May 16, 2010


I need to hire someone. Once a week, come in and sweep and mop the floors. Nothing more. I’ll change the cat litter, do the laundry, make my bed. I just need someone to do the two things that I hate to do.

I work a lot. I admit it, and it’s my own fault. I can’t say no to someone who has been referred by someone else. Especially if that ‘someone else’ is a good employer. So, I don’t have time to get things done that need to be done!

Many years ago, when the earth was green, I lived in Ottawa. At one point in time, I had three jobs. I worked my ‘full-time’ job for the federal government. I worked at a charity casino 3 or 6 nights a week. On the weekends, I worked in a bar. So, first off, when someone tells me there are no jobs out there, I tell them to f*** off! There are plenty of jobs, as long as you’re not picky. And if you’re too picky or ‘proud’ to do a job, then that’s your problem. Welfare, in my opinion, is a waste of taxpayers money!

Anyway. Now, here I am working 47 hours a week. If you’ve been reading my blogs, you’re probably tired of hearing this. Yes, I choose to work these hours, because my busiest (and most lucrative) days are Saturday and Sunday. I make more in these two days alone, than I make from Monday-Friday combined! The life of a foreign English teacher. Many of the students I teach on these two days don’t have time through the week. They are either in school, work, or bushiban.

So when does that give me time to do what I need to do? Well, almost never. Sure, I have a few hours during Monday and Tuesday afternoons, but that time is taken up with lesson planning and getting a couple of hours of well-deserved nap time. Sure, I could give up my nap time, but people tell me that when I’m tired, I’m grumpy. Fair enough. I’ll agree to that! I AM!

About a year ago, I had no classes on Sunday. I enjoyed the day off to be able to either a) catch up on housework that I would put off (procrastination) or b) go for a leisurely Sunday afternoon drive through Tainan county. Now, I must admit, there is not a lot of Tainan county I haven’t already seen. But just the idea that I can get out of town for a day, on my own, and ‘go where the wind blows me’, is really appealing.

Today, I cancelled my classes. I haven’t had a lot of time of late to do much around the house. I’ve been busy with other things. So, rather than do classes, I decided today was a day to get things done around here that have been neglected. I’ve deleted my access to a lot of the games on Facebook. I got all my lesson planning done for the next week. Yes, I am caught up on my work until May 24th!! Until Facebook became a big thing on my computer, I had no problem getting my lesson planning done for up to a week and sometimes two weeks in advance. Over the past few months, that has begun to suffer. Again, procrastination. Oh, I can do it later… uh huh!

On Thursday afternoon, I swept my office floor and the 4th floor of my house. It’s that time of year, where my kitty cats are shedding more than usual. I brush Simba at least 10 times every day. I’ve been doing this for the past week. While I’m waiting for something to print out, I take the ole brush to him. By rights, he should be bald by now. I have brushed more fur off him, than Igantius has on his entire little body!

There was enough fur swept off the two floors on Thursday to create another little. I was thinking of taking all that fur, and knitting into a sweater!! Today, I decided to sweep the floors again. Don’t ask me why. I’ve never consciously decided to sweep floors two times in the same week in my life! Again, there was more fur than dust! Another sweater in the making.

So, after having all this time available, I have done five loads of laundry, changed the sheets on my bed, cleaned the kitty litter, emptied all the garbage from the 3rd and 4th floors, brushed the cats, clipped their nails, remade my bed, and swept the floors. I now have two other tasks awaiting me. ONE: still have to mop the floors. They are disgusting, to say the least. It is incredible what the floors look like after one week! Now I know why everyone mops floors every day in Taiwan! TWO: build the brick wall between me and my ‘… stupid, little woman …’ neighbour.

If you go back a few days, you will see the horrible divider that was placed, or erected, or however you want to say it, between our two homes. I still laugh and marvel at the stupidity of some people. Not only how this was put up, but the fact that she finds it acceptable. What a ‘… stupid, little woman …’!

I think that, since the mixing of the cement, and the fact that there is no working lighting system on the balcony, seems to dictate that I should begin building the wall first. The floors can wait until later on. I still have lights in the house!

I suppose I should get my ass in gear, and stop writing.



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3 responses to “May 16, 2010

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  2. Bilbet

    I dare say these are getting better. Now add six kids to the mix and you will see my past.
    It doesn’t matter where you live, there will always be ONE – guaranteed. We’ve been there, done that and it never mattered what city, town or building.

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