The Crazy Suburban Mom: Weekend round-up, Pandora - like anyone can stand another Pandora post, the joys of microfiber (or I am officially the dirt fairy) and what the heck are old people with acne supposed to use on their skin anyway?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Weekend round-up, Pandora - like anyone can stand another Pandora post, the joys of microfiber (or I am officially the dirt fairy) and what the heck are old people with acne supposed to use on their skin anyway?

1. Pandora - (If you want to read about cleaning skip to #2 or my skincare question skip to #3) Since it was time for Pandora's routine service I figured I would ask them to look at all the other stuff I've been collecting on the list.  Like the power doors yes again and again and again, oh and there is a CD stuck that won't come out.  Not a huge deal but I'm sick of The Captain and Tennille and that hanging wire.

They said nothing wrong with the CD player and the doors are fine and that wire is part of an after-market back up beep beep beep thingamabob that's not covered.  Since it's never worked I don't miss it.

They also were like, by the way did you know you have an oil leak?  Why no. 

Oh yeah, one of the engine gaskets is leaking I'll see if it's covered.  And I was pretty much all, you do that but I knew it was covered.  When I got the warranty I specifically asked about engine gaskets because the head gasket is what did in my last van, may she rest in peace.

Or pieces, I'm not sure which.

I sighed the sigh of the warrantied and felt a huge knot in my stomach anyway.  No matter how much I don't have to pay I get a shot of adrenaline like that day on the Garden State Parkway when the car in front of me spun out and somehow but I don't know how, missed me.

I watched the chaos in my rear view mirror as what seconds before was four lanes of traffic going 65 mph  devolve into something that was a cross between pinball and air hockey only with cars.  And screaming. 

It takes a while for your body to know it's safe. Even though your brain kinda does it's still pumping out adrenaline. 

So hearing that, Oh hey did you know you have an oil leak from an engine gasket?  but not having to pay feels a lot like not being in that accident. 

P.S. - The CD is still stuck and the doors still go up and down at will.

2. Cleaning up - I'm not done decluttering, maybe I'll never be, but I realized I've done a lot over the last few months.  Another thing I realized when the dust settled is this place is really, really dirty.

It's hard to even know what's dirty when there is stuff all over.  You can't see the dirt.  Baseboards, I mean who even thinks of baseboards when you're overwhelmed with a to-do list you feel is impossible to get through.

A few months down the road I can see the baseboards and it's not pretty.

I tried my favorite brush.  I've had it for years, it's as perfect as it was when I bought it.  It was like eight bucks and and it's called The Tile Brush

It's a great brush, study as anything - Perfect for a ton of jobs but it took the paint off the baseboards.  Huge duh on my part.

So I thought about it and decided to try the Don Aslett Microfiber Cloth set...  And yes, I bought them myself.


The set ncludes four 16" x 16" blue towels, four 16" x 16" green towels, and two 6"L x 4"W x 1"H blue microfiber-covered sponges
  I read the reviews and really for me, it's hard to weed through them for any sort of balance.  Some people seem to open the boxes and no matter what, harp-playing angels sprout from  boxes marked QVC; other people just want to say,  Eh, sucks

But I'd looked around for microfiber cloths and these were what I was looking for:  large size, double-thickness/ sometimes called plush and each side had different fiber lengths.

I'd also never seen the 'sponges' and was interested in trying those even though the contrary reviewers said, Awful, fell apart in three wipes

Just got them and really like them.  I don't normally like the way microfiber feels (at all ) and these I don't mind.  So plus one.  They clean really well, sometimes just with water.  Something gooey, soapy water.  A tough job, a spray of Windex.  Plus two.

You can take them to the sink, rinse and clean again - The day I cleaned the baseboard after I realized about the paint - I used paper towels.  An entire roll.   I use probably a roll a day.  I got these yesterday and I don't think I used a single paper towel.  Plus three.

