement shelves. Today I found an ancient, older-than-Amigo box of cancelled checks. They're destined for the shredder now, if the old shredder can handle the volume. Maybe I should just start a fire in the fireplace; the job might go faster!

Uh, yes, that's a gin and tonic beside the checks. Don't judge me; the lime is a good source of vitamin C.

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Anonymous Jen on the Edge said...

You've been a busy bee.

I've been doing the same thing today. I just organized and cleaned the pantry and am now about the tackle the craft supplies. I do have about four loads of laundry to fold too, but they'll have to wait for now.

2/27/2010 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Iliana said...

Your first image is my worst nightmare.... and my weekend reality...

2/27/2010 11:54 AM  
Blogger Flea said...

Gin and tonic's a summer drink, woman! Ginger and rye - now that's a drink for a wintery night.

2/27/2010 7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH, you are so organized!!! I am jealous. My laundry sits on the kitchen table all week, adding to it with daily loads.

2/28/2010 9:01 PM  
Blogger Club 166 said...

Gin and tonic? No Rhinelander or Point beer? Oh, well. To each his own.

You're way too organized.


2/28/2010 9:54 PM  
Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Hm. I think I should try gin with my laundry...

3/01/2010 10:32 AM  

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