Do NOT Unplug

For the record, I am generally in favor of reducing electrical drain (a well as fuel efficiency of most kinds), but certain things just shouldn’t be done. Unplugging plugging  old refrigerators (if you expect to use them again) is generally not advisable, at least in my experience. They tend to not want to restart when you plug them back in.

Worse, however, is when you unplug a closed-up refrigerator with food in it, knowing that no one will be in the house for a few weeks because it’s summer and people are on vacation, etc.

I don’t know which of my brilliant relations did this to my grandmother’s refrigerator, but  it made for an… interesting visit this Friday.  I’m still coughing up mildew  and cleaner fumes.  And… I don’t want to discuss the onions.  Nothing, except maybe rotten potatoes, tweaks my *UGHH* factor like rotten onions.

And now that I’ve probably grossed you out…  don’t unplug the frig.  Not until it’s cleaned out and empty.  Then, leave the doors open to  let it dry out.

This has been a Public Service Announcement.  Now this will be a…

Row80 Check-in & Assessment

Had to get this check-in out because we’re off to Saranac Lake for the annual camping venture. VACATION!!!

I’m both so eager and in utter dread.

ROW80LogocopyVacation involves change at its most basic, and as I’ve noted before, I don’t deal well with change.   But there is the added reason of being…  or at least feeling unprepared.

I’m not, at least not anymore than any other year.  I’m actually ahead in that I packed my clothes this evening instead of waiting until the morning to do so.  I have the list of scenes I need to write, I have my art supplies gathered, I have charged camera batteries and a clean CF-card…  I even have my reading and research materials gathered.

I’m just not emotionally ready.  This year has kept me spinning so much that I’m not sure I could relax if I tried.  So many strong downs, so many wild and airy ups…  I’m almost afraid to enjoy myself, lest something drastic follow.

  • CRAFT
    • Goal: spend ~three hours a week delving into writing craft related learning
    • Progress: I had most of it done by my Wednesday post, but nothing else since
    • Goal: Hand-write new words daily! (the Five Sentences thingie)
    • Progress: I missed Thursday, and Friday’s words had nothing to do with fiction
    • Goal: typing two pages a day of old notebooks into the computer
    • Progress: nothing since Wednesday
  • SOCIAL
    • Goal: maintain local critique group submission of excerpts and critiques during non-NaNoWriMo months
    • Progress: soooo very behind here
    • Goal: return to regular posting in the WIPpet and WeWriWa blog hops
    • Progress: WIPpet is on track; the WeWriWa is still on hold; and I won’t be near a computer (save my phone) for the next week, so probably won’t do either one
    • Goal: sponsor duties for the ROW80 twice a week
    • Progress: mostly on track (I’m behind on replies to comments)…  and all soon to be on hold for a bits
  • PERSONAL
    • Goal: Explore my creative side daily
    • Progress: I created some new words the other night as I was scouring that frig…  not quite shareable on a PG-13 blog
    • Goal: Daily languages (except Sundays)
    • Progress: oddly, yes…  some inspired the new words listed above
    • Goal: daily exercise amounting to a minimum of 30 minutes a day
    • Progress: oh, I nailed—nay, excelled at—this one, even with the 3 hour drives across the state Friday and Saturday afternoons

That’s all I feel up to sharing now.  Going to head out (I’m at Denny’s with my weekend writing group) so I can finish that load of laundry in the washer.  So…  bye!

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12 responses to “Do NOT Unplug

  1. Have a fantastic vacation! Time to unplug your life (and not the frig) and just RELAX. You deserve it!

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  2. Oh, man. Don’t even get me started with refrigerators. When we moved into our current apartment, we unlocked the doors to discover the fridge completely filled with all sorts of mildew and mold and just awfulness, which we certainly do not remember being there when we viewed the place a month prior! It was disgusting, but, thankfully, after only a minute bit of run-around, we got the landlord to completely replace it with a newer fridge. But that month of eating only non-perishables and take-out was a rough one, oof. So, so gross.

    I hope that, once you get to your vacation destination, you start to feel yourself unwind a little bit. You deserve to enjoy yourself while you’re out there! Hopefully, it’ll be just the thing you needed,

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    • Ack!

      I can all too easily feel your pain. I dont know what goes through some people’s minds when they do stuff like that. Like… didn’t you learn anything growing up?

      That said… the vacation wasexactly what the Dr. ordered…. Perfect timing, perfect weather… I’ll give all the well-wishes credit for the awesomeness. Thanks!

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  3. You sound as prepared as you can be. And I’m so sorry about the fridge! Nanny wouldn’t have liked that one bit. I can picture her getting fierce about the waste. I hope that makes you smile a bit.

    May your week be filled with goodness. I took my computer camping this year, but never even used it. Instead, I hung with amazing folks in a beautiful place and refilled the well. =)

    Whatever you choose, or whatever the week brings,enjoy!

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    • That was exactly my thought! How couldanyonein her family allow her frig to fall to that condition or allow that much food to go to waste… So very counter to the way she’d lived her life.

      In the end… I was definitely as prepared as I could be… and the time away was just what I needed for just the amount of time I needed it for.

      BTW, it was awesome seeing you and Lise at Yacon yesterday. Much love.

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  4. Hope you have fun on your vacation and are able to relax.

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  5. I knew about the refrigerator but not about the onions. One more reason not to unplug. I also understand about the ups and downs and not relaxing. But do try.

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    • There are good reasons to unplug sometimes. After a week with no Internet, life feels less complex and more… natural. Smoother…

      But then, we knew how to refrigerate our onions. 🙂

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