All posts tagged: Housekeeping

Lady MacDeath to Dirt

Out, damn’d dirt! Out, I say! I entreat you, be gone from my hardwood floors this day Swiffer in hand, I walk this abode all the hours long, My heart a-full with dark song Why must this grit persist? We are not that kind of a home, I insist! When I wake, I run the Roomba, and that’s not a moment too soon At noon, comes the Dyson vacuum The evening brings the Wet Jet And yet and yet! This dirt remains set Oh how I long for a clean, clean floor Shining in the sun, greeting me as I walk through the door I crave that smooth, silky feel beneath my feet, No dust, no junk, no earthly particles do I want to meet No crumbs, no scraps No Lego pieces that go snap No shriveled Cheerios No nastiness from heaven knows I want “House Beautiful” clean, Scandinavian cosmopolitan clean, Never-have -to-wash-your-gray-feet at night clean Friends, do you know what I mean? But this city air plus three little ones’ daily plunder and thunder Continually …

Four Pristine Films and One Covered in Filth

In which we explore the filmic concerns of a given theme, and find new and novel ways of putting together yet another Internet-based list of movies. The wrinkle here, is our fifth pick will actually serve to prove as the counter argument, the best representation of the direct opposite of our theme.  1. Mary Poppins (1964) Director: Robert Stevenson Essential Characters: Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews), Bert (Dick Van Dyke), Mr. Banks (David Tomlinson) Basic Gist: Into a mournful house of sad children living in disarray with their bored mother and cold, emotionally vacant father, comes the vibrant, sing-songy Poppins, who descends to the family on an umbrella, sings a great deal, and teaches the lot of them how to embrace life’s travails and flourish. Tidy Type: Physical and emotional. Poppins teaches the children how to clean things up and get organized — which notably makes them instantly happier — but also how to enjoy their lives, freeing their beleaguered father in the process. Cleanliness Quotient (1-10): A solid 8, though we’re talking emotional clutter rather …