See, we're going on our annual summer vacation on Friday. As you can imagine, packing for seven people is a daunting task--but the key is organization!
My plan was a good one: My cleaning lady was here today and would be doing the laundry. I was going to simply place the clean, neatly folded (I can't fold, by the way, I am incapable of folding) clothing into the suitcases and by the end of the day I would be completely packed. How organized it would all be! All the packing done and the rest of the time spent on trip-related errands--one of which was to buy these cool shoes I wanted to get in time to take on the trip.
Aren't they cute? They're Nike Vintage LDV--I love the retro look of them.
Here's how it really went down:
--Cleaning lady arrived and the laundry was started.
--About 10 minutes later, she looks worried and calls me into the laundry room.
--Washing machine has filled up with water and is making a buzzing sound but is not spinning.
--Take kids to camp.
--Return home and try pressing buttons and twisting dials on machine--no change.
--Remove huge amount of hot, soaking wet laundry from machine, thinking maybe there was a blockage--no change.
--Make hysterical phone call to husband and panic about how to get laundry done in time.
--His suggestions are worthless. ("Pack the dirty clothes and do the laundry there"!?!).
--Get out Yellow Pages and try to make a plan.
--Find a place that will wash and fold my laundry but I have to get it there RIGHT NOW in order for it to be done in time.
--Frantically shove dirty clothes (including sopping wet ones) into garbage bags.
--Make the loooong drive to the laundry place and drop off clothes.
--Looong drive back home.
--Line up washing machine repairman who agrees to come today. He will call when he's in the area.
--Pick kids up from camp.
--Drive to Urban Outfitters to get shoes--out of stock.
--Drop Teddy off at acting class.
--Try to go to Nordstrom for shoes.
--Arrive in Nordstrom parking lot--repairman calls on cell phone--he is on the way.
--Leave parking lot and head for home.
--Repairman diagnoses problem: The "pulley is sheared off and the belts aren't looking good."
--Pick up Teddy at acting class.
--Drag kids back to Nordstrom--they don't have the shoes.
--Return home. Start dinner.
--Don returns home. Put dinner on hold so I can pick up laundry.
--Long drive, blah, blah.
--Laundry bill--$85 ($85????!!!)
--Rush home, finish cooking. Feed everybody.
--No time for me to eat--Photoshop class.
--Back home now and it's late. Writing this (pretty boring--sorry!) blog.
--Too tired to think of anything better!
--Also must watch my DVRed Project Runway.
But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
Gang aft agley,
An'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!