Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It Finally Bit Me in the Rear...

I had just plopped down at the computer with my cup of hazelnut-flavored coffee after putting the baby down for his nap yesterday morning. The two older kids were happily watching a cartoon for a few minutes, home from school with the I-don't-know-if-it's-H1N1-or-not-sickness.

Ahhh...

RING!! RING!!
(Okay, our phone really doesn't "ring", but I don't know how to convey the spaceship-like beeping, clicking noise ours makes.)

"Hello, Kate? We have somebody who wants to see your house! Today at 3:45? Is that okay?"

"Ugh, great! Ugh, yeah, 3:45 would be fine." *click*

EEEEEKKKK! NOOOOO! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? THE HOUSE IS THE MESSIEST IT'S BEEN IN LIKE... EVER!

{Breath in, breath out, breath in, breath out.}
{Pray... "God, I'm really gonna need you today!!"}

I quickly ran upstairs to wake Mark. Nervously giggling, I told him about the phone conversation. You see I said "nervously giggling", because no more than 24 hours before this, Mark had told me that the house couldn't be in its current condition. What if somebody calls and wants to see the house today? Why, oh why did he have to be right!? "No. There's no way the house is going to be ready," he quips. Too late!! I reassured him that I always get it done in time. (Even if it half kills me every.single.time.)

Okay, so I'm not joking either when I say that the house was messy, really messy. Toys all over, dishes in the sink, dust, gunk, approximately 39.2 loads of laundry both clean and dirty all over the three stories of the house, a suitcase still semi-packed from a week ago, bedrooms a mess.... Yes, it's true, I sometimes slack. We had also enjoyed the beautiful weekend weather outside walking and raking leaves, so it was easy to just pretend for a few days that the inside of the house didn't need attention. No more pretending! We've always had at least a day's notice if not a few days for house showings, so I really didn't think a last-minute call could happen to us. And now I know...


To be continued...
{I'm sure I've already lost half of you by now, so here's my feeble attempt to keep the rest of you engaged...}

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9 comments:

Lenae said...

Ha ha- You didn't lose me! I love the irony of life: Just when your house is the messiest, someone wants to come see it. And not visitors, either- We're talking potential homebuyers who will open EVERY drawer and closet and inspect EVERY corner (that you forgot to dust!) FUN ;) Can't wait to hear Part II!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

You didn't lose me -- I want to hear how it turned out!

And what a relief to know I'm not the only one who slacks on the housecleaning from time to time...especially when the weather's nice:)

This Heavenly Life said...

Consider me engaged! I think there's something magical about last minute housecleaning, don't you? I mean, you waste no time getting sidetracked, everyone pitches in, and it HAS to be done -- there's no excuses. Maybe that's why last minute cleaning is my forte: I can defend it and make it sound worthy of praise :)

Bridget said...

still here :) breath! stuff dirty dishes in oven and dirty clothes in laundry baskets spread around the house:)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Oh I'm engaged allright... It's like the cliffhanger season finale that makes you come back! LOL

Savvy Little Women - Kate said...

Oh I am so with you on this - it is a crazy time! Can't wait to hear the rest!

four4now said...

Your Lincoln is adorable!
(all your kiddos are :))

We get so many comments on his name. My husband is a bit of a history buff. Ok, a big one. LOL.

Bless your day!

k

design gal said...

oh no! i hope things work out! that's happened to use before- just stuff the laundry in the washer and dryer! they'll never look in there! ;)

p.s. just stumbled upon your blog and I love it!

Such The Spot said...

Didn't lose me. But since you've already posted the part 2 all I have to do is scroll up. :)