Monday, July 10, 2006

Laundry Day...and then some

We're back. All of us. The youngest boy is back from scout camp. The two older ones have returned from five weeks of staffing (and living outdoors) at scout camp plus one week of intensive Aquatic School training (also outdoors) which qualifies them to be lifeguards as well as instructors. And I have returned from cancer camp. (More on that later) All of us have been living in the same house for over 24 hours. The last time this happened it was May 25th.

And now...the laundry. I'm tempted to simply aim a flamethrower in the general direction of the older boys' trunks which contained an astonishing tangle of sheets and blankets which had not been washed in six weeks. Awesome!! And the damp towels! And crusty, crusty socks! (oh...the humanity!!) The washer has been going non-stop since early this morning and we're still not finished.

On top of that, that house has been (*cought*) a tad neglected in my absence. What with work and keeping up with the youngest (non-driving) son and also helping him with his pet-sitting job that involved twice-per-day visits to feed and attend two dogs and four cats...well...let's just say that the beautiful bouquet of yellow roses on the kitchen table didn't completely disguise the devastation that was so obvious throughout the rest of our abode. After passing out in front of the humidifier (to relieve the headache brought on by a sinus infection), I feel more like a human being and am tackling the cobwebs and dust while Mr. Half is making like Edward Scissorhands in the front yard.

We...all of us...feel as though we'd spent some time on another planet (I've lost a few heat shields upon re-entry) and we're trying to adjust to living together. So good. The week ahead promises not to be too busy and Wednesday night Mr. Half and I will drive to Dallas to see Steely Dan in concert. I can't wait for that and I can't wait to check in with everyone and see what's up. I've missed you guys!!


Dear Blogger,

Your days are numbered here at Faber --er--Half House. I spit on you and your outages! I'm enraged at the idea that a free service translates into occasional loss of text and every attempt to fix your Stone Age technology wipes out my entire blogroll. This very evening, I plan to make the switch to Typepad. I know we've both seen this coming. The horrible snafus. The horrendous templates which cause me to rely on constant background color changes which cause some readers to suffer temporary blindness (sorry, Nilbo) or question the possiblity that I suffer from multiple personality disorder. Like the Godfather says, "It's not's just business". Well...maybe it's personal, too. I break with thee now and forever.



Blogger mama_tulip said...

The best thing about going on a trip is coming home to your own bed. The worst thing about going on a trip is coming home to all the laundry.

I was here this morning and your blog was all sorts of fucked up. Can't wait to see you at Typepad!

10:39 AM  
Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

Let me know how the whole switching thing goes.

Crusty socks. Hate those! I can't stand when they are inside out either. I make the offender come and sit and fix them. I refuse to wash them that way. Ain't I the meanest??

11:16 AM  
Blogger Mignon said...

How about when a sweat-hog husband throws a soaked jogging shirt into a laundry basket, thusly soaking all the slightly soiled clothes until the entire load of laundry is wet and rank. I'm starting to make a mental list of all the things guys need to have separate from the rest of the family: sink, microwave (what IS that smell?), washing machine, toothpaste...

I'm glad you're back and sound in good spirits, excluding the loathing of Blogger. If you defect the rest of us are not far behind...

11:34 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Please give a blow-by-blow as to what switching *really* entails...enquiring minds want to know.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Marcie said...

Have fun switching to Typepad. And my condolences on the mountain of laundry. Yech! That's my very least favorite chore.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

I think the Aquatic Training wass a great idea. I had two friends who were really good swimmers, but it wasn't enough to pass the lifeguard test.

6:30 PM  
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