Jun. 13th, 2007 03:52 pm
splodgenoodles: (Basil Fawlty)
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I am overcompensating for my total lack of control over my life by doing all the laundry in the entire world instead.

I try and alternate between tumbledryable loads and drip dries, that way you have less down time while you're waiting for the last load to dry and no, I can't use the clothesline.

It's amazing how the job never actually ends. There is always more laundry to do. Happily, most everyday items that needed washing have gone through and I'm now on to doing particularly satisfying loads of things that sit in the basket for years because they aren't needed and/or they're complicated in some way. They're the sorts of things that only resurface every 18 months or so at about 6 in the afternoon on a Saturday when you're wondering where that nice white shirt has gone, you know, the one you bought only for special occasions like the one you're due at in 45 minutes.

I can't find the Preen (fancy shmancy stuff for the aforementioned white shirt) and very nearly used window cleaner instead, on account of the bottles being almost identical. It wouldn't have mattered too much: it's 10B's shirt, last worn 5 months ago, so he wouldn't notice for another 13 months and I'm sure I could come up with a good explanation for the damage between now and then.

Hell, by then I could tell him *he* did it while I stood there begging him not to.

And now I'm wondering why the hell we have window cleaner on the edge of the bath. Seriously, we do. That's where I found it when I was looking for the Preen.

I guess if I ever finish the laundry I could do a household chemical spraybottle audit. I could map where I've found them and then allocate new, appropriate homes for them all. I may find the Preen this way too, which would be a bonus. And it would be nice to have the rat poison not quite so close to the pine-o-cleen that we use all the time.

But I doubt I will, I doubt I could. I'm increasingly convinced there's no end in sight to the laundry project and it's starting to fail in it's assigned task of giving me a sense of effectiveness and control. As some point I have to reach a major goal.

It doesn't help that 10B is sabotaging me by refusing to go to work naked.

I think he could make more money that way but he says no, in the winter...not quite so much. I mean, he'd still make plenty of course, but we aim to be stinking rich, not just rich, and we don't want to undervalue the product in the meanwhile.

I must go, the washing machine beckons.

Date: 2007-06-13 06:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hell, I'd pay extra for a good looking naked man to work in the garden!

I might even let him wear a loin cloth to protect those delicate bits from splinters and flying debris, and stout boots.

I'd even pay more in winter, just because it would be so damn funny.

Hmmm, why hasn't someone started that franchise already?

Date: 2007-06-13 06:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I had the utter satisfaction of knowing that ALL THE LAUNDRY WAS DONE as of two days ago. The clothes we were wearing didn't count, and okay the sheets sort of wanted to be changed but I stalled just so we could look around at the clean house and sigh in satisfaction.

Darling is supposed to be able to work from home, so theoretically he could work naked, but there's this problem of the laundry machine being down the hall. The neighbors might wig out a bit.

Is it possible the window cleaner is in the bathroom to clean the mirror with? I've been meaning to get to that chore for a while now and never do it because the window cleaner is so far away from the bathroom.

Date: 2007-06-13 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Is it possible the window cleaner is in the bathroom to clean the mirror with?

That would make sense. But probably not. It was probably put there to get it off the bathroom floor.

Date: 2007-06-13 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
there's this problem of the laundry machine being down the hall. The neighbors might wig out a bit.

i recommend cotton kimono robes, i forgot what they're called but they start with a y. my bf wears one of mine a lot of the time when he's visiting me, including when he's heading down the hall for a smoke. then he has to bring over less in the way of clothes if he's off to work the next day, and i get the benefit of having a usually-scantily-clothed boyfriend. win-win!

Date: 2007-06-15 12:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yukata. I already have one. It's very nice.

Date: 2007-06-13 08:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your cheesy cleesey icon always make me smile.


You know the question that I asked, I wish to qualify that I was chatting with someone from *there* who was explaining about pho ingredients - have I put two and two together and made 'du doh'?



Date: 2007-06-13 10:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm reminded of post someone made recently noting that the eye-drops were stored beside a similarly shaped bottle of super-glue. *snarfle*

I find that doing repetitive household chores can sometimes feel like trying to bail out the ocean. When it gets dispiriting, I try to do what I call "something that stays done" - a job that won't need doing again for at least a couple of months, preferably a year.

Getting to the bottom of the 'unusual washing' basket as you describe is one of those jobs. So is finally getting around to sewing buttons on things, culling stuff that hasn't been touched in years, organising photos into albums etc.

Date: 2007-06-13 10:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm still trying to work out why you were looking to Preen on the side of the bath. It doesn't get rid of "laugh lines" and using the iron on yourself in the bath is going to end in tears one way or another.

Date: 2007-06-13 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for that...that was fun...Anything you would like to know in return?

Date: 2007-06-14 10:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Actually yes, what is your family's ethnic background?

And please don't ask me why that's popped into my head - I'm assuming you made some oblique reference sometime, and it's been floating around in my head since then.

Date: 2007-06-15 09:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Me...well I am 1/2 Austrian -Mother mother is from the lovely town of Graz (, Hungarian and Italian (blame that austrohungarian empire business) and the other half Australian of Irish, Scottish and English decent. Consequently I am fond of the genetic term "Hybrid vigour"

And hybrid vigours like to tiggers.

Never ending laundry

Date: 2007-06-15 10:24 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I do agree with you about never quite getting the laundry done. You get everything in there and turn the washing on then realise oops I've not yet had a shower so in a few minutes will have more.
The mind boggles at sending 10 bears to work naked and it crossed my mind today after I'd done all the washing AFTER my shower how nice it would be to send my partner to work naked too. But he works as a Postie so I don't think his employer (or the residents would be too appreciative)
I guess we just need to settle for just a few hours of laundry all being done.
Cheers DJ


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