|Just keep spinning, just keep spinning......|
I typed back: 'Wilco. Over and Out.' And twirled my handlebar moustache.
Operation Tidy The House The Fuck Up Cos Your Dad's Coming Home had already swung into top gear. But given the fact that I still can't bend down or reach up high without developing a pain in my newly gallbladderless innnards, this means that 'top gear' is only at Jeremy Clarkson level, not Ayton Senna level.
It really needs to be at Ayton Senna level. Atyon Senna On Amphetamines.
You will be pleased to know that I remembered to put the bin-bag out in the bin this time. I even gave it a swirl round with a bit of Domestos.
I also remembered to remove all the cures for cancer that I had percolating at the back of the fridge.
Reader, I have even emptied the Compost Bin (which usually sits breeding tiny flies for the full six weeks Tartarus is out the country).
I have darned the hole in the pocket of his black jeans. OK, so I used bright orange tapestry wool (see: failing eyesight from sitting at this god-damned computer all day), but the job is done. And the orange wool means that he will always be seen by the helicopter rescue team if he gets lost climbing Ben Nevis.
It could happen.
I took the empty glasses from the side of my bed down to the kitchen and washed them out. One of them actually had a little cloud of something growing on the surface. On a glass of water that's quite something. I can assure you that I have not been spraying it on Spanish cucumbers and posting them off to Germany.
I have cleaned down the toilet, with Domestos and a brush. Not a toothbrush. Well, not HIS toothbrush. Not this time anyway.
All the washing and ironing is done. With the exception, of course, of the things that have lain at the bottom of the laundry basket since before Sonshine was born (they're dry clean only and it's a total palaver to get dry cleaning done here - time it wrong and you're trouserless for two weeks. I just go dirty. Besides that dress is now two sizes too small)
Reader, I have even managed to get my roots done and my hair trimmed - I can no longer be spotted from space by my bright grey streak. Huzzah!!
I have not managed to get waxed because, frankly, I've been through enough removals in the past month without someone trying to rip my fudd out by the roots. I'm working the 'natural' look......
This unnatural burst of housework is like having dozens of plates spinning: The tidiness can only go on as long as I manage to keep all the plates going round. If he's delayed by more than 24 hours, I will end up surrounded by broken crockery and the usual pile of house-hold detrius (old newspapers, mysterious sticky things down the sofa, herds of wildebeest dust bunnies on the stair carpet, knickers on the bathroom floor, soapscum in the sink...yanno, REAL life).
I have no idea where he is. Hopefully en route. Hopefully sober. Well, soberish would do. And hopefully not smelling like he's been in a bar in Mexico airport for a straight 24 hours. If anyone strikes a match near him the resulting conflagration will make the London Blitz look like a cocktail sparkler.
Sonshine took the news that his father was not enroute stoically. 'Has he gone to see his Mexican family then?' he asked. This stems from a joke alternative reality which I created years ago for Tartarus. In that reality, he does not go to Mexico to work, rather he goes to spend 6 weeks with a whole nother family - his Mexican wife is called Consuela and his Mexican son is called Jesus. I imagine Consuela to be a pleasant, hard-working lady and young Jesus looks like an extra from A Fistful of Dollars.
I have jokingly said that Tartarus can bring Jesus home any time he likes because Sonshine could do with a brother and let's be honest, that's so NOT going to happen. That cafe is now closed.
I explained to Sonshine AGAIN that his dad doesn't REALLY have a Mexican family. There is no Consuela. There is no Jesus. He looks mildly disappointed.
As do I. I could really do with Consuela moving in to help with the housework.
Hope you all have much more fabulous things planned for your weekends than housework!