Thursday, January 22, 2009

Stinky Breath, Songs, and a Cleaning Lady

(I just want to note that the above video is worth watching, if just to relive those lovely 70's fashion. Elton looks a little like the Lucky Charms leprechaun in one of those shots).

In the mad rush to get skirt, tights, and shoes on the girl, her hair brushed into something at least close to passably neat, and the snack box, her jacket, (really cold here this week), my coat and purse into the car... we forgot to brush the child's teeth. It dawned on me halfway to school. She was very upset, informing that "I wont' be able to talk today. I'll have to keep my mouth closed because of my stinky breath!"

We have had several days of freezing night time temperatures and low daytime highs here. We southerners are not acclimated to the cold and bundle up like artic explorers during these cold snaps. Abby informed me as we got out of the car that I should have "bring-ded" her gloves. If you were polishing up my mother of the year award, you might want to put away the cloth.

Every morning on the way to school, Abby chooses number ten on the CD for listening. Only we had a new CD in today and she selected number four on the playlist. I heard "She's got electric boots, a mohair suit, You know I read it in a magazeeeeeeeyine Bennie and the Jets" 3 times on the way. Perhaps it will now be on repeat in your head too?

Mr. Budget (a.k.a. Rob) has decreed that yes, we can afford a cleaning lady to come round for 4-5 hours every two weeks. He claims this is the happiest he has ever made me. It isn't THE most wonderful thing he's ever done, but it certainly is in the top ten! As a working mother, having just the big things out of the way so I can keep up with the laundry pile, homework and still have a little family and me time is a pretty big deal. In fact, the cleaning lady may have been a little, er, disconcerted, by my declarations of undying love for her dusting talents and skills with a mop. Fingers crossed that our schedules work for her and we can keep her. Now that I've had the cleaning lady, I think I'm addicted.


Blue Mountains Mary said...

yes definitely in my head now.

Be warned! Cleaning ladies are definitely addictive!

Aunty Evil said...

You know, you keep appreciating her like that and she will leave.

She will get tickets on herself, decide she can make better money elsewhere, then you will back to doing it yourself.

Say "thanks" in an offhanded way whenever she leaves.

Treat em mean, keep em keen.

Did you mother never tell you that?

Aunty Evil said...

I do hope everyone takes my previous comment as it was intended!


No! No! I am joking, ok!?

Anonymous said...

That is oneof my all time favourite songs. I love Elton of old. And now I shall sing it all day!

Stomper Girl said...

So. Jealous. Can't. Type.

Anonymous said...

You'll find yourself cleaning before the cleaning lady comes to visit, just so that she doesn't see a messy house.

3 Peas in a Pod said...

A cleaning lady, that's so awesome!!! Lucky girl. :) Bennie and the Jets is on my Ipod and in my car.

I've left the house before and forgotten to have the kids brush their teeth a time or two. Once I forgot to feed them breakfast and that was recently. Oh my! No mother of the year award over here either. Sometimes.things.just.happen. What can you do!

M said...

You realise you will never be able to reliquish the cleaner.

At the ripe old age of 22 and in my first proper, permanent career-type job an older lady came up to me and said "you need to decide whether you are going to clean or not clean. Decide now, it's easier".

So I looked at my meagre income and my huge mortgage at 18% interest (true), sighed, and decided then that I would have a cleaner rather than nights out. Haven't looked back except three regrettable cleaning years post child-birth.

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