Sunday, November 7, 2010

"While He's Gone" Goals

DH left this afternoon for trucking school, as I've mentioned in the last post.  He'll be gone for about three weeks or so, then down to Texas for another week of training that I would consider the equivalent of student teaching for truckers.  It's pretty much a guarantee that he'll miss Thanksgiving with me (I'll be in AZ with FIL) and I'm better that he'll be driving through Christmas as well.  This isn't the way either of us envisioned life would be after he ETSed, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

With DH being gone, I feel like I can actually get something done around here.  I know you can feel me on this one.  Love DH to pieces, but he loves to leave little piles of his pocket goodies all over the place and he doesn't do a whole lot to clean up around here.  I want to smack him sometimes for his traditional sense of gender roles.  Now, I don't want to blame everything on him.  I'm just as bad when it comes to contributing to piles around the house and I have little to no motivation to clean during the week.  It's just too hard to do a full day at school, office hours, home to make dinner, then tutoring for an hour and a half each night.  My Friday nights have been spent doing athletic duty as well.  DH does help out, don't get me wrong, but it's going to take more than our little efforts here and there.


Time to take advantage of him being gone and my FIL being gone until this coming Thursday.  I don't have an entire year, like I did when he was deployed, but I know I can make some headway.  Plus, I don't like to decorate for the holidays if the house isn't clean first.  So, here are the goals:

  • Organize the office.  Reposition the computer tower inside of the desk.  Set up the photo printer.  Figure out what else is going to go in that closet.
  • Take the stuff out of DD's room ("Dear Step-Daughter," DH's daughter, who lives with her mom right now) that doesn't belong there.
  • Find a new home for the books and the items still left in the upstairs hallway.
  • Pick up the piles of miscellaneous crap on the bedroom floor.  Find another home for the duffle bags and backpacks that are on the floor.
  • Hand wash the sweaters that are sitting on the floor in my walk-in closet.  It's sweater season!  I need to get ready!
  • Get the crap out of the dining room that's sitting on the floor.  New homes for everything!
  • Dust!  I can't decorate if there's dust!
  • Christmas decorations?  This is a little ambitions, but DH may be gone long enough for me to get crazy around the house.  We already know which corner the tree is going in and I have three new boxes of lights to put up around the exterior of the house.
I think everything here is a little ambitious, although I have a week off for Thanksgiving.  I'm pretty sure FIL and I will be gone that entire week though, which I'm looking forward to.  We'll be spending the actual holiday with DH's guncles and also shooting down to see my Grandma and my Dad, who'll probably be with my Gma for the holiday.

Wish me luck!  What sort of goals do you have when your DH is gone?  What are you working on now?


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