Sunday, February 10, 2008

Tina! Where are you?

Housework is one of the joys of living. That is, in a perfect world. One in which you have the time to enjoy your clean house after you have taken the time to clean it. If you are squeezed for time, housework is a bitch. 
For years I resisted the temptation to hire a cleaner. Why would I pay someone to live my life? If I don't have time for my life, maybe I'm working too much. I can tell you that sometimes I'd rather be cleaning my toilet than, um, some of the other things I spend my time doing. But, spending the few precious moments that I have at home cleaning is stressful. So is trying to relax in a dirty house. 
Finally, after a prolonged period of domestic chaos, I caved. Unfortunately, it has proved much more difficult than I anticipated to find someone to clean our barely-lived-in house. Our first cleaning lady did a great job, but never came back or answered calls afterward. Was our house really that messy? Was her schedule just too busy to take on an infrequent gig at a small house? ...did she come across something that she didn't like? 
The new lady, Tina, did a great (albeit expensive) job about six weeks ago. She was supposed to come back last Monday, but she never showed up. She hasn't returned my call either. 
Tina, where are you? 
Are you okay? 
Don't you like us? 
Please come back. 


Blogger Emma said... scared away TWO different cleaners? Think you need to do some research into secret cleaner signals in case you've inadvertently given them both the 'you're fired' eyebrow raise or something....

A reflection on the state of affairs in the Albertan job market?

February 12, 2008 at 2:16:00 AM MST  
Blogger tori said...

i'm sincerely hoping that it is a reflection of the calgary job market, not of my actions. i even made a special trip to walmart to get special cleaning supplies that she wanted (because the mop that i've been using, sporadically, for the last six year was apparently inadequate). should i be leaving her chocolates or something to entice her to come back?

February 12, 2008 at 8:34:00 AM MST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah yes, Tina... I have to admit that I struggled with the "do I get a cleaning lady or not" decision too. Unfortunately now that I've gone down that road there is no way I can go back - I just love coming home to a clean condo every second Friday WAY too much!

February 12, 2008 at 5:47:00 PM MST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS - Tina is still coming to clean my place Tori, so I'm not sure what you did to her!

February 12, 2008 at 5:48:00 PM MST  
Blogger BikingBakke said...

first one always called back, just never could show up at the times she agreed to.

Erik: Uhh, thought you were going to show up.
Cleaner: I couldn't make it.
Erik: OK, you set that time. So when can you make it?
Cleaner: [insert date and time here].
Erik: OK, drop by then.

Next week
Erik: Uhh, thought you were going to show up...

February 12, 2008 at 8:25:00 PM MST  
Blogger Cindy said...

i can relate to your confliction and addiction. The desperate heart pangs of that relationship when it's not reciprocated.
I don't have a maid now, but I do have a repetoire of maid horror stories. I think that prolonged exposure to chemicals effect human function, thus cleaners are a special flaky, wishy washy type with lots of health issues.good luck withany of them.
interested in trying someone else? there is this lady named ma lai, she comes in with a team of 3, the clean like fiends for 2-3 hours, each with different jobs so they don't get bored, not sure how much they cost, i used her to do the finally clean up and despite 2 incidents of miscommunication, was able to show up and clean, they did a good job.
nice barbie, and story. miss you!

February 17, 2008 at 6:41:00 AM MST  
Blogger tori said...

i miss you too cindy.

February 23, 2008 at 3:40:00 PM MST  

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