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Totally Together

Back to School, back to work

August 26, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

Photo inventory:

1 basket of clean laundry, unfolded and dumped on the living room floor

1 basket of clean laundry, folded and left on couch

2 “used” baby socks

2 brand-new shoes still bungee corded together

1 too-expensive rolling backpack

45 whole crayons; 3 broken

1 broken blue bead necklace (hanging from the couch cushion)

3 empty Target bags

and when I swivel away from the living space to look at the table:

Photo Inventory:

1 new lunchbox that is supposed to be used FOR SCHOOL ONLY

2 new BPA-free water bottles

1 water bottle ‘cozy’ that came with the lunchbox (completely unnecessary)

random leftover lunch stuff: sliced turkey meat, cut up apples, tortilla chips & hummus

1 abandoned laptop and 3 notebooks

1 very cheeky 19-month-old baby (helping herself to hummus)

106 new gray hairs

I mistakenly thought I could get some work done while the children played peacefully inside or frolicked in delight outside (isn’t that what children are supposed to do? Frolick?) . Yeah. I know.


But you know what? This is real life. Not a glossy magazine. Stuff happens. Mistakes happen.

Life happens.

and it’s okay.

Give yourself a hug—- you’re doing a fantastic job. Already.


School begins for us on September 6th. I loved having everybody home with me for the summer, but I’m done.  How are things going with you?

Wednesday, vacuum. dust. mop.

December 22, 2010 by · 1 Comment 


It’s another Wednesday. Chances are, you’re feeling run down and worn out. I’m sorry. Me too. Do a quick speed dust, vacuum, and mop today. Don’t obsess, just get it done—super quick. Delegate to the kids if they’re home. A lot of dust can be erradicated with a carton of baby wipes!


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quick clean

listen to fun music and sing really loud and off-key. just for fun.

three hundred and thirty

November 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment 


Hello! How was Thanksgiving? How do you feel? Are you tired and sluggish? Worn out and exhausted?  or Excited and Exhillerated?

Are you black friday shopping?

I only did the black friday thing once. My friend picked me up at 4:30 and we went to Walmart. I didn’t buy anything but a 1.5 quart crockpot (and this was in 2005, way before I went crockpot-crazy) for $5.  Score!


Holiday recovery. Drink some strong coffee, turn on upbeat music and get it done. Unload the dishwasher and load it right back up again.

clorox wipe or lysol the doorknobs, phones, remotes, and light switches.

Friday! woo hoo!

November 19, 2010 by · 9 Comments 


I’m still having dental pain, even after taking a course of antibiotics. I’ve got a refill for the abx, and am going to fill it tomorrow. The pain subsided after taking the last dose, then has come back with full vengence in the past 2 days (my last pill was Saturday). Does that sound right? Is it still possible it’s still the sinus infection (I am congested, and now have a chest cough) and another round of abx will kill it? I’d hate to have him go digging around in my teeth for no reason.


In other news, I finally tried the sponge mop refill of the Mr Clean Magic Eraser yesterday on the kitchen floor. Thank you so much to Dominique for telling me about them!

I know I’ve mentioned it before but that floor is the bane of my existence. You know? I was impressed. It was $6.99 at Orchard Supply Hardware (is that a national store chain?) and I’ve heard that it’s supposed to last about 3 months.  I can’t see how that’s possible, and we have a dinky kitchen, but whatever. It did get the layer of grime out of the linoleum grooves and it was satisfactory to see the sink water run gray while I wrung it out. The floor isn’t quite as glisteny as if I scrubbed Cinderella-style with a Magic Eraser, but it’s so close I think I’ll stick to this method for a while.

It was a bit tricky to figure out how to disengage the mop head I had, but once I did, attaching the refill was really easy. The directions were clear, and in the package were some pieces to attach to your mop if needed (I needed one of the blue plastic screws).

While at OSH, I picked up what I think is the blinds cleaner Jennibell told me about. It’s a white plastic thing with a green microfiber cover and three slots for blinds. You squeeze the handle while running it between the slats to get them clean. I haven’t used it yet—but I’m kind of excited.

yes. I’m excited to clean blinds. I know. I’m terribly dorky.



run any last minute errands for non-perishable supplies for next Thursday

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Steph: GO TO THE PHARMACY. stop putting it off!

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