So much to get through before vacation next week, plus a board meeting last night, work is just CRAZY! Already on my way to 40 hours and it is just Wednesday…
A and I make little deals and bargains all the time – things like “If you take the trash to the transfer station, I will make you french toast for breakfast” or “I’ll vacuum if you will do the laundry” Usually there is something in it for the person proposing the deal – something they usually do but just don’t feel like doing this week, or something they want to do that can’t happen without a little wheeling and dealing.
For the past few weekends, I have been puttering away at chores put off all summer, getting things ready for company next week. A has done some larger and stranger chores than normal, because she knows it will save me stress. Like shoveling all the dirt off the tarp in the front yard so I could finish the pathway.
Imagine my surprise when on Sunday night (after she worked 12 hours at one of her jobs) she said to me “I’ll make a deal with you.” I was intrigued… what kind of deal was coming?
“I’ll clean the whole house.”
Say what? This was going to require some really odious task on my part, I could see it coming.
“Not all the fussy stuff you want done, but all the floors, the bathrooms, the kitchen, the loft, and my office.”
WHAT is the other half of this deal??? I was getting nervous.
“if you are OK with me taking Thursday and Friday off.”
Seriously? This is the deal? I don’t see how I could lose on this one! Sure, she won’t get paid for the days, so there is some opportunity cost, but she already worked half her hours at one job, so if she works two more days, she will actually get paid more than a regular week. And she has to work on Labor Day, which is a drag.
“OK… is that it?”
“No. If you make the appointment, I will take your car in to be serviced.”
A deal was struck, and what a good thing, as my week then went to hell. I will still be doing loads of chores – all the fussy things like dusting and window washing that she doesn’t think is part of cleaning the house, and the yard chores. But I know that when we are done and the house looks bright and tidy, it will be because of this sweetheart of a deal she struck. And I will be able to go to knitting without feeling like I should be home cleaning. 🙂