Tuesday, November 8, 2011

So Not the Queen of Clean!

(This post has not been proof-read. Posting anyway. It's my blog and I'll misspell if I want to!)

10:00 am

I should be cleaning right now. On Thursday a "Certified Energy Advisor" will be here to perform a home energy audit.  We already know the place is about as energy efficient as a sieve, so it would be nice to be able to show him a clean and tidy house. 

I won't have time to do much around here tomorrow. Today is it for cleaning if I want it done by Thursday, yet here I am.  Strange, I usually use cleaning as an excuse to avoid writing. I'd say this reversal is progress, but that would only be true if, on those days when I used cleaning to avoid writing, I were to actually clean. Usually I look at my options, get overwhelmed and end up spending hours playing Angry Birds.  (I finished Angry Birds Ham'o'ween yesterday. I guess I'm out of excuses.)

Sooooo, what am I going to do? I'm going to leave this window open, go do some cleaning and come and add to this post throughout the day as the mood strikes me.  We'll see what I end up with at the end of the day.


So my plan, as far as I had a plan, was to start with the floors.  Then I realized that in order to clean the floors I first had to find the floors.  Most of my Rocky Horror costume has now been put away. As I stored the bits and pieces from my outfit, I found bits and pieces of previous costumes that I decided to dispose of.  

I have no idea how old that makeup is, but I'm guessing it's well past its best-before date. As ugly as that Wild Iris eyeshadow is, I'm pretty sure I'd have to pay more than a buck fifty for it if I were to to purchase it now.  

The makeup went into the trash, as did the vampire teeth. The black marks on the gums are likely ancient stains from the Elvira-brand lipstick, but why take a chance? I'm sure the Certified Energy Advisor will notice these organizational improvements right away.

In clearing the floors for cleaning I also found some library books that needed to be returned.  Good thing I had "Don't Go to the Cosmetic Counter Without Me" on hand when deciding to dispose of the makeup above. 

Who am I kidding? I haven't looked at any of these books. In fact, I had forgotten I had most of them.  I'm sure there's someone out there waiting to read about the inside of the Tardis. I hope they realize the effort I went to to find and return it.

By the way, Emma, if you're reading this "A is for Apron" is the sewing book I was telling you about.  Better late than never!


Obviously don't clean enough, as I couldn't find the vacuum. Once found it took me several minutes to remember how to use the attachments.  Stairs and basement now vacuumed.  This is taking longer than I thought.


Upended the dining room chairs and cleaned most of the fuzz of the felt pads on the legs.  No, not ALL the fuzz.  I'm not that obsessive.  I'm sure such attention to detail will impress.  Who needs anything more than single-glazed windows when their felt feet are fuzz free?


After all that work I was famished.  Took a lunch break with hubby, then decided to make some snacks for later, as I'm sure I'll be hungry after this afternoon's chores.  Made "Black Ball Bliss" from "Health by Chocolate". I didn't have any black sesame seeds on hand, so I rolled the balls in regular sesame seeds and shredded coconut.  My balls were less black as a result. I will not be sharing these with the Certified Energy Advisor.  Offering a stranger blissful balls of any colour can only lead to trouble. 

Of course, now I have to clean the kitchen...


Most of the dishes are done, and the kitchen and bathroom floors have been swept and mopped.  Good thing I waited until after making the blissful balls to clean the floor. There was much more coconut on the floor than I had realized.  

If I'm going to get a walk in today I'd better do it now. Otherwise, it won't happen and I won't sleep tonight.


Better start thinking about dinner soon...


Answered some emails. Oh, right, dinner.


Dinner prepared, consumed and dishes washed. Breakfast and lunch prep complete.  Still have more floors to clean, a bathroom to de-grunge and assorted other chores to do before the Thursday appointment with the Certified Energy Advisor.  Hope he appreciates the energy it took to get through this day.


  1. I am reading this! But I don't remember you telling me about that book.

    On a related note, I dressed as the TARDIS for Halloween this year. Sewed a dress and everything!

  2. Hooray! Comments! Thanks Emma and Sheron for stopping by!

    @ Sheron - Glad to provide some chuckles, but shouldn't you be doing homework instead of surfing the web? That kind of avoidance reminds me of someone...oh yeah, me! I take back the homework comment. I'm just glad you're here.

    @ Emma - If it wasn't you, who was it? Darn forgetfulness. Weren't you telling me about a sewing class involving aprons? I'm sure I thought about telling you about this book. Anyway, the book is "A is for apron: 25 fresh and flirty designs" by Nathalie Mornu. (I know that because I still have the book here. I didn't get ambitious enough to return it to the library yesterday.)

    A TARDIS dress!!!! You rock! Photos please! Was Evan the Doctor?

  3. Your cleaning day sounds like one of mine. Every distraction is irresistible. Every activity adding to the need to clean up yet again. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be one of those people who finds cleaning soothing...I don’t think I will ever know.

  4. So good to see you here Linda. It's also good to know that I'm not alone! I thought I was developing cleaning-specific adult-onset ADD.

    There are people who find cleaning soothing? Sometimes I find it an adventure, like when I unearth forgotten Halloween makeup, but it's never soothing!


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