Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Keeping it Real: Of Mice and Library Books

I know I've blogged about this before, but I've recently had another round of people thinking I've got things "all together" and that is just so not true.

I'm a real mom, with a really messy house, trying to do the best I can from one day to the next, and failing more often than not.

For instance, as I sit here writing this post, I can hear mice running in my kitchen.  Ewwww.  I know it is a problem for a lot of people out here this year.  The mice have been BAD.  "They" say it has something to do with all our tumbleweeds last fall.  More nesting space or something.

But I feel like a horrible housekeeper when they are this active in my home.  Probably because I am a lousy housekeeper.  The kitchen is a mess.  Again.  It's not just the dirty dishes from supper last night (Richard will get those washed when he gets up). The fact is that I have three open bags of dog food (I was blessed with the opportunity to review two different kinds!), and there are groceries purchased on Friday that have not been put away, and I cannot even see the counter on the island.  Again.

Then there is the library.  Just check out this screen shot.

I didn't look for a new bookmobile schedule last week... which means I got there an hour after they left.  Which means the twenty-one books that were due last week have not been returned.  Not to mention the two that were due the week before that (I cannot find one of them!). 

I dropped off all the books I brought with me last week in the book drop...

But that means now I have no idea which books I still have to find here, as I have no idea which books I put into the book drop.

Of course, there are another nine due this week.  So yeah, if you are counting, that's thirty-two books I need to find by tomorrow. 

I'm sitting here with $19 in accrued fines at the moment.  Which will go up by another $2.60 tomorrow (bookmobile day). 

That's me.  Together and on top of things. 

I could go on.  Talk about the fact that I'm not ready to lead an AHG meeting tonight, or any number of other "not together" things I have going.

Just when you do read my posts, talking about the good stuff -- and there are things I do right! -- know that the reality behind the post isn't all bright and shiny.  Same goes for other bloggers too, I am certain.  None of us have it all together.

Don't go comparing your real life to the "company face" that is put on the blogs or facebook status updates.  It isn't necessarily that we are trying to make our lives look more together (though I know I always crop at least some messy background out of any photos), but it is more fun to blog about the cool stuff going on than it is to blog about how disgusting the sink in the bathroom was before I finally got around to cleaning it yesterday.


Sharon said...

Hey, that looks like my library account. However, I have the best library ever. Your late fees never go higher than $10. This has been a budget saver here, lol.

Lynn @ TDHGP said...

THIS was a blessing. It reminds me why I like you so much. I WOULD let you come in my house if you stopped by unexpectedly. And that's a BIG DEAL because I usually just chit chat to folks outside. :)

Charlotte said...

Debra, we are sisters. Seriously, I ALWAYS have lost library books, and fines from who knows which book. And my son, whom I would some days love to give up for adoption. (But who I love, fiercely.) Love you, dear friend.

Debra said...

Our fees for a single book never go above $2, which is nice... but still. Oy.

It is nice to get people acknowledging that they mess this stuff up too. :)