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Friday, March 9, 2018

Adria Picks Ten: Spring Break

Okay so I’m a compulsive list maker. I have lists for EVERYTHING all over the place. I have music playlists on my phone, iPod, and Kindle which I have HANDWRITTEN in two journals and typed out on virtual notepads on said devices. I have a LONG list of book boyfriends, a short list of all time favorite reads, a list of TSTL characters, a list of auto buy authors… Heck some of my lists are funny or straight up weird so I thought Why not share them?. Maybe they’ll be good for a laugh or maybe you’ll want to start up your own list of lists. This is just in good fun really, well, for me it’s more like I need a place to put all these lists that drive everyone nuts around here.

Today’s List: 10 Things I’m going to do over the next 2 weeks.
It’s that time of year again, my mom is on spring break and therefore the blog will be on break starting on Monday. This time around though, there are more than a few things I have to do.

10. Spring Cleaning. Not the whole house mind you but the room we live in. Sadly it’s that time of year where bugs are leaving hell and terrorizing me for the next six to eight months so I have to clean up the room so that they don’t have a lot places to hide and on those nasty occasions where they DO get into the room, they’re easier to find. Honestly the one thing that has me jumpy at night is when I hear that one has gotten into or is crawling on a plastic bag. Oh you’ve never seen a more neurotic case as me when it comes to that. So all plastic bags must be out of the room. Not an easy feat to accomplish when you have kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, and laundry room supplies crammed in one room. Also Falling Under This Category: Allergy Prevention Cleaning. Time to take down the curtains, wash them, dust the ceiling fans, wash ALL the bedding at the same time (I usually alternate because it’s a huge endeavor), and scrub down the sofa where I sleep with an anti-bacterial/anti-allergen soap. The sofa is this material that was probably popular in the 60s and it’s not only itchy as hell (Which is why it’s mostly covered with sheets) but attracts a lot of dust.

9. Donation Cleanup. I have a lot of clothes from back when I was a size 5, a whopping three years ago and 90% is really new because I had just gotten new clothes when I suddenly started gaining weight. So I need to gather all of it together and give it to a local charity I’ve been eyeballing. I’m also going to rope my mom and aunt into it because I know they have clothes they don’t wear anymore. ESPECIALLY my aunt. There are 8 closets in the house and she has clothes in all but one. So yeah, time to raid her stuff and donate.

8. Bathe Hayley. She’s not only on allergy pills but on medicated baths for her allergies (She’s as bad as I am) and she’s past due for a bath. That shampoo ain’t cheap especially when combined with the frequency she needs her pills. Bathing the little booger is an event and I need my mom’s help to get it done. See, first I have to catch her because once she realizes it’s bath time she hauls ass around the house. Then it’s getting her into the doorless shower, blocking her escape with a baby gate and then proceeding to hear her complain about being bathed for the next 30 minutes. Yes folks, Hayley barks while I’m bathing her to let me know she does not approve. That medicated shampoo has to be worked into her fur and skin for 10 minutes and then it has to sit for 15. Then I rinse her off during which time she barks and plays with the water, spraying me in the process. Drying her is no picnic either because if you’re not careful she won’t just come out of the shower wet, nude, and mad, she comes out WILD and if we’re not vigilant she bolts out the door and down the hall SOAKING WET AND MAD AS HELL! Have you ever had to catch a 60 pound, wet, hyper, mad, psycho dog? Then actually drying her is… Oy she grabs the towel and shakes them or tears them if she can. That’s her idea of “rebelling” and “protesting” her against her awful treatment.

7. Train Hayley. She’s coming along nicely with her training. She’s still a friendly booger but she jumps less and less on people but we need to get her down to no jumping. She doesn’t pull as bad either when we’re walking. If it’s a new area then yeah she’ll pull a bit but if you had seen her when we first got her and tried to walk her you’d see that she has improved SO much. Her training would go faster if people weren’t so hesitant to approach her.

6. Bathe the cats. I actually don’t mind bathing the boys because aside from some mild complaining (Spencer), they’re good when it comes to that. They certainly behave netter than that ornery pooch. I bathe them once a year because I do need the help while they dry and also because it helps with my allergies towards them. I get to spend some quality time with them after that so that’s great.

5. Read! I have some great review books to read but I also have some books I got just for me so I really want to read those. I just got one of Carrie Fisher’s books so I want to dive into that one ASAP. I’d love to get the audio though.

4. Work on graphics. Spring is here *grumbles* and I have to change up the blog’s colors and look. I’m a little behind on that.

3. Journal. I have two journals now. My depression journal and a media/What I like one. The second one was kind of a necessity because I have so many magazine and newspaper clippings that didn’t get tossed out during my big binge clean and I needed to put them SOMEWHERE. Some of the smaller ones will be turned into stickers as I now have the Xyon sticker maker.

2. Laundry. I have to wash all the winter blankets and store them. That means a trip or two to the public washing machines so I can finish fast.

1. Spend time with my mom and Hayley. My mom just got season one of Outlander and a big set of bamboo knitting needles for her birthday. She wants to binge watch Outlander (I know her so well I have started saving for season 2) so I’ll be setting up a makeshift craft table for her in the room so we can just sit and do our crafts.

Is anyone else going to be out on spring break? What are your plans?

I’ll see you guys in two weeks but in the meantime don’t forget to catch up with me on social media! And Hayley will be documenting her own adventure on her Instagram too. The bath post should be interesting.

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