I may or may not be hosting a holiday something at my house. Brunch may or may not be involved. I am okay with the ambiguousness for some reason. Although it seems to be stressing everyone else out.
I have not put out a single decoration.
And I am inexplicably building a christmas tree out of PVC pipe, duct tape and real pine branches.
I am afraid to start cleaning when Spouse is not here because in my super-stress-mode (which I am sure I can enter at the drop of a hat if I actually think about the fact that actual people will be in my house) I am afraid that the scope of my decluttering will be massively inappropriate.
I have given myself permission to fold and put away laundry. That is likely 83% of the problem in the living room. And the fact that there are a few boxes of things that need to be put away that are masquerading as clean laundry. And goodwill bags to take away.
NEED TO GET BACK ON THE ONE BAG A DAY PROJECT.
Lately my eating has been terrible. I mean terrible. All sugar, all the time. Chocolate involved whenever possible. Occasionally forgetting to eat breakfast. Must get back to a more regular habit. And good habits, y'know.
Have not been as good at tapping on the days that I do not go to the Y. I need to do that.
The children are torturing one another in the other room. Between having an amazing amount of fun. And each time I get up, wondering if I should intervene, everything is fine.
I have already lost my temper (and screamed so loud that i hurt my throat) once today. It involved one child pushing another child down by shoving said child in the face. Hard. I didn't react well to this.
I don't like the way kids play when they are coming in physical contact with one another. That sounds ridiculous, but I am pretty sure it is true. I tend to object to any kind of playing that involves people not keeping body parts to themselves. I too clearly see that in the very near future tears and screeching will be involved.
But I try to bite my tongue. Unless there is bullying, torture, or bloodshed involved. The problem is, they get SO LOUD. And mean. And they behave like children. Ugh.
I do NOT subscribe to the "Boys will be boys" school of parenting. Besides, one of the children in question (and often an instigator) is a girl.
But I do think that it is very super important to allow children to develop the problem solving skills of dealing with one another without constant parental involvement.
Must remember: "I think this is something you can solve between yourselves."
Quaker, teacher, parent,