Clutter and such

In preparation for the party Sita moved with great purpose through the rooms on the ground floor and removed anything that could be considered clutter. We have a lot of that. She used any container she could find (and we have a lot of those) and filled them up with tchotchkes; the containers were then deposited on the floor of my office, preventing any intentional or accidental entrance.

The house looked so attractive after that that we promised to her and ourselves that we would try not to re-clutter the place. But we did, right away the next day because I had to get into my office.

And now we are trying to get back into our cluttered daily groove – the last guest left this morning, the enormous amounts of leftover foods divided, consumed, deposited at MSH, or thrown out, the recyclables picked up from the curb, and the garbage stored in the shed to keep the raccoons at bay for drop off at the dump tomorrow. Our town is trying to cut down on expenses and garbage service is reduced to once every two weeks; do-it-yourselvers can go to the dump on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This is what Axel will do before everything rots.

The daily groove will only last a couple of days more as we are having another party next weekend – this comes in handy from a booze perspective; we have lots to offer. From a food perspective we learned that when you expect 60 people you don’t have to multiply every four-person recipe (of mains and sides and dips) by 12. We will do an after action review so that by the time Tessa’s party comes around (more than 60 people) we will be pros at planning and guessing.

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