Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cleaning Lady's Top Ten

I really like my job. I’ve liked all of my jobs except Convergys and Weber State Credit Union. Since I was a little girl I enjoyed cleaning. Some have questioned my sanity, but there’s a feeling of accomplishment after folding three batches of tide-fresh cloths and towels, or vacuuming the carpet in neat rows without leaving a foot print. Here’s my list of top ten favorites of my part time work:

  1. Singing primary and Disney songs to Bella, while mixing and refilling cleaning chemicals.
  2. Carrying Bella in the Snugli on my back. It’s like a papoose, and leaves my hands free.
  3. Telling Bella princess stories in Spanish as I de-lint the dust cloths.
  4. Finding her tummy-time blanket empty, and spying the office manager bouncing Bella on her knee as she makes phone calls. She informs everyone she talks to that she has the cutest, tiniest five month old baby on her lap.
  5. Balancing Bella on my hip as I vacuum and scan inventory.
  6. Folding cloths one handed, while holding Bella and keeping her fingers away from the little hairs on the back of my neck with the other.
  7. Folding laundry twice as fast when Bella is sleeping, or otherwise occupied.
  8. Watching the office manager’s husband play with Bella on the floor while I change vacuum bags.
  9. Letting Bella play on carpet while I clean the dusters and change the laundry.
  10. Seeing Bella smile and curl up with excitement when I peek at her from the backroom door.

My least favorite chore is cleaning the vacuum beater bars. It is doing wonders to cure my aversion to detached hair though. I haven’t gagged for two days now.

I definitely need to get a Pack’N’Play for Bella though. She just started getting up on her hands and knees. I’m afraid she’ll be crawling before long, and access to bottles of Formula 900 and Mean Green might be a small problem.