January 2nd, 2012

i can haz clean glassware?

Yes! I can!

And what’s more, the hazy, gritty glasses coming from my otherwise awesome Bosch dishwasher weren’t my fault!

I think it was my sister who linked to a story about the new and terribly ineffective phosphate-free dishwasher detergents a while back, but I am only just now getting around to doing something about it. In addition to my usual, phosphate-free and terribly ineffective dishwasher detergent, I now

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October 23rd, 2009

Why yes it is

a petrified baby garter snake.

And yes, I did find it on my dining room floor.

And no, nothing surprises me anymore. Not even a little bit.

July 18th, 2008


You know what I am going to say … but don’t you want to learn how you can join the Laundry Liberation?

June 3rd, 2008

What I found on my bed

last night when (finally!) the silly hockey game was done and at last we could go to bed.

It’s a large and filthy plastic pail, of course.

It’s filled with tiny figures from the board game Risk and a blue flashlight filter, of course.

May 31st, 2008

Two years and it’s yours

(as she watched me scrub out the toilet)

Gabby: That is my favoritest job and you never let me do it.

April 10th, 2008

The System

When your mother calls you in from playing outside and tells you to change out of your play clothes, you strip down in your bedroom, step out of your crazy-muddy pants, and leave them lying however they land.

After this, you can forget about them. Because, you see, this is when the laundry fairies flutter in to do their job. They seek out the muddy clothes, untangle them from

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April 9th, 2008

It’s about your house; It’s about your husband; It’s about your family

We women can get pretty worked up about housework, can’t we?

I am always surprised to find that it’s an emotional topic for women. But I shouldn’t be. We have all kinds of emotional baggage wrapped up in this one. Some of the people I’ve heard from over the past few days tell me that they were raised in cold, controlling, immaculate homes and so avoiding housework now is a

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March 27th, 2008

Help with Housework

Elizabeth wrote a bit about the rhythms of housework and has inspired me to share some thoughts on something that came up in last week’s Coffee Talk.

Some of you asked “How on earth do you handle all the housework?” while others of you hoped I would be so kind as to post pictures of the inside of my messy house. Well, I was crazy enough to do that once

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