Housecleaning

Merry Christmas! Channukah Tovah! Happy Holidays! I’ve received some very nice gifts, including a 40-bottle wine rack. I’ve also given some nice ones. It was such a pleasure today to see my nephew wearing one of the shirts I gave to him as a Christmas present. On Wednesday, I go back to work.
I haven’t been idle during my leave. I’ve been housecleaning. My fridge is defrosted; my fishtank clear; some books I will never read again have been taken to Little Eden; my rug is at Victor Lidchi’s for specialist cleaning; and my floor mopped. I only have one job left: scrub my walls.
One of my autistic traits is to bounce off walls.
Literally.
As a result, my walls have dirty patches on them from my hands. I did it even as a child. There used to be a patch on the kitchen wall of my parents’ house that was always grubby. My mother frequently got me to clean that patch. Well it was only fair. After all, I did bounce off it making it grubby.
A To-Do list is a great help when you’re doing a major clean, I’ve found. I first wrote down all the cleaning tasks I could think of. As I was doing them, I would realise that other tasks also needed to be done, and added them to the list. Knowing what I still needed to do was a great help. In addition, sometimes I couldn’t do something on the list so went to the next item and did that. The best part was finishing a task, and then crossing it off the list knowing that it was complete, and wouldn’t need redoing.
In a few days time, it’ll be 2012. All I can say is “bring it on!” 2011 has been a bad year (albeit not terribly bad) for me. Here’s hoping that 2012 will be better.
Julian.

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I am a Software Test Analyst. Shortly before I turned 21 I was officially diagnosed, although I had long suspected I was autistic. Welcome to my blog
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