Night Cap

December 27, 2007 at 10:44 pm

Aw, a few of you checked the posts to see if comments were re-enabled, and you caught a couple!  That’s just sweet at molasses right there.  I’m started to feel somewhat friendly again and able to “entertain a few blog guests”. 

I’ll just be honest.  December required a WHOLE NOEW LEVEL of focus for this Momma Bear.  Man, I don’t even want to summarize that.  It was fun, it was crafty, it was fun…and it was time to stop.  My heart was starting to feel like day old coffee was running in it, and my back spent 2-3 days tempting to lock up on me if I didn’t get me back into some level of normalcy soon.  I’m still working on normalcy, but intense rest has helped.  And a few muscle relaxers, and Naproxen, and doing…well, as little as a mother can do. 

Last night around 1AM, I grabbed a few pair of needed underwear for today out of the whites, threw them in with the darks which were still drying and called it a day.  I still have not folded the darks.  I have fluffed them once with the intention of drying them, but it only buzzes once on “reheat” cycle, which is stupid.  Who answers the laundry on the first beep.  If you do, don’t tell me…I’d have to drop our friendship if I knew that–it would make me feel way to inadequate to continue our journey together.

Speaking of which, my Maytag gas stove also only beeps once at done…which is an even “stupider” idea.  And that deserves the used of the non-word “stupider”.  I am generally in and out and with the dog and answering the door, the phone, watering outside plants, and running after children with scraped knees at the “one beep”.  What kind of kitchen maid do they think buys these things anyway?  I’ve tried the “alternate timer” route.  It actually has three timers…but apparently it chooses nonfunctionality at will…three days later the thing has reached zero, not beeped, and -1000 hours or something.

That leads me to my new Christmas gift I got today.  But first, I told you I got a “large round stone” for Christmas.  I had a winner…Kim L. guessed that one right away.  Yup, my Mom gave me a round baking pizza stone…my second.  With a family of five, one just doesn’t cut it.  I’ll still probably use my square metal ones some, but it’s just nice to have a round pizza when you cook for guests.  I’m THRILLED to have it.  Funny thing is, she thinks I gave it to her years ago.  See there, a good gift just keeps on giving.  She never used it and I kept hinting, ever so subtly (not) that I could use a second one.  Love it.  THAT is a great gift giver.  Totally practical, affordable, and much appreciated.

Today?  I got my new brick-red four wheel drive, all terrain vehicle my husband pre-ordered for me. Good on gas…runs electric!   How ’bout that?  I found myself singing a song to it today:  “I love everything about you, everything you are, catch a falling star if I asked you, and I couldn’t live a single day without you…”  Okay, okay, so it’s a new vaccum!  You just can’t have any fun with you people.  I LOVE this vaccum.  1.  It is NOT bagless.  Whoever thought of that idea doesn’t vaccum in real life.  2.  It vaccums “60% better than a Dyson”.  I don’t know what level of Dyson that comparison runs with, but at $140 ordered on-line from Wal*Mart, that’s pretty promising.  It only filled up a very small portion of the bag the first use, AND the filter only has to be changed EVERY TWO MONTHS.  Shew.  My last vac?  We had to wash that thing half-way through vac-ing the house AND empty that darned cannister…dust everywhere.  Insane.  The very last thing I want to do while vaccuming is clean dust OUT of my vaccum.  I just can’t believe this marketing idea has worked as long as it has…something in free capitalism has gone wrong, very wrong.

But, my Eureka Boss has set the world aright.  Yes, indeed.   I vaccumed until my cushions of my couch voluntarily I was so excited.  And we aren’t expecting guests or anything.  I even, gasp, vaccummed the stairs…both sets.  And the little carpeted landing.  There is this handy little power brush you can throw onto the house for small spots like that.  Love it.  Now, that part was an “added bonus”, which means that found nowhere ON the vaccum to attach the little power-head, so they got away with calling it an “added bonus”.  I wasn’t so impressed with the lack of “attach-on” quality.  Anyway.

I vaccummed so much that I wore a blister under my ring.  I think it’s because the thing is self propelled, which is great, until you have to pull against the “propell-ism” mechanism (the brush).  I really want to steam the carpets while I’m this far…just as soon as my blister-wanna-be heals. 

I highly recommend this vaccum for the price, Rosie. 

Well, it’s 9:30, and all my kids have miraculously been farmed out unexpectedly.  We ate out Mexican late to celebrate the occasion.  My stomach needs a Tums I’m just realizing.  I highly recommend the Grilled Chicken Durado at the local joint.  A new dish for me, but very much enough for two.  Mmmm.  Soft shell heaven.

We opted for no movie and reading and the fireplace.  Ah.  A quiet house.  It sounds very good.  Total silence except for clicking keys and the rustling of a newspaper.  Aaaaah.    

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MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)

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