Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Book Club of 1

I wouldn't consider myself a rabid reader. I did finish the Twilight series in 2 weeks, and re-read Harry Potter each time a new movie is about to come out, but I'm not a literary book worm. So since most of my recommendations for reading material come from the movie theatre I picked up "Water for Elephants". It's coming out soon. I saw the preview for it when we went to see "True Grit". It will be starring Reese Witherspoon and (ironically) Robert Pattinson. I thought to myself, "I'm going to pick that one up and check it out". It was waiting for me on the hold shelf, Thursday at the library and I finished it up last night. It's easy to breeze through a 300 page book, after all those 700 pagers. I was just as enthralled! It is about train traveling circuses of the depression era. I would highly recommend this book. Although it was more than a peek behind the curtain, even the gritty world of the circus was magical. The main character is such a charmer, you can't help but want to sit next to him and listen to his tales. It was also a brilliant take on being old. It made we want to spend more time learning about my grandparent's pasts. I hope you enjoy spending time in this world as much as I did.

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Clean Slate

Could the new year start any better? If you just can't decide what you want for Christmas next year, ask Santa to send you a few elves to "deep clean" your house the day the kids go back to school. It was actually my husband's idea to get it done. What a man! It was a 4 hour process, so I just headed out the door. I had sushi for lunch, while enjoying a new magazine, then window shopped at TJ Maxx until it was time to pick up my son. We got a little pick me up at the coffee shop and waited for big brother to get out as well. By the time I picked up my oldest son, they were done and boy was I in for a surprise! I am not the world's best housekeeper. The idea that it is just going to get dirty again as soon as you get it all clean keeps me from doing an outstanding job, but nothing was keeping these ladies from getting an A+! I do take pride in my home and want it to be comfortable, so I will attack the windows, blinds, ceiling fans and baseboards from time to time, but not all in the same day, and certainly not on the same day I mopped and dusted! But this is exactly what I walked into today when I got home. It had ALL been done! The burners on the stove were sparkling! The sticky, greasy dust above the microwave was gone! The hard water ring on toilets had disappeared! The shower floor was white! Even the kids beds got made and their thrown about clothes were neatly folded! I didn't expect them to clean up after them, just dust and vacuum their rooms. Everywhere I turned was another pleasant surprise! I don't want to use anything now and I certainly don't want to let the dog in! I am hoping to have them come every other month for a little extra up keep and then deep clean every January, what a great way to start off the new year!