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Random Cleaning

19 Jul

Do you ever do that thing where you start to tidy up something small and then it grows to a slightly larger cleaning job and before you know it you’re on your knees scrubbing the floor?

No?

Just me?

Okay then… 😉

I was tidying up the apartment a bit and got to the sweeping the floor stage. I figured I’d sweep the floor tonight, vacuum tomorrow (it is late and I don’t want to disturb the people who live above me), and also mop tomorrow. Realistically I probably wouldn’t have ended up vacuuming or mopping tomorrow, but pretending I was going to usually gets me out of doing it in the moment. 😉

Well…after the sweeping I thought “can’t hurt to pull out the Swiffer and use that quickly in the bathroom”. So I did.

Then I thought “I’ve already got the Swiffer out, might as well do the kitchen floor also”. So I did.

Then I thought “This Swiffer sucks and did not do a good job, maybe I’ll just do some quick spot cleaning with a rag to get the obvious parts the Swiffer failed to clean”.

Instead of grabbing a spray bottle of cleaner and a rag I ended up filling a bucket with Mr. Clean and hot water and grabbing a cleaning sponge, those ones with a scratchy side and a soft side.

Next thing I know I’ve pulled the freakin stove out from it’s spot, pulled the broom back out so I can sweep behind the stove, and then I’m scrubbing the walls that were hidden by the stove and I somehow ended up on my knees, scrubbing the floor.

How do these things happen? *rolls eyes*

Ah well, least my floor is clean! 🙂

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Baking Soda Miracles

4 Feb

My mom is coming to visit for a couple of weeks to help me when I am recovering from surgery. I’m looking forward to seeing her but the flip side of the looking-forward emotion is the oh-my-god-this-will-be-the-first-time-a-family-member-sees-where-I-live-I-must-make-my-place-perfect emotion.

Now in reality, perfect is not going to happen, I am in a 750 sq ft basement suite with a low ceiling, no natural light, a shower that won’t stop dripping and no storage or counter space which means no matter how much stuff I get rid of, or how many times I clean, my place always looks cluttered. sigh.

Doesn’t mean I’m not starting to obsess about weird things though!

Like tea stains. I use the same three large mugs in rotation for drinking tea. I drink tea like it is going to run out and I have to get as much of it in to my system as possible before there are no more tea leaves. Seriously, tea addict over here. Which I am fine with because tea is a lovely drink but it does have a tendency to stain mugs even when you clean the mugs daily.

Sooooooo…for some reason this became a thing I was obsessing over. Like my mother was going to be horrified because my tea mugs had tea stains or something… Who do you think I got my tea addiction from? Not like she hasn’t seen a stained mug before! But yeah, couldn’t stop thinking about how no way can I let my mother see my stained tea mugs so I YouTubed and learned that I could bleach them (which didn’t really sit all that well with me) or I could clean them with Baking Soda.

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Baking Soda?

Apparently I am the only one who didn’t know this trick!

I have Baking Soda on hand for baking and that is it, that is all I have ever used it for but according to the internet, and my mother when I discussed it with her, if you put some Baking Soda in a mug, add boiling water, let it sit until the water is cool and then clean the mug normally boom! Magic happens and the tea stains go away.

Seriously magical.

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Here is the inside of my mug with the Baking Soda on the bottom, you can see the icky stains. Nobody really said how much Baking Soda to put so I guesstimated…

Here you can see me adding the boiling water, look at the bubbles! Science people, it’s an awesome thing! I put the water as high as I could to reach as much of the stains as possible. The chopstick, in case you were wondering, was for stirring it all around so the Baking Soda would dissolve, I thought it would be less disruptive than a spoon… While I was stirring I could actually scrape off the tea stains with the chopstick if I tried which I maaaaay have done for a little bit because it is sort of like picking at peeling paint, oddly satisfying…

So yeah, I let it sit for a while, until the cup felt cool to the touch, rinsed it out, put some dish detergent inside and gave it a good clean (fyi, the Baking Soda makes it kinda slippery so be careful) and boom! It now looks like this…

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Look at that! It looks brand new! A thing of beauty! 🙂

I decided to try the same thing with my travel mug, it is stainless steel and according to the internet gods if I put the Baking Soda and boiling water in the mug, pop the lid on and let it sit for 24 hours the inside of my travel mug will be pristine. How could I not try? I use the mug minimum 4 days a week and even though I clean it all the time I’ve been using it for years and it definitely looks it!

