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Maggie Mae

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I woke up this morning with the best of intentions. I was going to meet my friends and run our usual 10-20K, starting at a local trail, then go get some coffee. I would then go home and feel accomplished. 

What actually happened was not at all my usual Saturday. Oh, it started off normal, of course. I got up with the alarm. I opened the front door to let the cat back in (who had just left an hour and half ago.) He followed me into the bathroom, where I then petted him and looked at my phone for 20 minutes. Realizing I was short on time, I decided to take a shower anyway. I did that. Then I went back to bed, thinking I could just run from my house. 

In the time between opening the door for the cat and getting out of bed for the second time (2.5 hours, btw), it turned into a late season winter wonderland. I dressed, I put my key in my pocket, I put my gloves and hat on, started my watch, walked outside, started running, and at about 3/4 of a mile I said to myself "fuck this" and turned around. The snow was blowing in my face and I couldn't see. There were barely any cars on the road and no other runners. No bikers. No dog walkers. Just me and silence and snow. And what felt like 4 degree temperatures. This felt much colder, as we've had an incredibly mild winter so far. I've barely needed a coat. 

The SO returned from his run and said it sucked. Yet somehow he managed to power through for over two hours, where as I made it all of 13 minutes. I thought about going to do some sort of indoor activity, but I had a bottle of a local brew that just needed to be consumed immediately. Also, I realized that I had no pants for any type of activity, as we haven't done laundry in a week. 

For most two person households, a week without laundry shouldn't involve me sitting around my house in nothing but a teeshirt and some long underwear from 2008. However, with the training programs and the 2-3 workouts a day, 6 days a week, plus full time jobs, it adds up. Looks like 3-4 loads today. I have no more activewear that is clean. No socks. I do have: 12 pairs of jeans that don't fit, an ill fitting ugly dress from old navy with the tags still attached, lots of shorts and tank tops, and a lion costume from Halloween 2012. Let's hope it doesn't come down to me dressing as a sexy lion in March. 

So I bit the bullet and started a load of laundry. 

And I hate it. It's the worst chore. I don't sort. I put everything in and try to remember to take out things like bras, swimsuits, bike jerseys, bike shorts, bib shorts, and sweaters. Sometimes I forget and then I have to deal with a sweater that has holes in it. I lose socks. Whites are never bright white for too long (I find this to be sad.) Yet, I just don't have the time or patience to want to spend more time doing something so tedious and boring. The folding and putting away of the clean clothes is the most annoying part. When will someone invent a dryer that automatically folds and hangs clothing? Maybe a robot? 

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I'm proud of you for putting in a load. I thought for sure snow storm, good beer and no pants meant a Saturday of day drinking was in store! As for laundry, I got nothing. I hate it, too. (Also, re: there is no shame in dressing like a sexy lion in March. None!)

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Maggie Mae

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3 minutes ago, Hera said:

I'm proud of you for putting in a load. I thought for sure snow storm, good beer and no pants meant a Saturday of day drinking was in store! As for laundry, I got nothing. I hate it, too. (Also, re: there is no shame in dressing like a sexy lion in March. None!)

Oh. Let's not get ahead of ourselves on the day drinking. I can drink AND do laundry. I mean, the majority of laundry time is passive. What else do I have to do besides drink, read and post on FJ, and avoid other chores such as "turning on the roomba" and "sorting the mail into the trash can" ;-)

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Whew! I hate to see a good day drinking opportunity get missed. 

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My issue with laundry right now is putting it away. My dinning room table is covered with folded laundry, and I have four laundry baskets full of clean clothes waiting to be put away.

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Grimalkin

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1 hour ago, Ali said:

My issue with laundry right now is putting it away. My dinning room table is covered with folded laundry, and I have four laundry baskets full of clean clothes waiting to be put away.

At least yours is folded!

I rarely sort either but was embarrassed enough by my kids dingy white uniform shirts to have them put in a separate basket only for whites. I cant say my whites make it to that basket, but I rarely wear white anyway since I'm a dirty bitch and tend to spill stuff on my clothes on a pretty regular basis.

