This weekend’s activity brought to you by my realization that at any moment (not really, but kind of), I could unexpectedly have to leave the house and not come back for several days (and then, pretty much domestically useless). It’s like believing in a half-rapture.
I had to work on Saturday morning, and am on Day 10 of a head cold that won’t end, but I was still pretty pleased with what I managed to accomplish.
Not pictured: 18 dish sponges, a 200-load bottle of laundry detergent, cans of Comet, Baby’s First Garbage Can, and various other purchases that somehow make me feel better.
Quote of the weekend: “I thought you were insane for buying wipes, and then I realized…we kinda actually need that stuff.”
1 – Lately I’ve been in the mood to use up and clean out random things from our pantry and freezer. Last night’s sacrificial lamb was cranberries (probably from Christmas 2013), which I used to make Cranberry Whole-Grain Muffins. I went to bed without mentioning them to Johnny, so when I woke up this morning and noticed one missing, I asked him how it was. Verdict? “The cranberries were the funnest part.” They’re noticeably heavier than regular muffins, and not at all dessert material, but I’ll certainly get through the rest of them on my own (and then use up the rest of the cranberries on something a little cakier).
2 – Laundry weekend! At this moment, all of our laundry is clean and folded. Someday, I really need to document the terror of the steps that lead to our laundry room, but for now, suffice it to say that it takes some real motivation to go downstairs to change one load, let alone every sheet, towel, and sock we own. We also washed all of our newborn-sized clothes, also known as: 40 items that only filled half a hamper. The event was capped off by a game called Black and Blue Sock Sorting. I can never tell if I’ve won or not.
3 – As part of the deep-cleaning rampage, I scrubbed parts of the kitchen that haven’t gotten cleaned for…a while. I was just glad no one witnessed the physics-defying moves it took to get myself within reach of the window behind the sink. I wish I had taken a photo of the finished room before I ruined it with cooking, but trust me – it was a bright, shining moment. We capped it off by buying a Costco-sized pack of sponges, with the resolution to actually switch them out on a regular basis. Lots of big things happening over in Casa Gerardi.
4 – “Be careful cutting the tomatoes,” I yelled from the living room. Then the yell of horror came. I have to say, we were both shocked at how much mess could come out of one grape tomato. Incidentally, this was the moment when we decided that it would be laundry weekend.
5 – We spotted that carton of heaven at Costco a couple weekends ago, and I managed to walk away. Not so this time. I planned ahead, made a space in the freezer, and have no other dessert ambitions for the next few weeks. At 150 calories per 1/3 serving, all I need now are the tiny little spoons.
6 – Finally, I’m ending this post with a complete vain observation that I made over the weekend: pregnancy has slowly made my formerly-curly hair almost totally straight. Obviously, there are a million more significant things that have happened, and that happen to other people, but I have to say, this kind of bummed me out. If you need me, I’ll be off trying to figure out how the other half lives.