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I love to share giggles.

Here’s some of the tweets

that made me laugh in the last week.

 

Great tweets from great tweeps:

 

Be sure to follow me on Twitter so you don’t miss a laugh!

 

Don’t miss a giggle.  “Like” up my Facebook page, and to share it with a friend.

Laugh Loud Out!

-gina

What makes you smile?  Where do you turn when you need a giggle?  Do you have a favorite tweeter?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

 

Top 10 Things I DON’T Want For Mother’s Day

Top 10 Things I DON’T Want For Mother’s Day

by Gina Valley

We’re coming up on that stressful time of year most moms I know hate.

Mother’s Day.

If you think it’s stressful trying to get the mom in your life the right gift, you should try being the mom.

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Come noon (do not give mom a watch, so she’ll know when it’s noon) (unless it’s jewel encrusted and returnable) on Sunday any mom without a photo of a hand-drawn card or beautiful bouquet of flowers or artful plate from a fancy buffet to post is all but facing certain ridicule from the mom community.  I can’t be posting a pic of an ironing board cover or a hedge trimmer or a plate from The Trough without facing some serious social media shaming.

I know my family means well, but sometimes they seem to forget who I am and that they know me.

So, to help my family out, here’s some things they can cross off their list now.

Top 10 Things I DON’T Want For Mother’s Day

#10.  Breakfast in bed – It’s awkward. It’s messy. And, even if you were a 5 star chef (which you are not) or our kids were child chef prodigies (which they are not), I still wouldn’t want breakfast in bed. In fact, I don’t want anyone to cook anything for anyone. Just for this one day. Cooking equals mess, and I don’t want the mess (if you want to spend time in the kitchen, after you order in dinner and make brunch reservations, feel free to clean out the fridge.  I do recommend a HazMat suit, though).

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#8.  A Rhododendron  – Yes, it’s lovely. Sure, it seems like a plant I can put in the ground, and have forever, is a much more sensible choice than a bouquet of flowers I’ll toss in the trash in a week. BUT, getting to toss them in the trash in a week is the second best thing about a bouquet of flowers. I get the beautiful, but I don’t get saddled with the responsibility of something else to take care of. I’ll take the love-it-then-toss-it bouquet anyday.

#7.  A Goat Bra – Giving any lingerie to a woman is really a gift to the man who presents it to her, and a big mistake. BUT, a goat bra is even worse.  A friend of mine received one of these for Mothers’ Day from her well-meaning, but clueless husband.  Her pet goat was pregnant at the time, and the feed store guy had advised her husband that the goat, for its comfort and protection, would be needing some support wear.  Her husband decided it would be a delightful, practical gift. Turns out, it was neither.  Even the goat didn’t like it. No mother, of any species, wants lingerie for Mother’s Day.

#6.  A “Fun” Outing For The Whole Family – When Jerry Seinfeld said that there is no such thing as fun for the whole family, he was right. Do not take me to the zoo or Disneyland or the beach for Mothers’ Day.  I’d love to go some other time, but not on “my day.”  No family outing is a celebration for mom.  It’s another work day for mom. If you want to take our children, though, and leave me home to nap in peace, go for it.

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#4.  That Necklace Your Mother Says I’d Look Great In – Anything your mother (or sister or anyone but you and our kids) picked out is a big no-no. There’s nothing worse than enjoying something I think you chose for me, and hearing your mother say, “I told him you’d just love that.”  If you don’t want to make the effort for me yourself, I don’t want you to present me with the gift.  And, believe me, you don’t want the resulting cold front I’d be presenting you with in return.

#3.  A Photo Of The Whole FamilyI want to pick out which picture to enlarge of our family.  A framed blow up of that horrible family photo my cousin took of us last Christmas where I look like a cow chewing its cud is not my idea of a charming family memento. You might as well get me a case of SlimFast Shakes.  Which reminds me…

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#1.  A Hooked Rug Maker – Anything with the word “Maker” in the name is a huge fail in the gift world for me, because it’s a lie, and I hate lying. It’s not a Cake Pop Maker or a Quesadilla Maker or a Hooked Rug Maker. It’s a Spend All Day Trying To Make Cake Pops Maker or a Spend All Day Trying To Make Quesadillas Maker or a Spend All Day Trying To Make A Hooked Rug Maker.  I do not need something else to do. This is not a gift. It’s a chore.  Leave it at the store.

