In the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’, the character Syrio Forel who teaches Arya Stark the art of sword fighting, asks and then answers the question, ‘What do we say to the God of Death? Not today!’ So I decided to rephrase it. What do we say to the God of Cleaning? You already know the answer. I have been giving that answer to the God of Cleaning for days and still can’t get to cleaning. I think this is one of the times I have to use the services of Aceclean (the cleaning company I use in states of emergency which this is slowly turning into (I know it’s paradoxical but you get what I mean, right?)) I have been working overtime for the last week and the last thing I want to do when I go home is start cleaning. Sadly, I have other things to take care of. And what about rest? One has to rest, right? So, the God of Cleaning can wait. At the moment, the God of Work is far more important.

You have been in such a situation, haven’t you? Tight schedules, deadline approaching quickly, a peculiar rush you get from working hard and, of course, the exhaustion. In such circumstances the last thing one wants to do is clean. It has to be done, though, but thankfully – you don’t have to do it alone. I’m not usually one to let somebody else do what I have to do, but these conditions demand it, even though I don’t like. I am a really clean person and like having my flat clean but sometimes the job gets in the way. I know lots of people can sympathise with that and I know I am not the only one going through this. Still, I like sharing this sort of frustrations because cleaning is important to me. It’s like my hobby - it relaxes me. Cleaning is one of those boring and mundane activities you really feel relaxed from because they don’t make you think about anything in particular and they don’t require your full concentration and energy. Paradoxically, under these circumstances I don’t see cleaning in such a way. One would think it would be quite the opposite but for me at the moment, cleaning is more of a chore than a hobby. Hobbies require time and right now time is a deficit for me. So not only am I under a lot of stress at work, but I can’t relax the way I usually do. Does it sound too strange? I sometimes think there is something wrong with me. I hope I’m wrong about that. Anyway, that’s what all I have to share right now. I hope next time you read my blog, I will have something more cheerful for you.