Domestic Notes & Etc.

I’m utterly incapable of folding a fitted sheet. Just can’t do it. I just end up rolling up the fitting sheet, and putting the very neatly folded top sheet and pillow cases on top of it in the linen closet. On the other hand, making hospital corners is not at all a challenge for me. I kind of wish I could find decent sets of sheets without fitted sheets.

Is shoe shining a dying art? I’ve been shining my own shoes (and boots) since I was what? 14? I was never particularly good at it, but I never got gigged on my shoes. How many kids today can shine a pair of shoes? Heck, how many have a pair that need to be shined? You can’t really practice on a pair of Reeboks. I’m wondering if that’s why the Army went to rawhide boots.

I don’t mind sweeping, mopping or vaccuming, nor doing the laundry or the dishes. Why then do I so detest dusting?

I miss the stainless steel sinks and shower stalls we had in the barracks in Hawaii. With a little scouring powder and elbow grease, you could really make those things shine. The modern stuff… meh, you can get it clean, but you can’t make a statement with it.

Do Army units still do School of the Soldier (aka SOS or School on Saturday)? In the past, for minor infractions worthy of more than personal counseling (an ass chewing, that is) but not to a level of the paperwork of formal punishment, wayward troops were often offered the opportunity to partake in a full day of “remedial training” on Saturday, usually once a month. Fun stuff like getting up a the crack o’dawn, PT till you dropped, full equipment inspections, dress uniform inspections, some classes on military courtesy (since that was often where the wayward soldiers failings were) and other tasks. See, you cannot award punishment without going through formal channels. You CAN, however, order additional military instruction after normal duty hours without any formalities. And if that training just happens to make Private Snuffy miserable, so be it.  I’m not sure why some Private dumb enough to be insubordinate to his Sergeant really needs  instruction on digging an individual fighting position (and what better way to learn, than by doing, on a Saturday, in full uniform, helmet, and load carrying equipment!), but I know I never felt a burning desire to squeeze in just that bit of extra training.  The only real problem with SOS was, as an NCO, I really didn’t want to give up my Saturday to watch some idiot dig a hole. I like to think I was creative enough to find other ways of making miscreants miserable, all while staying well within the bounds of lawful military discipline (mostly) and keeping petty offenses away from the official military justice system. There’s a place for that system. But an NCO who can’t solve problems on his own isn’t much of an NCO. 

What’s the perfect setting for the thermostat? I’m a big fan of 78 degrees? You? And if you tell me to wear a sweater, I’ll cut you. I hate sweaters.

I want to take a moment to say thanks to Craig, Esli, and of course, Roamy, for helping keep the content flowing here. I’m still having access problems (don’t worry, Load HEAT has already been scheduled for the next 3 weeks!), and sitting down to write is a … well, the motivation to write is often there,but the muse appears to be on vacation sometimes.

For years, the ladies at my church’s book club fed me well, so eventually, I offered to make the dinner. Spaghetti. They RAVED about the meal. They begged me for the recipe.

I hated to admit that it was Prego, Costco noodles and meatballs. Not a thing added…

We need a new Key Control NCO here. I have a ring of about half a dozen keys that I have NO idea what they go to. I haven’t used them in years.  But I just know that if I toss ‘em, I’ll find a lock that uses one almost instantaneously.

What’s you favorite new show of the fall season? I’m grooving on Person of Interest, Unforgettable, and… well, I’m also getting hooked on some British crime dramas.

What’s your biggest disappointment of the new fall season? That is, what new show did you have high hopes for that failed to meet them? I mean, I love crappy CW television. Ringer and The Secret Circle. I knew they were gonna be crappy, but both of them were even crappier than I though they would be. You? Lemme know.

Who’s the hottest chick on television today?

Ladies, who’s the hottest guy?

Did your dog start barking?

It was probably from the very, very high pitched scream I let out when I spotted this guy.


I’m used to being cautious moving stuff and reaching into dark corners in the garage or outside. But finding this guy inside the house, behind my comfy chair was a first.

Current score: Broom of Doom- 4, Black Widows- 0. 

I wouldn’t say I wet myself. Just a little dampness, really…