December 11, 2005

Mind Games - A Trick I Sometimes Fall For

OK, I'm going to pretend that friends just called and are "in the neighborhood" and asked if they can drop by. Not the kind of friends who wouldn't care if my house was a disaster little dirty,but the "I'd be mortified if they saw my house like this, and I'd hide behind the door being really still with my hands over the kids' mouths pretending we weren't home waiting motionless until they gave up knocking and went away" kind of friends. (Phew! hard to say, but you know you have some just like 'em) Hey, I don't want everyone knowing thinking that I'm a total slob. I used to trick myself into thinking Johnny Depp was on his way over, but I basically just quit falling for that lie, and sat around doing nothing.

Gotta run! No time to blog, people, I'm in a hurry! Imaginary company is on the way!


Blogger bubba said...

The Depp man. Depp misster. I like that man. Been a fan from his edward days. When company comes my way I can hook up the truck and move. They won't find me. lol.

6:52 AM  
Blogger poopie said... there's an idea that might light a fire under this old gal.

8:35 AM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

All I wanted to do was empty my vacuum cleaner at your house. It would get noticed if I did it at my house, but not at yours.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Marti said...


I do this too...tell myself, "I better tidy up, so and so might stop by" (even if deep down I know there is no way in h*ll that they are going to, because, hey, they live 2000 miles away LOL)

Thanks for the smiles!

10:23 AM  
Blogger Karlos said...

I wish I would've seen this post a few hours earlier. I was pretending I had company over. Now I'm tired and unmotivated to do Christmas cards and other "me" stuff.

11:10 AM  
Blogger hal the brown said...

I usually just blame imaginary company for the messes around my place and get back to watching movies.

Also, you need to come up with a scale for how clean you want your house at any given time with celebrities as measurement. Like Johnny Depp clean would be the cleanest, while you could put in just enough effort at other times to get the place Danny Glover clean or possibly Chuck Norris clean.

2:21 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

When imaginary company is on the way, I imagine them having car trouble and they will have to wait at least another day for a new part to come in. Or they have gotten caught in an imaginary snow storm just north of Miami, Florida and they can't come for two more weeks.

If I can imagine them getting caught smuggling "friends" across from some nearby country, then I might have a couple of years to get things straightened up. But then I get tired of that stuff and just imagine that they can't find our house and the dog ate our phone number and they never will come - then I just go back to the computer. ec

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Mike Ashley said...

While I was pretending to ead this post, I was pretending to be Johnny Depp - but then I found out you aren't going to fall for it. (Sigh) Just my luck. I was really getting to pretending we were ... well doing what you would pretend to do with Johnny Depp.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Jona said...

Oh yes I have friends whom I never say 'just pop in' to! Others, like my mother, start tidying up and making little grumbling noises (whilst I grind my teeth ;o)) And I only become best friends with those who just don't care!

5:01 AM  
Blogger MarkD60 said...

That's quite a mouthful, I'm surprised you were able to say that without taking a breath.
I've been cleaning all weekend and it's still a mess. But now I know that you are one of 'us' so I know I don't have to worry. C'mon over!

5:18 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hivy, there is only two types, the ones like us and the liars, sloth away.

5:26 AM  
Anonymous Penny said...

*knock, knock* Sorry, not Johnny Depp. Just me. And I don't care if you're a slob or a neatnik ... just point me to the bathroom and the beer!

6:25 AM  
Blogger FTS said...

Maybe the voices in your head were just playing tricks on you. ;)

9:15 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Do what we do when those "friends" knock.

Step outside with them and then say, "Wow! Didn't realize how cold it is out here. It was nice visiting with you. Why don't you come again on a warmer day--like in 2010."

10:56 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I hope you didn't poop out and leave your house semi-dirty. I love the feeling of a clean house. I always wish it would stay that way for more than a day, but the three others who live with me are not so inclined to bask in the glow of neatness.

11:18 AM  
Blogger No_Newz said...

Hahaha! I always pretned to not be home. Clean house or not. There's just some people who I can't wanna hangout with but am just too chicken shit to say so. I have to know, do you hold your breath while you wait for the knocking to stop? (raises guilty hand)
Lois Lane

11:44 AM  
Blogger Lis said...

I vote you forget about cleaning and go to a movie....or out for coffee with friends....or read a good book ANYTHING but vacuum!

But if your serious about cleaning, while your at it would you consider doing some windows at my place? :)

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Monique said...

Send some of that imaginary company my way... maybe it will motivate me to do a bit more cleaning!

3:06 PM  
Anonymous TSB said...

It seems like I never STOP cleaning Grrrrrrrrr

6:14 AM  

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