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As The Dollhouse Turns: Laundry Day

Episode 21:

Sunny looks up from the computer, where she's been hard at work all afternoon paying bills and updating her 401k investment plan.

What?  Oh all right, she's been blogging.

Okay, fine, she's been on Facebook. Sheesh. In any case, she notices that some of the household chores have been slightly neglected. Like the laundry, for example.

Dammit.

Which reminds her, she meant to whip up a batch of that organic, hypoallergenic, inexpensive DIY laundry detergent that Maggie told her about. She hops onto Pinterest really quick to find the recipe.
Three hours later...
Dammit!

She sets about collecting the dirty clothes. Although there are laundry baskets conveniently located directly adjacent to every single square inch in the house where someone might take their clothes off, the laundry seems to be everywhere besides the baskets.

Grrr... dammit.

Sunny yells the fiftieth Last Warning to the girls. "I'm doing laundry! If there's something you need to have clean, you'd better bring it to me NOW!"

"I can get this all in one trip, no problem."

Sunny starts to sort the heaps of clothes into lights, darks, delicates, towels, things that should be dry cleaned but won't be, things that should be pre-treated but won't be, and random junk that falls out of the kids' pockets. Halfway through, she has a better idea.

New rule: If it fits into the washer, it's a load.

Why won't these fit? Oh, there's the problem - the washer's already full with a damp, mildewed load she forgot to move to the dryer last week.

Just as she starts the machine, reasoning that a blend of cold/hot laundry should do just fine averaged out into a single warm wash, Charmeuse walks in.

"Hey Mom, can you wash this jersey for me? I have a game in 20 minutes and this is my only uniform."

Sunny determines this is an important Teaching Moment - it's high time Charmeuse learned to be considerate and to plan ahead!

Then she remembers why Charmeuse only has one uniform - Sunny ruined the others one time when she got the fabric softener confused with the gel bleach. So she changes her mind and determines that instead, this is an important Teaching Moment about how to freshen laundry up with a spritz of Febreze and a quick tumble in the dryer.

"It's just like clean, without the hassle of cleaning!"

Crisis averted, Sunny irons some of Buzz's shirts. Unfortunately, she's a little out of practice.

DAMMIT!

Oh well, she'll just fold it up and put it on the bottom of his stack of shirts in the closet - he'll never notice.

"Uh-oh, looks like I'm running low on salmon-colored cardigans..."

Finally, an entire cycle of laundry is finished - well, sort of. She still has to fold the clothes, including the unwieldy fitted sheets, the kids' inside-out pants, and her prized collection of matching white towels that may or may not have fallen into her suitcase the last time she was traveling.

Don't judge! There were no mints on the pillows -
that hotel owed  me some towels.

That's a lot of work, but Sunny's relieved the folding is all done.

Bing!

What? The dryer was still running?!? How many more towels are there to fold?

"Next time, I'll stick to just stealing the shampoo."

Whew! Now  she's finished.

Almost.

She suddenly realizes she forgot to put detergent in one of the loads - but does she really feel like tracking down all the clothes she just folded and put away so she can rewash them? That's a solid "probably not." For now, she's just going to relax, rest her eyes, and enjoy the fact that - for the time being, anyway - the laundry is almost completely sort of clean.

Ahhh...

Seconds later, Sunny opens her eyes to a most unwelcome surprise.

DAMMIT!!!

I'd feel sorry for Sunny, if I could see her over this pile of laundry.

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54 comments:

Kathy at kissing the frog said...

Oh my god, you've outdone yourself with this one! I love how the laundry keeps multiplying right before her eyes. That's how
It happens at my house, too. Dammit!

Jean said...

Well, this is perfect. You know that though, so I probably don't even need to say this. Laughed the whole way through and I had a day where I so needed to do that. Thank you.

Abbi said...

Hilarious as usual! I think you wrote about my day!

Fran Fischer said...

SO FUNNY!!

Gerard Welling said...

One can never have too many salmon colored cardigans.

3 other things: I love the captions, I want some of those towels, and when did the Dolls acquire a laundry room?

Abby Heugel said...

That's why 1) I never iron 2) I love Febreze and 3) I don't have kids. Okay, maybe laundry isn't the reason for all three of those things, but it fits the post. Don't forget carrying the WHOLE load of laundry, dropping one sock and then bending over to pick up the sock and dropping eight other items at the same time. It's a losing battle...and perfect fodder for this episode :)

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

No matter how carefully I tuck the socks and underwear into the wad of sheets and clothes, they ALWAYS fall right out like they'd just been gently resting on top. I especially love it when I don't get them all, and when I'm coming back from putting a load in I find one pair of my skivvies in the middle of the hall.

Michelle Newman said...

Laundry is the bitch that keeps winning. I hate her.
This episode, however? LOVE LOVE LOVE. :)

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

It sure does seem frightening familiar, doesn't it??? ;)

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

I'm so glad you got a good laugh out of it! :D Now, if only thoose dolls would *actually* do laundry...

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Oh no! Well, at least that means you got about half your laundry halfway done. :)

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Thank you, fishducky!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

I think for us to get any of those towels, we'd have to actually open the Hollow Tree Hotel, which seems like an awful lot of work. We could make salmon colored cardigans the employee uniform though, so it might be worth it...

