Unfinished business

10 Mar

Yesterday, Madhousewife posted a previously unposted blog from her draft file.  The original idea of the exercise was to post what’s in your draft folder and then have your readers tell you which ones they’d like you to finish.  I checked out my own draft file and found just two things: one was just a title, “This is for Julie”, which I’m pretty sure had something to do with my perfect potty-training experience losing the sparkle of its perfectness (though four total accidents is still pretty close to perfect, as far as I’m concerned) and one was a religion-themed kid speak post that felt incomplete.  I’ve been waiting for my kids to say more funny things about religion, but apparently that just hasn’t been a source of humor around our house lately.

These unfinished drafts got me thinking about all the other unfinished business I have going on around here.  I’m going to list some of them here, and then you guys can tell me which ones you think I should finish.   Or maybe which ones I should give the highest priority.

1.  Remember this?  Yeah, I think I got as far as June or July on that whole post categorizing thing.  And I’ve only very sporadically remembered to categorize my posts published since then.  I’d kind of like to finish this one.

2.  And this one.  This one is really embarrassing.  To be honest, I don’t even think I’ve looked since posting this, and we’re getting into a pretty desperate situation.  My friend is on the verge—the vergiest of verges—of giving up the ghost, but I’m just not sure I’m up for this particular quest that will surely be a perilous and harrowing adventure that I have no confidence will end in ultimate victory.

3.  I started this little project last August:


We got two coats done, and after they dried, realized we really needed a third coat, but didn’t have enough paint for a third coat for all of the stairwell and upstairs hall.  We have yet to buy paint.  And the thing is, when the painting is done, we’re supposed to be getting new carpet.  Oh how I’ve longed for new carpet!  You’d think this would be motivation enough for me to slap on a third coat already.  But now, seven months later, I’m beginning to wonder if there is enough motivation in the world to get me to finish.  (You should know that when we painted our living room/kitchen area it was a horrible ordeal that went into the wee hours of the morning.  I knew that if we didn’t finish it all at once, it was likely to never be finished so we pressed on.  At 4 am we were so exhausted that we called it good, and promised we would finish painting the corner of the kitchen by the refrigerator the next day.  We finished painting that corner of the kitchen about two years later, so, uh, yeah.)

4.  The girls have had trouble getting their clothes to fit in their dresser drawers, so I decided it was time to purge the too small and never worn stuff.  We made this big pile in the middle of their room:


I can’t remember for sure when we did this, but I know it was sometime the week before the Vegas trip.  I still need to sort through it to determine if there’s anything worth keeping for BigHugs and then pack it up for Goodwill, I guess.

5.  And then there’s always this:


That’s from this morning—the picture, not the dishes.  I think Sunday night was the last time I touched the dishes.  And by I, I mean Chuck.  I know, I know.  I’m a disgusting slob.  The rest of my downstairs looks pretty, though.  See:


OK, so maybe I didn’t take this picture this morning, but it pretty much looks just like that.  Almost.  More or less.   Honest.


So put me to work.  Where to start?  And what kind of unfinished business do you have going on around your house?


29 Responses to “Unfinished business”

  1. Susan M March 10, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    Baby steps, bythelbs, baby steps.

    Here’s what I suggest: tackle the clothing pile first. Get a garbage bag and fill it up with stuff for Goodwill and stick it in the trunk of your car, ready to be dropped off. It’ll really only take a few minutes.

    Then call it good and leave the rest for some other day. 🙂

  2. Mother of the Wild Boys March 10, 2009 at 10:55 am #

    I like Susan’s idea, but I have to go with the bra shopping. Your ladies need support! After all, we know that the eyes always go to the boob. 😉

  3. bythelbs March 10, 2009 at 11:10 am #

    Susan—My problem is the baby’s not steppin’. I don’t even think she’s rolling over. I think we’re just barely into the lifting up her head stage.

    Mother—I think the ladies need emotional support more than anything else. The only kind of shopping I hate worse than bra shopping is swimsuit shopping. It’s so hard being a woman.

  4. E March 10, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    You could go bra shopping while you’re out dropping the clothes off at the goodwill. But I vote for whatever you think you can finish today. Because then you will have finished something. And that always feels good.

  5. bythelbs March 10, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    E—Are you suggesting I go bra shopping at the Goodwill?

  6. madhousewife March 10, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    The girls DO need emotional support, and that starts with a good bra. You cannot go another day without one! Okay, maybe you can go another day, but surely everything else on your list can wait.

    Anyway, the picture of your pretty-looking house is reminding me that I have no rooms in my house that look like that. So I must look away from your blog and hit my own to-do list.

    Good luck!

  7. Julie March 10, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    First of all, I have the exact same glider rocker thingy. Except it finally gave up the ghost two days ago and is now a pile of (s)crap.

    Second, I need to shop for the bra, too, now that I’m done nursing, so don’t do that or I’ll feel left alone in the slummy bra department.

    Third, dishes, man, dishes. Do ’em and life will feel all happy and good…until dinner…

  8. tawnya March 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    First – I have one draft in my blog folder. It’s pretty finished, but I keep putting off hitting publish because I’m fearful that someone may take it out of context. It’s on adultery and, well…

    Second – I have all sorts of unfinished stuff. I usually just ignore it and move the list to a pretty new notebook every few months.

    Third…I can’t help with your list. My hubby does ALL dishes here (it’s his chore) so my sink currently looks like yours. But it’s not my job, so I’m good at ignoring it…

    Now. Off to fold last week’s laundry!

