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Hoarders was on last night, which means that I'm in a cleaning the whole house mood. (I clean my viewing room top to bottom before watching.) I've recapped it and added some commentary, it's at Hey, Don't Judge Me.

The kids have been bickering (a side effect of taking a week off of camps and it being 100 degrees outside) so if you've time to lean, you've time to clean.

  • washing windows and their ledges
  • washing cabinet doors of fingerprints, spills, etc. and the accompanying kick plates in the kitchen
  • cat litter pans emptied, refilled with fresh litter, and cat litter room mopped and sterilized
  • dusting all the things in the common areas
  • all ceiling fans cleared of dust
  • air registers vacuumed

Ah, it's a lovely day in my house. (Trick: have them all put on head phones and mp3 players and hide in my bedroom.) I'm a big believer in kids having chores. Esp. when they stay up later than their mother and leave the kitchen a wreck. :)

I shall reward them with a trip to the libraries and ice creams, for I am not a monster. Well, not all the time. Mmm, Ben & Jerrys on a waffle cone, those are treats we don't often partake in.

My son has two dudes coming over to play XBox and swim, and I know that most of the work done today will be undone, but it'll be nice while it lasts. HI GUYS. (I just shouted into the ether, "Stop fighting or I'm going to treat you like babies!" I don't know what that means, put them in diapers and bouncy chairs? Gah. I am brain dead from bickering.)

I'm ordering pizza for dinner. It's that or they eat a half watermelon on the front porch and I toss cold, hard-boiled eggs at them.

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brunettepet
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
Chores is one thing I wish I had kids for. I have to do all these things myself and they don't get done often enough.

I am just back from my walk and look like I have been having a fun afternoon running through the sprinklers...except for being all red and the sprinklers are all me. Weatherman said it's a hundred degrees, but the heat index is 115 with no end in sight. Blergh. I can't wait for the mister to get his new hours (he doesn't go in until 10:30, pushing my walk to almost noon). I am wilting.

I like the idea of half a watermelon and pelting them with unpeeled hard boiled eggs.
stoney321
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
I highly recommend borrowing some children to do your chores. It's good for them and for you. Surely some bored mother out there is willing to loan them out. Just provide juice boxes,

OY, it is SO HOT out there. How can you go so late in the day? I wish a bucket of gatorade would show up at your doorstep. I look forward to your mister's new hours, too, if only for your sake.

Ahahahahahahahaha.
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stoney321
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
I see pics of your apartment and I am filled with hope, for you are still a young person and you have TIDY QUARTERS. I like that.

Ooooh, good point. Maybe I'll treat them like titty babies? Which means mocking them and not inviting them to play dolls later.
kuzu_no_ha
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
"(I just shouted into the ether, "Stop fighting or I'm going to treat you like babies!" I don't know what that means, put them in diapers and bouncy chairs?"


That means put them in a playpen. But since you can't find one big enough, it'll be a large dog crate.

*helping
stoney321
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, nice! I HAVE A DOG CRATE, OH JOY. And it's in the garage, DOUBLE JOY.
kuzu_no_ha
Jun. 28th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
I'm here to help.
If it gets really hot, you can open the garage door a crack.
stoney321
Jun. 28th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm here to help.
You're like the Buddha of motherhood.
kuzu_no_ha
Jun. 29th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm here to help.
*snort* That's awesome. I hope someday my daughter makes me a crayon melty candle with that written on it.

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stoney321
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
I will send the boy to you post haste. Keep lots of lima beans, creamed spinach, and pizza on hand, he'll do whatever you ask. (Those are his faves. Lima beans. The hell?)

Oh, in my opinion that's a perfect summer dinner. The kids are all "but we need more filling foods because we're growing!" Pfft. Mmm, I've not had peanut butter cookies in a long time. I love them. I should remedy this.

Oooh, rain would be nice! I'm not close enough to the Red River to get any today, alas.
tabaqui
Jun. 28th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Bwaaahahaha. Sometimes i just feel like taking a box of crackers and a hunk of cheese and tossing them into the living room and going 'soup's on!!' In this heat, cooking sucks.

The Bebe is off to her cousin's house until Saturday, yay, and then the cousin comes here for five days or whatever. So i'll just be drifting around the quiet house, not having to clean things. Yay!
stoney321
Jun. 29th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
We often have "fend for yourself" nights. It doesn't help when one child eats enough for a meal as their "snack" and then doesn't want dinner, and the others are running around outside with friends at supper time. Eh, they're old enough to know how to make themselves food, I ain't bovvered. ;)

Oh, that sounds DELIGHTFUL.
txvoodoo
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
I cleaned today too, and I wasn't even motivated by Hoarders!!!

I found the paint on our (internal) french doors. I cannot lie — it'd been so long since I'd deepcleaned them (I WAS SICK. [obligatory]) that the place where the dogs pawed it, I thought, was permanently damaged. NO. It was just dog paw scuffs! They came off!

stoney321
Jun. 29th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Good for you!! Isn't that a great feeling? YAY, I won't have to paint something! LOL.
txvoodoo
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
It is!!

But I think today I'm paying for it. I also cleaned the ceiling fixtures yesterday and must have gotten dust/etc in my pores or something? My face is all swollen on one side. I look like I've been punched! And my eye is weeping.
stoney321
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
SINUS RINSE. I swear by them. I worship at the ground near their feet. Bottles. Whatever. GET THEE TO THE CVS, POST HASTE!
txvoodoo
Jun. 29th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
I have them! I use 'em all the time. In fact, I have a regular subscription for one from Amazon - I get a delivery every month! (I love Amazon Prime).

I've done it three times already. I think this has permeated my pores.
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