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15 May 2009 @ 10:14 pm
oh, how I blither!  
I love the aftermath of a crazy mad cleaning binge, but I'm not so keen on the real time experience.

My house smells like citrus and sage (window cleaner), mint (bath and countertops) and almond (wood). My bedroom and office remain frightful, but my living room and kitchen and bath are all manner of sparkly. This is the first hardcore cleaning I've done since the demolition/construction of the kitchen. Sure, it was tedious. Boring. Frustrating. At this point, though, I'm okay having folks over. I'm not going to stress that all of the windows didn't get washed, nor that the sliding door frame needs a right good scrubbing. I'll just shut the bedroom door, kick the dirty laundry under the bed (or rather into the hamper; this girl has some small standards), and position bowls of produce about my (unpainted, unbacksplashed) kitchen to give it a bit of warmth and zing.

So much of my time was spent trying to get my house in order, I found myself scrambling to have decent noms ready for tomorrow's rehearsal. Note: were I not engaged with CKO business (BF readings, class, instructor meeting) from 8:30 'til noon, this would've been a non-issue. As it is, I decided to nix the homemade ice cream sandwiches; that'll keep for another gathering. Burgers from scratch? Gone. Frozen will do. In addition, I'm going with hot dogs, this salad, a simple tossed green salad, balsamic/mustard marinated chicken skewers, and pico de gallo (I would've gone with guacamole, but couldn't find anything resembling a remotely ripe avocado to save my life). Still waffling on making my own shortcakes or using store-bought sponge cakes for dessert (either way it's with mixed berries, whipped cream and chocolate curls).

Bah. It would be much easier to manage if I had a time machine.
Janet: glass of wine for bunnygoodnite_gracee on May 16th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
LOL... I read that your bedroom and office remained FRUITFUL... and I was having a devil of a time translating that!

BTW... the salad recipe reads like your journal! I read parts of the recipe out loud to my husband, and he thought you wrote it! I may be making this salad for my Solstice Party!
Kel: Donna is awesomeladyjoust on May 16th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
If you thought any bits of The Pioneer Woman's journal sounded like me, I'm taking that as a HUGE compliment. She's a hoot, that lady, and to think I might write as entertaining a blog entry as her? *squee!sigh* Well, that's the dream. Or a dream, anyway. And my photography needs a whole lot of work.

I wholly recommend you make this salad for your party. Mind, if Don and I are able to make it to your party (which would me ever so completely AWESOME), I'll have to come up with something else to bring. Not that I'm complaining. ;D
Janetgoodnite_gracee on May 19th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
OMG... no, bring the salad! That would be excellent! Email/invite going out this week...
Ratesjul: Magic Peter Panratesjul on May 16th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
you are far more of a domestic goddess than I will ever be. That said, I'm listening to my washing machine at the moment, and my driveway is (mostly) clear of leaves for the first time in three weeks!
harpiegirl4: yummy strawberryharpiegirl4 on May 16th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
In retrospect, if my bands had offered a spread like that at rehearsals, mayhaps we wouldn't have gone through so many string players...
Zoë Tzoethor on May 16th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
OO -- what sort of almond cleanser do you use for your wood? I've been dying to find a good cleanser/recipe for wood cleaning, and I LOVE the scent of almond. Endust is just nasty.
Kelladyjoust on May 18th, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
I adore this cleaner. It's readily available at my grocery store, and an even wide (though not complete) array of products is at Lowe's.
Aifacataifacat on May 17th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
Oh, a day like that (or several) are imminent. Today I only got so far as lots of laundry.