Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Kitchen for a fight

Our cabinet may have declared war on us. Or at least conspired with its contents (cereal top shelf, spices bottom shelf) to mess with us a bit.

But it chose the wrong time to pick a fight.

I'm not a morning person. So trying to open the inner bag of a new box of Cheerios and instead having a corner of it rip completely off flinging cereal in all directions does not make me happy. To say the least.

When the Hubs had an incident with the same cabinet a few minutes later (something knocked something else over sprinkling crushed red pepper and assorted herbs and seasonings over the cabinet, counter and floor), then I knew it was on.

We went to IKEA and came back with an army of uniform glass jars with shiny silver caps ready to restore order to the unruly mishmash of bagged bulk seasoning mixes and tipsy wannabe-Tupperware prone to toppling over. We also brought in a couple of tall, slim containers with snap-on lids to assist with the cereal situation. (Earlier in the week I had accidentally destroyed one of those bags that you're supposed to be able to open and reseal. Yeah. Not a great week for me and cereal.)

While our new purchases took a spin in the dishwasher, I got out the spices in their assorted containers. Then I took out the Lazy Susan, washed it, wiped the shelves, and then started on the next cabinet over. Pretty soon I was re-evaluating the placement of...everything...and started rearranging, consolidating and throwing lots of stuff into the recycling bin. Once the new jars were clean and dry, there was a lot of dumping, labeling and throwing away sad-looking plastic baggies.

Maybe it comes from growing up in a place with 90-degree days in February, but I've never really gotten into the whole spring cleaning thing. I have to tell you, though, this felt pretty good. And even though I'm still moving some things around, I'm pretty sure it's going to end up as a win.

That'll teach my cabinets to mess with me!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Because we can't do everything we want to do

This time it was Shakespeare that tripped me up. (Last time it was Haiti.) I really wanted to do my own Shakespearesque poem for PerPoeTues, but, alas, every time I thought I'd be able to work it in, something urgent came up.

So it's time for me to move on.

I'm working about a post about my accidental kitchen reorganizing project, and tonight I got the photos from our Valentine's weekend trip up, so I'm hoping to tell you about that soon too. And maybe next Monday I'll have a menu plan post for ya.

So hang in there. :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Perfectly Poetical: Shakespeare

From LSL Buttons

I'm a little late getting today's post up, but here it is! Happy Perfectly Poetical Tuesday!

This month's theme is Shakespeare. You can interpret that as you like. Shakespeare wrote sonnets, blank verse, narrative poems and epic-style poems. You can choose one of these forms or just write a poem that uses Shakespearean language.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Once you write your poem (and link here), stop back by, comment, link up, and check out everyone's original poetry.

My poem isn't ready yet, but I wanted to get this post up sooner than later for those of you who are ready to go.

Have fun and don't forget to link to this post! (Thanks!)

P.S. If you don't see the Linky widget, you can include the link to your post in your comment.

It's coming

Yeeps! I don't have my PerPoTues post up yet, but it will be later today! Sooo...I'll let you know when it's up via Twitter or you can check back in a couple hours.

Monday, February 8, 2010


Hey. So you haven't heard from me (at least, not here) since the last PerPoTues. That massive earthquake shook Haiti (it shook us too, in a different way, didn't it?), and I thought my next post should definitely be about that. Here and there, in between being crazy busy with work, I started collecting links to information and ways to give. Then I started to think there were enough posts out there like that. So I started working on one with a more personal experience. But the analogy didn't really work. As you may have noticed, I didn't post that one either.

I should have just gone with my first instinct and just told it like it was.

Let me do that now: I have no words for this tragedy. I feel the sadness deeply in my heart and am praying and giving and at a loss as to what else to do.

And, really, what else can I say about that?

I haven't been able to find the words since it happened.

And now it's been close to a month. So I think it's time to move on, even if it is to things that are not so significant.

Tomorrow is another Perfectly Poetical Tuesday. The theme is Shakespeare. You can interpret that theme loosely or get your iambic pentameter on - as you like it.


Photo by United Nations Development Programme.