Thursday, April 26, 2012
Refrigerator Clean Out
Whenever we are going to be gone for more than 5 days or so, I stop cooking and do a refrigerator clean out. I have to say, cleaning the refrigerator is one of my least favorite household chores so most of the time I try to wipe it down as we go along, but every now and then it needs a good cleaning. As of today it's pretty empty so that will make this disagreeable chore easier, even though I will also use this opportunity to go through all the condiments and miscellaneous jars of stuff that somehow get pushed to the back and die there. In the end I'll be glad I spent the time to do this as it's nice to come home, open it up, and see it sparkling and ready to fill again.
The house is being swiffered and dusted one last time so it will also be sparkling upon return. The mail and newspaper are stopped and I've given the key to the house sitter. I've assigned Mr. Helen the vacuuming and general cleaning of the car interior.
Before the end of the day all this will be in the suitcases. I've checked and double checked to make sure we aren't forgetting anything important (errrr yes, this is just 'my' stuff...) but I'm sure I'll forget something as I seem to do that every time. Hopefully it's not contact solution like it was last year. While contact solution is available in the pharmacy, it's an imported item so it's pricier, not the mention the Euro to Dollar exchange. I think I paid $25 for a small bottle of it. That was $25 I would have rather spent on a souvenir!
Got some highlights put into my hair. Mr. Helen says he can't tell the difference. Does this mean he doesn't look at me directly, or am I just a blonde blur to him?
Later on today I'm getting a manicure and pedicure. Traditionally that has always signaled the beginning for me, so I guess that makes it official. (Why YES, you do have to wait until I get back to find out which pink shoes I bought!)