Saturday, March 6, 2010

General Tso's Confession

Forgive me readers, for I have sinned.

Okay, sinned may be a strong word. But I did stray from the path set before me during rationing year.

You see, part of our self-imposed regulations includes the girls and I going out to lunch only once a month. Last Sunday I found myself in a dilemma; waist deep in the griminess of spring cleaning, I made a deal with the girls.

See, we were doing that only-one-or-twice-a-year cleaning. The kind where you get the telescoping duster and dust everything up really high, including ceiling fans and molding. And then you work your way down, dusting and cleaning and getting rid of all the trash and clutter that has built up since the last time you did this sort of thing.

And I was faced with a dilemma: stop everything and make lunch, then clean-up after lunch and somehow convince the girls to get back on the cleaning bandwagon.


...bribe the girls with Chinese takeout for lunch if they kept with it. Even though we had already eaten out for our one time that month.

I chose the bribe.

Yes, sweet, delicious sesame chicken and General Tso's chicken; I have you to thank for the upstairs being thoroughly cleaned by the time Sunday came to a close. You kept us motivated and were much cheaper than hiring a cleaning service.

Tomorrow I'm going to attempt to do the same thorough cleaning of the main living level of the house. And I vow to do it without restaurant delicacies.

I do, however, have supplies for chocolate chip cookies.

I'm not insane, you know...

--Rational Mama


  1. I usually declare house cleaning days official eat out days. I cannot bear to dirty up my kitchen by cooking after I have just cleaned it. That and the tired factor too. Maybe you can forgo next month's lunch out to make up for it?

    I am impressed that you didn't let the lack of stove thing get you off track. That is just the kind of eating out excuse I would use. So maybe a better way to think about it is that you got extra points or something for going several days without a stove!

  2. Sounds reasonable to me. :) I bet it feels good to have part of the house cleaned so completly.