Tuesday, October 20, 2009

RTT- High On Easy Off

Well it's Tuesday and the best way to get everything out there is to pull out the Un Mom's Random Tuesday Thoughts badge and get to it.

Shall we?

After three years of dealing with an oven door that doesn't completely seal, I decided to call sit on hold for 20 minutes with the extended warranty people and request that a service person come out and fixes it. After I scheduled the appointment I took one look at the oven and was overcome with a feeling of Holy shit, I can't let someone work on this filthy thing. So I rolled up my sleeves, put on a pair of kitchen gloves and huffed Easy Off for an hour and a half. I'm still not sure what bubbled over and was crusted on the bottom, but it was a real bitch to scrub off. This was a long time coming and I knew that a good cleaning was in order because every time I would heat the oven above 350, the smoke detector would alarm. My kids have mastered the art of waving a dish towel at the blaring thing though.

While still high on oven cleaner I decided to keep the cleaning going and vac'd and scrubbed the floors until Binny arrived home from school. I don't know about anyone else but a clean house makes me happy. Maybe if I did it a little more often... Or if the house could stay that way longer.

As Binny bounded off the school bus yesterday she told me of a surprise that was in her backpack. Not hand turkey time yet (a Thanksgiving thing) but it was even better. I took out the surprise, read 2 pages and put it away so that we could all enjoy it as a family after dinner. The children in Binny's Kindergarten class are learning their addresses and phone numbers and as a fun project, the teacher had the children draw a picture of their homes and explain how to get home from school. The teacher then typed out what the kids said and attached the directions to the drawings then bound it all together in a folder to take turns going home with each student. The Gardener and I could not make it through the entire book without laughing so hard that I thought we were going to lose consciousness. The adorableness of it all was too much. So much in fact that I immediately typed out all of the directions and because I'm sure I'm not the only one who will find this completely cute and hysterical, here they are:
"Go around the circle. Turn at the next turn. Go straight. Then there is another turn. Go straight. Turn onto Elm Court. Look for the tan-ish brown house at the end."

"Go straight. Take a sharp bend into the road. Go straight and turn again. Look for 266 Washington Lane."

"Turn, then turn again. Than go into the country. Turn by a blue house, then drive a little to the brown house."

"When there is a turn don’t turn, go straight. Turn at the stop sign and it is next to a stop sign."

"Go close by Jack’s house. Go straight and you’ll find a gray house, that’s mine. Oh yeah, make sure you see a dog.

Drive to Town. Look for a white house but DON’T go to that one, Go to the next white house."

"Go straight that way. It is a white house on a black road."

"You go straight then turn. Go to the gray house and turn again. Turn down another road and in the middle there is a gray house."

"You go into Town where you see the brown house with the pool, trampoline, and dogs Ginger & Drake, that’s my house. If you see Emma’s house mine is right across the street."

"Go straight. Turn, then turn again the other way. Go straight. Skip a little bit of houses. Look for a blue house with a gray car in the garage."

"Look for the Smith’s house, then look for the yellow house and pull in the driveway."

"I live in Town."
I changed all of the names for anonymity. Not mine, the children.

Tomorrow is Mae's follow-up appointment with the immunologist down at Children's hospital. I talked with the nurse practitioner last week about Mae's test results and the idea so far is that Mae has an immune complement disorder, meaning that a very specific part of her immune system is out of whack. She said that there isn't too much to be done about such a diagnosis other than keep an eye out for any infection that should arise. I guess we'll find out more tomorrow when we see the doc.

That's about all the randomness in me today. Have a great day!


Kelly said...

According to Violet, we live "doowwwwwntowwwwn". I think we let her hear that Petula Clark song one too many times.

I am Harriet said...

I dealt with a dying oven for years and just replaced it last week. I am so happy :)

Have a great RT!

Out in Them Sticks said...

Oh, that's a riot!

Anonymous said...

lol!! i so relate...i can go crazy cleaning too!!

visiting via RTT

Riot Kitty said...

Those are very cute!

Keely said...

Hey, I know EXACTLY where that is!

No, not really. Too cute though.

Juli Ryan said...

I'm sure the dish towel swirling will come in handy--maybe for marching band! Hope there's an Easy Fix for the oven.

Wild Child said...

Cleaning must have been in the air today. I scrubbed the tub and the mold collecting on the ceiling of the bathroom (ick). Also moved a peony. It's my test peony. Good luck with Mae's appointment.

Design it Chic said...

the people who lived in here before us cooked some egg-plants in the oven.. and then they didn't clean.. and they kept burning the darn oven over and over...and now months after scrubbing and scrubbing it off.. there's still smoke coming out everytime i turn that darn oven on...it simply drives me crazy!!!!

Oh and the kids' explanations on where they live.. it's simply adorable!

Happy Random Tuesday!

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t.t. millers said...

UG! You just reminded me I really should clean my oven.... ;-)
Loved the directions to your home! What a great GPS system you have! haha

sheila said...

great class project!

hope you find out good news at the docs office. I'll be thinking of you! Good luck!

rachel... said...

Would you believe I've never cleaned my oven? And we've lived here for 4 years. I always had a self-cleaning one before now. Or just moved.

Mama Zen said...

Those sound like the directions I give!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Too funny. Love the directions.

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Happy Thursday!