Spring Cleaning For the Fall?

It is the beginning of a new school year and I must be antsy. I am making some changes in my life.

I resigned from Strollerderby this morning. It is sad. I really liked that job, but it just stopped being fun for me. I guess I am on the lookout for a new paying gig, so let me know if you know of anything that is available.

I think I need to start exercising too. That may seem pretty obvious to a normal person, but my idea of being involved in sports is watching football with a beer in my hand. Since I am not about to give that up, I think I need to start walking again. I’m going to start wearing my pedometer (hopefully tomorrow) once again. I’ll let you know if it helps. The last time I tried to do the 10,000 steps a day thing it seemed to work out for me.

I’ve also decided that I am not quite in the position to hire a cleaning service quite yet (a large part of that is due to the fact I just quit a job) so I am going to be making an effort to keep my house in better shape. Hopefully, with the kids going to school three mornings a week this year I’ll have more time to worry about cleaning toilets.

It feels good just to say these things out loud. (Or type them out loud?)

Since I have spent most of my life living in Florida I am just getting used to the whole idea of seasons. Is it normal to feel rejuvenated in the fall?

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  1. I think when the weather is as beautiful as it is today, after the colossal downer that is the 9/11 anniversary, it is hard not to feel hopeful and upbeat.

    I’m certainly feeling that way today.

    But then, I’m not thinking about pedometers and toilets.

    What the hell is wrong with you?

  2. “Is it normal to feel rejuvenated in the fall?”

    Speaking as someone who lives in the Chicago area and frequnently experiences different seasons in the same day I feel I can answer this question with some authority;

    Yes. Yes it is.

  3. And by ‘frequnently’ I mean ‘frequently.’

  4. Yes. Yes it is. spring cleaning is a myth. It’s the fall that rejuvenates you and makes even the most unwilling of housekeepers spend hours in linen closets and kitchen cupboards.

    Um, does someone offer congratulations or condolences in this situation? I’m not quite sure, so take whichever seems appropriate.

  5. I’ve always thought that the back-to-school season was a better time for resolutions than January 1.

    I’m getting out my pedometer too. I think my highest day ever was 6,500 – and by “ever” I mean “during the four days when I actually tried this”. You have motivated me!

    Sorry that you are leaving Strollerderby – I liked your writing there too – but hopefully you’ll find something you will enjoy.

  6. I saw a listing on problogger for a “baldness blogger.” You’re good enough to fake it. Oh, there was also one for a pregnancy blogger in case you want to go that route.

  7. HEY! We have seasons. Two to be exact, Summer and Summer-lite.

  8. Oh. BTW, this “trying to lose weight for the wedding business” – well, lets just say that I suck at it.
    Any suggestions?
    From anyone?

  9. Hey! I must be fall cleaning too. The fall is definitely a time for rejuvenation. I think every season is. Even winter, to some extent.

  10. Rejuvenated? I’m not sure, but ready for some changes — YES! And I agree — we need some serious paying gigs! As for exercise, I was feeling the need, as well, and signed up for some Pilates! 😉

  11. I love fall. It always makes me feel better, too. And may you find something even better than strollerderby! I feel I have no reason to read it anymore now that you’re gone.

  12. Can I have your Strollerderby job? I’m willing to put up with a lot of not-fun if it gets me closer to a cleaning lady of my own.

  13. I like the fall….and with the ‘Indian’ Summer (that can’t be PC)…I am trying to feel rejuvenated.

    and ditto on what Beth said …I will write miserably if I can get a cleaning service out of it!!!

  14. I love fall, I always feel rejuvenated with the crisp autumn air and the crunch of leaves. I love to wear shorts with sneakers and socks and sweaters. I love to wear a baseball cap and not sweat straight through it.

    Carrisa, over at carrisablog.com, is running her Bloggings Biggest Loser. I think it’s a great idea, but I’m too lazy to amp up. I’m arm-chairing it right now, but trying to get moving more often and for much longer, as well!

  15. Fall cleaning makes more sense than spring cleaning, since it’s back-to-school time, which is the perfect time to clean out closets. We filled the van with a load for Goodwill this month, and there’s more to come. I redecorate in the fall, too.

  16. I love the fall. Love it.

    I’ll miss you at the Babble watercooler.

  17. Yes. As a lifelong New Englander, there’s no month that excites me as much as September: the humidity is gone, the skies are a surreal shade of blue, there’s a buzz in ther air. As an educator and parent of a school-aged child, it’s also my busiest time of year. More than the thrill of those first changing leaves is reconnecting with my students and delighting in thier ability to reinvent themselves in the space of three months.

  18. Yes. it is.

    And I cannot describe the depression that hits me when it is October here and still hot as hades. No pun intended.

    And good for you with the cleaning, and I don’t mean that literally. 😉

    Using My Words

  19. You just quit a job and I just fired my cleaning lady. With four kids and a husband who doesn’t even put away his clothes, I’ve had a cleaning lady for years. But I was so tired of the job she was doing -horrid – and the money I was paying – way too much – that I let her go. Now for two full weeks I’m a cleaning machine. This weekend I took a toothpick and got in the cracks of my kitchen cabinets. So yes I think fall is rejuvinating. By the dead of winter I’ll probably be depressed enough to hire someone to come clean!

  20. GH isn’t enough exercise? Try Freebird on expert!

  21. The smart, funny, witty, laugh-out-loud quotient at strollerderby just dropped dramatically today. It should be noted — you freaking rocked there.

  22. I love the crisp, clear days of Autumn, and Spring’s early flowers with their promise of new beginnings. Winter just sucks, though. Us Florida girls (Broward Co.) will never get used to it.

  23. I thought I would feel like cleaning and such, but I’ve been sick since school started. Now I’m shooting for change for the holidays.

  24. Fall is the best! I live in rural SE Michigan and it’s my favorite season by far. My folks moved south 14 years ago and they still miss it. Enjoy the blue, blue skies.

  25. I always get the urge to clean in the fall, too. I think because in my mind it’s a “new year” because school starts and I don’t spend as much time outside when the weather gets cold, so I clean!

  26. Fall is rejuvenating. The crisp cool air gives me more energy.

    Yes, we need more paying gigs. If I see anything, I’ll let you know. (Unless I really want it. Just kidding.)

  27. I hear ya. I just spent the other night cleaning out my entire closet, ridding myself of ugly and old clothes and removing dust bunnies from g-d knows when. It feels good to rejuvinate, no matter the season!

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