Thursday, April 20, 2006

Good News/Bad News

The good news: I had my very first IRL meet-up with a RGBP! Katherine and I had a too brief chat at a local coffee house before I had to race off to the next thing in a day I had managed to pack WAY to tightly. She's a lovely person and we talked about the rest of y'all---so if your ears were burning, that's why.

The bad news: Two more notches in my Bad Mom black belt. First, today my son was supposed to bring a paper towel tube to school for a classroom activity. I forgot. This caused great consternation when the boy discovered that, not only had I forgotten, but my schedule was such that returning home to fetch one was just not in the cards. Luckily, there were plenty of extras provided by the good moms who remembered. Second, I got scolded by my cleaning lady for not cleaning the house sufficiently in preparation for her arrival. HeLLO! If I were anything approximating a tidy person I would not employ a cleaner, right? Anyway, I'm warned that if I don't do better, she will have to charge me more.

How was YOUR day???


Songbird said...

Oh, that stinks. I had a cleaning lady tell me that once. I fired her. Later I found a more compassionate cleaning person, and she helped me survive the end of seminary and the beginning of ministry. Now I do it all myself, with some help from the family, if I beg. Our house is, therefore, generally untidy.

Quotidian Grace said...

Yikes! I guess your cleaning lady distinguishes between cleaning and picking up. Maybe she's a frustrated lawyer.

I'm jealous of your meetup!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Very jealous of your meet-up.

You need a real cleaning lady. Dump her.

LutheranChik said...

IRL meetups are cool. (Have had one so far...if anyone's ever in Michigan -- hey, look me up.)

SpookyRach said...

Wow. Crummy cleaning lady!

Katherine said...

It was so fun to meet you yesterday! If I'd known a paper-towel trip was needed, I'd have volunteered for the job.


the reverend mommy said...

I was bad.
I called Pink Shoes PCIT.

And my house may one day be condemned. Really. I'm wondering how crunchy the kitchen floor has to get before the kids will sweep....

Sue said...

Oh, I'm so jealous of your meet-up! I'm glad you had a chance to get together though.

I'm thinking of getting a cleaning person in once a month to do the big jobs like the stove and the Total Bathroom Scrubdown. That way I could just maintain a basic level of cleaning in the weeks in between. I'll be sure to get one who isn't as cranky as yours.

see-through faith said...

laughing at the cleaner. Change her now!

Thanks to songbird's advice my teenagers now take care of their own laundry - and we all pitch in to clean (less trauma than employing someone - and anyway finances wouldn't cover it right now). I do lash out on someone to clean the windows - he's a great guy from Pakistan - and says Mrs K you r house is so dirty and laughs. I've learned not to take offence (it's true!) but understand that it's way of saying that employing him wasn't a waste of my money and his time.

Praise God for my occasional thick skin.

As for the bad mom award - just thank God for moms who remember all this triva.

I'm glad you had a nice meet up. Next time, more time ok? and photos!!!
We want proof!!! (at least I do)

cheesehead said...

My cleaners expect me to pick up before they come, and I do. Otherwise, I would be totally humiliated for them to see what my house *really* looks like!