School holidays aka The Curse of the Working Parent

18 Jun

Hard to believe it’s nearly school holiday time again.

It’s unfair, really, to call them a curse – I enjoy school holidays, and I remember enjoying them a whole lot more when I was the one who got a break from school. But it does mean a lot of juggling at times.

Once we’ve allowed for drama classes and Otto’s bonus holidays, we end up with a single week of nothing, which isn’t all that much when you factor in a couple of outings with or without friends. I’m hoping that will help the Bigster get her health back in order. Was a little unsure about the classes, but she is so keen to do them that I think they’ll do her good. We might go away for the week of nothing, or we might just unplug the phone and stay home. Either is good (although one is more Financially Responsible, sigh).

But the best part – the very BEST part of all – is that somewhere in the middle of all that, Fraser is going to take the girls away somewhere for a couple of days. And leave me at home.

And it is ridiculous, completely and utterly, but I am so excited.

Because I am going to DO SERIOUS HOUSEWORK. And Rearrange the Kitchen Cupboards. And buy – and implement – new Storage Stuff. I even have a guy coming on Friday to wash the rubbish bins.

And if I get really excited, I might even Get A Skip.


Posted by on June 18, 2012 in decluttering, family, school


4 responses to “School holidays aka The Curse of the Working Parent

  1. yewenyi

    June 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I have just spent a week off. Kirsten does not work. But still, I spent the week working on the house and there is still a mountain of things to do. You need some time with the kids away so that things can get done.

    • Melissa

      June 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      I know, right! And now it’s looking like Fraser may have to WORK both weekends of the holidays, so won’t be able to take the girls away. He says he might be able to take them out, but that’s not really the point – I wanted to work, and nap, and work, and nap, without having to worry about disturbing other people or bothering them when I take EVERY SINGLE THING out of a cupboard or when I throw out their most treasured possessions because that is what this sort of cleaning MEANS. I already had to confess about the wheely bin washing people.

  2. Jonathan O'Donnell

    June 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    “… I might even Get A Skip.”

    Melissa, I know that this sort of language was commonplace when we were growing up, but I really think that it is time to stop using such terms. I believe they even have laws against it now.

    Ever-helpful Jonathan

    • Melissa

      June 20, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I shall keep that in mind.


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