Remember, all I really want is for my kids to make me a card, anyway.

And, a sparkling, clean house.

And, for everyone to get along.

You know, simple stuff.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have you ever gotten a real doozy of a gift?  Have you given a crazy one? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Join me on Dads Round Table for a list of my Top 7 Things I Want For Mother’s Day. Remember, as always, the extra click to get there counts as cardio.

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It’s Friday.

End of the week. Start of the weekend.

Pull up a chair & grab your favorite frosty beverage.

Time to get your giggle on.

 

Friday Funnies –

Smiles From Around The World Wide Web

Complied by Gina Valley

Have you fanned me up on Facebook? If not, here’s your chance!  Click on over and hit “like” so you don’t miss a giggle (be sure to hover and select “Show in News Feed” while you’re at it, so Facebook will show you the giggles).

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Always good advice!

 

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Oh, I hate when that happens!

 

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What happens if your printer runs out of ink?

 

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So very, very thankful!

 

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My usual exciting,Saturday night plans.

 

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He sings often at our house!

 

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Keep this in mind, June Brides!

 

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It’s definitely breeding!

 

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I think this should be my mantra!

Be sure to visit the Gina Valley Facebook page and to “like” me up.

 

Some Of My Favorite Pins On Pinterest:

Consider this your formal invitation to check out all of my boards on Pinterest.

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High praise, indeed!

 

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I’ve been saying that for years!

 

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A bunch!

 

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\ I hate when that happens!
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I really need one of these signs!

All the rest of my pins for the week are here on my Latest Great Pins Board.

If you’re trying to put off making dinner, you can check out all of my boards on Pinterest.

 

This Week On The Gina Valley Blog:

My recent humor posts include

Friday Funnies – cvcvc (a weeks worth of funnies),

When EVERY Day Is Take Your Kids To Work Day (work is the last thing getting done while trying to work from home),

I Can’t Wear White! (why can’t I be one of those people who have their act together?),

Tuesday Tickles – cvnvc (a week’s worth of funny quips),

X is for…I Can’t Think In This House!!!…Gina’s Favorites (quiet is a scarce commodity in our house.),

I Lost My Phone!!! (I might be losing my mind, but I definitely lost my cell phone!).

I hope they gave you some giggles, too.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina             

What made you smile this week? Did you have a good week?  Any big plans this weekend?  Have you scheduled time to relax?  I’m looking forward to hearing about it!  Shoot me a comment with all the details!

X is for…I Can’t Think In This House!!!…Gina’s Favorites

X is for…I Can’t Think In This House!!!…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

Today is Throwback Day!!! Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

X is for…I Can’t Think In This House!!!

The OCD in me tends to obsess a bit about titles for what I write.  Well, it tends to obsess a bit about everything, but titles are what I’m working on right now.

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None of those cheap “eXcellent” or “X-ray” cheats for me.  Only real words that actually have something to do with the material need bother to apply.

I won’t tell you that I’ve pulled out 3 different English dictionaries and read every entry for “X” in each.  I did, but I’m not going to tell you that because it sounds a bit obsessive.

I will tell you that while I have been wracking my brain in an attempt to come up with an appropriate x-word, my 2 youngest sons have been wracking theirs in an attempt to come up with ways to derail every last car of every train of thought I’ve had today.

So far they’re batting 1000.

Just now, Son#4 came up with a brand new way to harass Son#3.  Brotherly love at its finest.

I spent most of last night at urgent care with Son#3.  He’s very sensitive to things in his environment.  He’d developed a rash on his face and one arm, which told me he’d been in contact with something his body was angry about.  By the time we were seen by the doctor, the rash had spread, turned bright red, and he’d started wheezing.  We got home late last night with 2 new medicines and a fresh case of exhaustion.

Son#3 is not getting enough oxygen today and is exhausted.  He’s also got an itchy rash on his face, arm, and part of his leg.

He’s not in the best mood.

He was starting to display a rather foul attitude, so I explained to Son#3 that, since he’s having breathing trouble and he isn’t getting enough air, he’s a bit crabby (just between you and me, it’s more like “spawn of satan” crabby, but why split hairs?), and needs to be extra careful about how he responds to people.

