Friday, March 7, 2014

five not-so-shiny life things

Bloggers have a reputation of painting pictures that are way too pretty and perfect about what their lives are like. Well, I like to do my own thing so instead of making my life seem perfect, I am going to flat out tell you about some of the less-than-glamorous things happening in my house these days.

1) The cat. You know I love Bauer more than I should, but cats can be gross sometimes. He drools when he's happy. He was cuddling before bed the other night and drooled right on my lower lip. Nothing like nearly French-kissing your cat. Ew. And his asthma is back so he hacked up his dinner tonight in the one carpeted room he can go in and changing his litter box is probably my least favorite chore. So next time you are amazed with how cute he is (because he is), remember that he only looks perfect.

But he's such a sweet snuggler while I blog...

2) Freaking trees. I live in a house that's over 30 years old, so our trees are at least that old. There was an ice storm that only seemed to hit my suburb this week and it made many large branches snap off. We own two Honda Civics, so we need to pay someone to haul this mess away. Some company wanted $1000 to do that and to cut down a tree that has a fungal disease. Um, they are trees that live outside - how do you protect them from fungus? So the damn trees will be an unpredicted expense - but we are definitely shopping around because $1000 is just crazy.

3) Long Hair is Everywhere. I have been growing my hair out for years. People keep commenting on how long it's getting. The trouble with long hair? The strands seem so much more noticeable since they are so much longer. Hair on the floor, on my coat, on my towels, stray strand on my desk... let's not even talk about the shower drain. It's unfortunate. Luckily I have not found any in mine or anyone else's food yet.

4) I'm a terrible adult. I fell asleep on the couch at 7:30 and went to bed at 9:30 and it was amazing. This shouldn't require explanation but I wasn't sick - I was just tired. I am an adult and this should not be something I need; my evenings should be spent reading or doing my taxes or checking my stocks and bonds or other adult-y things, not telling my husband to leave me alone and let me sleep when I accidentally kick him for the tenth time in an hour.

5) Time management is a skill I've yet to master. I have a coworker who lives with her dad and takes care of him, has a 16-year-old son, works full time, has gone back to school, and has a packed social life that makes me jealous. I have no idea how she does it all. I get home from work an hour after I leave, attempt to help Andrew with dinner or clean up, and then sit on the couch to unwind. I wish I knew how people found the time to have spotless houses and write five blog posts a week and be up on social media and edit all their photos and watch all the good shows but I just really like sleep and doing nothing too much to get any of that done. Are you people allergic to rest? I must know your secret.

So see, life isn't perfect. Some people only want you to see their pinterest-ready homes or perfectly cooked meals but I bet they have some less-than-shiny things going on behind the scenes. The ones who are human enough and have a story to tell are the ones I find the most interesting - what about you?

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30 comments:

  1. I don't have long hair but I have blonde hair so my hair is SO OBVIOUS when I wear a black coat. It's so awkward when someone pulls it off my coat for me.. Why do we have to shed so much?! Have a great weekend girl!

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  2. Pets are adorable and gross all at the same time. Gracie constantly has an ear infection and I spend most nights with ear wipes swiping on the nasty black goey build up in her adorable floppy ears.

    Chris always says "You and your damn dog" anytime there is hair somewhere. Which is everywhere! So I know the feeling. I dont know how I have any on my head? The worst place is the master bath where I do my hair in the mornings. There is always a solid layer on the floor no matter how many times I clean it. Oops!

    $1,000???? Wow! That is terrible. Stupid trees! I hate when companies price gauge the crap out of something like that.

    The last two nights I feel asleep on the couch after dinner while watching TV. You aren't alone.

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  3. My hair is everywhere--all the freaking time. I can't even handle it. Because I lost all that weight when I was sick--it's falling out even more. The doctor said that would happen because my body thinks I'm malnourished, awesome. Campbell also has his gross tendencies.

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  4. don't even get my husband started on the long hair thing. he vacuums and never fails to let me get an earful of how much hair he sucked up and how it has been clogging the vacuum. he sometimes even goes so far as to yank everything out and SHOW ME. jerk. then again, i complain like hell when he destroys the toilet the second after i clean it.

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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  5. That's crazy they want to charge that much to haul away limbs. The city here will haul away your stuff for free if you call them and let them know it's there.

    Maybe put something up on Craigslist, one mans $1000 limbs are another mans firewood?

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  6. My hair is everywhere and mixed in with dog hair, it is a never ending tumbleweed of hair. Don't get me started on the backyard poop mess. Life is messy! I'd rather nap too!

