It is Sunday and the sun is actually shining. Hub and I have most of today off together – he’s on a night shift tonight – and the boys are most definitely out for the count. Time for the To Do list.
Get up – done that.
Check on Uni Boy – out on the razz with his mates last night. His bedroom door is firmly closed this morning and the outside light has been turned off – I assume that he came home in one piece then.
Breakfast – ran out of milk last night so no whiskey porridge this morning then. Fruit juice, toast and Marmite, and a banana. Ate that.
Wake Lovely Hub – and examine those bruises. I had to take photos of them last night to send to his paintball mate – who is responsible for two of the bruises. I think Hub got his own back though. Had to take another one this morning because it’s developed a wonderful range of colours – and put it on Facebook for him – does this count as a wifely duty?
Put last night’s wet towel in the wash – it was forgotten in all the excitement of taking the photographs. We’re down to two in the downstairs bathroom having thrown one away last night because it was no longer effective and I remembered exactly how many years ago I bought it.
Tidy up College Boy’s detritus in the kitchen – he was getting up just as we were going to bed last night. There is evidence that he ate the kebab we bought for him. He’s not very good at throwing empty things away; I often find empty fruit juice cartons replaced in the fridge or a tub of butter that isn’t any more. This morning it is just an empty carrier bag, the stiff white paper that wraps up takeaway food and a few stray shreds of lettuce. Doesn’t go well with toast – in the bin.
Shower – well I will when I’ve finished this – and I’ll remember to do something with the towel when I’m done. Must remind Hub about hanging up the new blind that we bought over two weeks ago to replace the current one that has two settings – up or down. Still he put the toilet seat back on its hinges again so it doesn’t fall down unexpectedly. Not an issue for females but decidedly unsafe for bleary-eyed boys.
Get dressed – by this time Hub will have finished his breakfast and we can escape the house for a while – oh the joys of Sunday morning food shopping! But we have hungry teenagers with expensive and fluctuating tastes who makes us feel guilty (Uni Boy) or just whinge (College Boy) if the right food isn’t in the house when they want it. Must buy some new towels while we’re up there. Don’t need flowers at the moment because Lovely Hub bought up Tesco’s stock of freesias and the house smells gorgeous. Why is it that Tesco is the only place I can find freesias?
Lunch – by the time we get back and unpack everything we will both be starving. Highly unlikely that either son will be awake or offer to help if they are. College Boy will lurch down in tee-shirt and boxers demanding food. Uni Boy will emerge at some stage with his dressing grown elegantly draped around him to inform us that he’s having a shower and don’t use the water – please. Ooh – scrap that. He has just popped his head round the door to announce that the sun had the temerity to wake him up and he’s starving because he hasn’t had anything to eat since yesterday lunchtime – no wonder he’s so skinny. Advised that his Dad will be coming down to get breakfast shortly so he only has a short window of opportunity in our tiny and hideously impractical kitchen, he smiles beautifically and says he’ll only be using the oven. Yeurgh! Oven-cooked food and it isn’t even ten o’clock yet. Apparently he and his chums don’t eat whilst out boozing because the food is too expensive, its grim and it ruins the effect of the alcohol. Should I be worried? Well – he is a scientist after all so he knows all about cause and effect..
Clear out the office – we were supposed to be devoting the whole day to this but due to my talent for procrastination we’ve ended up with an afternoon. the office is our spare bedroom upstairs. It houses my PC and the work laptop and it’s usually where I write and do my duty shifts. I go in there to wake up and check my emails, Twitter and Facebook in the morning, or if I want to escape from noisy boys. It is my oasis but it is a very cluttered and dusty oasis at the moment. After our spectacular team work at clearing out my Dad’s bungalow, Hub and I decided that we should work our magic on the office. The realisation that there are several defunct pieces of computer hardware hanging around in there, a pile of objects and books that were dumped there temporarily over a month ago when College Boy had his party, and – deep shame – files of notes from my first degree – which I took in 1988 – the year we got married. There really can’t be anything social-work related in those files that is still relevant today can there? Probably. Anyway, there are two huge bookcases in the room that are not housing the books that lie around our house in disordered heaps. I have two Kindles now – one for audio and one for reading but I still can’t resist the smell and feel of a real book. I know that we will both feel better when we’ve cleared out the office but the prospect is lying over both of us like a big dark cloud.
Take stuff to the tip – provided it’s still open when we finish – otherwise it can go in the garage till tomorrow when Hub wakes up from his night shift.
Dinner – left over takeaway from yesterday – yay! For Hub and I at least – we have been known to make a takeaway last for three days (I did last weekend) whereas the boys demolish all in front of them leaving only scraps and dribbles behind.
Ironing – this will be accomplished during ‘Wallander’. I find that the dreary greyness is a suitable backdrop to ironing. To be fair my ironing pile has diminished considerably since Uni Boy learnt how to iron and decided that my ironing didn’t meet his meticulous standards (Yay!) College Boy’s clothes spend most of their time in heaps either on or under the bed (we bought him a double when we redid his room a couple of years ago – he has a small area to sleep in now) so there won’t be many of them to iron. I like Wallander a great deal – although I wish they’d put the lights on occasionally. I don’t actually mind ironing either provided I have something decent to watch on TV. I sit on the sofa, ironing board now cleared of OU books and at its lowest setting, unironed clothes in a pile on one side and laundry crates ready to be filled on the other. The fan is on, both uplighters are on so I can see what I’m doing, I have the remotes, my mobile and the house phone by my side and something to drink – thirsty work this ironing stuff – wonder if Uni Boy would make me a cocktail – or two?) Once all this is accomplished I am perfectly content.
Hub to work – so I’ll have to remember how Wallander ends so that I can tell him when he calls me at eleven o’clock to say goodnight.
Remember to go to bed – I have a tendency to lose track of time when Hub is on a night shift and this isn’t helped by my nocturnal boys – who having slept on and off all day today will be full of beans when I am flagging. I have book-related things to do tonight and stuff to get ready for work tomorrow. We have a new colleague starting and I have to be in early to blow up some balloons – I made a banner before I left on Friday. Life is about beginnings and endings – we have to do them properly.
Tomorrow – I will be up at six to prepare my whiskey-infused porridge – Hub has just returned form the local shop with the milk.