Things got back on track pretty well this week. Not perfect, but better.
And then there’s my desk. As I’ve been sitting here typing about working on noticing clutter in the house before it gets out of hand, my desk was gradually getting like this:
Now I do have the excuse that my 3 year old has been obsessed with “playing Christmas” for the past week. She brings me all sorts of presents with “pretend Christmas paper” to unwrap. She brought me quite a few while I was on the computer one day. One day that was several days before this picture was taken. I just looked down and realized it had all been there for a while. I should have been clued in when I didn’t have a place to put the keyboard.
I guess the good news on that one is that in my pre-blog days, I wouldn’t have noticed for, let’s just say, a LOT longer.
And then the biggest accomplishment for the week has to do with a personal goal I made for myself this year. It’s too easy to get caught up doing your own thing and not reach out to people. I have to make a conscious effort to have people over. My daughter LOVES to have friends come play, but it’s me that has to make the effort. Especially for that first invite, when you really also need to invite the mom so she can see that we’re not (totally) crazy people and it’s okay to let her daughter come over.
So I invited someone (whom I barely know) over for yesterday. At the last moment, she wasn’t able to come, but thought she probably could come today. It’s harder for me to be motivated by “probably cans” than by “here we comes.” So I didn’t know for sure that she was coming until an hour and a half before she came. In that hour and a half, I leisurely made some soup for our lunch, an awesome Spinach Meatball Soup recipe that I’d never made before. I leisurely picked up around the house, checked the bathroom for a flushed toilet, took a shower, got dressed, and then sat on the couch waiting for them to arrive. Rewind to a year ago, and I would have been frantically running around the house, opening canned soup, and vowing to never ever invite anyone over again. Ever.
Daily tasks, I love you.