Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Blogging isn't the only thing that isn't getting done around here

Kyle and I have an understanding about certain tasks that need to be done around the house. For example, because putting sheets on the bed makes me want to poke my eyes out, Kyle has agreed to do that job. And I put the clean dishes away to spare Kyle the frustration of handling the dishes that he swears must have been loaded into the dishwasher by a blind monkey.
But organizing and dropping off the recycling is something that we both hate equally and nobody is willing to take one for the team when it comes to this household task. Consequently, a massive pile of junk piles up until we can no longer close the pantry door and our food becomes nearly inaccessible. Any time we want some mini wheats or Kahlua (or both), we have to take the risk of being swept across the kitchen floor in an avalanche of refuse. We've learned to remain calm, swim with the flow of recyclables and try to grab onto the fridge door handle if we can.
Even though we do have a serious recycling problem, our habit of letting the stuff accumulate did save me from some marital strife last March when we were doing our taxes. After having searched the house high and low for an important letter from my bank, I came to the agonizing conclusion that I had to dig through our mountain of recycling. It was no small task but thankfully, just as Kyle was preparing to give me a flying head-butt, I produced the tax form from the bottom of one of the bins. Hooray! It took me ages to shove everything back into the pantry but we did get our taxes in on time.

Who knows what treasures are hidden down there this time?


Marina Aicken said...

Ba ha ha!! i love it. but look at the huge tax problem you avoided. and I also hate putting sheets onto beds, esp. the fitted one. it's like a wrestling match every time and I usually lose.

Celia said...

That reminds me, we need to take our recycling out so we can access our closet again.
When you come up with a solution let me know, so I can use it too.

Heather M. said...

Are you sure you didn't just describe our place?!?!! I'm still trying to convince Jonathan that it has to be worth the $10/month it costs to get pick-up service every week!!!!

Paige said...

Recycling is the worst. One solution: buy multiple bins so at least as it sits there, decaying, it's self-contained and won't draw as many flies. Works for me!

Bettina Poulsen said...

What a funny picture! Why am I not surprised that it's your home? I'm glad though that all the other tasks are equally shared in your little family!
I know what you are saying about keeping the blogg up-to-date, it was much easier when I did not have a job, and had not started school yet! Any way, please keep us updated on when the pile is gone, you could make a little before and after photo of the situation in your little room!
For what it's worth: Thanks for, at least trying, to recycle, it makes our world a better place!

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