(I don't really get along with my MIL but once she was eating and she slopped her food on her shirt and she loudly stated "I'm such a dirty bitch!" that's what I think of whenever I spill on myself)

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violynn

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AMAZED at your workout schedule!  I  consider doing my laundry a workout, and yes, I hate it too!  Good luck and I hope the laundry fairies come along and fold it all for you. :) 

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WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

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 I just read your "about this blog". Now I know a new word! Thanks! (I'm a word geek--what else can I say?)

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HerNameIsBuffy

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Toss about a cup of vinegar in your load (along with whatever else you usually use) and it will keep the colors from bleeding into your whites - even when you wash them with colors.  No vinegar smell by the time they are done.  

Great for clothes that have white and multi colored stripes, too - keeps whites sharp and no bleeding.  if you don't have vinegar use a cup of salt for same effect.

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catlady

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I use vinegar too.  and that purple Fabuloso cleaner with towels and sheets (smells like lavender).  i'll have to try the salt some day.

i'd rather do laundry than clean the bathroom.  I do 8+ loads every Saturday for three adults, but I also change sheets at least one per week (clean sheets are my thing).  each adult is responsible for folding and putting away his own clothes, and I take over the linens because I'm fussy about folding.

I don't sort by colors unless I'm bleaching whites; I go by fabric weight instead, because a load of underwear dries quickly if there aren't any sweaters and such included.  I also line dry a lot, and have an outdoor line in summer.

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HerNameIsBuffy

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8 minutes ago, catlady said:

I use vinegar too.  and that purple Fabuloso cleaner with towels and sheets (smells like lavender).  i'll have to try the salt some day.

i'd rather do laundry than clean the bathroom.  I do 8+ loads every Saturday for three adults, but I also change sheets at least one per week (clean sheets are my thing).  each adult is responsible for folding and putting away his own clothes, and I take over the linens because I'm fussy about folding.

I don't sort by colors unless I'm bleaching whites; I go by fabric weight instead, because a load of underwear dries quickly if there aren't any sweaters and such included.  I also line dry a lot, and have an outdoor line in summer.

The salt works exactly the same but is much more expensive, so I've only used it when I was out of vinegar.

I'd rather do laundry and clean the bathroom than grocery shop or clean out the fridge.  And also a huge fan of line drying - we have a nice rack in the laundry room but haven't had a line outside in ages.  I really miss the smell of sheets dried in the summer air.  

And I hear you on the folding!  I won't admit that I watched a youtube video multiple times and spent over an hour learning how to fold a fitted sheet properly because I like how they look stacked in the linen closet.  Once my husband attempted to help with the laundry and rolled all the towels to "save space."  The inside of my linen closet looked like a clearance sale on sleeping bags for gnomes. 

 

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Maggie Mae

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I love line drying! But, alas, I don't want to display my laundry to the neighbors. Also it's usually snowing or raining. But still. Sometimes it's sunny and I might want to dry my clothes outside. The smell of sun dried clothes is so nice. 

 

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18 hours ago, HerNameIsBuffy said:

The salt works exactly the same but is much more expensive, so I've only used it when I was out of vinegar.

I'd rather do laundry and clean the bathroom than grocery shop or clean out the fridge.  And also a huge fan of line drying - we have a nice rack in the laundry room but haven't had a line outside in ages.  I really miss the smell of sheets dried in the summer air.  

And I hear you on the folding!  I won't admit that I watched a youtube video multiple times and spent over an hour learning how to fold a fitted sheet properly because I like how they look stacked in the linen closet.  Once my husband attempted to help with the laundry and rolled all the towels to "save space."  The inside of my linen closet looked like a clearance sale on sleeping bags for gnomes. 

 

I found two nearly-full containers of salt in my cupboard recently, and we almost never use it for health reasons, so at least there's a use for it now.

I'd rate fridge-cleaning above bathroom.......

I learned how to fold fitted sheets at age 19 from my college roommate; her solution was to fold the sheet in quarters, then nest all the corners into each other, then fold in the top and side edges .  this makes it mostly flat, and you can fold the whole thing in half again one or two more times.

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