Yes, I know. I promised a pretty and put together craft room on Friday and guess what? I failed miserably at getting it together. I do have some good excuses. Friday I had tickets to see The Bad Plus (who were AWESOME) and Micah had Baccalaureate Mass to attend. The show was awesome, the mass was touching (so I’m told) and we were both pooped by the time we got home.
I hoped to make some progress Saturday but we spent the morning raiding my Mom’s garden (thanks for the Garlic plants!) and the afternoon setting up for the Great Gatsby party. Our friend Jeremy asked if he could throw his wife Dani a surprise Great Gatsby themed party at our house. Micah agreed (I was suppose to be out of town). The caterers (yes, caterers) came by in the afternoon, followed by Jeremy’s friends with the Karaoke (yes, karaoke) set-up. We thought we could have the place set-up in an hour but it actually took us about 3 hours and we didn’t even clean that much. Needless to say, there was no craft room makeover happening Saturday.
Sunday rolled around and almost the entire day was spent dealing with the aftermath of the night before. We didn’t get out of bed until 11am and Micah had to be at school (again) for graduation. I spent the day trying to figure out what to do with a fridge full of leftovers, party cups and sticky floors. By the time I was done getting the place halfway decent it was about 9pm. I packed our lunches for today, put together doggie bags for the band (they were practicing) and decided to head to bed. Again, no craft room.
OK, so you are wondering, ‘what’s butt buffing,’ right? Well, with any good party, there will be party fouls. The party started at 7pm and went until 1:30am. By the end of the night, our floors were sticky and kind of gross. Guests tried their best to wipe up spills but some spots got missed. I spent a good, long while trying to decide how to clean the floors. Actually, I’ve spent the equivalent of days trying to decide how to clean the floors. Our house is almost 3,000 sq. ft. and I’d say about 85% of that is wood floors.
We don’t have a Swiffer, so that was out. I thought about water and mop but I was afraid too much water would hurt the floors. So I decided go old school. I got on my hands and knees, grabbed a clean rag and some orange oil soap, and sprayed and wiped the entire main floor by hand. That’s dedication. I had some old fleece sweat pants on and realized if I wiped and then pulled myself (and my butt) across the area I just cleaned, I could buff the floor with my butt. It sounds ridiculous and I know it looked ridiculous, but the floor looked great and it only took me about 35 minutes. I did keep my fingers crossed that one of the guys from the band wouldn’t catch me in mid-buff.
So here are the results of the wipe and butt buff:
and here is the before and after color of the rag I used.
Here are some (only some) of the leftovers from the party.
In addition to what you see here, there was an additional cheesecake, and entire untouched tray of pull pork, a gallon sized bag of broccoli. A gallon of pita chips, 2 lbs of tzatziki, about a 1lb of roasted leek hummus, a dozen limes and various hunks of cheese. The funny thing is that people ate – A LOT! We’ll be sorting through leftovers for days. We sent home a lot of stuff with friends on Sunday and we still have more than two people can eat in a week. I’m outta here on Friday (post coming soon), so we have some damage to do by then.
So, we have two questions for you today.
1. What’s your method of cleaning wood floors? I’m looking for something a little less weird than using my butt to buff the floors.
2. Any good recipes that require 4 or more cups of broccoli, cauliflower or a dozen limes?
P.S. Pictures of the party, the food and the craft room (for real) are coming.
P.S.S. If you don’t know The Bad Plus, then you should. They are amazing live. They have great energy, are super creative (ET walkie talkie anyone?) and you can tell your friends you are super sophisticated because you listen to a hip and cutting edge Jazz trio who cover Nirvana, Blondie, Radiohead and Tears for Fears to name a few.