Monday, December 31, 2007

Organic Housekeeping - Part 1

This is the title of the book I chose for my Christmas gift from Hubby. Since we have done a fair job this year of eating well. Although, I have to admit that sometimes I have to catch my breath when I purchase organic green grapes! I have to say that purchasing a few more items from the organic food store has not entirely compromised my grocery budget. However, I digress.

The goal for 2008 and to take it to the next level and try to use less chemicals for cleaning in our home. So a more organic laundry detergent, good old Borax and lots and lots of vinegar. I was extremely please to be able to find an organic surface cleaner with orange oil and tea tree in it, that works just as good as my ammonia cleaner, so all is not lost.

Now, for those of you who know me this last paragraph is insanely hilarious because I am not the best housekeeper. My greatest pal in Whitby will laugh out loud because all I do is clean when I go to her house. I even have my own bottle of windex there! There is one pet peeve that I have, okay it borders on OCD. I cannot stand a spotty stainless steel tap. That's why is called stainless steel people! it is supposed to shine like a mirror. Where this compulsion came from I will never know, but I figure if that is all that is wrong with me than I can live with that. Okay moving on!

This goal for 2008 was put to heavy duty testing this weekend as Peanut proceeded to spike a fever and vomit like the scene in the exorcist all over our couch and carpet. It took two days but I am proud to say that I did not use any chemicals to clean everything up. Although it was tempting and I did go to the store and purchase one product that I know would have fixed everything up. I am proud to say that I will be able to return it and carry on my day with a eco friendly conscious.

Life would be easier if they just sold a product called Vomit Remover" or Puke Be Gone" don't you think?

How did I do it? you ask, well here is a brief run down.
STEP1 - Clean offending vomit with paper towels (okay not eco friendly and also not my job unless you want the puddle to get bigger.)

STEP 2 Saturate area with a mixture of water and vinegar about a table spoon to a litre or two of water. Give a little scrub.

STEP 3 - Soak up puddle with towel (preferrably old tattered towel not new Christmas towel, sometimes hubby does not understand these things)

Step 4 - Soak up more of puddle with towel (this time with old tattered towel and no yelling)

Step 5 - Let air dry over night.

Step 6 - sprinkle with baking soda let sit for a couple hours and vaccuum

VOILA! fixed!

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Holidays, Toys - so much fun!

Okay, Okay, now that I realize more than one person is reading this thing I better keep up. As per my last post I was feeling really overwhelmed and out of time.

I managed to put in a few hours overtime at work and now don't feel so bad as I don't "owe" the company any time. Yahoo.

I managed to lose my Dad's Christmas present, and forgot my Nana and Pabob's present and my friends little guy's present. Duh!

Also I think I owe my brother and his girlfriend something because I only ended up with a game for them and it was not as fun as I thought it was going to be. I digress.

Christmas was total chaos! Such fun. I thought hubby was going to lose his mind, too many toys, too much stuff, he only went on a tirade once a day so it wasn't too bad.

Bugaloo got an expansion set for his wooden Thomas track and some new characters so he was in his glory and Peanut got an assortment of dolls and my pretty ponies and such so she was having fun figuring all that stuff out and loving on her dollies.

Lino and I got each other a few new books and I was able to surprise him with one of them. I got a new suit for work and some new jeans (thank the stars!) Lino got new socks (thanks the stars again!)

It was very nice because this year we had Christmas day all to ourselves and we didn't have to go anywhere or do anything with anybody we just got to hang and play with our stuff!.

I got a book about clearing the clutter and organic housekeeping ??? No I actually picked it out. As the new year approaches I want to talk a more active part in paying attention to what we use in our household. We are going to try to tighten up our budget and clean up and out our home so that we have less stress and chemicals etc. We did a great job this year with the foods that we eat. (Except some junk food) cookies and chips yumm.

So continuing on that we are going on to phase 2 Money and cleaning.

I'll keep you updated.

Monday, December 17, 2007

I need more time...

This will be the week from hell. As most of Ontario knows we had over 27 cms of snow. This caused our street and cul de sac to be completely snowed in.

We did not get plowed until after lunch. Couple that with a dr appt I had and no work for me today.

Add that to the no work tomorrow because we are taking Bugaloo to London tomorrow for botox injections and add that to hardly any work on Thursday because we have arthotics clinic and I will have a whopping NO TIME at work this week.

I will have to work either Saturday or Sunday just to get close to the 35 hours I need to put in this week.

Ahhhh! This is really starting to drive me crazy I will have to speak to my supervisor in January about reducing my hours it just causes me so much stress to know that I owe the company hours and have no vacation or banked hours to make up the time.

Hopefully I will still be able to get it together for Bugaloos birthday breakfast on Monday. He will be 4yrs old and is so adorable.

I love him and I love my peanut and my wonderful husband.

I still have 2 shopping errands to run before I am done for Christmas. Man!

Next topic sometime this week will be my ramblings on career planning. After the demise of the dream job and an interview with a recruiter last week I have a lot of thinking to do.

Happy holidays!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Eye of the Hurricane!

They say the eye of a hurricane is really a calm serence place to be, a peaceful place to breath and give thanks for surviving before digging in for the fight for your life!

I believe this is where I am right now, today. Peanut managed to puke on me no less than 5 times last week and Bugaloo threw up on the drive way after his swimming lessons. As I said last blog it has been a flurry of Laundry and baths and showers over the past 10 days.

However, I do declare that we are over the worst of it. There has been no expulsion of any bodily fluids from an orface for the past two days, all cough and runny noses are at a minimum. I am proud to say that I think we are through the worst of it.

Bugaloo has started to pee on the toilet again (another post another time)and I can't say how happy we are that we are moving forward once again.

JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS..... duh duh duh.

So saturday will be a shopping extravagana with my sister, mother and nana it is alway truly entertaining...mostly for us, not really for anyone who has the misfortune for being around us, nor for the sales person serving us. 4 ladies (ha) with very bad toilet humor and a pengent for swearing in public (so tacky)

Work is spiralling out of control or maybe it's just me, but I feel overwhelmed and under utilized and have not job satisfaction and I work to far away from home. Monday I have a staff gripe meeting to attend and a supervisor who in my opinion is just that, oversees our work, approves time sheets but does not lead nor care to engage the staff towards a somewhat meaningful work experience.

So here I sit, in the Eye, thankful for survival and digging to go the second round.

Hang on.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Pukie McPuker

I hate barf! I hate my barf, I hate your barf I hate my kids barf! I hate barf. I hope you can sense how I feel about barf.

My little peanut has been sick since Tuesday Wednesday it started off as croup but has now turned into the full on flu. You know the kind of anything I put in my tummy comes flying out with the force of a jet engine 10 minutes later kind of flu. My heart just aches for her she is lying around like a limp noodle. My heart has not ached the count em. 5 times she has barfed all over me this weekend. Friday she yaked on me 2x before 7 am. That means I had my 3rd choice outfit on when I left for work.

All this puke is really stretching my parental capacity, i tell you.

Not much else except puke and laundry in this house today I'm afraid.

Well that and a heap of shovelling as it snowed, and snowed, and snowed and snowed last night, leaving us with about a foot and a bit of snow in the driveway today.

I'm goin gto have some tea now and see if I can relax a bit before she pukes on me again.