Another guest assistant! Tonight I suggested Mike could have a look-see to attempt to fulfil the day’s obligatory 5 items. He selected the “stuff,” we discussed it, and then I asked him to make the chalkboard list. “What about the spelling?” he asked. “Just write it down exactly like I have it on this piece of paper,” I replied.* He did precisely what I’d instructed…including the wrong date. Apparently he’s feeling very helpful tonight, though, because as soon as I noticed the mistake he voluntarily returned to the basement and corrected the date. What a guy!
I’m slightly nervous that I’ll miss the hand-vac. Ever since I purchased this item, back near the beginning of our relationship, it has prompted many repeats of this exact conversations:
“Oh no, I’ve spilled _____!”
“Grab the vacuum and vacuum it up.”
“Okay” [grabs conveniently located hand-vac…runs hand-vac over spilled item for approximately 5 minutes] “This stupid thing doesn’t work! Why do we even OWN it?!? Who bought this piece of junk anyway?”
“I know! We should throw it out!”
“I know! We SHOULD.” [places hand-vac back in convenient location].
I haven’t identified who said what because it is entirely interchangeable. In the past couple of years, the children have begun to use it as well. The only difference in the above conversation is the amount of time dedicated to running the hand-vac. The children will doggedly run the hand-vac upwards of 10 minutes. At about 7 minutes the battery charge starts to become seriously diminished and therefore adding this bit of commentary: “why is the battery running low?” “What?” “I SAID WHY IS THE BATTERY RUNNING LOW” “I can’t hear what you’re saying over that extremely loud hand vac and the battery is running low” (return to original conversation).
I don’t know what we’ll talk about now when we spill things.
Day 14 Scorecard: 70 down, 1755 to go
* behind-the-scenes: I write this blog upstairs in our office. The chalkboard is located downstairs. After days 1 and 2, I ascertained that I am unable to remember a list of 5 items between here and the basement. Hence, each day I write the list on a sticky-note and transport it with me to the basement.