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Kivgaen's Avatar Kivgaen 07:38 PM 01-06-2010
I thought I'd start a thread here so we can all chat about our Chore Wars progress.

What should we to use our points that we earn to buy?

I'm thinking that what I'll do is start to assign points to things that I enjoy doing, (usually the stuff that makes big messes in the house) and then if I have enough XP points in my Chore Wars charater, then I can do what I want to do.

I'm thinking the following activities (for me) have to have a price to pay:

Preparing an extravagant supper (I can't make a big mess if I haven't cleaned up the last one yet!)

Painting

Crafts with kids

Sewing

Decorating projects

doubledutch's Avatar doubledutch 07:50 PM 01-06-2010
good idea! this can also be a place to discuss any adventures we need to add to our list and whether we need to adjust the xp for existing ones. if you or someone else wants to be able to add/edit that stuff, i will be super happy to change the settings. or i can just change them so anyone could add 'adventures' and adjust how many points they're worth. i think i'll go do that.
Kivgaen's Avatar Kivgaen 11:39 PM 01-06-2010
I added a couple adventures...

WTG chirp, you're cleaning up (pun intended!). Laedi isn't far behind you.
Kivgaen's Avatar Kivgaen 11:45 PM 01-06-2010
I'm trying to decide on adequate gold to spend for buying "messy" things...

I'm thinking that I'll need to spend:

30GP to buy the right to cook a special dinner
5GP to work on sewing, knitting, crochet work
20GP to start a new decorating project
10GP to do a messy game with DS or DD
10GP to paint
Kivgaen's Avatar Kivgaen 11:58 PM 01-07-2010
How come I'm the only mama posting here?

I see we have 7 members now -- cool! I've created a new adventure. I realized that people will start to feel discouraged if they go away and come back to find everyone is several levels above them, so I've created a "you are not behind" catch-up adventure.
Laedi's Avatar Laedi 12:56 AM 01-08-2010
laedi had a meltdown today and didn't do jack. I wish I could deduct points for that kind of behavior. lol
Kivgaen's Avatar Kivgaen 12:59 AM 01-08-2010
That's why I just created the "100 free XP" adventure... go ahead and claim a couple to make you feel better, and then jump in where you are!

You are NOT behind! (Ugh, someone shoot me -- I'm starting to sound like the FlyLady ... I admit, she's seems a little crazy to me, but at least she has a few very useful catch phrases
Knittin' in the Shade's Avatar Knittin' in the Shade 12:39 PM 01-08-2010
what are chore wars? Sounds like it might be fun andmotivating, but I'm not sure exactly what it is, LOL!
Kivgaen's Avatar Kivgaen 01:23 PM 01-08-2010
I'll send you a link in a PM -- check it out! It's a really silly game that lets you get XP points for doing chores around the house, and then you have silly battles against the monsters that you find along the way (rat, spider, bed bug, etc.). The game aspect is crap -- but, it does serve as a forum of sorts, a thread that you can browse through and see the progress of everyone else in your party.

The "fun" aspect, for a game, is really very, very minimal. But I don't do it for the fun, I do it for the support, and use it as kind of a check-list, or a personal recognition that I am doing a good job and making progress... even though, from looking at my house, it doesn't really look that way.

