Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday Night Cleaning Fest

A normal week for me does not consist of the time to actually clean, so when I do get the time to clean, I pretty much try to get as much as possible done.  

Tonight was one of those nights.  Matt had band practice, I wasn't playing, and I had no plans; therefore, the default plans of the evening were cleaning.  

You'd think that in an apartment consisting of two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a lounge, it would be hard for things to get dirty.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  It's almost like the dirt has nowhere to spread out, so I feel like things get even dirtier!

Now, granted, I don't mind a dirty house...never have never will, but our "situation" makes things a little more acute.  We have white tile floors all throughout our kitchen, hallways, and bathroom.  White tile floors pretty much are magnets for everything gross, nasty, sticky, and everything else.  It doesn't matter how careful you are, it doesn't matter if you haven't been in the house for a week straight...the floors inevitably get disgustingly dirty.  

So, the first thing I did tonight (after I made a batch of banana muffins to surprise Matt) was mop.  But I have this thing about our mop.  I really thing mops are the most disgusting cleaning appliance ever.  Who honestly thought, "Hey, I have an idea!  Let's get a stick and attach big pieces of cloth to the end of it.  Then we'll put it in gross water and use it over and over again to clean our dirty floors! What a sanitary idea"  Now, fellow Americans under the age of 30 who read my blog, I know what you're saying, "What's a mop?  Don't you have a Swiffer Wet Jet?"  The answer in short is, No.  There are kitchen appliances that are rip offs of the Swiffer Wet Jet, but they do not come close.  So, a good, old-fashioned mop it is.  It sits in my bathtub after it's been used, and then when guests come over, it gets moved to the shower.  What else can you do with a mop?  

Anyway, I was not about to go get the disgusting mop, wipe it all over my floors again, just spreading disease every which way, further perpetuating the disgusting damp, filthy, disease-ridden situation.  So, I decided to try something different.  

I don't know if it was any more sanitary, but it certainly was more entertaining.  Basically, the process worked like this.  

1)Throw water all over my floor.

2)Run around my house, sliding around bare foot to spread the water out.  

3)Use my little rubber broom thing to squeegie the water off the floor.

4)Get the disgusting water/hair/crumb pile up with a dishtowel and flush it down the toilet. 

And to dry the floor?

1)Put on a pair of socks

2)Scootch around the floor until it's dry.  

It's quite an invigorating experience.  You almost chuckle to yourself, thinking, "hehe, I probably shouldn't be doing this, but I can, because I pay to live here and no one can tell me what to do!  I'm such a rebel."  This is the extent of my rebelliousness.

And just wait until children.  It will be the most sought after chore in the Hastings Household after I show them how Extreme Mopping is done.  

Anyway, hope everyone is enjoying their week.  If you're bored, try this alternative cleaning method to brighten your day!

Monday, August 17, 2009

InsideOut number 2 and a nice weekend

We had our second InsideOut this past weekend, bringing in 22 new kids and bringing the total kids who attended on Friday up to 55!  Matt is on his way to getting his head shaved.  Everyone who volunteered was very excited about the positive reaction that we've received from IO.  It's a great environment for teens grade 7-12, and not to mention, it's an awesome place to volunteer.  I think our volunteers have had a great time thus far!  (Correct me if I'm wrong :)

One difficult thing that I've found about Cape Town is that Google doesn't bring up as many options of fun things to do as when you're in America.  So, for example, if I type in "cool coffee shops in the Western Cape", I get few cool websites.  So, we kind of have to go by word of mouth to find cool places to go.  Well, today it was 330 pm, and we hadn't left the house yet on our day off.  We saw online that there seemed to be a few cool places on Kloof St.  so we decided to give it a go.  We found this awesome health shop called the Wellness Centre (or something like that), and they have this really cool organic coffee shop in there.  They have this great deal of a slice of cake and a cappuccino or tea for only R20 (which is like $1.50).  So, I got carrot cake and a cappuccino, and Matt got cheesecake and a cappuccino.  It was spectacular and we talked in the little shop for like an hour and a half.  A wonderful way to spend the day.  

We're finally at a point in life where we can begin to explore Cape Town, which has been nice.  When I first got here, I was so busy trying to just emotionally survive and get comfortable in my own skin, I didn't even really want to explore.  Now, I'm just starting to get the itch to see what is all around here in the Western Cape.  

In other news, I got lost in the Waterfront mall and didn't have my phone with me so I couldn't call Matt. Luckily, I saw Johan and Miranda from church and they let me use their phone so I could call Matt and find him.  I got really scared and confused and ended up on the completely wrong side of the mall from where I was supposed to be.  Oops!

Well, if any Capetonians have any cool suggestions of other coffee shops/bookstores/cool places to go and browse around where we won't spend a lot of money, please comment on my blog and let me know!  Otherwise, I'm sure my future posts will be about my exploration adventures!