Tuesday, April 3

Holiday prep


This is ironic. I love this month's challenge, it provides the perfect opportunity to explore what is both delicate and heavy; full of angst but also of joy; embodies uninhibited happiness and complete despair... the body, my body. And I feel ready to be brave and honest and really delve deep into my own issues and expose my fears.

And here is my hand - cleaning.

We are about to go on holiday and I have this thing about leaving the house in a state as near to perfection as possible, partly because our neighbour, a friend and the cat watcher will all be here, collectively looking after the cats in our absence, and I don't want them to see what messy slobs we really are. But also, I like nothing less than coming home to a messy house.

And the manic cleaning, coupled with the long hours put in at work in order to get everything ready for our two week leave, finds me curiously lacking in both time and focus for creative explorations... I feel temporarily stunted, exhausted and in need of a holiday.

18 comments:

Vanessa said...

yay for holidays!
so, is it all spick-and-span yet? tee hee
i know what you mean about hating coming home to a messy/dirty home. It makes those end of holiday blues so much harder.
where are you off to? have a fabulous time :)

edvard moonke said...

well have a great time! where are you going????

oh and what a lovely hand it is... :-)

Miriam said...

I know that feeling well!

KG said...

It's amazing how goooooooood cleaning can make us feel...not while we're doing it, per se, but definitely when we come back to spotless abode! (You're very wise.)

Have a wonderful holiday.:)

Nicole said...

a clean house is a wonderful thing to come home to after a vacation, i couldn't agree more.
have a splendid time wherever you are going!

xoxo

acumamakiki said...

Great take on this prompt - I love coming home to a clean house from vacation.

Annika said...

I'll be doing the same thing in a week. The apartment is a mess now and I don't want to come home from Italy to a mess.

La Cubana Gringa said...

All the more reason to fully enjoy your holiday once it starts! Hope you have a fabulous time!! xoxo

Vedrana M. said...

well, i wish you a wonderful holiday :) cool portrait!

nikinpos said...

I came home from a 4 day trip once to find that the gardener had let the cat in....the cat had somehow opened the fridge...and dragged all the food out and left it all over the floor!

Deb R said...

I love the sense of motion in this photo!

BlueJude said...

Have a FANTASTIC Holiday!! I too like the house spotless when I go away. Who wants to come home to a mess? Enjoy enjoy enjoy Wasp!!

cheeky said...

Touche! I do the same thing. Clean like a mad woman, and I cringe at the idea of a neighbour or freind checking in on the house might see "the sloppy mess", yikes! Being the procrastinator that I am though, I completely stress myself out trying to do all of the tidying up last minute, along with packing. Terrible habit I have.
Great photo idea. Have a wonderful holiday.

daisies said...

i hope you enjoy your holiday and it feeds you with all that you need :)

i do the same when i'm leaving on vacation because by the end of it all, i'm usually happy to find myself home and when its clean, its like a fresh breath to return to.

have a wonderful wonderful holiday :)

Tammy said...

LOL I do the same thing! Soft looking hannds for such hard workers. :)

Caro said...

I hate coming home to a dirty house too.

meredith said...

I do the same thing, clean before leaving. Happy Holiday.

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Gypsy Purple said...

May you have a blessed and happy Easter