I'm sitting tied up to the TENS machine (what's new?) while utter chaos reigns in the house around me.
I do have to get some housework done today because tomorrow morning the real estate agent inspects. She probably doesn't need to know that I've left the dishes for several days because I just haven't had the energy to face them. (Well, I've told you what I spent my precious energy budget on for the past few days - I'm totally unrepentant about that.)
And once more, the cat believes his litter tray is due to be changed. Actually, he's probably right about that. No-one wants it reaching the point where the smell of used kitty litter wafts out of the garage.
Even though I have a cleaner come once a week to do the "heavy" stuff - vacuuming, cleaning the bath and shower, etc, there still seems to always be something that needs to be done around the house. When I budget my energy, this is what I keep forgetting. After 45 years of life, I should have learned that the basics of doing dishes, cleaning up after animals, generally tidying up, actually take time and effort. I should know that I absolutely must save a bit of energy each day to do this quickly - because if I don't do it quickly every day, suddenly it's a huge job and a massive drain on energy reserves and sore joints.
So today, my priority is housework, and a long rest because tomorrow I'm on the train back to the Gold Coast to spend a couple of days with Mr Wonderful and his daughter. I have spent the morning so far on things for work, and I have a function for work early this evening, so I need to pace myself very carefully for today.
Will I learn my lesson after today? Will I always keep that little bit of energy in reserve for a quick clean-up of the house at the end of the day? Well, actually I'm going away for a couple of days and returning to whatever chaos pets and two grown-up offspring can create in my absence. So I know I have to set aside a significant amount of time and energy very soon to do it all again - but some time I hope to learn my lesson. Some time (whenever some time is) I am going to start out the day, planning to have a half hour at the end of the day, along with the energy to use the time, to have a slow look over the house, a brief clean up and straighten up and the dishes clean and feel good about the place.
Well, that's the goal.
In the meantime - I'm putting on my rubber gloves - if you don't hear from me again, you'll know it was all too much!