* * * Yesterday, after lolling in bed until about 9, and then lolling further until almost 10 so I could finish the book I was reading, I got my ass up and started cleaning the bathroom. See, the bathroom’s needed cleaning for at least a week, but I just HATE cleaning it, and so I wait until I can barely stand to look at it before I actually do it. When I was done with all the usual cleaning, I decided to scrub the floor clean on my hands and knees (regular mopping just doesn’t get in the nooks and crannies the way hands-and-knees scrubbing will). While I was down there, I decided further to clean the bottom of the shower door. See, there’s a flap at the bottom of the door that keeps water from going out while the shower’s being used, and when I take baths, I can see that the flap at the bottom needs to be cleaned. It’s the same color as the metal around the shower door – gold, and believe you me, I don’t care for THAT at all – and I could see that mildew had built up. So with a bucket full of ammonia mixed with hot water, I began scrubbing the floor. When I got to the shower door, I scrubbed around the edges, and then opened the door. With a damp rag, I reached under and ran it along the flap. I rapidly discovered that the flap, rather than being gold-colored to match the door, was actually CLEAR PLASTIC, and there was a huge amount of mold and mildew built up on it. We’ve lived in this house for a year and 7 months, and this was the first time I’ve cleaned that flap, and the people who owned it before us lived here for about a year. I would venture a guess that I wasn’t cleaning only our mold and mildew, nosir. And MY GOD was it nasty. It took me three rags to get it all off, and I don’t mind telling you that I don’t particularly want to have to do THAT again. I should have taken pictures, no? And after scrubbing the hell out of the bathroom, I went on to dust and vacuum the entire upstairs. Don’t be too impressed – I took the day off from exercising (after exercising for 7 days in a row), and figured I might as well get some cleaning done, since we’re leaving for vacation Saturday morning, and I don’t want the house to be a total pigsty when the girl who comes to feed the cats comes. This way, all I have to do is some picking up and vacuuming sometime Friday, and we’ll be all set. Stop acting like you’re bored. You KNOW you’re fascinated!]]>