My vacuum’s vacation

Here’s this week’s article (written last week). This is what happens when you get up in the middle of the night and write to meet a deadline, then submit it real fast without letting it simmer. When I read through it today, all I could think was TMI. No one needs to know this much about my vacuuming problems.


  1. I don’t know what women did before blogging. It must be why so many of the women of the previous generations have perma frowns etched into their faces. My husband is in town, but only home for maybe 6-8 /24 hours. I have been a mess without him. I think I subconsciously failed to make sure he had clean underwear to keep him home today (but it didn’t work and he better not get hit by a car!). Is it codependency? Why is it SO hard to motivate myself to take care of my house and family without him. Sigh. Good luck, you still have a long way to go! (Always great to read your stuff, BTW! Love your writing.)

  2. So what excuse do I have for not vacuuming when I have no spouse that is gone for five weeks? My vacuum looks very forlorn sitting in the cleaning closet, but I can’t seem to care.

  3. My house goes to pieces when Superman isn’t home or going to be. And I don’t cook real food.

    There are many, MANY reasons I fear him dying.

  4. I read this post and the one below. How are the kids —alive?? Locked up??

    I always hated it when Hubby was gone and I was home with the kids. its HARD. No sense of relief–a break–a moment.
    and cold feet at night…and always checking to see if the doors are locked.
    and the kids getting tired of eating french fries and applesauce. Yup.

    Even without kids, I have to vacuum nearly every day it seems. Hubby is always tracking in hay/straw from feeding the horses into the house. That will NOT change.

  5. I loved it! It speaks the truth for some (most?) of us. I hope you are feeling better!

  6. I so feel you, I haven’t vacuumed since the last time when my sister came and did it, a week ago. Its gross. Good thing she’s coming to visit later…

  7. I didn’t think it was TMI–but then again, I have kids so that’s a normal thing for me. (And those NERDS! I despise the man that invented them!)
    I feel the same way when my husband travels. I am living proof that my husband IS my better half because the half that’s left over when he leaves…let’s just say that it would be good fodder for your Oreck.

  8. I think you should immediately release the tension with a vacation to a beautiful place. to simply relax and let go of all burdens your mind. I recommend you go to Indonesia but not to Bali because it was too ordinary. belitung and try to enjoy the holidays like a private island. and of course with a cheaper cost than a vacation in bali.

  9. You are my hero.

    The end.

  10. It’s a great post. And having spent many days of the past few years in pseudo- single-mom mode, I totally get it. And so does my carpet.