January 7, 2009

January 7, 2009

Posted in cleaning, daily to do lists, shopping tagged , , , , , , at 10:32 am by allisonwonder

Yesterday was pretty much a bust. Aside from getting groceries (and forgetting to take my list) and doing a few dishes, I was too damn tired to do anything.I did get some Christmas ornaments ridiculously cheap at the grocery store, though, and they actually fit in with the look I want to go for next year, which is good… also picked up some highly discounted wrapping paper (74 cents, down from $2.99) that’s not actually Christmas-themed, so I can use it all year, and some non-Christmasy “Christmas” ribbon for my cards… which are online now- http://dandeliondaisy.etsy.com

To Do:


wipe down kitchen counters & take care of stains

clean microwave (smells like cheese sausage)

wash floors (steam mop)


tidy living room/ dining room

cook supper (3-cheese macaroni)

scoop out litter box

clean bathtub

tidy basement play area

finish making mom’s birthday present

make beds

wash AJ’s work clothes

bake bread- buy butter first. :S


January 5, 2009

January 5th, 2009

Posted in cleaning, daily to do lists tagged , , , , , at 10:04 am by allisonwonder

Yeah, yesterday wasn’t so productive, but you know what? That’s OK. I was tired, the boys were tired and cranky… at least we managed to get out to buy apple juice, and I didn’t give in to the temptation to get McDonald’s for lunch or supper. I made fettuccine with tomato sauce and shrimp last night- not bad.

I also got birthday cards made for a few more February family birthdays. I enjoy playing with my paper, ribbons, beads and glue sticks, but it’s not easy to do it unless the boyzos are in bed- otherwise I have curious little hands all over my stuff. It’s also a hassle to go downstairs, pick out whatever I think I’ll want to use (I don’t work from patterns or instructions), toss it all in a box, and bring it upstairs… and then haul it all back down when I’m done. This is one of the reasons Ike and Simon were going to be sharing a bedroom- AJ and I need a room for our stuff. The desk, his toys, maybe even the movies… my card-making stuff. I’m working on an area in the basement where I can work, but we’re not down there much right now.

There’s lots to do again today:

Today’s To Do:


dishes (as needed)


wipe countertops and sink

stains, spills and smudges


wipe sink and shower after use

hang up towels

put bath toys away

wipe counter and floor as needed

Living Room/ Dining Room

sweep floors, spot clean messes

tidy floor and flat surfaces

take baskets to appropriate rooms


make beds

laundry in hampers


litter box- quick scoop

food and water for cats





activity planning for this week (at least one planned activity for the boys per day)



December 8, 2008

Garbage, Trash, and Other Junk

Posted in Waste Disposal tagged , , , at 8:00 am by allisonwonder

God’s getting be back for all the bitching I did when we lived in St. John’s about the inadequate recycling programs. I now live in a far more trash-conscious area of the country, and the recycling program is excellent… or a pain in the ass, depending on how you look at it. Because of the aforementioned bitching, I’m officially not allowed to call it a PITA.

Speaking of pitas, we’re expected to compost (oooooh, nice segue!). How, you might wonder, is this enforced? We put our trash out in clear plastic bags. All of it. I’ve been told that it’s possible to throw out food scraps with the garbage, but you have to hide it in the middle of the bag- and they WILL leave bags behind if you’ve got recyclable/compostable stuff in there.

So we have a composter in our back yard. When we moved in, we found plastic bags and bits of styrofoam in there, but we (and by “we” I mean AJ, since he’s got the long arms) picked most of it out, and now we dump our bucket/bag in there when it gets too full or smelly. We don’t have a garden, so I’m not sure what happens with the end product, but we don’t need to worry about that just yet.

Compost Bucket < Compost bucket. Yeah, I need to sweep under there…

We don’t have recycling bins here; we separate our recycling into 2 blue bags- one for paper and boxboard, one for plastics, juice cartons, etc. Corrugated cardboard gets tied up in a bundle and put out with everything else.

dsc07432 <I’d rather have a dishwasher here, but it’s a good place for recycling, too.

dsc07431 <garbage and recycling

dsc07434 <cardboard

It’s not as complicated as it sounds. We toss anything that can be recycled* into the bucket, and I sort it out on Mondays. Food scraps (other than meat and dairy) go under the sink, and everything else goes in the garbage can. We still have too much actual garbage going out, thanks to our disposable diaper habit (bad, bad!), but having these programs around definitely reduces that.


*Or anything we think can be recycled; if the list isn’t specific enough (eg- plastic packaging), I tend to err on the side of recycling. The worst thing that’s going to happen is that they’ll throw it out, right?