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Rained off - Tactical Ninja

Jan. 14th, 2013

09:56 am - Rained off

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You know how when you have a cross-chest shoulder bag, it makes your skirt rotate? No? Maybe that's just me. Anyway, this morning on the way to work I achieved 1.5 full rotations, and arrived at work with my skirt on backwards. This in lieu of adjusting myself every 5 seconds to keep it straight. Because I'm that classy.

The first thing I did when I got here was sort leave for the conference in April. The conversation went like this:

Me: I'm about to apply for leave because I did something rash over the weekend.
Him: Oh yes, book some plane tickets did you?
Me: Um, yes. In April.
Him: *smartarse tone* Very well then, I'll consider it.
Me: You realise that if I can't go, then you'll have to, right?
Him: Granted!

I also told him what the conference was, because I have that kind of relationship with my boss. He wasn't fazed in the slightest - he knows my field already so there were no surprises. Reason number 375 for sticking with this job.


Today's post was going to be a sheep one. I had half a dozen lambs to shear on Sunday, and a ewe to show-groom. I've never done show grooming for sheep before, but this client has bad OOS in her wrists and can't hold the sheep so she gets me to do all sorts of stuff to them. She would tell me what to do and I'd be her robotic arms, and there would be before and after photos.

Instead, it rained. For those unfamiliar with all things sheepy, rain means no shearing - partly because wet wool heats up and goes yellow if you pack it (It can actually smoulder and has been known to burn down woolsheds), partly because wet sheep give me boils, and partly because my handpiece is electric and I've no desire to die. But anyway, there was no shearing. Instead there was cleaning.

When I clean the house I want it to be clean enough so I feel good in it for at least a week. Here's what I did:

Dusted all surfaces, wiped windowsills, walls, skirting boards. Cleaned kitchen, inside and outside cupboards and drawers, fridge, microwave, pulled apart espresso machine and cleaned it, wiped the top of range hood, scrubbed floor, cleaned washing machine, bath, shower, toilets, mirrors, sinks and floors in bathroom and laundry, deadheaded plants and watered all, scrubbed balcony floor, changed sheets on bed, vacuuming. Well actually Dr Wheel did some of this to be fair but that's the list.

Basically the only thing I didn't do that I could think of was cleaning the windows. This is because I hate cleaning windows and only do it if nobody else will, and even then under duress.

Anyway, sometimes I read on my friends list about people who 'deep clean' their houses, and it sounds fancy and Better Housekeeping-ey. What is it? What does it involve? Should I be doing it? That list up there is pretty much what I do every time. My version of A Lick And A Promise (as my Mum used to call it) is vacuuming and cleaning the loos, and that happens whenever I feel it's needed. And when I read about people deep cleaning their houses, I wonder if I'm missing something because it sounds so.. cleanly.

Hmm..

Anyway, I got to muck about with plants. Vis:



This is the bit by our front door. If you look carefully you can see the Porno Gnome reclining under the pelargonium (he needs painting but I'm not sure what colour to make him). That big fern is a silver fern, you know on all the kiwi sports uniforms? And I like having lots of greenery around the door. For those who don't know, we live in an apartment built on the roof of a historic building, so our outside is open to the air but we have no lawn. Pot gardens are all we get to do.



This is the balcony. The balcony gets direct light only from about 3pm, and it's almost a microclimate. I've tried (and killed) a lot of things trying to make this garden nice, and am now resorting mostly to ferns and houseplants because that's all that seem to grow there. I am amazed that the maidenhair is doing so well given the weirdarse setup.


Anyway, that's what I did with my weekend. I also discovered that you can carve polystyrene into shapes with a ceramic knife, and that it is possible to do this without messing up your just-cleaned house. But only if you close all the windows..

Meanwhile, last night I was highly entertained by Dr Wheel naked hooping to aid with indigestion. *hoop* *hoop* *belch* *tats cracks up* I am not really evil, but it was funny. *shameface*

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From:tatjna
Date:January 13th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Well, that was my question. I don't know. When I first left home it took me quite a while to realise that dusting constituted part of cleaning - it'd never been one of my chores and it just never occurred to me. So I'm aware that it's possible to have blind spots on these things, you know? And meanwhile, something gross is building up somewhere and one day you open it and get eaten by a grue. So I asked.

For a graphic example, fishing the hair out of the shower drain is one of those things lots of people don't think to do until it turns into something you have to kill with fire.

Also, it was the YoT that alerted me to the developing grue farm on top of the range hood. He's helpful like that.

Edited at 2013-01-13 09:32 pm (UTC)
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:January 13th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Maybe this deep cleaning means more cleaning/washing rather than tidying? With carpets being steamed & shampooed and scrubbing of floors? I have no real idea.

Do ceramic knives work better than other sorts of knives on polystyrene?
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From:tatjna
Date:January 13th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
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That's true. Shampooing carpets would definitely count as deep cleaning..

I don't know whetherceramic knives are better than other ones, but ours is the sharpest knife we have and I found it was good for shaving the stuff to shape without leaving gouges.
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From:rivet
Date:January 13th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
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As you're aware, you have very high standards of clean. I have high *desire* for clean, but choose to limit the time I put into it (unless it's a displacement activity). I would estimate that the average 'regular' clean for most people is kitchen, bathroom, floors and possibly dusting. I personally hate dusting, because it feels so pointless, so it gets done when I notice it rather than consistently.

Things that belong in the 'deep clean' category for me include scrubbing grout with a toothbrush, wiping out the fridge/cupboards/drawers, washing walls and baseboards, oiling wooden furniture, dusting less obvious things like light fixtures and lampshades, cleaning the grill on the rangehood, clearing the traps in the dish & clothes washers, etc.

