Bug Soup

A Broth of Rambling Thoughts ( with some morsels of 'silly' thrown in for flavor)

Sunday, April 30, 2006

A Little of This , A Pinch of That


Oh man, do I hate housecleaning.
Always have and I'm just not good at it either. I supose before the days of personnal computers ( or at least before we had one) , I got more done around the house. You can listen to music while cleaning house, you can watch TV and fold clothes , you can clean the kitchen and talk on the phone at the same time. But the computer? Nothing gets done while messing around on there. Besides I tend towards laziness, ( which I'm not all that ashamed of by the way) and am easily distracted.
The other thing I totally hate is that no one pitches in. I don't get how people can sit on their ass and watch me work, or worse, mess it up while I'm cleaning ( Hubby walked right across my wet kitchen floor with dirty shoes while I was still mopping!).
If it gets doen at my house , it's because I did it. ( Except for yardwork, and I know if I did any yardwork at all, one time, it would become my job too.)
The weird thing is that once I start cleaning I get all OCD about it and can't stop. I start to just wipe down the bathroom counters and clean the mirror, and the next thing I'm washing walls and cleaning out cabinets, so the job gets too big and it ends up being left half done.

Anyway, what I really meant to say, was that I mopped the floors today. ( Along with about a dozen other jobs I didn't intend to do at all)


I want to talk about those new VW ads on the TV. Not the weird ones with the Uber Stylin' German dude that smashes the other cars that are trendy, but not as good as the VW ( You know those ones? It's the guy that plays the Devil in that Keanu Reeves movie, Constantine) .
Nope, not those.
I want to talk about the ones with the crashing.
The way too very real screeching metal actual accident ads.
See, there was a time that those ads would have sent me to hide in a bed, in a dark room.
Because I was phobic of driving.
Agoraphobia, couldn't leave the house without anxiety for sure, but mostly, it was the car thing.
I was terrified of riding in a car, and driving was completely out of the question.
So I think the crash ads would have spun me back then.
I think I sorta like them.
Not the crash part, but I get into the ad before I realize that it's one of the "Crash" ones.
They start out so normal, a couple of guys having a conversation on the way to work , a pair of couples discussing the movie they just saw. I watch because it has a story , I want to know what happens next.
That's what happens next.
The ads lull you into what is going on in the car, then BAM!
I think they are brilliant.
I want one of those safe cars!
Forget that I think they are ugly, they got airbags all around. Like driving a car while surrounded in bubble wrap . ( And really, who doesn't love bubble wrap?)
Those ads make me want that car.
Brilliant advertizing.

So I am driving on the hwy yesterday ( rural, 2 lanes , 70mph speed limit ) coming home from Costco ( where, by the way, you can purchase huge cases of bubblewrap. Who knew?) and I notice one of those crash protective VW's, being driven by a zoomer.
You know " Zoomers"?
Those are the cars that weave in and out of traffic, tailagating and shooting friom lane to lane, racing to get one car length ahead, who end up right next to you at the signal.
So this zoomer in the bubblewrap Jetta is all over the road, and then , somehow, he is behind me. And the fucker is right on my bumper.
The speed limit is 70, I'm pushing my little piece at 72 , and he is a breath away from the food in my trunk. I can't get over, I am blocked in by an 18 wheeler hauling cows and a granny in a Buick on my right. If I relax my foot on the gas at all ( it's floored) the Zoomer is gonna crush my 6 lb bag of tortilla chips.
It occurs to me that maybe having safer cars isn't as important as having safer drivers.
Then I wonder if maybe those cars aren't just safer in accidents , maybe they attract accidents.
He zooms around me somehow and slides between the big truck and the slow granny , he zips , he zoom zooms, he farfenugeuns his way around them all.
I am glad he is gone , stupid tailgating asshole!
I pull up next to him at the signal.

I still like those ads though, til the crash part.


How much do I love Costco?
So much, oh so much.
Hubby's Mom sends us gift cards about 2 , sometimes 3 times a year.
For about $ 200, sometimes $300 .
Do you have any idea how much food you can buy at Costco for 300 dollars??!!!!!
It's amazing!
I can actually buy more food than will fit in my car!
And I like to look. I go up and down every ailse, looking at stuff I am never gonna buy.
I brouse the tools , the garden items, the office supplies. I spend tons of time in the housewares section.
I don't buy that stuff; I just inhale the shopping experience of it.
I went to the Costco yesterday. It's a trip because it isn't close, it's a hwy drive, and it takes about 40 minutes to get there.
I had 78 bucks leftover on a giftcard from Xmas , and stocking up on meat for the freezer and soda, was my goal. I ended up writing a check for $104, but we got meals for almost 2 months, my child can eat chips and salsa for 3 weeks ( her favorite after-school snack) we got a huge tub of coffee , and I bought a book.
We are broke, but we're having grilled burgers on chibatta bread for dinner tonight!
I love Costco.


Blogger arkie said...

Bug, I love reading your writing. I feel like I'm sitting across the kitchen table from you, either drinking coffee or maybe a beer, just catching up.