I already threw one in the washer and it came out just fine.  Plus four.  I tried the sponge.  I don't know how it will do over the long haul but it's fine so far after spiffing up the microwave.

And  five...  I have a light wood banister that I thought was discolored.  It's as old as the house and I don't know why but it never occurred to me that the discoloration was dirt until I was carrying one of the dirty wet cloths up to the washing machine.

On a whim I ran one up the banister. Oh. Oh. Oh.  Then I grabbed my camera and did a little video.  You don't have to watch the whole thing to get the idea but watch a little of it...

And that's with water only, using a dirty cloth.

I feel like the dirt fairy.

3.  EEK!  - My face is breaking out like nobodies business.   I'd always expected it to go away when I got older but being that I now pee when I sneeze I'm thinking that I'm old enough that if it was going to go away when I was older it would have.

I do have Retin A from the dermatologist which I hadn't used because, well...  I guess I wasn't ever quite this motivated or the acne wasn't ever this bad or maybe I was just lazy, I dunno.  But I need to have some other sort of skin regime.

I'm going to use the Retin A now which limits me some plus the acne will probably get worse before it gets better (Retin A does that)  but I really don't even know what else to use.   Should I go the Cetaphil route? Or is there some other cleanser that's better?  Scrubs are kind of out - just tried them and it was a week of a pimple a day.  Don't want to repeat that.

I really need some moisturizer suggestions.   I really don't know what to use.   What the heck does an old person with acne supposed to use anyway?

 So that was probably the longest post ever...  I'm sorry.


Lin 9/4/10, 11:23 AM  

Oh, that damn Pandora. I think the worse part is the CD.

My cousin bought my old Nissan Sentra and drove "hoopty" into the ground. She and her husband tell the story of a John Denver tape getting stuck in the stereo, so there was all John Denver ALL the time. It got so bad that after one very long trip, Josh opened his window, stuck his head out in the cold, and screamed. They finally sold Hoopty--John Denver still playing in that blessed stereo.

You may need to take an antibiotic for your acne for awhile. Ask your dermatologist. When you get acne in your older years, it is coming from below the skin and only antibiotics will treat that. I had that too. Do it soon because it scars very easily from that kind of acne. Use a gentle wash (cetaphil) and a non-greasy lotion--Neutrogena. I use Mary Kay products because they work for me after having the same issue you are having. Sucks, doesn't it?

ladyjanewriter 9/4/10, 7:47 PM  

Ooo, that cleaning rag video was...oddly mesmerizing? I deny any gender-related cleaning urge, I deny it! But, that was pretty darn cool.

My face seems to be better since I switched to using the Clinique 3-step system. It's really nice for lazy people. I do not have acne but some T-zone breakouts, and if I don't keep up with it, my pores get larger and I have orange peel skin.

You can go to the cosmetic counter, first, but then it's way cheaper at Sephora - they even sell it in kits for cheap.

One of my gay bff's forever has switched exclusively to Dr. Bronner's. He favors the eucalyptus, but they also have tea tree. Dr. Bronner's is a castille soap, and on days when I'm too lazy to use the Clinique 3-step, I have been using Dr. Bronner's and it's fine.

And, yes, the peppermint Dr. Bronner's makes the nether regions tingle. Hee.

Maureen 9/5/10, 5:00 PM  

Cars are a pain in the butt. Always something!

Gabriele Agustini 9/5/10, 6:41 PM  

If you decide to go the antibiotics route, be sure to take some acidophilus so as not to kill the good bacteria in your gut.
That's funny about The Captain And Tennile! Ha!
I haven't heard them in years and am a huge fan, (except for "Muskrat Love. Ack!) but not enough to listen to them every day of my life!
Hope all gets better soon,

Indie,  9/6/10, 12:22 AM  

I have often wondered how our Grandmas cleaned with no paper towels. I think they probably cleaned a lot better! I like your approach a lot.


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