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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Can We Talk About Something Else Now?

I wish I knew some kind of mind-clearing yoga mantras right about now. But I don't, so instead I will talk about house-clearing. Make that cleaning.

I am rolling Weeks Three through Eight of the home cure all into one because we need to get this house ship-shape for the Halloween party. My intention was to divide the cleaning/de-cluttering into manageable bits over this week, but I've already had a good chunk of time wasted by the Drama That Shall Not Be Named.

Blech, shut up, we're not talking about that.

On top of the down-and-dirty cleaning that needs to be done, we must hang decorations for our bat infestation-themed party - carefully out of reach of the cats, who already ripped down one bat streamer, thankyouverymuch.

(hard to tell if Alistair is attacking the bats or they're attacking him)

Week Three is supposed to be dedicated to the bathrooms. I think. I admit it's been a while since I referenced the handy-dandy Home Cure book. Been too busy with my mafiosa duties.

We have two and a half bathrooms, but since one of them is but an empty shell of a bathroom, that - for a change - saves me some work.

The full bathroom is off the guest bedroom. That's where Darwin gets ready, so other than some actual cleaning, it's a tiny-but-tidy space.

The half bathroom has a looooong countertop, and it's where I get ready. Two strikes against it. It's a pigsty. Utterly and ridiculously cluttered.

The worse news is that bathroom is in the hall between the kitchen and the dining room, making it the prime location for guests' bathroom activities. It has to be fully de-cluttered and de-skeeved by the time of the party. There's nothing grosser than using someone else's grody bathroom. (And yes, I just said grody. To the max.)

Anyone out there who plans to attend, rest assured the bathroom will be neat and fresh-smelling by the time you arrive. Sadly, the hideous countertop will still be in place, as will the plywood floor. I can't work a miracle, though it sure would be a useful talent to have. Along with going back in time to Sunday afternoon and tweaking a thing or two.

Okay, moving on ...

I think this will be a small, low-key party because of the somewhat late notice, and that's okay with me. ShantheMan's wild party last year sure was fun, but I don't know if we're really wild party kinda people. I do better with a small group of dear friends, talking about naughty things or other people who didn't have the sense to attend the party.

Now to finalize the menu. I was pretty disappointed in the Food Network site's selection of Halloween recipes, but there are plenty of places on the web to search. If you have any genius suggestions, I welcome them - just make 'em easy and quick. I gots cleaning to do.


Greg said...

I think I'd like to attend the party, if for no other reason than to find out what is the fiasco that you're not writing about.

12:16 AM  
Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Hey, I laughed about your bats infestation theme. Where did you get those streamers (pls don't tell me you made them or I will feel very insignificant). And I think it is so cool that you are doing the Cure. I want to do it too but I have to get my hands on Maxwell's book. I did do some decorating of the bathroom last night, however, in preparation for our own Halloween bash this Sunday. It is going to be total chaos, I know...

3:07 AM  
Sabrina said...

Okay, I seem to have missed something and I can't figure out what. The only thing that makes me feel any better is that Greg seems to have missed it too. Hehehe.

I have a suggestion though...rather than clean (gosh, I hate that word) why not just make the mess part of the theme. Don't scrub the bathroom, just add a bunch of spiderwebs...find some dead looking thing to prop on the back of the toilet...then noone will notice if it's dirty. :)

9:36 AM  
Lenise said...

Pumpkin pound cake:


It got good reviews, was easy, but didn't taste especially pumpkin-y. I didn't follow the recipe to the letter, but pretty closely.

11:46 AM  
Christi said...


halloween party food.


"ghostly shepherd's pie". Looks cute. doesnt sound that hard to make, either.

6:18 PM  
Kristin said...

I got the bat streamers at my mom's costume and party store. No, I'm not ambitious enough to make them myself! Maybe next year when I have more time. Ha! More time! I made a funny.

11:00 AM  
misschrisc said...

Okay I missed all of the drama too. I don't suppose you could sort of like you know e-mail this 'best-post-ever' to me could you? Sorry but I'm insanely curious.

I'm very jealous that you're having a halloween party. They hardly blink over halloween in France. Many even shun it as an American holiday, oh my! I would love to come! This is a very frustrating post with all the secret talk about your last post and then the Halloween party teasing...grrr.

2:36 PM  

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