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  7. Last night as I laid in bed at 8:30 p.m. I jotted down a Lost My Mojo post that I have no room for except on Saturday but it's going up. This week has sucked and hey, why not share. LOL

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  8. Yeah, the long hair thing!!! I find it in my food all the time and I warn people if I invite them over for a meal that if I'm cooking they might get some hair in it. That's just the nature of the invitation because I'm not about to wear a hair net in my own home!

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  9. I've been really tired lately too. I don't know what I'll do when the time changes... be even more tired?

    I keep telling myself when the weather gets warmer, I'll be more productive, but we shall see.

    Poor Tony has to deal with my long hair in the shower drain and all over the house too. Between my hair and the cat's hair... we have a very hairy house, LOL!

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  10. Aww, your poor kitty!! Although, I did laugh at the drool...I've never seen a cat drool before. And YES to time management! When I was working full time, the house was disgusting, and all I ever wanted to do after work was sit on the couch! If you ever find out how to do the whole full time job and spotless house thing, you have to let me know!

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  11. You are NOT a terrible adult. You're the type of adult I envy :)

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  12. We love our animals but good god they are a mess. I feel like it is never ending with both a dog and a cat...basically everything I own seems to be covered in hair. I swear sometimes I think the cat, purposefully throws-up and it can never just be on the hardwood floors which cover 98% of the house.
    I'm so with you on #5...I definitely feel like I have to be doing something wrong. Also love to hear another wife say "attempt" to help with dinner and clean-up, it makes me feel better :)

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  13. I have long hair too and my hair is EVERYWHERE! Have a great weekend!

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  14. My house is always covered with dog hair, cat hair, pug snot, etc. I do not have a pin-worthy house!! :)

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  15. I feel you regarding adulthood. I'm pretty sure I'm just pretending at this point.

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  16. I don't get where a lot of these bloggers get their energy from...like how do you get up at 5am in the morning to workout, and then still be alive and kicking and doing fun things with your friends every night?!? I can't figure it out..

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  17. Agree on the long hair. Mine is everywhere. Someone at work commented the other day that I left hair in their office... How embarassing! Time for the chop!

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  18. I find long hair everywhere...even in places where it shouldn't be....if you can't my drift. I have to swifter my floors twice a week it's a total problem!
    ~Amanda~ Meet @ the Barre

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  19. i feel asleep in bed reading last night before 9 pm. brad walked in with the light still on book in hand, glasses on my face.... so what i am saying is i am a bad adult too

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  20. My hair is much longer now than it's been in over a year so the shedding is getting more and more obvious. It's amazing how we can shed so much and still have so much on our heads!

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  21. Sleep is a glorious thing, and your co-worker must not get any. I will take sleep over anything! I claim its needed for good skin. I also am growing out my hair, and have noticed ridiculous amounts of hair as well. Time for a trim I say. And the litter box - number one reason why I don't miss our cat.

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  22. Oh my gosh, I'm a bad shedder, too! Pete gets so grossed out! hahahah

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  23. My hair is definitely everywhere. All over Joe's jackets and car too. Ha!

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  24. Cheers to naps on the couch!! :)
    Hope you have a lovely weekend, girlie!!! xx

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  25. Oddly enough I find spending some time cooking and cleaning after I get home relaxing. Not a whole lot, like I pick super easy recipes to make. But being up on my feet doing something that doesn't require a lot of brain activity helps me unwind. Then I sit on the couch and ignore the blog work I always tell myself I'm going to do. haha

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  26. Uh yea, I love our pets, but the dogs lick our couches and it's so gross so I feel ya, lol. I teeter between being packed with plans, and then mentally exhaust myself and want nothing to do with people...I need balance.

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  27. I literally laughed out loud about the long hair. My boyfriend literally brings strands of my hair to me that he finds around that house and drops them on me, because he hates them so badly. I love that you shared all of these things. You are so right people make their lives seem perfect all of the time and you know they probably have the smelliest farts or something disgusting along those lines!

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  28. "Real" life is absolutely perfect. Cat drool, couch sleeping and all. Things look pretty much the same around these parts. It's a beautiful life. As for the time management, I do wish I made better use of my time (sometimes). I guess when it becomes really important, we'll make it happen :)

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  29. #5 is SO ME. Lazy people unite! I find work to be so exhausting that I just completely zone out when I get home. I have to force myself to get anything accomplished. The weekends, however, are a totally different ball game. Somehow I am usually able to get all my shit done on Saturday and Sunday. Perhaps it's because I get to actually sleep?

    PS I'm exhausted right now and blabbering on. My b.

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  30. Wait, your cat drools?! That's so funny; I thought only dogs did that!

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