Between work life and home life and now - getting ready for marathon and family coming to town weekend - I have so many things to do, I am almost paralyzed with where to begin.
Earlier today, as I sat trying to figure out where to start ... fill out the medical forms necessary for the race? ... start a load of laundry? ... pay the bills? ... clean out the refrigerator? ... go grocery shopping? ... get out of my pajamas? ... I got dragged in to something completely irrelevant.
I dusted each individual slat on our wood blinds.
Then I cleaned the tracks of our sliding glass doors.
And the tracks on every one of our windows.
We strive to be tidy people and at least twice a year, I clean our windows inside and out. Not to mention, I clean our wood blinds at least once a month and vacuum the tracks frequently. So I'm at a loss how it is that these things get so unbelievably disgusting and full of rolly pollies?
It never fails that once I start a simple project like cleaning the windows, I start discovering all kinds of problems with the house that must be repaired. The weather stripping on the windows is brittle and falling off!! The wood frames are rotting out!! The tracks are open and water from the outside pools on the inside!!
Yesterday our windows were perfectly fine because I didn't know any better.
Tonight, they all need to be replaced. And if we're going to replace the windows we need to get the frame of the windows re-stuccoed. Then the whole house will need to be re-painted.
Suddenly a simple task that should have just left me with clean windows is resulting in Google searches and calls to contractors for estimates that will undoubtedly cost $25,000.00.
How do I cope with this kind of stress?!
Three words: Peanut. Butter. Cups.
Lesson learned: The more you look, the more you find and the more poor you will be. So the next time I am motivated to do home improvement, I am going to pick up a box of chocolate and close my eyes until the feeling passes.