Monday, October 22, 2007

Singular Accomplishments

Today, while my wonderful next-door neighbor let my 3 youngest kids play in her house, I managed to wipe down the fronts of the kitchen cabinets, one section of the kitchen floor, half the stovetop, and the outside of the kitchen garbage can. Go me! Then I ran up the staircase and danced around with my hands in the air, with the theme of Rocky playing in my head.

Frightening, isn't it?

You know, after 16 years of raising little kids, everything smells like pee. I think my olfactory sense has been permanently damaged. Or it could be that I missed cleaning up after one of Sarah's many accidents. She claims she's scared of the potty. Do you think she'd go for a litter box? I could even teach her to scoop it herself.

Larry and I did our bit to contribute to global warming by leaving the oven on all night. So, if scientists find another hole in the ozone this week, you can blame us. We're responsible for the overpopulation problem too, though I guess you knew that already.

Wait - are those 2 separate issues - the global warming and the ozone thing? Wasn't the ozone problem caused by aerosol cans? Or is it back? I can't keep my environmental catastrophes straight anymore. No wonder I didn't win the Nobel prize last week. Although if they had a prize for Seat-of-the-Pants Parenting, I would definitely be a contender.

I'm just making this up as I go along; feel free to stop me at any time.

The boys' room finally smells normal (I mean, for a boys' bedroom); and I discovered that the disgusting smell in my kitchen (which was bothering me so much I couldn't even write about it) was caused by the rotting bag of potatoes in the cabinet under the sink. I was wondering why no one was dropping by anymore....

I just noticed that my calendar is still on September. I'm living in the past. I've got to go catch up. Talk to you later...


  1. ...I was waiting for the Rocky dance explanation. Was it out of sheer joy at having done half the stovetop?

    Two smells down (boys' room + kitchen), one to go (Sarah's?). You go girl!

    - Heidi :)

  2. Half the stovetop, and the garbage can, and the floor, all without being interrupted.....wouldn't you feel triumphant?

  3. Dude. (do I start all of my comments to you this way or what? You make me feel emphatic!)

    This is why my mom's visit was so amazing. While she was busy cleaning every single thing in my house (with the exception of my craft room which is even too scary for her) I got to do things like take down my Christmas lights that had been up for almost four years. I'd have done the Rocky dance, too, but I can't lift my arms over my head because I'm so sore from taking down the three million miles of lights.

    Anyway, we're both going to enter this year in time for the year to be over. Yea for us!

  4. Every bathroom in India either has a water heater mounted on the wall over it, or consists of a hole in the ground. My 4 year old daughter has not gone to the bathroom alone since February!

  5. I have experienced the science project gone wrong myself. Truly is there a worse kitchen stink than rotting potatoes?

  6. Nope - in fact, the rotting-potatoes kitchen-smell made the boys' barfy bedroom smell good, by comparison.

  7. Yeah, I guess I would!

    I love that you picked the Rocky dance, too. One of my all time faves.

    - Heidi

  8. It must be something about being a mom to more than 2 - where everything smells like urine. Honestly I have been downstairs walking around sniffing everywhere because I KNOW I smell pee, but I can't find out where the smell is coming from, LOL. I have been walking around with a spray bottle of lemon scented pine sol to help with the smell since I can't figure out where it is coming from, LMAO.

    The whole rotton potato smell. BTDT - how does something that has no smell normally, get so retchid? UGH

  9. I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one who goes around the house sniffing at upholstery and such. I mean, my own house....I try not to do it at other people's houses...

  10. Kadi PrescottOctober 23, 2007

    Ahhhhh, I love reading your blog. It makes me feel like I have a kindred spirit! A big "Way To Go!" for the house cleaning accomplishment (eventhough I know it was a pointless pursuit, because it was dirty again ten minutes later, am I right?) You are my hero!

  11. Actually, I think it took a full half-hour for the kitchen to return to its normal, non-pristine state. But I took pictures first.

  12. Exactly! But it's so much funnier when you say it.

  13. EWWWW...I hate the smell of rotting potatoes. It only took me half my life to figure out that smell. I was always blaming it on dirty diapers. I love the litter box idea. If it works you could market the whole concept...your ramblings are amusing!

  14. too funny! I wonder if rotting potatoes was the smell Mr. Hot was complaining about yesterday. Hm. Thanks!