This is the time of the season when I feel cranky about the house. Don't get me wrong...this is a good house. But, this time of year, it's been too long since we've had the windows open, so I keep thinking it smells all stuffy and doggish. The recent thaw means dogs track mud and dirt clumps in *every time* they go outside, which is hell on the carpets. And the time I spend exercising these days used to be spent cleaning house, so the level of cleanliness is now almost entirely dependent on the kids having done a thorough job of their daily/weekly chores ("imperfect" is kind). So it all kind of combines to drive me a little bit nuts, even if I have no intention of switching that time back over to housekeeping or purchasing a Rug Doctor this very moment. But now I feel better, just for having said it.