Monday, December 21, 2009

Stealing my own Christmas

Being sick has totally made me Grinchy about this Christmas. Where does one find the extra energy to actually bake things? Make my own wreath? Are you kidding me?

I did find myself in possession of some extra energy and volition yesterday, so I thought I'd bake snickerdoodles and fill up the cute Martha Stewart goodie bags I bought for half off at Michael's. Tyler always complains when I bake things just to give them away (although one time, he told me that this was one of the things that attracted him to me... maybe because I was giving them away to him?), so I was going to bake a double batch. Turns out though, I didn't have enough cream of tartar for double. That cream of tartar, although I'm fairly sure it has other uses, I think I've only ever used it for snickerdoodles, which I usually only bake at Christmas time. Every 3 years or so, I run out and it always surprises me.

Anyway, we got the cookies baked and wrapped up, but failed at delivering them. We were only 2 for 4 at finding people home and/or remembering exactly what house they lived in once we got there. We'll get the rest of them. Don't worry. Then for extra holiday spirit, we drove up to Winterhaven to check out the lights. Every place I've lived has had that one neighborhood that goes all out for Christmas. Eagle Hills. Vine Street. Winterhaven. It was a lot of fun, until Nora started screaming and wouldn't stop. That part, not so much. But, I especially liked the Harry Potter house complete with Whomping Willow, Harry and Voldemort locked in mortal combat, and Bellatrix LeStrange up on the neighbor's roof shooting hexes. Also, I liked the Festivus house which was simply decorated with a Festivus Pole and a sign that said "A Festivus for the rest of us!"

At the risk of making this post extra extra long, I want to briefly tell about our two firsts that I had this weekend.

First first: My mother-in-law very generously and very unexpectedly gave Tyler and I a sum of money for Christmas and I used my share to buy a Shark Steam Pocket Mop. I used it, and I loved every second of it. It cleaned my floors wonderfully and I found all the complaints of online people completely unfounded. My one complaint is that it didn't clean the grout very well, but neither does my regular mop. Actually, my other complaint is that because it just uses water, it doesn't make my house smell pine-sol fresh. How are other people supposed to know I put in all this hard work mopping if they can't smell it? Maybe I'll make a button: "I mopped today, thank me!"

Second first: I usually only wash my hair every other day. I have a lot of hair, like a lot, a lot, and it's very time consuming to wash it and style it. And I dislike doing it, mostly because I'm not dedicated enough to get up before my children to shower, so it's likely I have small children hanging on my legs, whining and complaining about how I'm taking too long. Which, I get that it's my own fault. Anyway, I read this article which was completely liberating. It talks about how dermatologists recommend only washing your hair 2 or 3 times a week. Fabulous! On day 3, which happened to be Sunday, a day I'm normally crunched for time because church is at 8, I put some cornstarch in a salt shaker, shook it all over my hair, concentrating on the roots, let it sit for a bit, then brushed it out. Granted my hair lacked the volume or bounce you get with a wash and a blow out, but it didn't look greasy at all. I curled it like Stacey London and I actually got a lot of compliments on it. Little did they know it hadn't washed it in 48 hours! Ha! The only word of caution I have about this is that it will only work on blonde hair. Sorry brunettes, I guess you're stuck showering like a sucker.

4 comments:

heidi nielsen said...

I'm pretty brunette these days and still only shampoo every 3-4 days. Don't bring it up to my dad because it really disturbs him. Most of the time you just have to train your hair to stop getting greasy. After going 3 or 4 days without washing a couple of times, your hair will stop producing oil so fast that you have to wash your hair daily. I always cringe when I have to wash my hair on a non-wash day because I fear I'll have to retrain my hair.

Caitlin said...

So I got the regular shark steam mop last Christmas (when did I turn into a Mom) and I also love it. No chemicals yet a sanitzed-ish floor. For smell I have put in grapefruit oil or tea tree oil. For some shine I fill half a spray bottle with vinegar and finish filling it with water. I will also add a few drops of the oil to it. I find that it helps lift some of tougher stains.

We have tile too which I also love. Spilled apple juice on the floor? No biggie, I can clean it up in an hour (or tomorrow) when I have time. The grout, as I understand it, has to be sealed once or so every year to avoid stains and to keep it from being warn away from mopping. I haven't done this, mostly because I am cheap and possibly trashy. If you know anything about it, you should tell me.

Myriah said...

So, I would continually read about tips and tricks of white things (starches, baby powder) to throw on your roots and make your hair magically less greasy, and I could never figure out how this is a good idea. It took me years to realize this would only work on blonde hair.

Also, where is your Harry Potter House picture? I would really like a picture, and I think others would like a picture as well.

Jill said...

the same thing used to happen to me with cream of tartar. this year i found a recipe that uses baking powder instead and i can't even tell a difference. i'm pretty sure i'll never buy cream of tartar again!

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