The other night I couldn’t sleep. This has happened occasionally over the last few months. Throughout my life I’ve generally been a good sleeper, but now sometimes my mind gets stuck ruminating over all the things I need to do.
I figured the best way to resolve this problem would be to accomplish some things. Then, even if I have a lot remaining, my mind should be calm because it should know that I did what I could.
So Tuesday evening I accomplished a lot of work work - that is, stuff for my job. At 11:30 pm I emailed off some short pieces that were due last Friday. Yay me!
Wednesday (yesterday) evening I accomplished house things, so many that I get to do a bulleted list.
- cooked dinner (tuna casserole);
- washed all the dishes piled in the sink, including 43 cat food can lids, and ran the dishwasher;
- cleaned the kitchen counters and the tops of the microwave and the printer (yes, a printer is not a kitchen tool, but it sits on the breakfast bar part of the counter, and Lindy sits on it);
- cleaned the sink, including the yucky slimy stuff around the drain plug;
- took a load of my clothes out of the dryer and folded them (put them away Thursday morning); took a finished load of towels out of the dryer and left them in the basement because had too many other things to carry upstairs; put another load of towels and sheets into washer and then the dryer so they are now dry and waiting to be taken out; put a load of delicates into the washer so they are now waiting to be taken out and hung up;
- fed all the cats;
- refilled the containers of dry cat food;
- completely emptied 2 of the 3 litterboxes in the hot tub room and refilled them with clean litter;
- took out 3 bags of trash and one recyclable empty litter jug;
- moved some miscellaneous things into the laundry room to stay out of the way until they can go elsewhere (2 empty litter buckets, a full bag of empty cans for 4Paws);
- put out a clean dish towel;
- took the 10 seconds needed to finally hook one refrigerator shelf bracket firmly where it belongs so that it will stop tilting;
- made up some sets of newspaper pages for future litter box scoopings.
I did have to leave a cutting board, one pan, and some cat food plates and cans in the sink because I was out of space in the dishwasher and dish drainer.
All of this, including short breaks for eating dinner and talking to The Kid, took almost 3 hours. When I finally sat down on the couch with the laptop, Dorie and Lady B immediately claimed their spots on my lap and legs. “It’s about time, Human!”