I got a tad overzealous with the stirring though which is when I learned that Baking Soda and boiling water and my stirring with a chopstick can lead to an eruption that has water and Baking Soda bubbles exploding all over my stove top…oops! Why my stove top? Because I don’t have a counter so I do everything on my stove top between the burners.

So yeah, little bit of friendly advice, stir sloooooowly, and gently, super gently, and if you see bubbles stop! Take a bit of a pause and then resume, super duper slowly. Trust me, you’ll be grateful you took the time cause oh wow, sooooo much water spilled over it ended up overflowing over the lip of the stove top on to my kitchen floor…well, mostly onto my feet but then from the feet to the floor.

Now that I have mastered removing tea stains I am on to obsessing about the next thing…oh boy!

Volunteer for Yoga

29 May

A little over three years ago I signed up for 30 days of unlimited Bikram Yoga. I don’t remember why I did it, there must have been a promotion of some kind because yoga is not cheap and it is not something I can normally afford. I enjoyed it, sort of, and opted to stay on their mailing list in case I ever decided I wanted to sign up for it again and miraculously had the money to spend on it lol.

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Last week I got an email newsletter from them talking about all sort of things and at the bottom there was a blurb about how they are looking for Karma Cleaners.

Basically, they are looking for people who are willing to volunteer to help clean the yoga studio and in exchange they get free yoga classes. A lot of yoga studios do this and I’ve been meaning to look in to it for a while now but never got around to it. Well, there was nothing to look in to since they had emailed me (and everyone else on their mailing list) about it so before I could talk myself out of it I shot off an email asking if there were still spots available.

I got a response and eventually ended up with an interview this past Tuesday. 🙂

On the drive to the yoga studio I went to take a sip of water and managed to spill it all over my shirt and my lap, classic me, sigh. Luckily it was a warm day and my shirt managed to dry fairly fast. The pants though, um, not so much. They were black so it wasn’t obvious they were wet but lemme tell ya, sitting in an interview with damp pants, not comfy!

It was a really informal interview, I think if we hadn’t of gotten along she would have said she’d think about it or something along those lines but we did get along, my availability fit with what days they had openings and well, that was that, I start next Tuesday. 🙂

It seems like a pretty good deal to me, I will clean for a little under two hours a week, all in one session. I’ll be the only one there so I can listen to my music and dance around like a weirdo when cleaning (cause that’s how I roll) and it won’t matter. Also, the studio room will have just had a class in it and right when I am done another class will be starting so the room will be at the hot temperature it is at when the class is in session, which means I am gonna sweat like crazeeeeee! I’m looking at this as an opportunity to not only get an extra fitness session in to my week with the actual yoga class I will take but get an additional almost two hours of activity in to my week with the cleaning. Finding out the room will be at its hot temperature made me want to do this even more lol

I was warned to bring water and to be careful to stay hydrated, also, I was told to wear whatever I want because by the end of my cleaning session my clothes will be soaked with sweat, ew, but yay? lol I’m allowed to use the showers that are there when I am done so I don’t have to leave there looking all sweaty and gross, which is nice.

I’m not a huge fan of cleaning, but I’m hoping when I get in to the routine of being there every Tuesday afternoon it’ll just become another one of the random things I do in a week, shrug. The lady I interviewed with said most of their Karma Cleaners stay with them for quite a while, as in years, they love that they get the free classes and the cleaning isn’t that hard or time consuming.

The two options I had were (1) clean for one session a week and get one free yoga class a week or (2) clean for two sessions a week and get unlimited yoga classes. I chose the one cleaning session a week because I don’t want to over commit. Also, even if I had unlimited yoga classes I don’t think I’d be able to fit them in all that often so it’d be kinda wasted on me. For now I am perfectly content to try to find time for one class a week. 🙂 I was told if I ever wanted to change that and clean twice so I could get the unlimited classes to let them know and they’d find a second cleaning shift for me.

So there we have it, I have officially added another fitness activity to my week, and one I have to stick with because I made a commitment, not one I can shrug off when I don’t feel like it, which for me is a good thing because I excel at talking myself out of exercising lol 😛

Bikram Yoga, bring it on! 🙂

I Literally Missed The Boat

20 May

My day was going so well, slept in, had a yummy breakfast wrap, finished a book I am reading, chilled with the cat, got ready in plenty of time to leave for dragon boat practice aaaaaaand that is where the good day ended, sigh.

I couldn’t find my keys. How is it possible I couldn’t find my keys?? I put them in the same spot every time I come home but apparently yesterday I didn’t put them in their spot and I got screwed over today. double sigh.

