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So four years ago I taught a class at Carroll College. I made very little money after paying for the babysitter and I thought, what would I like to do with the extra money? So I hired a house cleaner. I only taught for one semester and yet, the housekeeper stayed. Odd.

I felt guilty and then I got a tumor and now I can get away with quite a lot without feeling guilty. Plus side to growths in the brain… I have tried many different companies and finally a friend recommended two women who we will call Cagney and Lacey. They are wonderful women who do a great job. But they are older women who are constantly going to the doctor to find out what ails them and today I noticed the handicapped sign in their car window. So they can’t walk across a parking lot, but they can clean my house? I can’t get a handicapped sign, but people who can are doing work for me? Should I feel bad about this? At least I’m helping the economy, right?

I do pick up 80% before they come so they only have to do the heavy scrubbing. I put the clean sheets out for them to make it easier to change the sheets. I bought a new vaccuum to make it glide easier. I bought some nice cleaner. I clean my house throughout the week so it isn’t too disgusting… Although I have no recollection of sweeping the kitchen at all this week. That is just not good housekeeping. Which is why I need someone to come in and do it. Right?

Maybe to make me feel better, for Christmas I’ll get them each walkers.


  1. Or, even better, you can get them a trip to AZ and they can come clean my house. I will need more help by then.

  2. Kristen says:

    When Charlotte was born that was my baby gift from my mother-in-law: a month of cleaning service, which I then dragged out to about 6 months. The best thing about having this next baby is that I'm bringing her back again! Can't wait.

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