A Wednesday ode to a Roomba

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So I borrowed my parents’ Roomba. In case you don’t know, a Roomba is a little mechanical miracle that vacuums for you. You tell it to go and off it goes, merrily vacuuming along. It gets into all kinds of tight spaces and the best thing is you don’t have to vacuum with your own hands.

Now this is the 21st century I expected.

I’ve had it for a few days, and I’ve got to be honest. I don’t want to give it back. I wonder what the prison sentence is for Grand Theft Roomba.

It’s a little like a toddler who likes to vacuum but is really good at it, as it can tangle in cords and get itself stuck. Then it emits a pleasant tone and a voice tells you what the problem is.

See? Totally the future.

It makes me envision the days when people will tell their grandchildren “we had to vacuum! Ourselves! Uphill both ways!” Those days can’t be far off.

Talk about a modern convenience.

Now that I have seen the light, it seems impossible to imagine life any other way. Even though it’s not as if I have to sweep the carpets by hand or anything.

Sometimes the world changes in an instant, but sometimes the change is incremental, so creeping it doesn’t even feel like change.

Just like the Roomba.


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Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
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Have you met Aunty Ida?

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Because she’d love to meet you.

More specifically, she’d love to meet your brain.

Monday and closets.

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I should save this for #AccountaClub, but I cleaned out all of my closets. How crazy is that? All of them.

My one remaining problem spot is my file cabinet. The drawer came all the way out and as of yet I can’t get it back in. I’m going to have to empty it completely to do it, which should be fun. And by fun I mean not really something I want to do right now on the heels of cleaning out all of my closets.

I’ve donated about four bags of clothes and shoes so far, maybe five, and I have another one ready to go. So there’s that.

It’s like I had a NaNoWriMo, but with cleaning. Which would make it NaCloCleMo, but who would understand that?!

Well, you would. So thanks for that.

Aside from that, it’s a very Monday Monday. I have to straighten out my health insurance for next year, which is always a total delight, and other such non-cleaning tasks which get shoved aside.

And who knows. Maybe there is some writing and editing in my future. Without the distraction of the insides of my closets.

Eh. It sounded better in my head.

Happy Monday.


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Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!
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#AccountaClub Friday, December 7, 2018

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I nearly dated this post 2008, so that says something about this week. 

But, the organizing is going like gangbusters. And here’s the thing: when an area is organized, it’s just so much easier to navigate. I’m talking deep system revamping, space reconsideration. Looking at the things that don’t work and finding ways to make them work.

In some ways, it’s fun.

I decided to look at each issue as a puzzle, and I love puzzles. How can I solve the problem? Can I solve it with something I have on-hand? If not, what do I need?

Earlier I shared the tip on how to fold reusable bags. Paper bags were another problem. So I looked around, saw a large cereal box, sealed the end, cut out the top using a straight-edge and a razor and put the folded bags inside upright. I had some pretty contact paper, so I covered it. Instant paper bag storage that cost me nothing.

A shoe rack I’d bought needed rails screwed to the top wooden shelf, but the holes were not drilled properly. I knew the wood would fit a different shelf I was using for boot storage, so I put that on the top, used some dollar store canvas storage bins below and it looks great. 

As for the rest of the shelf, before I took the wooden piece, I made sure it could be assembled without it, and now I have a separate 2-tiered shelf.

It’s like I have puzzles everywhere. As with any game, some are more fun to solve than others. Unfortunately I can’t skip any of these.

Now the exercise.  Five days, five workouts, but I didn’t do them all live. Again there were technical issues, this time this morning. So that put me behind. I ended up doing an old one of Erika’s, one of the trainers I like who left. I figured out how the back catalog works under “Library,” so I guess that’s another win.

It’s been good for my brain to tackle something completely different. I’m looking forward to utilizing all my new systems. You’ve got to revamp now and then.

How was your week?


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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!
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Ten Word Photo Prompt: Almost

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Ten word photo prompt story time! Using the picture above, write a 10 word story. All genres are fine. Write it here or on your own blog, just make sure we can find you!

Have fun!

Here’s mine:

Shoes fit right, but the human form proved more challenging.

Today I will change your life

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Hyperbole? Maybe. I don’t think so. But maybe.

Also probably not in the most profound of ways, but sometimes a little change makes an enormous difference. And that little change can lead to bigger changes, and so on and so on.

And so on.

As you know, this week is all about organization. I found miracle I’m about to share with you last week, kept meaning to tell you about it, but had other things to chat about.

But here it is more than a week after I learned this tip, and I still can’t get over the difference it makes.

Ready?

Please don’t find it anticlimactic. 

It’s the best way to fold your reusable bags. Did I just hear you roll your eyes? Don’t, it’s like a tiny packet of wonder.

Because the internet is a miraculous thing, I figured that if I used my BFF Google, I’d find a way to corral my utter mess and tangle of reusable shopping bags. They don’t give plastic shopping bags in the city of Chicago anymore, they were banned a while ago, so you have to bring your own.

And I admit I have a love affair brewing with them. They’re bright and colorful and just so much fun.

But they take up a ton of room. Or they did, until the Modern Parents Messy Kids blog. There, someone called “Annie” made neat little packets out of one of my most persistent sources of clutter.

You’ll need the pictures, which I’m not going to steal, as that blog definitely earned the click (here if you missed it above), and this post isn’t really about the technique.

It’s about this simple idea: there are so many solutions waiting for you out there online. If only you ask the question.


Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.
Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!
Peruse Montraps Publishing

Testing out Tuesday

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Haven’t had enough coffee yet for this blog post. That’s where we are this Tuesday morning, with me not yet at that coffee sweet spot.

The only problem with that coffee sweet spot is it’s so easy to shoot right past. Sip.

Clunk the cup back down.

Continue typing. Pause. Sip. Clunk.

There’s a fraternity in my head yelling “chug chug chug.” I don’t think this is what they mean. They should wander back to the right end of the imaginary universe, like some movie where the raucous college is the background to a tepid yet pretentious love affair.

Hmm.  I should write that.

Anyway, back to the blog.

On this Tuesday, it’s gray again and we don’t even have November as the excuse. I’ve got more organization ahead. Yay.

But it’s so great and so helpful when it’s done.

So I’m venturing off into Tuesday. I hope yours is both wonderful and productive.


Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.
Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!
Peruse Montraps Publishing