Random Monday

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• A couple weeks ago when I was ranting about the Common Core (that’s not really narrowing it down much, is it?), Creative Madness Mama left me a comment linking to her own post about how prescient C.S. Lewis’  Screwtape Letters were on the subject. Fascinating. (how many points do I get for “prescient”?)

• Remember Citizen: Just accept what you are told and stop having opinions and questioning authority or you could be like the guy who was arrested for asking a question at a Common Core Parent Information Night. Uncle Knows Best. Now, who needs to be told what kind of light bulbs to buy? How much salt they should ingest? Anyone? Anyone? The line for Re-Education Camp forms on the left.

• Anyone out there studying genetics or biology? Check this out – it’s COOOOL. Move the slider under the picture to see the perspective.

• Speaking of science, the Daily Mail is reports World’s top climate scientists confess: Global warming is just QUARTER what we thought – and computers got the effects of greenhouse gases wrong. In fact, Antarctic sea ice is at record breaking amounts this year. So there you have it. We can stop worrying about Global Warming, and segue right in to worrying about Global Cooling. Or something. Whatever. More here and here.

I’m gonna write to Al Gore and demand a refund. Mama needs a bigger SUV.

(side note, Al Gore must be smarter than I thought he was, because that Carbon Offset con was the most brilliant pile of BS I ever heard. “send me a check every time you get on an airplane and I will sell my soul to Al Jazeera for a bazillion dollars save the woooooorrrrrld…!”)

• This is funny – 7 Ways to be Insufferable on Facebook. I know people who do all those things. A guy who posts mournful song lyrics every time his wife goes out for girl’s night? Check. Several people who post vague, depressing, random relationship updates and then refuse to talk about it? Check. People who are just looking for a fight? Check. (seriously, I once went back and forth like 48 times with someone who wanted to argue when I said wearing flip flops to hike at Yellowstone was stupid. which it is. sorry.)

• I have a problem. All my laundry is turning gray in dingy. I first noticed it with the bathroom rugs. Then the kitchen towels. Now all our clothes are turning gray. I have tried bleach, color safe bleach, pre-soaking, extra-rinsing, everything I can think of. And the towels just get grayer and grayer and grayer. It is very frustrating. I don’t know if it’s the water here, or what. In fairness, I use pretty cheap detergent (Arm&Hammer or All), but maybe I should go back to Tide. Anyone have any ideas? Even BLEACH is not getting my whites white! (wow, I sound like a 50’s housewife now, don’t I?) The socks, the undershirts, everything is GRAY. I just spent $35 buying new cute winter girlie clothes for Little at the thrift store, I’d just as soon they not turn gray before she even has a chance to rub dirt and peanut butter all over them.

Ideas, Internet?

• Happy Monday, y’all!

12 Responses to “Random Monday”

  1. Kristy Says:

    I await news of the laundry dilemma as I suffer from dingy whites. I thought it was the homemade laundry detergent that I made a while back. But now that’s gone and it’s still gloomy. I also wonder if it’s time to spring for Tide.

  2. hikooky Says:

    a) You get lots of points for “prescient.” Lots. b) Daaaaang with the Screwtape Letters. Prescient! c)I wish I knew what to tell you about the laundry. Could it be the washer? Something crazy going on in there? It almost sounds like something from a metallic source in the machine might be staining everything.

  3. MJ @ Creative Madness Mama Says:

    🙂 grin
    MJ @ Creative Madness Mama´s last blog post ..The Big Golden Book of Dinosaurs by Dr. Robert T. Bakker

  4. Emma Says:

    Color catcher sheets have always worked for me…like really well…and they’re $3 for a box the size of fabric softener sheets.
    Emma´s last blog post ..Is this my home?

  5. SarahB Says:

    Try using Charlie’s soap. It’s residue free, and will pull minerals and old soap out of your clothes. It really helps with dinginess, and as a bonus, is dirt cheap.

  6. Betsy Says:

    Do you have a front loading washer? My whites get dingy no matter what soap I use. So much for saving water.

  7. Happy Elf Mom Says:

    THANK YOU for being just as crazy as me… sometimes I feel like it’s just me that doesn’t think Common Core is a GREAT idea. Mind you, I have kids in public school and ALL the parents seem totally sold on newer, more “rigorous” standards.

    I feel like barfing. Also, all the first grade parents are literally 20 YEARS YOUNGER than me. Gah! At least I haven’t been asked if I’m the Grandma… yet.
    Happy Elf Mom´s last blog post ..Girls With Short Hair

  8. Tressa Says:

    Martin Luther said, ” I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.”

    But then, I am a Christian. But still.

    I also saw an article that as the glaciers are receding they are finding the remains of forests beneath them. What? So the earth cooled and covered the forests? Is was warmer once? Let me show you my shocked face. :O
    Tressa´s last blog post ..Homeschool Third Degree

  9. Shauna Says:

    There are many areas where I’ll skimp, but laundry detergent is a big no-no for me. We live in an area with super hard water that turns everything grey unless I use Tide. In fact, we just broke down and bought the pods since they also have a brightening agent in them. I washed a load of whites that came out grey after Cloroxing the poo out of them and the Tide Pods fixed it in one wash. It’s way cheaper to spend a few more bucks on the good stuff than have to buy new clothes.

    Hope that helps!


  10. Shauna Says:

    And just so we’re clear, there was no actual poo involved. Just a figure of speech, people.


  11. Lisa Says:

    Prescient???? Stop showing off with your fancy homeschooling education woman!

    And seriously some moron thinks jandals (thongs / flip flops whatever) are OK to wear to National Parks? Man they should not be let out of the house without supervision!

    As for your washing … try pinterest, am sure there will be 4 million ways to whiten and brighten your laundy … mostly useless BTW but, after spending so much time looking it all up you just wont care and will be happy with simply wearing grey clothes!

  12. chocolatechic Says:

    I use the 2 gallons boiling water, add 1 c. bleach and 2 c. powdered dishwasher detergent.

    Swish whites in it, then soak for a few hours. Dump the entire thing into your washing machine and wash it.

    Has ALWAYS worked for me.
    chocolatechic´s last blog post ..October 3