Sunday, August 31, 2014

Another holiday?

Today has been decreed “Be Thankful You Have A Refrigerator” Day in the Common Household.  It is a holiday that bears some resemblance to the recent “Be Glad You Have A Deck”Day.

In the tradition of some ancient religions, once-separate holidays were combined into one.  For example, Passover is now both the celebration of the Exodus, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  Likewise, in the Common Household, today’s “Refrigeration Thankfulness Day” has been conflated with “I Just Can’t Face Cleaning Off My Desk” Day and “Relief that the Fish in the Fish Tank are Still Alive” Day.  (That’s a whole nuther story which I may or may not tell on this blog.)

Like most holidays the world over, this one is more work for the woman of the house.  Since two of my kids left for college, the fridge has looked like Siberia – cold, empty, and grimy.  I decided that today it was time to do a partial cleaning.  I will try to spare you the gory details.  But I must tell you with some pride that none of the living things I discovered in my refrigerator had legs.  I found the Ten Lost Tribes of cottage cheese in there.  And how did we get so many jars of mayonnaise when I can’t stand the stuff?  Must be leftover from Thanksgiving, which would be the last time the fridge was truly cleaned out. 

During my holiday celebration, I declared to myself a new refrigerator rule:  all pickle-related products must reside in the door pocket rather than on a main refrigerator shelf, to prevent possible pickle juice spills.  This is not my only run-in with pickle juice.

The only reason this holiday existed today is because the other main task facing me is cleaning the papers off my desk.  Avoidance of this task has also recently spurred me to complete Odious Household Task #57:  sweeping out the garage.

The papers are becoming overwhelming – I have not only my own papers, but papers from church, papers from school, and an entire grocery bag full of papers from my aunt’s apartment.   I am hoping that the papers come to life one night and finish cleaning out the fridge.


Joanie said...

Ur original run in with pickle juice made me laff out loud! About u sweeping the garage floor, I like to think that I inspired u!

Alison said...

Hee Hee Hee!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Cleaning the fridge and pantry is SO PUTSY. And it doesn't give anywhere near the satisfaction that cleaning a big space like a garage does.
Can you tell I have to get cracking on my kitchen deep-clean? Ugh.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

If those papers come alive and do a good job on your fridge, will you mail them to me to work on my house? You're too funny!

Cassi Renee said...

And then Cheri can mail them to me --I'm not sure I ever really clean my fridge. Sometimes a shelf, if the grime becomes too obvious.

I was just thinking (while performing young-teen chauffeuring) about Labor Day picnics when I was a kid. The picnic part was to fool us kids into thinking it was fun --the real reason was to wax the car in the parking lot of the park. But that made me think of how holidays were never actually holidays for my mom when we were kids, and how she must have been so relieved on the day the youngest (of four) finally started school. :-)

Common Household Mom said...

Cassi, you had to WAX THE CAR on Labor Day? Sounds like that violates child labor laws.

Patience_Crabstick said...

There must be something in the air this weekend! I cleaned one of the doorside bins in my fridge. I pledge to never, ever buy olives in jars again.

The Crislers said...

Every time I clean out my fridge (all two, three times a year), I find at least four tubs of expired sour cream. I need enter some kind of Sour Cream Purchasers Anonymous group. Except I wouldn't even go to the meetings because I'm still in denial. I bought another tub this morning, yet I don't need sour cream for any meals this week. I can't seem to stop. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU'RE GOING TO NEED SOUR CREAM.