Friday, July 4, 2014

Wonder Wash

In an attempt to reduce social stress I've purchased a portable electric washing machine.  It's not here.  Yet.  Soon.  Here is a picture of what I bought:

Very soon I'll be able to soak and wash my delicate thingies in their very own device.  In between I'll be doing three or four shirts that Aldo has aggressively pooped on, and carefully watching the other three or four shirts that I have against shredding.

Not that I expect the portable washing machine to shred my shirts.  Oh, no.  See that honor goes to Mr. Sidney the Cockatoo, aka Sidney.  Aldo aggressively poos to show me she's very upset with me for spending so much time with the cockatoo. In the mean time Sidney lovingly chews on my shirts as a way of solidifying our flockness.  Somehow our flock strength grows when he can sneak up behind me and chew on my shirts.  When I have time I'll post a pic or two of shirts that have been Sidney shredded.  This, my friends, is the life of a parront.

Vocabulary time!
Parront: Human parent to a fid.
Fid: feathered kid.

The way I figure it the Wonder wash is a wonderful device to start me on my path to small living.  Though I do have to admit to something here: this is not the portable washing machine I wanted to get.  I cheaped out.  In some respects I'm still struggling with the idea of small living.

Here is a video of the machine I really wanted to get, but couldn't find available in my area.  I think the boxy look makes me feel a little more secure.  Or is it the Nomadic Fanatic's narration?  Hmmm . . .

One thing, though: he uses too much laundry soap.  But then, most people do.  

"Cute" is Overrated

I watch planning videos to relax.  Seriously.  I like seeing all the little and weird ways people organize their lives.  I find it mind numbing and soothing. (Please don't judge me.)  Two things;

1. I can't keep a complicated planner.  The planner becomes high maintenance.  When I start feeling like it's become a clingy kid I abandon the thing.  (That doesn't bode well for my imaginary children.)  

2. I have yet to watch a planner video in which the person talking didn't use the word cute.  Both men and women use this word.  Sometimes derogatorily.  It's like a secret code.  Such as washi tape.  And GTD.  

Here's a prime example of the word 'cute' in action:


Washi Tape = Pretty Tape.  It's masking tape with designs on it.  The concept/design originated in Japan.  I have full on rants about washi tape.  Wait.  You'll see.

GTD = Get Things Done.  It's an organization system by David Allen.  Love that guy, but don't know if I agree with half of what he says.  

Ah, Damn!

Long story short I've spent this last week re-working my budget.  There was weeping.  End result I CAN afford to get a new bed and I CAN afford to buy the portable electric washing machine IF I give up buying art supplies for 3 months and the power-twin combine of Netflix and Hulu.  Yay!  Wait.  Was that a win?