Friday, May 14, 2010

Task avoidance therapy

I believe I may have written before on my excellent ability to stick my head in the sand and sing tra-la-la-la.

I have a very great deal to do today.

We have guests arriving tomorrow and the necessary clean-up has revealed a lack of deep cleaning around these parts for too long. Vaccuming the middle of carpets and plumping cushions in the style of Flylady's weekly one-hour home blessing is all very well as long as one follows the rest of Ms Flylady's programme. But as the sun streams in through my dirt streaked windows it is quite apparent that I have failed to follow through.

So there is cleaning to be done, furniture to be rearranged, bedding to be located, a smelly dog to be washed, grass to be cut, weeds to be sent marching, cakes to be baked, menus planned, food shopped for. Yes, a lot to do.

So much to do that I feel a little overwhelmed, I feel like pointing my head downwards and singing tra-la-la-la-la.

So instead I thought I would write a blog post and that required a coffee and a restorative glance at my favourite magazines, in the finally a little warmer, spring sunshine.

It was an excellent exercise, for I discovered that if I turn the chairs in the right direction there is no need to look at the weeds so that's one less job already.

Thank you all for your wonderful comments on my last post, I am having difficulty responding to comments and indeed commenting on blogs at the moment due to the sort of internet connection difficulties that make you want to scream at inanimate objects. This long week of exams is finally at an end, thank you for all your supportive comments and I thought you might enjoy my alternative shoe-tight clash combination. And now I promise, no more pictures of my shoes, for a while anyway.


Blogger silverpebble said...

I hope the SATS are going OK.

I really like the idea of pointing your guests away from the weeds. An excellent strategy. I wonder are there any other shortcuts you can use to plough through the list? Can you get the kids to wash the dog?

Your shoe/tights combinations are making my eyes very happy.

Friday, May 14, 2010 10:26:00 am  
Blogger rachel said...

Can you hear the tra-la-las wafting southwards from me? So much nicer to write a blog post about the state of the house than to actually DO something about the state of the house, isn't it?

Friday, May 14, 2010 10:30:00 am  
Blogger MrsP said...

I think a bit of task avoidance is good for the soul. I am currently avoiding a couple of letters I need to write to financial things, packing all my worldly goods once more into boxes ready to move (next week! yes I know getting very close now), a great deal of cleaning and a mountain of ironing- every room I go in reminds me of these things, so I am doing what every good task avoider does and getting changed to go and buy an "urgent" scrapbook from paperchase. Have a lovely weekend

Friday, May 14, 2010 11:56:00 am  
Blogger Shelley in SC said...

This is hilarious! Yes, I OFTEN have to have task avoidance therapy . . . like right now when I'm supposed to be doing up the dishes and instead am sitting here delightedly reading your blog!!

Friday, May 14, 2010 2:47:00 pm  
Blogger magsmcc said...

Thanks for visiting the Land of the Sometimes Tearful Strawberries! I feel I must confess that, despite the number of comlpiments paid me, the tea table is actually in Catherine's house! This morning I reached for my bright red tights, but was wary of sporting them in my pruple shoes. Now I wish I had! Am also inspired to get up and go on the bonbon blanket which has been haunting me for some time! Bon bon weekend!

Friday, May 14, 2010 4:28:00 pm  
Anonymous Georgina (remoteknitter on ravelry) said...

Flylady wouyld love those shoes - 15 minute chunks remember. Glad to know I am not the only one whose houseworking mode tends towards panic-when-people-are-coming. I love the house when it is spruced, but uuurrrggghhh the task. I do find however that it can be done - on the fly - I flit betwixt Henry and laptop, sink and sewing machine, dusty shelves and the latest copy of Cloth Paper Scissors and somehow end the day with all done. Oh and I pick flowers - that covers urgh and aaah in one task!!

Friday, May 14, 2010 7:19:00 pm  
Blogger dottycookie said...

Speaking as one who has over-Flyday'ed this week, I think turning the chairs round and wearing scrummy shoes is a far better use of 15 minutes than shining the sink, or indeed washing the windows which I have also spectacularly failed to do. But I have watched Morris dancers with the Smalls ;-)

Friday, May 14, 2010 8:07:00 pm  
Blogger Cybèle said...

You know what to do when you feel overwhelmed: go and get dressed, down to your lace-up shoes, and go and shine that sink... ;-) (I do shine my sink most days and I don't know why, but it does make a difference).

Saturday, May 15, 2010 12:56:00 pm  
Blogger Linda said...

Oh my, you have loads to do! If you wear those shoes with another glorious pair of tights I am sure the guests won't notice weeds and windows!

Saturday, May 15, 2010 3:00:00 pm  
Blogger Jane said...

Hope your day went well and the visit is a success. jane x

Saturday, May 15, 2010 5:26:00 pm  
Blogger Gina said...

You are obviously a lady after my own heart... I am a master at task avoidance! Hope SATS have gone well.

Saturday, May 15, 2010 7:46:00 pm  
Blogger cathleen said...

Hi Sweet Rebecca, I am thinking that you really love those cute little shoes. Hope you are feeling better. Have I told you this lately? Oka.....well I will tell you again, I LOVE your blog.

Sunday, May 16, 2010 12:21:00 am  
Anonymous Carolyn said...

I hope you got all your chores done in time! I too have a great knack of task avoidance (she types, while studiously ignoring the French tax return sitting on her desk which must be posted by the end of the week!)

Monday, May 17, 2010 7:17:00 am  
Blogger Knitting Out Loud said...

Anything can happen with a polka dot mug.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 10:18:00 pm  
Blogger t does wool said...

I can relate totally Rebecca~

Thursday, May 20, 2010 12:30:00 am  
Blogger raining sheep said...

Hahahahaha! I am so in tune with 'task avoidance'. I am supposed to be writing a paper on cultural diversity and I am visiting blogs I have not had a chance to visit for ever. Of course, that means I will be up late doing my paper :(

Friday, May 21, 2010 8:51:00 pm  
Blogger 懿綺 said...


Wednesday, May 26, 2010 5:50:00 am  
Blogger Gotta Knit! said...

Ah FlyLady. I can't seem to stay up with their plan either but at least I am doing more than I used to.

Saturday, June 05, 2010 1:10:00 pm  
Anonymous said...

good lord - where are you!!?? so miss you blogging!

Sunday, June 06, 2010 8:46:00 pm  

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