It took so long to find them I missed practice, I literally missed the boat, by about an hour and a half. Oops? I felt like such an idiot. I tore apart pretty much everything in my apartment trying to find them, it was ridiculous. Having to text a team mate to say I wasn’t going to be able to make practice because I couldn’t find my keys…who does that?? *rolls eyes*

When the latest time I could leave and still get to practice came and went I was slightly less frantic in my searching, not like finding them would get me to the boat on time anymore, but obviously I had to keep looking otherwise I’d be in the same predicament tomorrow. I figured if I was tearing the place apart I might as well clean it while I was tearing so by the end of the night I had a clean apartment and keys. Yay! lol

I am going to pretend that the cleaning counted as some sort of exercise, even if I didn’t work up a sweat lol Right after I was done I did a bunch of squats so I feel that should count for something, at least a little something…maybe?

My brekkie wrap, Mmm!

My brekkie wrap, Mmm!

Some info about the breakfast wrap I ate today, it was super delish! There is one triangle of laughing cow cheese spread on a whole wheat tortilla, then a slice of white cheese (don’t judge! I like cheese! lol), two slices of turkey bacon, lettuce, salsa, half an avocado and an over easy egg. It doesn’t stay closed unless I am holding it which is why the pic is of the wrap when open lol The avocado was a massive treat! I have a bunch of foods I don’t buy anymore cause I am strapped for cash and avocados are one of them, this one was given to me by a friend yesterday and boy did I enjoy it! 🙂

Lost Ability

25 Nov

I have lost the ability to sleep, which I gotta say, really sucks. 😛 Normally I have trouble getting to sleep but I eventually manage it and once asleep I sleep like the dead. Earthquake? No waking up happening over here. Really bad storm? Nope. Loud noises outside my window? Nah. My ability to sleep through pretty much anything has always been something I have enjoyed, it meant that even if I didn’t get a long sleep time I got good quality sleep which, for my body anyways, seems to be the more important aspect about sleeping.

I know a lot of people are all “you gotta get 8 hours, blah blah blah” and I do understand about sleep being the time our bodies restore themselves and I also get how certain chemicals are released that help with losing or maintaining or gaining weight and how if we don’t get the right amount of sleep it can sabotage all that nice work we do during the day to keep ourselves looking how we want (-or for some of us, the work we do to try to get ourselves looking how we want *shuffles feet*) but I also think that every person is different and there can be no set rules about anything when it comes to our bodies and what is best. I can function wonderfully for a week at a time with only 3 hours sleep each night, I don’t nap, I don’t look tired (thank goodness!) and I’m not performing at diminished capacity or refraining from doing all my normal stuff due to tiredness…I do however eat more carbs lol

But this, this not being able to get to sleep and when I do manage to nod off not being able to stay asleep, this is just not pleasant. I’m cold throughout the day (and while yes, I am always a bit chilled this is a deep in the bones cold that my sweaters and endless cups of tea are doing nothing to touch), I am grumpier then normal, my eating is off (as in, I’m not really eating) and I feeeeeeel tired, ugh. Nobody likes to feel tired, that draggy don’t want to do anything but zone out and nap feeling, boo!

I haven’t figured out how to combat this little problem. I am refusing to let myself nap (something I seem able to do, so at least I know I can fall asleep…eventually, and at inconvenient times lol) but if I nap then I really can’t sleep that night which screws me up for work the next day, sigh.

Today after work I did some errands, then came to the apartment, watched a dvd, talked on the phone with peeps, scrubbed my bathroom from top to bottom, basically did whatever I could to keep my mind engaged enough that I wouldn’t nap cause oh man did I want to! I’m hoping that by not only refusing my body the nap it wants but also doing physical stuff around the apartment I wear myself out enough that tonight I get that elusive snooze fest *crosses fingers*

You’d think that if my mind/body won’t let me sleep I’d at least be more productive during those late night hours and be, I don’t know, solving world hunger, or writing the next great novel, doing something constructive and impressive with all this available time. Wouldn’t it be nice if this insomnia-fest was the universe’s way of giving me more time to get stuff done? Sadly though, just because I am not asleep at 3am doesn’t mean I am not tired so I am in bed, laying there with my hot water bottle and my comfy pillows, wishing for sleep, and hoping I at least doze off a bit, but not really succeeding. I figure I must be dozing off at least a bit here and there otherwise I’d be in crazy land by now from lack of REM time but I know it’s not so much unconscious time as to count as a real nights sleep. *rolls eyes*