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Son#4 began dancing around our family room, while singing a tune that sounded very Disney-ish.  The lyrics, however, he stole from me.

He sang, “I’m really crabby when I don’t get enough air,” in a bright, cheerful tone.  Over and over again, interspersed with periodic fits of laughter, Son#4 serenaded Son#3 with his song, always careful to stay out of arms reach.

This, not surprisingly, was not well received by Son#3, who took the opportunity to use what little air he was getting to scream at Son#4.  This, of course, served only to encourage Son#4 to sing louder and dance faster, and to make up a second verse.  Son#3 met his brother’s new efforts by redoubling his own, screaming and pelting Son#4 with Legos.

In the midst of the chaos, I remembered an applicable x-word.

Xenogenisis.   You remember xenogenesis, right?  It means spontaneous creation.

If you’re a Trekkie you’ll likely remember it from the 2nd Star Trek movie.  I think that’s the one in which Spock dies, and his body is placed into a pod and shot toward the Genesis planet, which is undergoing xenogenisis.

Or, maybe you remember it from biology class.

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Son#4 had xenogenisis’ed a whole bunch of chaos out what had been nothing but a brother confined to sofa-rest, receiving some instruction from his mom.

Proving once again that kids are nothing but helpful to parents trying to work from home.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Anything xenogenisis-ing in your neck of the woods?  Why does that make me think of our refrigerator?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Check out my Top 10 Signs You’re A Work From Home Parent post or my When EVERY Day Is Take Your Kids To Work Day post for more giggles about trying to work with kids around.

As always, thank you for reading and sharing my work.  I appreciate your support!

Tuesday Tickles – cvnvc

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Complied by Gina Valley

I love to share giggles.

Here’s some of the tweets that

made me laugh in the last week.

 

Great tweets from great tweeps:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to follow me on Twitter so you don’t miss a laugh!

 

Don’t miss a giggle.  “Like” up my Facebook page, and to share it with a friend.

Laugh Loud Out!

-gina

What makes you smile?  Where do you turn when you need a giggle?  Do you have a favorite tweeter?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

I Can’t Wear White!

I Can’t Wear White!

by Gina Valley

I figured, if I hurried, I wouldn’t see anyone I knew.

Clearly, I was out of my mind.

I’d fallen asleep sitting up on the sofa sometime in the wee hours of the morning. Maybe the column I was working on wasn’t quite as entertaining as I thought it was.

The dog woke me up. Nature was calling him, apparently. Why must Nature always call before 6:00AM when I’m exhausted?

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I stumbled into the kitchen to start breakfast for my pack, and realized there was nothing to start breakfast with. So, I’d grabbed my keys and rushed out to the grocery store.

Halfway there I was awake enough to notice that I was still in the clothes I’d slept in, hadn’t brushed my hair or teeth, and yesterday’s make up was pooled under my eyes. I realized I was practically forcing the Universe to make my path intersect with everyone I’ve known since 3rd grade.

But, we were out of milk, bread, eggs, fruit, you know, just a few slightly important ingredients for making breakfast and packing lunches. So, I had to make the risky half mile dash to the closest grocery store.

I was shocked, shocked, that I gathered all the items we needed, plus a dozen more for good measure, in record time, and without seeing anyone I knew. Even the cashier wasn’t one of the usual suspects.

I felt the Universe smiling at me as I pushed my cart full of bags toward the door.

Then, I realized the Universe was not smiling. It was smirking. And, maybe snickering. Yes, I could definitely hear snickering.

Walking in through the door that I was heading toward, too close for me to dodge, was my friend, Julia.

Julia looked perfect. She always looks perfect. Even at 6:11am in the grocery store, which she stopped by to drop off her extra plastic grocery bags for recycling, she looked perfect.
My extra plastic grocery bags were crammed under our kitchen sink, destined to be called into duty as lunch bags on a morning when every lunch box and paper sack we owned had simultaneously disappeared.

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Julia’s daughter, Claire, never took lunch to school in a grocery bag. She has 3 different lunch kits, which Julia alternates to ensure they are aired out and bacteria-free.  I, on the other hand, shake the bag my kids will tote their lunches to school in over the sink, in hopes of dislodging any truly repulsive stowaways. I figure anything that doesn’t shake off probably is good for building up their immune systems. Besides, most of the lunches my kids take get traded away or lost long before lunch time anyway.

