Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Digging out from under the *stuff*

Today I finally took the mess by the horns and got serious about digging out from under all the clutter that has taken over my house while I was busy with my writing contract. Unfortunately, it was complicated by the fact that *of course* my allergy thing has made a right turn toward Sinus Infection Land. Did I call the doctor today? Of course not! Because I felt far too bad to make the decision if I was going to drive all the way uptown to visit my regular doctor or find another one closer, pick up the phone, make an appointment, drive over there, entertain 2 rowdy kids while some PA looks up my nose, drive over to the pharmacy where I am again required to entertain said children, then drive home again and wait for the meds to kick in. It's much easier to whine and complain here.

Where was I? Oh, right! The cleaning.

So I started in the kitchen and bribed the children with double chore money if they would please clean the living and dining rooms for me. Then I tacked on their bathroom and they happily went to work. I finished the kitchen and swept and mopped all the floors, so we're well on our way to cleanliness again. Now to get all this laundry washed as I think we're out of clean towels and I know someone will want to bathe soon. At least I hope they will.

I also took advantage of the beautiful weather yesterday and cleaned out the trash dump known as my minivan. The girls LOVE car cleaning time, in spite of their disappointment that I had no intentions of spraying them down with the water hose when I rinsed the van - it wasn't that warm. We emptied it, wiped down all the surfaces and PRAISE BE TO GOD put the huge, bulky car seats out by the dumpster. K insisted that weigh them both yesterday and we discovered that while she has only gained 5 pounds and is still a few pounds away from the "magic number" to go without a booster, L has gained over 8 pounds and is now heavy enough for a small booster! You should see the look of glee on her face as she climbs into her own big girl booster. L has absolutely shot up recently, growing so quickly that I can't keep that child in clothes and shoes anymore. She fits right into my...vertically blessed family.

I'd post a picture of the girls in their boosters, but that would require actually going somewhere with them. And my clogged sinuses just aren't up for all that. Besides, my house is looking good and I'm basking in the Pine-Sol glory of it all.

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