Actually, more like sat on it and it went “POP!!”.
My new job, a bit of extra training, full time study, sample knitting, blogging, cooking, cleaning, family…. and for the last month I haven’t seriously kept track of our household budget, cleaned the house properly.
I will say, Mr Scraps does his bit, he’s great at keeping the washing to a manageable level, wrangling the Threenager and driving myself and the Teens to and fro, but there’s some things his bit doesn’t cover. Mostly because of his physical limitations but also partly because (should I say it? because he’s a mere male?) it just doesn’t register for him.
Grotty shower floors, dishwasher smells because the filter hasn’t been emptied, scummy stuff on the inside of the washing machine, groceries, cooking, the electric and gas bills are my domain.
I’m afraid I have to admit that this last few weeks I haven’t managed to keep any of it totally under control.
I’ve done the basics.
The kids all have clean clothes…oops that was Mr Scraps (I just folded and put away or rather threw on the Teens bed and demanded they put it away… needless to say most of their clothes are probably safely stored in what I call their “floor-drobes”).
Everyone is fed.. yes I did this but we’ve been eating frozen leftovers and fake-aways for the past week.
The recycling is piling up in the laundry (Not the stuff that goes in the curbside recycle bin but all the other bits and pieces like soft plastics, old store cards and unwanted books or clothes that I usually drop off on my way to work, post in or organise for someone else to drop off when they’re travelling via a drop-off point).
We all have clean bed sheets, the kitchen benches and the loo are clean … but everything else is… well… meh.
And last week I brought wine IN A BOX! the kind with the baggy thing inside and the plastic poury nozzle… in my defence it was nice wine that Mr Scraps and I quite enjoyed and I am recycling the baggy thing and putting the nozzle in the curbside recycling because its hard plastic and I think? (hope? that maybe?) it is recyclable.
But I’m human and far from the super organised eco-warrior superhero I’d like to be. I have a bunch of kids, a casual job, I study full-time, have an extended family etc etc.. It’s not an excuse it’s just, well..life.
In short, this week I achieved NOTHING! ZIP! ZILCH! NAHDAH!
I’m behind on a sample knit for a yarn company I absolutely adore, I haven’t finished implementing the changes to my honours project that my supervisor suggested two weeks ago, I have a whole bunch of revisions to do on a report for work that’s taken me a way longer to write up than it probably should of and another one that should probably be at least half finished now that isn’t and the Threenager ate toast with peanut butter for dinner tonight because I didn’t feel like arguing over food …
And you know what, it’s completely okay…
The skinny of it is – I’m human and life happens. Life happens a lot.
In fact life gets in the way of a lot of things.
I originally started this blog thinking that I would share all my wonderful low cost, low sugar, low waste household and budget recipes and tips with you all, but instead it’s turned out to be about a whole lot more…life as a whole…warts and all… and guess what…?
It’s messy and disorganised most of the time and that’s more than okay.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you drop the ball and buy that plastic wrapped product, put your apple cores in the compost instead of saving them for homemade vinegar, let the shower scum take over the bathroom this month because you were just too busy or exhausted to clean or forgot to take your list when you went grocery shopping… it’s okay.
Nobody’s perfect. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the “things”. We all have limits to how much we can physically achieve in a day and we all (us mums especially) need to stop placing ridiculous expectations of perfection on ourselves.
We’re all going to drop the ball sometimes.. and that’s totally okay.
Have you “dropped the ball” lately? Feel free to leave a comment and tell us all about it..