Julia was wearing a white linen suit. White. And, it was crisply ironed and smudge-free. I can’t even get a package of white socks home from WalMart smudge-free. I’d never be approved to gain custody of a white suit. The only pair of white jeans I ever owned got a strawberry jam stain on them before I’d even worn them, and subsequently turned pink when I washed them. I can stain white clothes with just whipped cream. I figured I better not stand too close to her.

I’ve known Julia for years. She’s wonderful, and I love her. But, I hate her. Not hate hate her, just “oh geez why must she always be so together when I’m falling apart?!?!” hate.

The worst part is (now you ladies will understand this, but guys this will make no sense to most of you) Julia is really a nice person. Not fake nice.  Truly nice. She really is a wonderful person.

She’s always happy to help, never gossips, and is the absolute best room-mom ever (I never request particular teachers for my kids, but I always ask that my daughter be in Claire’s class). Even when she’s exhausted she’s not crabby.  I only have to think about being exhausted to get crabby.

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Julia greeted me warmly. I kept the cart between us. I didn’t want to put her white suit at risk.

She smiled broadly, lipstick perfectly shaped, pearly whites perfectly pearly and white. I smiled back. At least I think I did. I was so busy calculating whether there was a bigger chance of spinach or Oreos being stuck on my teeth that I’m not sure whether I smiled or just grunted in her direction.

We did the quick version of the how’re-the-kids-hub-and-life small talk, both of us knowing the before school hours pass quicker than most.

As we parted, Julia said, “You know, G, I’m so impressed that you can get your grocery shopping done so early. I wish I could be spontaneous to like you, but it’d mess up my schedule for the whole week. I could never pull it off.”

Loading my bags into the trunk, I almost felt a little sorry for Julia. She seemed to be so beholden to her schedule; such a prisoner to her own perfection. Maybe she was right. Maybe I’m not unorganized. Maybe I should stop reaching for perfection, and embrace spontaneous.

I looked down and realized my shoes were different colors.

And, they were both for right feet.

And, I thought, “Maybe a little perfection might not be so bad.”

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Do you have a friend who always seems to have it all together? Do your shoes match?  Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

When EVERY Day Is Take Your Kids To Work Day

When EVERY Day Is Take Your Kids To Work Day

by Gina Valley

I got a call from Kelly, a former office mate. She told me that she’s considering taking a flex time position, and she was wondering if my productivity had changed since I made the jump to working from home fulltime.

I laughed and laughed and laughed. She’s such a kidder.

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Turns out she wasn’t kidding.

She has 2 preschool kids and wants to spend more time with them. So, she actually wanted to know what my days are like since my commute changed from the 405 freeway for an hour to the upstairs hall for 25 feet.

My first impulse was to ask her if she knew the definition of bedlam.  But, I decided instead to give her a few examples of life when every day is Take Your Kids To Work Day.

I panic and race through our house several times a week to check for disasters when I suddenly realize it’s quiet and I’ve been uninterrupted for 10 minutes.

I check at least twice that everyone is wearing underwear before I Skype with a client.

I’ve stopped work, even though I had a deadline looming, to go look at the “giantest worm in the whole world ever” twice, just this week.

I have 3 different colors of glitter glue in my office supply cabinet.

There is a stuffed animal or toy truck occupying the guest chair in my office nearly all the time.

I have, without thinking, asked the FedEx guy if he needs to use the bathroom before he leaves, and have also accidentally reminded the UPS guy to use his inside voice.

I’ve been late heading out to a meeting because my car’s windshield was completely covered with Post It notes with crooked little smiley faces drawn on them.

There is finger paint in my top desk drawer. Not all of it is in its container.

I’m currently out of Wite-Out because someone used it to paint his red Hot Wheels Trans Am so it would be camouflaged in the snow.  And, by “snow” I mean the big tub of vanilla ice cream I bought 2 days ago.

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I’ve been side-tracked by the need to perform an “egg frying on the sidewalk” experiment or a “frozen bee removal” exercise, repeatedly.

My fax machine has been on the fritz because it was used to try to send a GI Joe to another dimension (I was asked later “Would it have worked better if we’d used a cover sheet?”).

