Before I started my weekend maintenance, I ran a few errands. I had to go to the post office, the drug store, the office supply store, and the craft store. I had a few more stops to make, but I was tired and it was noon, so I got a drive-thru salad and went home.


Queen Bath and Throne Room: 20 minutes to clear counter of clothes, jewelry, pill bottles and makeup. I hope I remember to take the pills now that they’re put away properly in the drawer.

I also dusted, cleaned the sinks, emptied the trash and restocked the tissue supplies. I hung clean towels and put all dirty clothes in the hamper.

Not counted in the 20 minutes was trying to get my newly unearthed glucometer to work. It turns out I need a new electronic code key. My insurance company will mail me one.

Whew, that was more work than I’ve put into the house for the last month. Time for a break.

Kitchen: 26 minutes to clear and wash the counters, load and start the dishwasher, and take out the garbage and recycling. I won’t count the garbage and recycling in my bag count, because it’s just part of the usual incoming mail and groceries, not part of the old hoard.

Time for another break.

E-mail: 34 minutes to reduce the number of e-mails from over 1400 to 138. I like to list the e-mails by “from” instead of “date”. That way I can delete the DNC’s dozens of requests for money at one go. Ditto for the ads from stores I frequent, and the updates from all the bogs I follow.

I hope my computer speeds up now.

Snail mail: 29 minutes to sort the mail into recycle, shred and action piles. I haven’t stayed on top of the mail for the past month, so this was a big pile.


Last night I went clothes shopping with my BFF “L” at the Mall of America, or as we like to call it, the BFM (Big F*cking Mall). I needed some summer clothes in my now smaller size. After walking and shopping for a couple of hours, we were exhausted and went our separate ways.

As I was going through Nordstrom’s to the parking ramp, I saw some really cute pants! Even though I was tired and a little bit broke, I tried on a few more things. The pants were much more expensive than I was used to, but I loved them, so I bought two pairs.

So today, No.2 Sis and I went back out to the BFM to return some of the things that I’d bought earlier, so I could afford the Nordstrom’s pants. I was still stiff and sore from yesterday’s mall tour, so I parked right outside the door we needed to go in (I thought).  I was wrong.

We wandered around, overshot the store I needed, doubled back, made the returns, and hiked back to the car. This took about an hour.

My point is not that I have new clothes, or that I showed a little (a very little) fiscal restraint. My point is that I’ve exercised twice this week, and I’m done. I am so done.

Stay tuned…