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Thursday, May 6, 2010

malus or prunus? goobers or raisinets?

My grandma Maxine stopped by today on her way to Salt Lake, so I promptly took her keys and put her to work folding my laundry. She did a great job, good enough that I think she can be trusted to wash the windows next time. I bet she'll be fine--the ladder usually stays up without any problems.

It was a little embarrassing to have laundry all over the table and dishes all over the kitchen, but as the wise woman said, there's no way out but through. So I finished making my bread and pulled up a chair to help my grandma fold my clothes. See how I dropped that little bit about the bread in there? To signal to you that I'm not really lazy? It's because I'm ashamed of how lazy I am, and I don't want people to judge me for being lazy, but I'm too lazy to change.

This morning I watched a video that was supposed to make me feel inspired? I think? About being a mother, or a human bean, or something? Anyway, I guess it sort of helped me remember that mothering is important, but mostly it made me cry about how great the lady in the video is, and jealous that her house was so much nicer than mine, and guilty for complaining and being jealous. So I started thinking about it, and I realized that I feel jealous not of her house (because my house is way sweet), but of how clean and well-decorated it is. It's the same thing in "shelter" magazines, too, I think. I don't want the house (most of the time), but I just wish mine looked that nice. But that means I'd have to clean it instead of read or write or cook or eat or sit in the goat pen or spread cardboard and rocks on my lawn.

I think I might end up getting a crabapple, or Malus, to you snobby types. Meh. I'm not super excited about it, but my choices are limited on account of the rats' nest of power lines coming into the house right in the spot where I have to put the tree. There's a handy thingie provided by USU (go Aggies!) that will help you pick out a tree, too. If you live in Utah, that is. Sorry, other states. I guess you don't have your finger on the pulse like Utah does.

4 comments:

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

You are so funny. I feel the same way about so many things.

I asked Bry if he thought I was lazy, because I know I am. He said no, that I just pick and choose what I want to do and leave the rest. I liked that definition.

If you think about, I am always doing something, whether it's writing, reading, soaking in the tub, or running on the treadmill. Those things take effort and energy and dang it, I'm important too!

Claire said...

Are you talking about the Stephanie Nielson video? If you are, it made me feel the same way. You should see my apartment right now. There is toys and dirty dishes everywhere and I'm sitting on the couch watching a movie and playing on the internet...

Claire said...

I meant there are...

Layne said...

That's the one.