When the dryer is already up and running as i walk in to Carl's, i know he's at least awake, and that's something.
This time, it was a mixed blessing. He's out of his special laundry detergent he has to use (he can't have the dyes or perfumes) and he doesn't know how to pre-dissolve the powdered detergent so it won't leave powder marks. This meant that while he had washed clothes, i wasn't sure how much if any soap was used.
The clothes in the sink had a dryer ball mixed in with them, which sometimes means they've been cleaned, but they smelled a bit questionable. When i found change in the pocket of the shorts, i knew they'd not been washed.
The wet clothes in the washer had, but with how much detergent?
For the sake of certainty, i stopped the dryer and peeked in. Only 7 items, meaning whatever was in the washer, he'd only taken 7 items out and was drying only those. Yes, he does that regularly, washes a big load then only dries part of it.
When my back was turned, he took four of the seven items out of the dryer and was trying to put them away. It took me distracting him with a question about his lunch to be able to grab them before they made it into the drawers and got mixed in with clean things and caused a worse problem.
As we ran circles around each other, he was dirtying things faster than i could clean them. While i made his lunch, he searched the room for gloves with no luck.
Making his sandwich, i realized once again that many of his behaviors are just how his brain works, and some are simply an extreme form of things his parents do.
Take this "upside down" mayonnaise squeeze bottle as an example. They have a squeeze opening that is supposed to be kept on the bottom. Even the label is on in what would normally be the wrong direction to encourage you to leave the bottle turned in a way to encourage all the mayo to be by the squeeze opening, making serving easier.
No one on the family turns it the correct way, preferring instead to fight "the battle of the bottle," trying to get the mayo to settle so it can be squeezed out, or simply giving in to use a knife. That's what i finally did, as i don't have time for the fight.
Carl has been trying to keep his room a bit tidier, his mother's main concern is that i will fall over something that's on the floor and get hurt, or she will.
He has a love affair with Gold Bond powder, using it liberally. He sometimes gets it where it belongs, and sometimes gets almost as much on the floor.
The powder is slick, so i leave the bottle on the floor next to it to remind me to step carefully until i have time to get to the broom.
Once his lunch was packed, he started asking about snacks. Since i'd given him a whole sandwich, a banana, a fruit cup, and a snack bar for a four hour work shift, i told him he had plenty. He was not convinced and added a string cheese. The boy can eat!
It took a while to shoo him out the door. He is determined he wants to find a different job and was looking at job listings online when he should have been boogying down the road to the job he already has. When he did get out to the car, he had to come back in to tell me he couldn't find gloves there, either.
His parents buy him packs of a dozen pair at a time, and it doesn't take him long to lose them all. It's a talent he has.
Question: do i want to know why his garbage can was clean and empty except on the outside at the very bottom, which had something nasty and sticky on it?
Answer: no, i do not.
Time for the funnies.
Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!
Ancestor Appreciation Day -- sponsored by the Ancestor Appreciation Day Association of Ann Arbor, MI, US
Crush a Can Day -- internet generated, so have fun seeing how many (safe) ways you can crush a can, and how flat you can get it!
Feast of Mashíyyat (Will) -- Baha'i
Fun and Fancy Free Day -- go out and have a great day, in honor of the release on this day in 1947 of the Disney film Fun and Fancy Free
French Community Holiday -- French Community of Belgium
Independence Day -- Turkmenistan (1991)
Meskel -- Ethiopian/Eritrian Orthodox Christian (True Cross Day)
National Corned Beef Hash Day
National Day -- Maldives
National Milk Chocolate Day
National Voter Registration Day -- US (Celebrating Democracy in America)
Rosh Hashanah -- Judaism (ends today at evening)
Shut Up and Let Somebody Else Talk Day -- begun by someone with an overly verbose spouse, perhaps?
St. Vincent De Paul's Day (Patron of charitable societies/charitable workers, charities, horses, hospital workers, hospitals, lepers, prisoners, spiritual help, volunteers; Brothers of Charity; Saint Vincent de Paul Societies; Sisters of Charity; Vincentian Service Corps; Madagascar; Richmond, Virginia; for finding lost objects; against leprosy)
Thanksgiving Day for Disappearance of Kelp-Koli Again -- Fairy Calendar
Woman Road Warrior Day -- to recognize the traveling businesswomen in today's world
World Tourism Day -- World Tourism Organization
Google is founded, 1998
Avril Lavigne, 1984
Gwyneth Paltrow, 1972
Bello Nock, 1968
Sophia Milos, 1965
Shaun Cassidy, 1958
Mike Schmidt, 1949
Marvin "Meat Loaf" Aday, 1947
Delores Taylor, 1939
Claude Jarman, Jr., 1934
Greg Morris, 1934
Wilford Brimley, 1934
Sada Thompson, 1929
Arthur Penn, 1922
William Conrad, 1920
Jayne Meadows, 1919
Thomas Nast, 1840
Raphael Semmes, 1809
George Muller, 1805
George Cruikshank, 1792
Samuel Adams, 1722
"The Tonight Show"(TV), 1954
Strike Up The Band(Film), 1940
"Rip Van Winkle"(Bristow opera), 1855
Today in History:
Severe earthquake in the Gulf of Chili, China; reports of 100,000 killed, 1290
Jesuits founded by Ignatius Loyola, 1540
John Adams negotiates peace terms with Britain, 1779
Constitution submitted to the states for ratification, 1787
Jean-Francois Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta Stone, 1822
The Stockton and Darlington Railway opens, and begins operation of the world's first service of locomotive-hauled passenger trains, 1825
The physics journal Annalen der Physik published Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", introducing the equation E=mc²,1905
The first production of a Ford Model T automobile rolls off the line at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan, 1908
First test of a twin engine airplane, in France, 1910
Native American Day is first celebrated, 1916
Democratic National Committee votes to allow female members, 1919
The first Santa Clause Training School opens in Albion, NY, 1937
The Balinese tiger is declared to be an extinct species, 1937
Sierra Leone joins the United Nations, 1961
Richard Stallman announces the GNU project to develop a free Unix-like operating system, 1983
East Timor joins the United Nations, 2002
CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7, 2008
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity discovers direct evidence of a fast-moving stream bed, showing a prior water source on the Red Planet, 2012
Thai Ex-Prime Minister Yingluck is found guilty of criminal negligence in a rice subsidy scheme and sentenced to 5 years in absentia, 2017
India's Supreme Court overturns the 158-year-old law against adultery as it is discriminatory against women, 2018
Houston officials confirm the water supply around Lake Jackson, Texas, is contaminated with brain-eating amoeba, 2020