Monday, August 17, 2009

Speaking of Random

I am blogging tonight for a reason. It isn't to preserve my family history, tell a funny story, vent a difficult day, or philosophize about motherhood. It is to avoid folding laundry. Because really, I rather like huge piles of laundry sitting in the middle of my bedroom floor. If anyone sees them I can claim "abstract art sculpture." I mean folded in the drawer is only the temporary step between pile on my bedroom floor and pile on the kids' bedroom floor and I am all about cutting out the middle man.

Speaking of middle men, my middle son (Ethan) cleared the table, washed the cupboards, and cleaned up the front and living room yesterday for no reason at all. Without being asked. Seriously it was the sweetest thing ever. Today he was in time out for slapping his little brother on the back, but, hey, nobody's perfect.

Speaking of perfection, have I mentioned before how much I enjoy living on the beach? Today was rather hot and after finishing cleaning up the kitchen (every pot and pan I owned may have been dirty) I let the kids go cool off in the water while I sat in the shade of my backyard and read a book. It was lovely and refreshing. I wonder what we are going to do when our house in North Carolina finally sells and we no longer have to rent and so must leave this house for one we own.

Speaking of North Carolina, someone did a pre-offer inspection on the house today. Keep your fingers crossed that they will decide to put down a real life offer! Two years is a long time to wait for your house to sell.

Speaking of 2 years, when my two year old turns 3 next month I am going to begin potty training. Every time I change his diaper I remind him that his birthday signifies the end of diapers and the beginning of underwear. Now he randomly shouts out that he is about to be a big boy and pee in the toilet and wear underwear. This can get awkward in public.

Speaking of underwear, if I don't tackle that laundry tonight, the kids will be forced to claw through it tomorrow in search of their underwear and I might as well transfer the clean laundry directly into the dirty laundry pile. So good night.

27 comments:

  1. Aahhh, the perpetual cycle of a mother's sanity and responsibility. I know it well. I am marketing a line of disposable clothing, you want in?

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  2. You are so funny! I just LOVE reading your blog. See, by letting the laundry sit there you've helped bring a smile to another person's day... just another good reason to avoid putting the laundry away!

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  3. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite posts!!

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  4. I am leaving in 3 days for a mini-trip to Vegas. I doubt I will do laundry before then. Thankfully nudity isn't frowned upon in Las Vegas.

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  5. emma jo- I'm in for sure. Best Amazing Race moment was when an older couple admitted they raced the entire time with some sort of disposable underwear to cut down on laundry. I still chuckle about that (and wonder where I could buy my kids some).

    Rae Lynne- Like I need more reasons to not do laundry, right? Thanks for the kind words. It is so nice to keep up with Peter's family with blogs. I've never gotten to spend a lot of time with all his nieces and nephews so it is nice to get to know them in other ways.

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  6. Andrea- Thanks. I should do more random posts (coming from my head, they aren't very hard).

    Steph- I hate not having time to do laundry before trips. I should save myself the stress and plan trips to European beaches and Vegas.

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  7. Whats the beef about laundry? I love doing the laundry. Mine is always done. Loved the visual of the kids digging through the big pile to get their underwear. Hopefully it was before they discarded their used ones. Ha.

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  8. There is nothing wrong with turning underwear inside out and wearing it again! Speaking of potty training, on his own, for 2 days now Abe has asked to use the potty and promptly sat down and peed. I should be excited, but I'm not. I don't want to potty train right now.

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  9. I love you and I haven't even met you yet! You are such a funny person! I can't wait to meet you!

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  10. Tucker Mom- Why didn't I inherit that? The chances of them discarding the old underwear into the pile are higher than I care to admit.

    Kim- Elise used to do that, too, and she was my worst potty trainer. And there is something deeply, deeply wrong with turning underwear inside out and wearing it again!! (although I have been known to accidentally wear underwear inside out all the time.)

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  11. the Laters- Thanks! Joys of a large family- I think I was at your wedding. About 70% sure I was there. (Although, I'm sure you had other things on your mind that day.) I would love to really meet you, too. Maybe at the next family reunion (if everyone can agree on a date and place).

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  12. I did all my laundry on monday....AND folded it on monday, unfortunately, I did not put it away on monday and a lot of it is still sitting in half folded, half destroyed piles on the floor/couch/ottoman. Oh well.

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  13. Even your stream of consciousness is fantastic. I want to be like you when I grow up. Well except for things that require an operation.

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  14. Yeah! I hope you really do get an offer on your house. I can't imagine having to wait that long. We waited 10 months and it was miserable. Good luck!!

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  15. Davis family- That is the perpetual state of our laundry. Especially since Peter and I went through ALL the kids clothes yesterday to see what they needed for school. Now we have their clothes piles and piles of outgrown clothes (by size) and piles of yet to grow into. Never ends.

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  16. inhenpecked- Darn, my plan was to be you when I grew up (minus operations). Especially the reformed slob part.

    Marcie- It is taking forever. 3 days and no offer yet, it doesn't look good.

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  17. You are so cleaver with your writings. I love to read your blog.

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  18. Mom at our house- Thanks!

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  19. Good luck with potty training! My child is FINALLY potty trained!

    You know you guys should just buy the house one the beach! I hope your house sells!

    PS we put an offer of 10,000 on the house. Take it or leave it

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  20. Boyer Family,- If they would come down by half a million dollars we could consider this house. Hopefully we sell the NC one for more than $10K, LOL

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  21. You are quite funny. I am jealous of your beach life, but maybe not the laundry on your floor...although there might be something cute in there for my kids, who knows? Can I come pick through it too? Do you ever fantasize about live in help? It seems a life on the beach should come with live-in help. I dunno why. Thanks for sharing your lovely beach with my sister. I know it's been a major perk this summer. (That sounded like she's some charity case, huh?)

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  22. I think I must have an Ethen-alike. Sassafras will be incredibly sweet for weeks and then revert to a 4-yr old boy. How does that even happen?

    And I want to buy your NC house! Too bad I just bought one here in IA *sad face*

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  23. I loved this post. Laundry is my nemisis too!

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  24. I haven't potty trained mine yet. He just turned 3. I'm trying to start little by little. We'll get there, hopefully!
    Laundy, ugh. I have SO much. But you, deary, have 8 people to do laundry for. I only have 4. So I can only imagine.
    2 years is so long. I hope it does sell for you soon.

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  25. I thought I'd seen a post on facebook that you'd sold the house a while back. I'm sorry. :(

    I do envy your living right on the beach, though. I think that is splendid. I think your laundry piles do deserve an abstract art award. Here here for cutting out the middle man.

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  26. Abby- Thanks for stopping by. You must know that having your sister and nieces over is delightful.

    I fantasize about live in help all the time. More often than I actually spend cleaning.

    ucmama- It does make one wonder. So sweet and yet so frightful.

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  27. Cynthia- Laundry will eventually bring down civilization. I'm sure of it.

    Gabrielle- I've been taking little potty training steps for a while, reminding him that soon he will be too big for diapers. He just decided to take the no more diaper plunge a few weeks ahead of schedule.

    Bickmans- The first plan to buy the house fell through :(

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