Tomorrow I am taking down my dream catcher, it’s new and I wonder if there are too many bad karma vibes attached to it for it to be working…don’t laugh, or, fine, laugh, but know that if you were here in front of me I’d smack you for disrespecting the dream catcher 😛 I have had a dream catcher for so many years it’s crazy. I get bad dreams and I swear by my dream catcher. I don’t care if it’s a mental thing, you know, a I-think-it’s-working-therefore-it-is-working or if it really works, all I know is that it comforts me to have it hanging there, guarding me while I sleep…or not sleep as the recent case may be…but like I said, this one is new so maybe that has something to do with my new bout of insomnia…can’t hurt to take it down and try…course, I’m taking it down when I don’t work the next day so that if my removing it makes things worse it won’t set me up for a crap ass day at work…hope for the best but prepare for the worst right? 😉

 

Well, I Tried, Kinda…

13 Dec

So after my not very fun last post I decided I need to stop screwing around and get with the program again, I don’t mean get with the Weight Watchers program specifically, more of getting with the Healthy Lifestyle I am trying to create for myself. Course, that being said yesterday I under ate again, *rolls eyes*, more out of habit then anything else I think…

Today I made an actual meal, a proper dinner, with food groups an everything! I haven’t done that in ages! I had a skinless boneless chicken breast, corn and green beans and cut up pan fried (with one of those healthy sprays not butter) sweet potato. See? Food groups! 😀

I know stomachs don’t actually shrink when we stop eating as much as we used to, they just get used to being filled to only a certain amount and apparently my tummy is not used to being filled by a proper dinner amount of food anymore cause I couldn’t finish my dinner. Oops. I ate most of it but some of the veggies ended up in the fridge, along with some of the chicken…I managed to eat all the sweet potato, shocking huh? 😉 lol

This might seem like a great step towards eating normal, healthy portions again buuuuuut that’s pretty much all I have eaten today. I had part of a pear for breakfast but it tasted funny so I stopped eating it, that’s totally my fault as it’s been in the fridge quite a while lol. After the pear I had 3 peach halves from a can of fruit I opened the other day, which, really, is like eating 1.5 peaches so that’s pretty good, right? Maybe? Sorta? teehee Um, anything else? Oh yeah, I had a spoon with a bit of light peanut butter on it and a bit of nutella on it, lol. Normally I would at least of put that on some bread but I have run out of bread and am contemplating not buying more since I go out of town in 6 days. I know I could put it in the freezer before I leave and that way I will have bread when I get back but I dunno, just hasn’t happened yet, shrug.

I figure eating a proper meal is a good step towards eating properly again, now I just have to manage to do that more often then not lol.

I didn’t get to the gym today but I did spend a good couple hours scouring the kitchen. See, the people who lived here before us apparently didn’t mind living in filth, ugh, and since my roomie an I are not the most on the ball people when it comes to unpacking, organizing and cleaning we are still working to make this place pretty…or at least sanitary lol. I thought she’d be a lot more “we must clean! we must clean!” cause of her daughter but nope. Of the two of us it seems like the mess here bothers me way more then her but I refuse to do all the cleaning, and organizing, and setting up in the shared rooms when it should be an equal work shared situation, in my opinion anyways.

Well, people are coming over tomorrow evening and she swore she was coming home today to do some massive cleaning in the living room etc. I figured I’d be nice and clean the kitchen…uh, I guess I should admit my car insurance guy was coming over today to give me the papers for the new year and I didn’t want every room he saw to be messy so I figured clean the kitchen and dining room areas and keep him sorta confined there and I wouldn’t be so embarassed lol.

I digress, oops. The point of all this is that sure I didn’t get to the gym but I was moving the fridge and the stove and on my hands and knees scrubbing the floor, cleaning every surface, moving stuff around to make the kitchen look neater, I was working not just sitting on the couch reading a book and chilling with the cat…much to the cats dismay I might add. He kept looking at me like “what the hell are you doing woman? this is our cuddle time!” lol, poor cat. I wouldn’t say I earned any kind of impressive amount of exercise points but I was slightly active, so yet another step towards getting back on track with my Healthy Lifestyle. Woohoo!

On a totally different note:

I received a comment on my blog from a girl named Amanda who is working on her doctoral dissertation, she needs volunteers to do an annonymous survey about if your partner undermines your weight loss. I followed the link she put in her comment and it seems to go to a legit page. When you’ve done the survey you can enter a draw to win $100. I don’t meet the criteria for the survey (you have to be in a current relationship for min 2 years and be on your weight loss journey for 5 consecutive weeks) but doesn’t mean some of you might not want to participate and be eligible, shrug.  Here is her link:  http://tinyurl.com/Clark-Study.  I kinda wish I could read the dissertation as the topic is interesting.