I had a client ask me, “Is everything ok?” after my youngest hollered at me while I was on the phone with that client, “No one is on fire or bleeding from the head, but it is an emergency!” (it was, by the way, so not an emergency).

So, yes, my productivity has changed.

But on the other hand, my young officemates are a lot of fun.

They do need a lot more help wiping than my old officemates did, though.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Anyone little “helping” you get a lot done? I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!   Shoot me a comment with all the details.  No glitter necessary!

Friday Funnies – cvcvc

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It’s Friday.

End of the week. Start of the weekend.

Pull up a chair & grab your favorite frosty beverage.

Time to get your giggle on.

 

Friday Funnies –

Smiles From Around The World Wide Web

Complied by Gina Valley

Have you fanned me up on Facebook? If not, here’s your chance!  Click on over and hit “like” so you don’t miss a giggle (be sure to hover and select “Show in News Feed” while you’re at it, so Facebook will show you the giggles).

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This makes my eye twitch.

 

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I play this game almost every time I go shopping.

 

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I really need one of these.

 

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My family makes heavy use of this signal.

 

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This makes me laugh way more than it should.

 

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He really is!
(And, so am I!)

 

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I think we have more than one.

 

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My son wants to put this in his report on ancient Egypt.

 

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Where is the putter-awayer machine?

 

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And, they’re in the same union as the coffeemaker!

Be sure to visit the Gina Valley Facebook page and to “like” me up.

 

Some Of My Favorite Pins On Pinterest:

Consider this your formal invitation to check out all of my boards on Pinterest.

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I love this valet!

 

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Been that kind of month!

 

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This is how Grumpy Kitty started.

 

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I want to get one of these for my daughters’ dance teacher!

 

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I am definitely doing this for my next trip.

All the rest of my pins for the week are here on my Latest Great Pins Board.

If you’re trying to put off making dinner, you can check out all of my boards on Pinterest.

 

This Week On The Gina Valley Blog:

My recent humor posts include

Friday Funnies – cdovc (a weeks worth of funnies),

Better Than Chocolate! (Easter Blessings),

Where Was That Fire Extinguisher? (I’m just not crafty)

Tuesday Tickles – cvdvc (a week’s worth of funny quips),

Top 10 Signs You’re A Work From Home Parent (insanity causing symptoms of trying to work from home),

Stupid Washing Machine…Gina’s Favorites (our new washing machine is more complicated than the Space Shuttle).

I hope they gave you some giggles, too.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina             

What made you smile this week? Did you have a good week?  Any big plans this weekend?  Have you scheduled time to relax?  I’m looking forward to hearing about it!  Shoot me a comment with all the details!

Stupid Washing Machine…Gina’s Favorites

Stupid Washing Machine…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

This has been one of those endless laundry weeks around the Valley household. You know the kind. The moment you drop that last stiff sock and wiggly towel into the washing machine, you turn around to find the laundry mountain has somehow instantly regenerated itself.
So, I figured my Stupid Washing Machine post would be perfect for this week’s Throwback Day post.
Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

Stupid Washing Machine

So, we got a new washing machine, and I lost my mind.

Same day.  One price.  I think it was some kind of a sale.  Two inconveniences for the price of one.

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First off, because I’m just the teeny, tiniest bit OCD (read “totally OCD”) I had to read the User Guide, the Technical Information Booklet, and the User Manual (which is different than the User Guide.  I guess you aren’t allowed to be guided by any of the information in the User Manual) thoroughly before we could consummate our laundry cleaning relationship.

I think the User Manual was written by Homer after he finished writing the Odyssey, and wanted to try his hand at something really long.  In 4 different languages.  I’m willing to bet that the club of “we who have read that sucker cover-to-cover” is very exclusive.

There is all sorts of interesting information in these fine laundry appliance publications.  The Technical Information booklet (apparently the appliance company thinks 176 pages is too short to call it a “book”) included several interesting (maybe just to me) wiring and mechanical diagrams.  Those will probably come in handy when we’re bored on Friday nights and decide to build our own washing machine from scratch.

It also had a section detailing the different cycles and options available.  Gone are the days of high, medium, and low water levels.  Forget about light, normal, and disgusting soil amounts.  Hot, warm, and cold water?  Puhleeze.

