Monday, September 17, 2012

On your marks


The family ran another race over the weekend.  And by family I mean my husband and daughters.


The cool morning air meant long sleeves and visible breath.

The gun fired and the racers ran out of sight.  I found a comfortable curb to sit on and wait the 19 minutes until Razor showed back up. 


I sat near a group of women that were rooting on the runners like myself.  I wasn't trying to listen in on their conversation (pinkie swear) but did hear a mom talking about laundry.  She was saying that it's never ending and only seems to be getting worse as her children age.  She said, "The fact that 100% of my kids' clothes are turned inside out is about to drive me insane! It takes me forever just to sort the blasted laundry." 

I smiled to myself.  Happy in my knowledge that I wasn't alone in that department.


Licious ran in around the 29 minute mark.  Boo wasn't far behind at 32 minutes.


Then we all came home.

I started laundry.

Then I hollered, "Girls!  Get in here and turn your clothes right side out!"

The end.

-dana

18 comments:

Jan said...

I married an athlete, and tons of laundry. Some days he'd change clothes 3 or 4 times depending on his work/workout schedule. After about 12 years, when our daughters were old enough, I advised everyone they were responsible for their own laundry. And I stuck to my guns. I was only responsible for my own laundry and the "household" laundry. What a relief. We've been retired for many years and Bob still does his own laundry.

Teresa said...

My husband is the offender in my house! He constantly leaves his ABU undershirt inside out! I started folding them that way and I waited to see how often he would wear them inside out. Since he doesn't really want his commander to comment on his inside out shirt he has started making them right before he deposits them in the hamper.

Trudi said...

Some days I'm glad it's just the two of us, I've come home from quilting group, she's erode the dishwasher when she got in from school, got herself some soup and put the oven on so it was ready to put the dinner in when I walked rough the door. Only thing missing was a cuppa!

Gotta make those chores more achievable, training, the key to adaptable, capable adults in the making!

jackie said...

I, too, despise inside out clothing. My husband is the offender. I got tired of it so I just fold his clothes the way they get washed and dried. Sometimes he will right the shirt before putting it on and sometimes he wears his undershirt to work inside out because he didn't notice it when he put it on. And he only noticed it because I pointed it out to him.

VeeV said...

Your family amazes me....

Laundry: i have a very simple way of doing laundry. i work at a full time job (too)....time is precious....so if your laundry arrives in the basket inside-out....that's how it gets washed and folded. i think to myself - you didn't wear this inside out...how did it get that way from your body to the basket??
hm.....

diane said...

My pet peeve, too, is the inside out laundry filled basket. Especially when all the boys were home and they would wear 3-4 pairs of sweat socks a day and put them in the hamper all balled up and WET! Needless to say, I tried very hard to put a stop to that. I wonder if they still do it. I'll have to ask their wives.
Congrats on your family run.

Kristen said...

Woot for family run day.

Need to get my hubs out to run before his 5k. Oh yeah. This might be fun. ;)

Laundry, hehe. Taught my girl to do her own when she was 8. Made life easier as she needs a different soap from the rest of us.

If it's inside out, that's the way it goes back. Same with the socks. You ball em, you get back that way.

Now if I could just find out who is stealing the socks. Many single socks in this house. I'm blame chaos. lolol...

audrey said...

I'm a mean mom, I don't flip clothes right side out. Being that I'm stuck doing laundry at a laundromat I want to get in and out in record time.

I will always flip my stuff right side out but that's the perk I get because *I'M* the one doing laundry!

**nicke... said...

lol! you are impossibly fun! xo

Karin said...

When the kids turned 10, they gave me a present - I taught them to do their own laundry. :) When they went to college, they were the only ones who knew how to do it. Congratulations to the athletes...and to Mom who is raising them and keeping them in clean clothes!

AnnieO said...

Fun photos, and nice record of their times for the run :)

My husband did the laundry for the kids and household. Try as I might, I could not get him to STOP gathering, sorting, and doing the laundry and making the kids do it themselves; it was especially painful to see him folding thong underwear when the girls were teens. Finally I realized it was his way of showing he cared. They have all moved out now but he continues doing his and the household laundry; I do my own :)

DebbyMc said...

One of the happiest days of my life was when the kids were tall enough to reach the buttons on the washer...they've been doing their laundry ever since...smartest thing I ever did =-) =-)

Kar said...

Kudos to your crew for getting out there and running their tails off! Awesome!

The whole bit with the laundry sounds so like me. I would have done the same thing as you when I got home. :)

Elissa said...

inside out, sweaty socks.
WORST. EVER.

Anonymous said...

Clothing turns itself inside out during the washing cycle. I know this for a fact because I make sure everything is right side out when I put it in the machine. Some of it will be be inside out when it comes out of the wash, especially t-shirts and underwear, both mine and his. I don't know why this happens. Can someone explain?

Wanda D.

Kelli said...

I just came over from Jennifer's blog and was looking around and had to laugh at this post. We ran our first 5K this weekend and your girls and husband shattered our times. I'm actually traning for a half but hadn't run in an official 5K so I signed up for one and my 8-year-old wanted to run with me. But my sweet husband wasn't sure she could keep up with me so he volunteered to run too so she could stay with him. I've been suffering from shin splints so I ran the whole thing, but at an easy pace and finished in 35. My husband and daughter crossed at 39. Funny thing is...my husband said he kept having to slow Emma down and ask her to wait...I think she would have beat me if we'd just let her go! ;)
Oh, and inside-out, rolled up sweaty socks are the very worst!!! ick! I don't know why my 6-yr-old son can't remember to turn them back out for his sweet Mama yet. ;)

pricillaprecise said...

This is so funny - I actually turn stuff inside out to wash, and hang it out to dry - granted, in the blazing African sun - still inside out - it saves everything getting sun bleached. A lot of the stuff needs ironing inside out to prevent shiny seam markings anyway, and then it's a quick flip right side out onto the hanger! Marvellous how different we all are. Margaret

pricillaprecise said...

This is so funny - and just shows how differently we all view things - I do all my wash inside out so that the outside of the clothes don't rub against each other and pill, and so that they do rub against each other, and have a hand-wash effect. I also hang things inside out - granted, it is in the blazing African sun, so minimizes bleaching - and as many things are best ironed inside out to prevent shiny seams, it's just a flip and onto the hanger and it's done. What's in pockets gets washed, and one shirt ruined by a ballpoint pen is a very quick lesson learned. Margaret