  9. cheryl March 10, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    Yeah, I’d say tackle the clothes and the dishes. Then go bra shopping.

    “They eyes always go to the boob”!??!?

    Who would say that?!?

  10. cheryl March 10, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    “THE eyes…”


  11. Kamilli Vanilli March 10, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    Go for the gold…get the bra! You’ll feel much perkier when your bosom is perkier too. And when you’re perky….that’s when things HAPPEN!

    Then do the dishes…then the clothes. Leave the painting….because if you got that done, then what would you be able to hold over Chuck’s head and nag him about??

    I’m so with you on the painting. I swear our house and yard is just one big, half-finished project!

  12. Alison Wonderland March 10, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    Go bra shopping. And get a good one, none of this Walmart, Target crap, hit your local Victoria’s secret and get one that’s worth having. Get two. And then you won’t need to get more for a while otherwise we’ll be having this conversation again a year from now.

    The next day go through the clothes, the hard part of that job’s already done for you at this point anyway. You CAN finish.

    Then pick a day and paint. And that’s all you do in that day. You do not do dishes, you do not cook (although you may have to order pizza) do nothing but paint. Then take pictures and let all of us gush over how good it looks. You can do it!

  13. bythelbs March 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    Man, I had no idea you people would be so concerned about my unmentionables.

    Mad—I hope you were able to knock something off your to-do list.

    Julie—I’m sure we’ll be slummy bra pals for awhile. And the dishes will get done today.

    Tawnya—I want to read the draft folder! Can you e-mail me for a private viewing? 😉

    Cheryl—I like “they eyes…” I’m imagining you saying it in an exotic voice. No, I don’t actually know what I’m talking about.

    Kamilli—Any suggestions for good bra shopping places? Though your particular needs are significantly different than my particular needs. And something to hold over Chuck’s head is always a good thing.

  14. bythelbs March 10, 2009 at 2:53 pm #

    Alison—Thanks for the pep-talk and the carefully thought out plan. I did not go bra shopping today, but I’m thinking that may have to move up to the top of the queue.

  15. Julie March 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    Somehow “bra shopping” and “something to hold over Chuck’s head” in the same sentence makes me giggle.

  16. tawnya March 10, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    It’ll be published in the next couple of weeks…I promise. If it’s not, I’ll email. Did you get my thank you, by the way?

  17. bythelbs March 10, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    Julie—I’m always happy to amuse.

    Tawnya—I’ll be looking for it! And no, I didn’t get anything. Should I be looking in my inbox or mailbox? Either way, you are so very welcome.

  18. bythelbs March 10, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    Tawnya—Never mind. I am lame. I just checked my bythelbs account and it was there. You’re still welcome! And I will answer the other q’s in a reply, which I guess I could really be doing now instead of commenting here but I hate to leave things unresolved on the blog!

  19. E March 10, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    What?…..You gotta problem with that?

  20. bythelbs March 10, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    E—Of course not. I just don’t know if I have enough good will in my bosomal area for the kind of undergarment I’m imagining I might find there.

  21. flip flop mama March 10, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    My suggestion would be to do the clothes. It’s a pretty easy job and then you’ll feel like you accomplished something. My sink looks like that too, but I don’t care because it’s T-Bone’s job. Then go bra shopping because you’ll feel better about yourself and want to tackle the rest of the stuff. Good luck!

  22. Kamilli Vanilli March 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    I would just like to clarify–that Alison’s comment “take pictures and let all of us gush over how good it looks” is referring to the painting….and not the bra?? Just wondering…. 🙂

  23. Kamilli Vanilli March 10, 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    Oh…and bythelbs, all you really need is a sparkly Lucky Charms shirt, and your bosom is good to go, right?
    I’ve actually had the best luck with bras at Ross, believe it or not……who knew?!?

  24. bythelbs March 10, 2009 at 5:36 pm #

    I can only assume, Kamilli. And hope. With me, gushing and bra do not go hand in hand. Or cup in cup.

  25. bythelbs March 10, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    Flip—The clothes are gone! Thanks to Susan and you all for encouraging me to get that puppy (my favorite animal is poopies) out of the way. Now on to the dishes!

  26. Julie March 10, 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    Who knew this would be the 26 comment post? Girls love bras…that’s got to be it.

  27. bythelbs March 10, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    Pssst…Julie. The secret to a 26 comment post is to make half of the comments yourself! Don’t tell anyone. Right now they just think I’m popular.

  28. boquinha March 14, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

    28! 28! I LOVE your bra post (it’s one of my favorites). Plus I like my comment on it, too. (Pats self on back).

    I’ve been wearing the wrong numbered size of bra. Not cup size–that one is easy (you can’t mess up on whether or not you’re an A; it’s pretty clear that I am). But the number part. It was too small. I would take it off and suddenly gasp for breath and need to crack my back. Seriously, it was too tight. So, I decided to get a new bra or two and hated every minute of looking at ugly, old lady bras at Walmart (I hate clothes shopping anyway plus I hate Walmart but we don’t have Target close by).

    So, I bought a few bras but wasn’t thrilled about them and I definitely went for cheap price. Later that day, I walked into our bedroom and there was a very pretty Victoria’s Secret bag on my bed with 2 new bras in it–a white one and a black one. And they’re SO cute. So much cuter than the Wally World ones. How awesome is my husband?? I asked why he did that when I had gotten some at Walmart. And he said he could tell I was miserable looking at ugly bras and he thought I should get some really nice quality, cute ones. I seriously LOVE him. Get a new bra. Or send Chuck to VS. 😉


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