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Yay, thank you - laundry haters, unite!

Adrienn said...

I'd feel sorry for Sunny if this wasn't me everyday. Laundry sucks.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

It is hard to muster up some sympathy when you're battling your own laundry avalanche. ;)

Crazy As Normal said...

Our laundry does this too. I swear that it's mating in the laundry hamper. You're right, I'm not fooling anyone. It's mating on the floor in front of the laundry hamper and yes, sometimes on the floor of the bathroom. LE SIGH.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Mine seems like it's mating too, probably because my kids keep secret stashes of dirty laundry and hoard it like it's worth cash money. Then they decide to finally deposit it into the hamper (or the floor near-ish the hamper) when all the other laundry is finally done. Le sigh is right!


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Paige Kellerman said...

This may just be the best, most genius episode yet. Wait, no, it is. The eyelid trick is fantastic!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

You're just jealous of the eyelid trick because you had to get up at 4:30 this morning! Because I love you, I'd be willing to temporarily Photoshop your eyes closed, too. :)


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"Am I the best parent? Or wife? Or person? Nope.
Not even close."

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Noelle said...

Ugh. Laundry. Hate it so much and why does my child always NEED the one damn pair of pants that I haven't shoved in the washer yet because she didn't give them to me to wash in the first place???

Bethany Mitchell said...

Ha!!! Love it!!!

Christian at PCPPP said...

A couple of weeks ago for her birthday, my parents got my daughter a doll house with some of these same figures that star in ATDT. I was close to excitedly saying "Hey those are the same figures that are in As The Dollhouse Turns!!!" but quickly realized that, as a three year old, she probably hasn't read your blog. She's not very cultured.

Nicole Leigh Shaw said...

Oh, yes. Yes to all. I hate my laundry life. I suck at it and have no interest in getting better. Also, what is this comment platform? It's pretty.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

You'd think, with the tons of clothes these kids have, they'd never lack something to wear. I get this a lot with socks. "Mom, I don't have any clean socks to wear," only to find a wad of 5000 socks shoved between their bed and the wall.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Thanks! :D

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

I suppose I'll let it slide, but I won't pretend my feelings aren't hurt.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Likewise! And the new comment-a-ma-jig is Disqus - I'm glad to hear you say you like it, since it's hard to tell if it's same/better/worse for readers. It's much easier from my end, but I SUPPOSE I'm not the only person who matters (in this particular case).

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

I never used to be able to fit my rugs in the washer, what with the bodies being rolled up in them and all, but all that's changed now that I'm out of the mafia! Oops, I wasn't supposed to say that - DAMMIT!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

How sweet of you - thanks for being here!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

I absolutely ADORE stalker-ish love! I try not to sneak into other people's houses too much, because if they're people I'm going to relate to I figure my feet will probably stick to the floor. Obviously I provide *myself* with plenty of filth- and slacking-related inspiration. ;) Thanks for giving me a smile right back!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

I like to think my closet could be that tidy if I only ever wore one outfit, since things would fit in there better. Unfortunately I'd still have that single outfit in every size from 6 to 18, so I'm guessing the closet would be a wreck anyway.

Les Botchar said...

My girls are terrible dirty clothing creators. every activity requires a change of wardrobe... I don't what game or awards show they think they are hosting but whatev. I just pull the stuff out of the basket and put it back in their drawer. they never know the difference.
but I am filing away that Fe-breeze dryer trick for future reference.

One Classy Motha said...

Have you been spying on me?

I NEVER separate, reasoning that cold water is the great equalizer.

Lori Wescott said...

This is officially my favorite daytime drama!!

Meredith said...

I am dying. You had me at the second graphic. And I want to come stay at the Hollow Tree Hotel. NOW.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

I hear you on the multiple wardrobe changes! Putting the "dirty" clean clothes back in the drawers is a water-saving, sanity-saving excellent parenting hack - I'm doing that from now on!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

I need "Cold water is the great equalizer" embroidered on a pillow *immediately*.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Hooray - thanks, Lori!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

The fake towels are the best part - the rest of that hotel is a total crap shack. No kids allowed though, so... I'll take note of your reservation. ;)

Susan the Domestic Diva said...

Another great episode!

Evil Joy said...

I am totally in love with you right now!!! Love this! And I love all the detail!!!!

Vanessa Page said...

This is so hysterical!!!!! Because, it's true. I am the worlds worst at laundry!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Thanks, Susan!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

I love blog love! Thank you!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

I am, too - seriously. My husband does ours, otherwise we'd have to buy new clothes every week. ;)

Vanessa Page said...

I've been known to go buy underwear instead of doing laundry...

Nuria said...

This made my day. Just hilarious. You are pure genious.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Now THERE'S something I can never hear too much - thank you!!!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

My kind of gal! :D

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SisterhoodoftheSensibleMoms said...

This episode is superb. It resonates soundly with me because SUNNY WASTES HER TIME ON THE INTERNET THE SAME WAY I DO! Mark this down as the day my life has been portrayed by a plastic doll. DAMMIT! Ellen (There is no shame in Febreze.)

Suzanne Lucas said...

Wow, this is the most creative blog post I've ever seen. The doll is fantastic! I'm so sharing this one.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

What a wonderful thing to say - thanks so much for sharing! :D

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