Does that help?
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From:tatjna
Date:January 13th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Humm.. right there you just listed a bunch of things I almost never do. Cleaning the grill on the rangehood? Yikes! I don't even want to think about what that might look like. Should I bring a blowtorch just in case?

And oiling wooden furniture! I should do that..

Thanks! ;-)

(i clean the fridge every week because teenager - it gets empty every week and it's convenient to do at that time)
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From:rivet
Date:January 13th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
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I clean my fridge when it obviously needs it and/or when it's empty (and therefore easy). But I'll be honest and say that the 'pull everything out of the door and wipe it all down' type cleaning only happens when I'm SERIOUSLY displacing ;)

I notice the grill fan when I accidentally brush my hand against it and get grossed out. TBH, most of the deep cleaning is inspired by a revulsion moment like that rather than a schedule.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 13th, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Yep, that'd be it. I don't really touch the range hood, and what I found on top of it is evidence of exactly how much of it I can see.

Our oven is pretty clean because I've had enough revulsion moments with ovens, followed by chipping-with-jackhammer moments, to never want to ever have to do that again, like, ever. Ew. So it gets wiped out with the other kitchen cleaning and OMG so much easier.
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From:rivet
Date:January 14th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
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Thank you. This tip makes me happy. As do most things that reduce the 'ick' factor in my life without being disposable and waste-intensive.
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From:tieke
Date:January 14th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC)
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Also: pyrolytic ovens - fuck yeah!
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From:rivet
Date:January 14th, 2013 02:27 am (UTC)
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and they sound bad-arsed, to boot! What's not to love?
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From:tatjna
Date:January 14th, 2013 02:28 am (UTC)
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WANT
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From:tatjna
Date:January 14th, 2013 02:28 am (UTC)
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I will be trying the rangehood dishwasher thing as soon as I can bring myself to look at it.
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From:meathiel
Date:January 14th, 2013 06:28 am (UTC)
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Your cleaning sounds very thorough, if you ask me. Makes ME feel like a bad housewife ... haha ... I can't remember when I last wiped down the windowsills f.ex. - probably when I cleaned the windows last ... errrm ...
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From:tatjna
Date:January 14th, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Hehe, exactly. If I only wiped the sills when I cleaned the windows, that'd be, well, never. I've done the windows maybe once since I moved in here 16 months ago. O.o
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From:forestgreenivy
Date:January 14th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I did not know that about bags and skirts, but these are the odd things that happen. Pretty much inexplicably.

Deep cleaning. I wonder what that entails too. Probably wouldn't hurt me to deep clean this house one day but... yeah. ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:January 14th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure it's something to do with the bag sitting on one hip and moving against it while the fabric's loose as you take a step. On skirts that are tight enough not to rotate, instead they ride up. *meep* And sometimes if I'm wearing a slip underneath, that rides up instead.

Physics, they are a problem. ;-)
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From:forestgreenivy
Date:January 14th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. These are things that you don't really give thought to happening... then they do and usually with embarrassing consequences!
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From:sophiawestern
Date:January 14th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
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I think deep cleaning is when people clean EVERYTHING - take apart the stove, do the windows, etc? Maybe?

I will be honest - I have a biweekly cleaning lady. And it is awesome. I hate cleaning.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 14th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I would like to have a bi-weekly cleaner, but cleaners are expensive and I'd rather spend that money on exciting things and experiences. I just don't seem to be able to justify it in my head against the other things I could do with that money vs how long it takes me to do it myself.

A cleaning robot, on the other hand..

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From:sophiawestern
Date:January 14th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Mom has a Roomba that she likes very much.

My BF and I split the cleaning costs, so it ends up being a $40 per month per person. It's definitely a splurge, but it makes me so very happy to come home to a clean and lemon scented house.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 14th, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Wow. Cleaners where you are are cheap! When my brother and I had one, it was $70 each for a once-a-month clean.

If we could get it for $40 a month each (even allowing for exchange rate), I'd definitely do it.
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From:neverminetohold
Date:January 16th, 2013 11:25 am (UTC)
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Your cleaning sounds very thorough to me already :) I personally don't like cleaning much, but as the healthiest one in the family, I end up doing it regardless; since my perfectionist father is satisfied with what I do, I guess I got better over the years.

Want to know a trick for window cleaning? Fill a bucket with water as hot as you can still stand, and put one cap of fabric softener into it. It works like a charm, no streaks afterwards and no glass cleaner needed :) I did four windows in less than 30 minutes after discovering that little trick.

Nice plants! Everything I touch just seems to die - aside from Audrey II, our venus flytrap :)

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From:tatjna
Date:January 16th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like a good trick - I will definitely try it. Thanks!
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From:pundigrion
Date:January 17th, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
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I have the same skirt rotational problem when I wear my laptop bag. You can double the fun with a slip! They really really turn well then plus the slip itself is sure to turn as well. ANd turn into a belt...

And yeah, agree with above. Deep cleaning involves also taking apart all the bits on the stove, cleaning the oven, window screens, moving all the furniture to clean under it properly and at least scooting the books a bit on the shelf to dust around them if not properly removing them. Toothpaste on all the grouty bits in the washroom, polishing all the handles of all the things, cleaning the doormats (man do they trap dirt better when they are not already saturated...who knew?!), oh and wiping all the glass light fixtures and removing the last several months of dead bugs (similarly, wow are they brighter after you take off a deep layer of grimy dust!).
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