10:32 PM  
Blogger mm said...

Costco is a fun store. I avoid it, because I can't get out for less than $200. They have some awesome bowls (like plastic, but not. can't remember the name) and they are really colorful (red, blue, yellow, etc.) with lids. Perfect for summer time stuff, like salads. I think housewares is my favorite part of the store, too. :)

*smooch* to the Bug!

2:27 AM  
Blogger HistoryDetective said...

I have to disagree with you on those crash advertisements, Buggy. (Meh. You know by know that I just have to disagree with something or I'm not happy.) I don't need to see such realistic crashes on the commercials. I hate the way they sneak up on the viewer. I hate the crass way they show one of the passengers say "Holy ..." and then cutting away before s/he says "Shit" and the smarmy little way the message "Safe Happens" flashes onto the screen. Brilliant advertisement! You managed to make the word "shit" flash through my mind! Aren't you clever? I find the advertisements manipulative. I'm fine with watching fake crashes on my television programs, but I don't want to be assaulted with that during the breaks. Maybe I'm just grumpy, but that's my two cents. Thanks for letting me vent.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Lasann said...

Like Arkie, I love your writing also.

Were you driving in the left or right lane when this tail-gater was smelling your groceries?

I had a tail-gater today on the way to work. I kept looking in my mirrow and thinking, "No, it's not worth it." I must have told my self that 8 times.

Squeeeelll brakes - crash bang - new car for me. Yeah.

2:33 PM  
Blogger mysticwolf said...

We don't have Costco anywhere in the area. We have Sam's Club and, better yet, we have The Anderson's (which I think may have actually sparked the whole Sam's Club/Costco thing).

I lvoe The Anderson's. Everything from farmers market produce and meats to gourmet cheeses, meats, and wines to flooring, carpeting, and plumbing supplies - clothing and toys to music and video. Superb gardening center. You need it? They pretty much have it. They absolutely rock.

Only thing I don't like is that I can't buy chicken feed for Paine there. They're primary business is in grain. (The store started out as a sort of farmer's market/general store thing), so WTH is up with no chicken feed? They used to carry it, along with horse feed, etc. Guess the clientele changed.

Hear you about the zoomers and tailgaters. They svck. But, I've never really been afraid to drive. I lvoe driving. I rarely allow dh to drive for any length of time.

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5:33 AM  
Blogger Puffy said...

I think the average person at costco spends $100 an hour.

9:25 PM  
Blogger kim (weltek) said...

*crashes into buggy* Ooops, sorry!

Your ability to write about your thoughts & emotions is amazing. So tangible. That's why I just write about cheese. I suck at writing about emotions.

Anyway, I love Sam's Club because we don't have a Costco. I like people watching there. Why oh why does that man have 4 5-packs of deoderant? Why does that woman have 7 boxes of fish sticks? Does she have 10 kids or just doesn't come in very often? Or maybe she's buying for a shelter or after school program. *shrug* These are things I enjoy wondering about.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Lasann said...

I was "over there" yesterday, I think in the AI, no maybe TAR, wherever! and it was mentioned that you have a new/different name/tagline.

How did I miss that? or was this person pulling my leg/finger?

10:13 AM  
Blogger Buggy said...

Ever see a poster named DriveMyCar?
For the first 5 years that was my name, but everyone called me Buggy, so I changed it last year when I hit 20K posts.
It's not a secret, but I suppose it might be a mystery to some newer members.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Lasann said...

OH, ok. That makes sense. I did see DriveMyCar. Just as long as you are Buggy now. It's hard keeping up with everyone.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Monstah said...

Hello my dear friend. I *heart* you tons and tons.

I too share your neurotic sense of house cleaning. One little task leads to complusive cleaing.

I enjoyed reading your Volkwagon bit...mostly becuase this was the first story you told me about yourself when we chatted on the phone.

*hugs da bug*

6:45 AM  
Blogger ~Nutz said...

Hey Buggy!!! I dedicated this week's TAR Lvoe List to you!!! *grin*

7:26 AM  
Blogger Silvergirl said...

Believe it or not, DH will actually slow down when he has a tailgater behind him. He's trying to teach the TG a lesson or something. I guess it's a good thing he drives a VW!

I love the Sam's club. I forgot to eat lunch the other day, and it was dinnertime, so I enjoyed a hot dog with onions, mustard and sauerkraut and a soda for only $1.50. I bought a rotisserie chicken for Friday night's dinner and a huge bag of chopped romaine, among other things.

I manage to keep within my monthly budget, thanks to the good deals at Sam's Club. (And no, I'm not a brainwashed minion of the evil empire!)

Congrats on spelling Fargenewgan correctly. I know I didn't.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Wheeze said...

fahrfergnugen was my word verification.

I just typed 'zoomzoom' and they took it. I think Volkswagen and Mazda are in cahoots.

10:51 AM  
Blogger augie said...

Buggy!!!! I love Costco so much. It's one of my mostest favorite places. Bug Soup is another one of my mostest favorite places.


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