According to the school, the week between orientation and the start of classes is often called dead week. Some people use this time to explore other areas, travel to the beach, etc. I am using it to plan, clean, and wait for the cable company.
They should have been here Saturday when they installed for a neighbor who purchased after me. However, the company had not given them my details and they did not have enough equipment to set up my house for cable and internet. We called and they said they would be out on Monday for sure.
Today is Tuesday and they promised that they would be here some time after 11. I am not holding my breath for it, but I am staying home just in case.
Cleaning. Ugh, the cleaning. I knew it would be a pain because of what others have said and really mine isn’t so bad–I am too lazy to mop so I just quickly sweep twice a day. But the ironing, sweeping, and dish washing feels constant for me. I am currently ignoring a pile of wrinkled clothes in the other room. A rather strong concern is starting to creep up inside me when it comes to this: how will I balance all of the housework with my other work? I could assign the sweeping or dishes to Sal, but I don’t think I trust him with the iron–not on my clothes at least. As it is, I plan on waking up at 5:30 or 6 each day to do a little cleaning and set up for the school day. Then I can come home, do more, plan and grade, cook, and write articles. Sal fits in there somewhere. I mean, he is why I am here, right?
However, things are overall going very well. I am happy with my home, my neighborhood, my job, my relationship, and my friends. I suppose I just wish I made enough money to hire a cleaner. I’ll probably be looking to see how it fits into my budget in a few months.