Spic an Span

10 Jun

Today was a cleaning day – ugh. I hate cleaning, I hate the smells of the cleaning products, I hate how they affect my skin, I hate the effort I have to put in to make the place clean – there is nothing about cleaning that I like. Sure, I like the place being clean but I’d be just as happy enjoying the clean apartment but having someone else doing the cleaning. lol.

I’d like to say I don’t know anybody who likes cleaning but sadly, I do know one of those crazy people who like to clean. *rolls eyes* How the two of us are such good friends is baffling – well, ok, not really, we have lots of other stuff in common, but seriously? She likes to clean? That is so…wrong!

Why did I have such a big clean fest today? Lots of reasons! (1) neither my roomie nor I are all that enamored with cleaning so we tend to let it slide (2) I’m going away next week and I like to leave the place clean – usually because I like coming back to the place being clean but there are no guarantees about that when you have a roomie, sigh (3) my friend who likes to clean is staying the night tomorrow and there is no way in hell I could let her see how messy it got (4) I wanted to take a day off from formal exercising because the dragon boating festival is this weekend so I’ll be racing a lot both sat and sun and thought I should give my body a bit of a break but I still wanted to do something vaguely active, shrug.

Yes, you read that last reason right – even though I was giving myself a day off from exercising I still wanted to be active – I am slowly becoming “that person” – the person I have always mocked and sneered at – oh how we change, sigh. lol.

I am psyched for the festival this weekend – my team has two races each day and I am fairly certain we will lose each race. lol. This is not uber negative thinking, it’s factual, we have only been a team for 5 weeks and only get to practice together once a week – that’s not enough time to take a bunch of newbies and have them become a perfectly timed team. shrug. You should see the pro teams, they are amazing to watch. They are perfectly in sync, they can go crazy fast, you don’t want to look away when they are rowing cause they are truly captivating. If you youtube Dragon Boat Racing you’ll find lots of videos you can watch, if you watch a good team you will see what I mean. 🙂

I won’t get to weigh in like normal on sat or sun because I have to be at the racer’s village at 7:30 am – disgusting! So I weighed myself today and I lost, wOOt! I am not going to make the amount lost official until monday though when I will re-weigh in and see how that number compares.

Today I ate:

1/2 bagel = 2.5 points

1/2 tbls whipped peanut butter = 1 point

1 banana = 1 point

29g Special K = 2 point

1/4 C 1% milk = 1 point

1 apple = 1 point

1/2 pckg frozen stir fry veggies = 0 points

1 C brown rice = 4 points

1 pckg Stir Fry Tofu and Sauce = 8 points

1 Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich = 2 points

Total points eaten = 22

Exercise points earned = 9

I found by accident when grocery shopping this package of tofu and sauce meant to be put with veggies to make a stir fry. I guess it’s the lazy man’s way of making stir fry? I figured I’d give it a try. The tofu and sauce package contains two servings so normally I would have made it all but only eaten half but I won’t have a chance to eat left overs until monday and I wasn’t sure it would really last that long…tofu confuses me, shrug. Also, I was freakishly hungry, it was almost 9pm and I hadn’t had dinner yet so I figured meh, eat it all, it’s all good. lol. It was tasty but I won’t buy it again. I mean come on, it’s not that hard to throw in some meat or tofu of your own and toss some sauce from you fridge in the wok too – right? Maybe it’s cause I was making my own stir fry before trying this package thing – so I already know making it from scratch is stupid easy, I mean, if I can make it and have it taste good then anybody can lol. 😛

Now, the exercise points, I wasn’t sure what to do with that, I mean, I didn’t break a sweat and I didn’t do any traditional work out stuff so part of me feels like I didn’t work out but I was active for 4.5 hours and if I hadn’t been cleaning I would have just been sitting on the couch (or something similar) so maybe cleaning should count as activity? I decided it counts as Low Intensity Activity and wow, low intensity for 4.5 hours sure does add up in exercise points! lol. Yah! Oh, and don’t go thinking I was just doing a bit of dusting, I was scrubbing, moving furniture and my fridge and stove, stretching up to reach the high places – I cleaned it all! That is also why I feel it should count as activity – I moved furniture! That deserves something! lol. 🙂

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