Wanna know why my house isn't clean?
I'm a working mom.
I know that's not a be-all, end-all reason, but what does it mean?
It means I was physically away from my home for 11 hours today.
Factor in getting ready for work, getting Jena ready for school, the few chores (laundry & dishes) I got done this morning, plus the dinner we just ate, and I've been "working" for 14 hours.
Bedtime routine, including bath, will be around an hour for the munchkin.
That means I will have been working, either at my job or directly taking care of my child, for 15 hours today.
That leaves just 9 hours to spent a tiny bit of quality time with my husband, attempt to perform a few household chores, get myself ready for bed, and, you know... sleep.
This is not a rare circumstance. This is a normal day.
Factor in a trip to the grocery store, an odd errand, or (Lord willing) the occasional trip to the park, and my available house-cleaning time shrinks significantly.
Our weekends are booked almost solid between now... and New Years. True story.
Oh, I should have my husband help out more?
Well, my husband's job means that he is gone overnight at least 1/3 of the time (more if he's pulling a double - like he is tonight & tomorrow).
The nights that he is off shift, he is either working late at his 2nd job (got home at 7pm last night), or doing his own chores (reparing the chicken coup, digging out a clogged septic pipe, mowing the lawn, etc).
And squeezing in far-too-little quality time with myself & Jena.
I wish my house were tidier. I really do. I really, really do.
But I'm going to stop feeling guilty about it.
I think a 15 hour work day should grant me at least that much, don't you?