Wednesday, December 22, 2010

In Perpetuity

I started a blog post yesterday with Never-Ending Things that Suck and Never-Ending Things That the Opposite of Suck. The second list only had two things on it, and they were stretching it. The first list had a couple of things I'd come up with to make it longer, but you know what it really comes down to?

Housecleaning. And it sucks.

Sunday, I spent 10 hours cleaning my house (minus two 5-minute breaks for dessert [I skipped lunch] and to check e-mail and a quick run to the store for a new shower curtain and printer ink). My husband and kids worked even harder than me, though they took 4 hours off for the football game. My body ached, my hands are still all roughed up, and we're out of cleaning products.

And within 12 hours there was more laundry to be done, dishes in the sink, cat litter on the floor, and a toilet bowl that needed scrubbing again.

It's enough to drive you insane. In fact, it's probably responsible for half the insanity in the western world.


I originally wrote the rest of this post about why I haven't been posting. How lame is that? You've heard it all before, so I'll spare you. Especially since...LOOKEE!

My cover art for Fight or Flight (coming March 28, 2011, from Carina Press)!

March still seems very far away, but maybe just a little bit closer. :)

Next week I'll analyze 2010 and see what kind of a year it shaped up to be. In the meantime, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas (if you celebrate it) and an excellent New Year.


Boquinha said...

Housecleaning does suck. I think the Western World needs to get on board with having maids. I mean it. I have a friend who lives overseas and has not 1, but TWO maids, and has time to read, write, do yoga, play with her kids, garden, and pursue hobbies. She is an ex-pat and swears that the Western World relies on Prozac because we have a do-it-all attitude that is self-damaging. Well, BAH, I say! I think we should all get maids.

Also? Your cover art is very cool -- congrats!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I am TOTALLY on board with that! We have full agreement in my household. :)

Ava Quinn said...

Ooooh! Look at the pretty, pretty cover!!

Very nice!

Glad you survived the cleaning. Put me down as definitely pro maids.

Glad to see you back in the blog-o-sphere!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I think everyone will agree about the housework thing. I'm all for a maid but I feel so guilty spending money for something I could do myself. Sigh...
And great cover!!!!!!

MJFredrick said...

Oh, sexy!!!

And yes, housecleaning sucks! I try to do one room a day, but never deep cleaning except on vacations.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Thanks, M3! I'll try to stick around more this time. LOL

Sue, I will never feel guilty for giving someone work. :)

Cindy Procter-King said...

Wow, beautiful cover!!!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Thanks! :)