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Laundry Pile

My house has more than one.

Dirty clothes:

  • There’s the main dirty clothes hamper in the laundry area.
  • But there’s probably a messy pile of dirty clothes on the bathroom floor as I write this. Even though I scooped them all up once already today.
  • There’s also a dirty clothes hamper in Jacks room and his Grammys room.

In-between clothes:

  • These are the coats and sweaters gathered on a chair or two in the kitchen.
  • Also, the many used kitchen towels on the counter near the sink.
  • Oh, and some stray items on the patio chairs out back, hats, sweaters, blankets etc.

Clean Clothes:

  • The central collection of clean laundry consists of every piece of laundry I resent the most. I keep this pile hidden in my bedroom.
  • Then there are Jacks clean clothes which live in the laundry basket on top of his dresser.

All of these piles get dealt with eventually just never at the same time.

Clothes get washed daily, but I loathe the putting away of laundry.

It runs in my family; my parents had laundry piles. Three kids and a dirty laundry pile that covered the entire floor of the laundry room.

We used to chuck dirty clothes on the messy pile and wait for them to end up on the neat heap.

It’s a cycle of laziness indeed; I am not blind to the obvious. But I can hardly bring myself to care. It’s just so damn tedious washing, sorting, folding, hanging, all in their proper places. It’s a never-ending nightmare.

Why hasn’t a machine been invented to accompany a washer and dryer that eliminates the need to fold and hang clothes manually?
(Actually, I think one has been invented…)

The bottom line is I’d rather wash all the dishes because I fucking hate laundry.

And no, my husband takes no initiative in the laundry department ok. I recall my leaving the house for lunch with the girls once last year, and I got a phone call from him because he didn’t have a clean towel because all the towels were dirty. Part of me felt like a failure, the other part of me slapped the shit out of that part and told her to tell him to “WASH SOME FUCKING TOWELS THEN!”



What’s That Smell!?

Over the weekend our border collie stuck his head up a skunks butt and had an offensive skid mark from his snout down to his chest to prove it. This was the worst smelling skunking I have ever experienced. I have smelt many a skunk growing up downwind from a chicken farm in Oregon. But this shit could’ve gagged a maggot.
Jeremy threw up. I was gagging. The damn dog didn’t even come in the house. It was 2 AM and raining. The smell crept through every crack and seal in the house. It smelled like burning tires and onions. Jeremy didn’t believe that it was skunk smell. HE CHECKED THE POLICE SCANNER!
The skunking took place in the backyard, but the front yard was untouched and had a cool breeze, and so I slept with my head on the windowsill on and off until daylight.
Fortunately, Jack stayed asleep through the event. But as soon as he was up I knew I had to wash our poor dog.
Tomato sauce is the remedy you always hear about, or vinegar or whatever, but I did a little googling and found a recipe involving hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, dawn dish soap.
Now, I didn’t follow the instructions exactly, and I didn’t measure anything, I just eyeballed it. Then, I washed the dog outside with the hose because we live in California and because the smell made me so nauseous. Also, I couldn’t find the damn peppermint oil, and I had to walk around with toothpaste on my nose.
Anyway, should this ever happen to you follow this recipe found here and here.
If you can’t bear to bring the dog inside for a bath, I feel you, and I know the hose will work. However, our dog is big, really big so if your dog is too little to hose down in the backyard in the middle of January well, I feel bad for you.
Step One: Gather supplies including a plastic bucket or tub, gloves, and a mask if needed.
Step Two: Combine ingredients and soak a rag or sponge and scrub the affected area of the dog. In our case, you could see the skunks scorch mark.

*Let it sit for 2 minutes.
*Keep treating the dog until the smell subsides.
*For best results wash the dog ASAP.

Step Three: Wash the dog entirely with their dog wash or the dawn dish soap (which counts as a flea bath).

This method did the trick, and our poor dog took it like a champ. There is still a little residual smell, but it’s not strong it’s more like a whiff now and then, a fraction of the nightmarish smell that it was.

I know it’s skunk mating season and if that’s what a skunk in heat smells like holy shit balls that stench is unreal.


How To Use Your Fancy New Camera: A No-nonsense Beginners Guide to the Exposure Triangle.

I imagine some of you got a fancy new camera over the holidays, and now, you want to learn how to use it. Well, I’d like to take this opportunity to provide you with a how-to blog post on the matter, because I was once you. If you are new to photography, the first thing you need to learn is how to shoot in manual mode, this means learning to understand your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings, so here goes.

Aperture, think of aperture as a window that lets light into your picture, the lower the aperture, the more light you let through the window. The higher the aperture setting, the less light you let through the window.

Here’s a diagram I grabbed from thephotographerblog.com to help you understand what is essentially, the shutters on your camera’s window.


Shutter Speed accounts for how long you leave the window open. Faster shutter speeds keep photos sharp but let less light in the photo. Slower shutter speeds let more light in but can increase blurriness.

ISO is the other setting you need to pay attention to, keep it low, unless your shooting in low light, then dial it up, but expect grainy photos the higher your ISO setting gets.

Here are some examples that hopefully help you better understand what all these settings mean.

In this picture, my aperture setting is low. It’s letting in light, but it’s also narrowing the focus point otherwise referred to as the depth of field. The shutter speed is quick, and the focus is in the center, and the rest of the photo is soft and blurred.

Aperture: 1.8 | Shutter Speed: 800 | ISO: 200


Leaves 1

In the photo below, the aperture is set higher, which lets less light in but also puts more of the leaves in focus leaving fewer leaves out of focus and blurry. To compensate for the darkness of the higher aperture I had to slow my shutter speed down and let in more light. And to compensate for the resulting blurriness and remaining darkness I dialed up my ISO.

Aperture: 6.3 |Shutter Speed: 250 | ISO: 640


Leaves 2

Here is a photo of my sons little truck, and a shot of the back of my camera so you can see what the settings look like practically, in live view.


Jack’s truck (No Edit)


Back of Camera Live View

If all of this is confusing you, good because no one ever said photography was going to be easy, but if it’s worth doing, its worth doing right. So make your priority to learn these three settings, but if you’re feeling discouraged remember you can take good photos with minimal effort especially in uncomplicated lighting situations.

For example, this picture of my cat I left the aperture open and the shutter speed high, that coupled with good lighting, and a 75mm portrait lens and a perfectly still cat yielded the following:

Aperture: 1.8 | Shutter Speed: 640 | ISO: 200


Logan 12/27/17

If you follow my Instagram, you saw the edit of this photo. Editing is a whole other matter, and I think at first it’s exciting to take pictures and edit them but when you start out focusing on the post edit, you lose sight of getting it right in camera. Take it from me, getting it right in camera by becoming comfortable with aperture, ISO, and shutter speed is the key to your favorite photo’s not the filter or post edit.

The moral of the story is that sometimes you want the background blurry and the photo’s subject in close focus, for that you’ll want a lens with a low aperture setting available, like 1.8-2.8. Or if you are trying to get more than one subject in focus, you will want a higher aperture setting like 6.3 or higher.

I hope this post is helpful to anyone who should chance upon it while starting their photography journey. I’d like to add that I am an amateur photographer and am still learning myself, but I remember where I came from and I remember how hard it was to find straightforward posts that didn’t include long-winded videos with annoying songs.

To learn more about the exposure triangle (aperture, shutter speed, ISO) follow this link: