Tomorrow morning, the first of my relatives touches down in ‘Sota for nine whole days of 4th of July family fun time.
(Yep. Nine days. When Papa Mark purchases a plane ticket, he likes to get his money’s worth!)
Cramming six related adults into a two-bedroom home for over a week equals family vacation chaos. And family vacation chaos equals Katrina not having the time, energy or sanity to blog.
Instead of completely dropping off the face of the internet, I’ll be sharing a daily photo with some sort of brief explanation of how I’m enjoying my family time. It won’t be a full-fledged blog post, but at least you’ll know I haven’t run off to Bemidji after a heated feud with my sister about how to properly slice a watermelon.
(Stranger things have happened during Woldseth family get-togethers.)
I’m kicking off the daily photo series with a not-so-glamorous photo of the current state of our guest bedroom.
Why is it in shambles, you ask?
Because Scott decided to shampoo all of our carpets last night, of course!
(I realize I shouldn’t complain about having a spouse who willingly tackles such major cleaning initiatives, but I can’t really help it. It’s in my nature.)
Scott decided to deep clean the carpet for the following two reasons:
- As a result of the great cat food binge of 2014, Jolie managed to unleash her digestive fury all over our beloved, 100% wool dining room rug. Naturally, she only aimed for the white stripes. (Let’s just say it looked like a tragic gravy spill and leave it at that.)
- Our guest bedroom smelled faintly of dog pee from Penny’s early accidents when we first adopted her. I argued that my parents wouldn’t mind sleeping in a room with a slight essence of Min Pin urine. Scott just rolled his eyes.
It was a battle I had lost before it even begun. Scott rented a Rug Doctor from Menards, and started tackling the second floor of the house while I went downstairs to
clean the bathroom hide in the bathroom and read magazines. Three hours later, the deep clean was complete. Like any Taylor home improvement project — there were good things…and…well…not so good things.
THE GOOD THINGS
- Jolie’s gravy stains were successfully removed from the wool rug in the dining room.
- Our guest room no longer smells like Penny’s pee.
- Scott didn’t catch me secretly reading magazines in the bathroom.
- Scott also didn’t discover the new fourth of July outfit I secretly bought when he removed all my crap from its hiding spot to shampoo the walk-in closet carpet.
THE NOT SO GOOD THINGS
- See that wall cut-out in the guest room photo above? Scott definitely had a brand new jug of concentrated carpet cleaner sitting there. And he definitely bumped into it…knocking it all the way down to the sunken living room on our first floor.
- I had to stop secretly reading magazines and spend ninety minutes cleaning concentrated carpet shampoo from the concrete floors. (Easier said than done.)
- While completing the above task, I slipped in some pesky suds and sprained my ankle. Again.
- Lars and Penny ran through the mammoth puddle of spilled shampoo three times, which meant a total of six separate paw baths. My torso is now completely covered in animal scratches.
- We realized too late that purple shag carpet takes forever to dry after a shampoo. Every window in the house has been opened to expedite the drying process. Meanwhile, I’m freezing cold, huddled in winter clothing and a large blanket complaining about it.
- I have to walk on chilly, wet carpet without shoes on. Apparently, dirty footwear would defeat the purpose of this whole shampoo thing. (Eye roll.)
In conclusion, Jolie and Penny absolutely cannot have an accident ever again as I’ve already determined this is last time our carpet will be receiving a shampoo.
As for you, Mom and Dad, you’d better appreciate your non-dog pee smelling guest room.