Thursday, May 14, 2009
1. I have emptied the clean dishes from the dishwasher before 2 pm every day this week. I know this must really sound like small potatoes, especially if you are reading this as a Dishwasher Challenged American, although I'm sure there is some kind of support group and possibly even some government bail out money available to you.
For me, emptying the dishwasher is like putting away folded clothes. It is a Sisyphean task, so I leave it and leave it, picking clean things out of the dishwasher as I go along, until I am finally forced to empty it completely to make room for the new dinner dishes.
Meanwhile, all the other dishes accumulate in the sink, so if someone drops by, you know where you'll find me: pulling a Flight of the Bumblebee at the dishwasher.
It's just a bad habit, and one that I'm trying to break, so this week I have emptied the dishwasher in the morning and filled it as I dirty more dishes. I still don't love the job, but I love the empty sink during the day.
Oh, and I timed myself, too. It only took me seven minutes to empty a packed dishwasher this morning -- and that is including the time it took me to drag Bun out of the dishwasher after he crawled in to chase down a ball he had thrown in there. The boy will crawl into my dishwasher, but he refuses to walk. Come on now!
Anyone else out there dislike this job?
2. I baked cookies with Francie this week as part of a math assignment on weights and measures. I did this cheerfully, even though I'm pretty sure that I showed her teacher my membership card for the I Don't Bake With My Children Club earlier this year.
I know that makes me sound like a meanie -- honestly, isn't that what stay-home mothers should do all day? Bake cookies, vacuum, and wear triple strands of pearls? Ahem. -- but I just like to get in the zone in the kitchen. I love to cook for the family, as long as I can get lost in my own little cooking world.
Plus, I've had some epic experiences with children and mixers and exploding flour. And I'm not that big a fan of kitchen clean-up. Please see above.
3. Yesterday, I loaded up my spray bottle with a little home-brewed vinegar cleaner, and I scrubbed down the outdoor furniture.
After removing approximately three pounds of pollen from each chair, I deemed the furniture to be ready for the season. Just in the nick of time, too. That evening, Rob and I lit the tiki torches on the deck and sat outside enjoying some beverages after the kiddies were in bed.
What are your small successes this week?