Hope that explains it a bit
doubledutch's Avatar doubledutch 01:34 PM 01-08-2010
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That's why I just created the "100 free XP" adventure... go ahead and claim a couple to make you feel better, and then jump in where you are!
i love that! that is the attitude we need, a little generosity with ourselves and then go to town on the messy stuff. i've barely been home this week (woh ft & i've had two evenings out). tonight we head out of town immediately after work and won't get home until late tomorrow night, but i'm hoping to kick some serious hiney all day sunday, starting bright & early. because, you know, i'm not there to clean up but the mess keeps growing . . . thanks to dh, ds1, ds2. but what can you do? at least we have a home to trash, right?
Kivgaen's Avatar Kivgaen 01:44 PM 01-08-2010
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but what can you do?
Look on the bright side -- think of how many calories you'll burn on Sunday while you are beautifying your living space!
doubledutch's Avatar doubledutch 02:32 PM 01-08-2010
oh yeah! 'housework is my cardio' . . . that was someone's siggy once upon a time and i do remind myself of that while i clean. i also engage in what i call 'pop therapy' where i sing along with a fun, happy album (like abba 'gold', or she & him, or weezer 'pinkerton'). i think dh might get annoyed as he sleeps in every saturday & sunday (poor baby!) but i swear, it's the only thing keeping me from running up the stairs, ripping the blankets off and yelling, 'get up, you lazy motherf*cker!' boy, i'm feeling a little manic right now. i hope i have this kind of energy this weekend!
Kivgaen's Avatar Kivgaen 12:55 PM 01-09-2010
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i think dh might get annoyed as he sleeps in every saturday & sunday (poor baby!) but i swear, it's the only thing keeping me from running up the stairs, ripping the blankets off and yelling, 'get up, you lazy motherf*cker!' boy, i'm feeling a little manic right now. i hope i have this kind of energy this weekend!
ARGH! I hate that... I like to get in my routine of starting the day with making my bed, and DH is still in the bed, so I get really pissed that I can't do what I want to do. I get frustrated that he'd sleep in until noon if I let him, and there's no reason for it -- he stays up late on friday night doing stupid things like video games, watching TV, etc.
doubledutch's Avatar doubledutch 06:22 PM 01-11-2010


i rocked our messy mess yesterday. off now to claim my xp!
Mirta's Avatar Mirta 06:50 PM 01-11-2010
I used to do Chore Wars.. but my group died out! Would love to join the MDC group!! I could definitely use the motivation, my whole house looks like a tornado hit it! (in the form of a toddler!)

Kym
*Lisa*'s Avatar *Lisa* 06:58 PM 01-11-2010
I'd like to check it out!! Would somebody please PM me the link? Thanks!
doubledutch's Avatar doubledutch 01:39 PM 01-15-2010
we're growing! this is exciting. some of you are kicking serious butt. i'm a fits-and-starts person . . . i barely do anything during the week. it all happens on the weekend, so hopefully i'll do some catching up in the next couple of days.

i didn't realize we could comment over there, so i'm sorry i wasn't responding!
Kivgaen's Avatar Kivgaen 09:27 PM 01-15-2010
no worries, doubledutch -- I'll be on a cleaning frenzy this weekend too. Have to get everything spic and span before our vacation on the 21st. I can't wait!
doubledutch's Avatar doubledutch 12:38 PM 01-18-2010
how did it go?

i got the kitchen clean and dining room / living room tidied up, laundry, groceries. dh cleaned our 'library' (which is a glorified hallway/closet but it tends to be the dumping grounds for whatever we don't know what to do with). i was glad he contributed, because he usually doesn't, but i was also a total emotional mess. i was, like, crying and freaking out because my kids were so extremely needy in the morning - i couldn't even start cleaning until 10am because they were clinging to me and crying (while dh slept in). of course, they're more important than chores, but as i was cuddling them, i couldn't stop thinking about everything i had to get done. i was really stressed, but ended up doing okay - oh! also returned christmas junk at two stores. i was happy to get that out of the house.
Mirta's Avatar Mirta 07:04 PM 02-12-2010
Bumping this... I just got back on Chore Wars after a few weeks of being sick... wanted to see if anyone wanted to join me!!
lil_miss_understood's Avatar lil_miss_understood 01:33 AM 02-14-2010
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oh yeah! 'housework is my cardio' . . . that was someone's siggy once upon a time and i do remind myself of that while i clean. i also engage in what i call 'pop therapy' where i sing along with a fun, happy album (like abba 'gold', or she & him, or weezer 'pinkerton'). i think dh might get annoyed as he sleeps in every saturday & sunday (poor baby!) but i swear, it's the only thing keeping me from running up the stairs, ripping the blankets off and yelling, 'get up, you lazy motherf*cker!' boy, i'm feeling a little manic right now. i hope i have this kind of energy this weekend!


