Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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Laundry is evil

While playing on twitter ( what do you MEAN you don't follow @ihave7monsters on twitter?! GASPILICIOUS!!), a group of moms and I were moaning about laundry. So much so, that Jill of the Yeah....Good Times blog felt the urge to share with me a blog post she had written about laundry, and how to turn that frown upside down, because laundry is a challenge, and provokes such a feeling of accomplishment when it's all done.. and stuff like that there. To see her post, (be warned, it is rated R for language) click here. Go ahead, I'll wait for you before I continue on.

Are you done yet?

How about now?

NOW are you done yet??

After I stopped laughing, and wiped away tears of mirth at Jill's idea of a LOT of laundry, I unglued my behind from my computer chair, grabbed my handy dandy digital Kodak, took a little walk down the hall of the Monster House, got vaccinated, and stepped into what used to be my laundry room. 

Now, you need to know some facts. Every week, the Daddy throws a royal hissy and pouts and foams at the mouth until the monsters clean their rooms. HazMat clothing and face masks are donned, we pull out the shovels, rakes and big, black lawn & leaf bags, whining begins, threats fly around ... it's what we do for entertainment. I have considered hiring a front end loader. 
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As you know, I am retired. This means I only have three jobs now. 1) Snuggle the monsters, 2) make dinner, and 3)do the laundry. I think I got a raw deal here. What do YOU think? This is my current Matterhorn of laundry from the latest spelunking expedition into the monster bedrooms and the nursery. We are horribly abusive parents, and require that the bed linens get changed weekly, as well. *sigh* I have completed 7 loads of wash, and folded them. The pictures show the remainder. Woe is me.

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This is the view from my laundry room door in the hall. I can't currently close it.... unless I have unexpected company. Then you would be surprised at what miraculous things can happen! Those little white rectangular things on the left? Super capacity washer and dryer. They look so tiny and cute in this picture.....



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Notice the look of, "What?!?!" on notorious #5's face. This is because I told him he absolutely was NOT allowed to slide down the "laundry hill" again. Yes, I am aware that he is wearing the same outfit in THIS blog post as he was in the pecan pie experiment post. It's his favorite, and really people, that was a week ago!

Once again, this experience has provoked a thought process. Just how much laundry DOES the Monster House go through in a week? Here's the math ( the Daddy does his own washing):
8pair of socks x 7 days= 112 socks
8 pair of pants x 7 days= 56 pairs of pants
2 Sunday dresses
2 Boys' dress shirts
2 boys' dress slacks
2 pair dress socks
8 t-shirts x7 days= 56 t shirts
7 camis x 7 days= 49 camis
6 pair of underwear x 7 days= 42 pair of underwear
5 towels x 7 days= 35 towels
8 sets of sheets= 16 sheets
8 pillowcases
assorted kitchen towels and dishrags

I wonder why I hate doing the laundry. And the fam wonders why I throw a hissy when I find folded laundry buried in the middle of the Matterhorn.....

6 comments:

jillsmo said...

I think it's important to point out here that you have MORE THAN THREE TIMES MORE KIDS THAN I DO. However, I, apparently, have more than three times more of a positive attitude. HA HA! Yeah!!

Big Daddy Autism said...

I am completely unfamiliar with this word. Laundry? I drop my panties on the floor, then magically they are clean and in my draw within the hour. My manziers take a bit a longer.

Dena said...

Frazzledmomma, I did the math. That is 384 articles of clothing, not including the odd kitchen towel, the change of clothing that occurs when monsterlette #6 spills almond milk on monsterlette #7 or notorious #5 thinks mud play is wholesome "clean" fun.

Jill...so she should have 3 times as many hands as you. We need to hire her 2 maids!

B.D. - it's good of the laundry fairies to take special care with your manziers, laundering them with fairy-love :-) Could you catch one and send it to my house, please?

jillsmo said...

Well, it's Sunday, so here we are again. Laundry day. A few weeks ago I discovered that drinking mimosas makes the laundry much more interesting. Just FYI.

PartlySunny said...

Okay. I'll stop complaining now.

Dena said...

Frazzledmomma, I did the math. That is 384 articles of clothing, not including the odd kitchen towel, the change of clothing that occurs when monsterlette #6 spills almond milk on monsterlette #7 or notorious #5 thinks mud play is wholesome "clean" fun.

Jill...so she should have 3 times as many hands as you. We need to hire her 2 maids!

B.D. - it's good of the laundry fairies to take special care with your manziers, laundering them with fairy-love :-) Could you catch one and send it to my house, please?

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