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All totaled (don’t tell me that applied math degree is going to waste) there are 1050 different cycles possible.  There are 8 additional options possible after one has “designed” one’s cleaning cycle, for a grand total of 8400 different ways to clean clothes with this machine.

Now, I didn’t pick out this machine, so perhaps I’m judging it too harshly.  I will admit it is nice that it matches our dryer, and it does play pretty songs when it finishes a load.

But, honestly, I only need 3 options in my laundry cleaning mechanical helpers:  So-Disgusting-It-Probably-Should-Have-Been-Thrown-Out, Can’t-Tell-What-Color-It-Is-But-At-Least-It’s-Not-Running, and Perfectly-Clean-And-Folded-Stuff-Someone-Threw-In-The-Hamper-Because-He/She-Was-Too-Lazy-To-Pull-Out-A-Drawer.   Anything else is just overkill.

Well, except maybe the cup-holders.  You can never have too many cup-holders.

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So, now we’ll be getting the HE (which I’m pretty sure means highly expensive) detergent that we should have been using for the last decade.  Immediately, I wondered if we should get liquid or powdered detergent.

On the one hand, I must consider the most important aspect of laundry soap – what happens when it spills.  Powder – sweep it up and dump it back in. Liquid – all is lost and it’ll probably take out anything near it, including walls.  Point for powder.

Liquids are easier to measure accurately.  Accurately appeals to my OCD.  Point to liquid.

Unsure what the performance advantages were between powder and liquid, I, foolishly, consulted the Internet. If it’s on the Internet it has to be true, you know.

In my attempt to get an objective opinion, I had to look long and hard (we’re talking “2nd and 3rd page of Google” hard) to find a site that wasn’t clearly one of the detergent brands’ stooges.  I did finally find one.

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So basically more information, predictably, made the choice less clear. Is there anyone who spills food on their shirt but doesn’t also get dirt on it?

Having weighed all the options I have narrowed it down to the 2 that make the most sense.

Either, make a paste with the liquid and powder detergents, so we can continue to eat and get dirty.

Or, burn all our clothes and move to a nudist colony.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have the appliances taken over at your house yet?  Is SkyNet closer than we want to admit?  Powder or liquid?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!

Top 10 Signs You’re A Work From Home Parent

Top 10 Signs You’re A Work From Home Parent

by Gina Valley

This whole Take Your Child To Work Day thing is an interesting idea. But, some of us hit a bit of a kink when we try to put it into practice.

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Did you find that when you tried to take your child to work with you, your child was already there?  I did. I thought I was losing my mind. Again.

I wondered if I should check my symptoms on WebMD. After all, I felt dazed and confused.

But, then I remembered, I’m not crazy; I’m a WFHP (Work From Home Parent).

Do you feel like you might be losing your mind?  If so, you might be a WFHP (Work From Home Parent), too.

Here are some symptoms to watch for:

Top 10 Signs You’re A Work From Home Parent

#10.  You’ve found yourself in a fog, holding a leaking juice box in one hand and a marketing report in the other, torn between which to deal with first.

#9.  Your printer has been flashing “paper jam” when the problem was in fact a “jam sandwich” jam on three separate occasions.

#8.  The last four phone numbers you wrote down are inscribed on the back of a paper plate because your folio pad is filled with drawings of dinosaurs by a young up-and-coming artist.

#7.  You took notes during your last conference call with a purple crayon, because you hid the real pens so well after the aforementioned artist used them to re-design the wallpaper in the foyer that even you can’t find one.

#6.  There are more Legos than file folders on your desk.

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#5.  Your paper clips are easy to find, but hard to use, because they’re all connected into one giant chain that’s strewn across your doorway like a flexible limbo bar.

#4.  You had to use plastic safety scissors to cut out the images for the display for your last presentation.

#3.  You have offered a large cash bribe to someone under the age of 10 to be silent during a phone call.

#2.  The majority of your file folders have peanut butter smudges on them somewhere.

#1.  You knew when you saw this list you’d have to wait until the middle of the night to read through it if you wanted to do it with fewer than 6 interruptions.

Sound familiar?

You’re not crazy.  You’re a parent trying to work from home.

Of course, there are a lot of similarities between the two.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Are you a work from home parent? Were your parents work from home parents? How’d that work out? Shoot me a comment. You’re already here anyway, and I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say.