Could someone pm me the link?!
doubledutch's Avatar doubledutch 04:55 PM 02-15-2010
oh, i've been remiss! i'll have to get over there and claim my xp . . .
chirp's Avatar chirp 09:54 PM 02-15-2010
HA!
I just found this thread. I was thinking all along that we should start one over here.

I haven't been spending much time at the computer...my preggo belly and back aren't taking well to the desk chair...and i'm trying to keep good posture. Plus I got kinda lonely for a couple of days there...everyone left!!!

I'm still following my usual routines though. Just not cleaning much else that's extra.

GLad to see Kivy and MIrta are back!!
lil_miss_understood's Avatar lil_miss_understood 07:27 PM 02-17-2010
chirp's kicking... dust and taking names!
chirp's Avatar chirp 11:48 PM 02-17-2010
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chirp's kicking... dust and taking names!
thanks

dude...this is totally new for me. like, in the last two months i've just really had my stuff together...and it FEELS GREAT!!

between chore wars and flylady i've just been able to keep the kitchen and bathroom clean, those were my two hardest rooms and with them out of the way most days I can get to other more jobs.

it helps that i have always hated clutter and purge stuff nearly every week.

it also helps that i'm totally preggo and nesting.
chirp's Avatar chirp 12:55 PM 02-23-2010
cricket, cricket...anyone here??

pregnancy nesting has me totally wanting to keep stuff together, and then the fatigue just has me lazing away most of the day.

at least i've done so much prior cleaning that the house isn't getting too too bad.

although the other night, i swore DH was washing the dishes. He had the water on for like ten minutes. I was like YAY!!! But then I went into the kitchen and they weren't done.

This happens often. I just shouldn't get my hopes up.

And the real pissy part was that I had done the dinner-making dishes while dinner was cooking, and baby was already in bed. So there were only TWO dishes and TWO forks that had to be done in order to keep the sink spotless. That's why I thought he had done them...because, you know...I had already shined my sink and stuff for the night and it was ONLY TWO. But still. They were still sitting there. So I just did them. Flabbergasted.

It just bugs me.

Although at this point I have taken the advice of one of the posters who was on the thread that sparked us going over to chore wars. I am just willing to suck up the housework and do it. Even though it's unfair that he doesn't help...it's unfair that he ADMITS he doesn't help as much as he should and still refuses to change his ways. It's unfair, but I'm still going to do it because it's important to ME.
lil_miss_understood's Avatar lil_miss_understood 02:57 PM 02-23-2010

I so feel your pain, chirp.

I have to ask...
What thread sparked chore wars?
chirp's Avatar chirp 04:20 PM 02-23-2010
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I so feel your pain, chirp.

I have to ask...
What thread sparked chore wars?
you know...i really can't remember. it was a thread written by a woman who wanted some tips on how to keep her house tidy. i can look back in my history...if i find it i'll post.

perhaps someone else remembers??
kyndmamaof4's Avatar kyndmamaof4 11:52 AM 02-24-2010
I'm interested can someone pm me the link...thanks.
lil_miss_understood's Avatar lil_miss_understood 08:58 PM 02-24-2010
I don't know how to invite people to join.
I am having a totally off day. I haven't swept, haven't picked up, fell asleep (sitting up) on the couch... I ate a cold sausage patty and a fruit cup for breakfast. And I have nothing out for dinner (but thankfully I made those hamburger patties on Sunday, because I can easily broil them from frozen).
/complaining
I'm going to go make some coffee (which I was going to do earlier and forgot) and put some laundry in. Then maybe I'll clean something in the bathroom.
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