Thursday, April 2, 2020

On the Bright Side

Or in our household, on the light side!









One positive side effect in this current age of social distancing/quarantine (and I'm making a deliberate effort to see that there are many) is that our laundry loads have become lighter.

I've blogged here about the differences of doing laundry in Switzerland compared to back in the US, but today I'm not airing our dirty laundry...because we don't have much!

Now that we're home all the time, the balance of our wardrobe is shifting. Of course, it has everything to do with not having to dress up to go to work, but I can assure you, we are all wearing pants and we change them daily.

Yes, this needs to be clarified because apparently that is not the case in all households during the current situation. In fact, I read an article that the sales of tops are up, but not bottoms. It actually makes sense since your colleagues on a video conference calls can only see you from your top up. And believe me, your dog doesn't care if you are wearing dress pants or sweat pants. Wear whatever you want as long as you share your cheese.

Smidgey hiding out until someone shares their cheese. :)














Oh, and another reason things are on the bright side over here is it is staying light later! Last Sunday, 29 March, Switzerland started our daylight saving time by springing forward. Unfortunately, we now have a 9 hour time difference with California, where most of our family is, but alas, we have more daylight to go out and enjoy sit home and self isolate. Oh well...

Today's poem is proof that the little things make a big difference:

our laundry still multiplies
but the rate at which slows
we're all business on top
cause on camera that shows

look at the bright side
while you hang out at home
time spent not doing laundry
could lead to a poem
©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

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30 comments:

  1. Love these and love that you are looking for the bright side.

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    1. Thanks, Liz! Looking for the bright side is important in these times and keep me sane. :)

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  2. Less laundry is a win, for sure - especially if it needs to a poem! Fun post, Bridget.

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    1. Thanks, Kat! I take my wins where I can get them. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  3. Thanks for the smile. This made me think that maybe some of the male TV newscasters are wearing sweatpants or pajama bottoms with their coats and ties. :)
    Smidgey is adorable.

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    1. You're welcome, Jama! You know Anderson Cooper is wearing sweat pants below that desk...ha! Smidgey appreciates your kind words, but she'd appreciate cheese more. ;)

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  4. You should share that poem with some folks who are on camera (like newscasters and entertainers). I particularly enjoy rhyming "home" and "poem." Fun to say!
    Our dogs feel about eggs and carrots the way Smidgey feels about cheese! They come running if they hear us crack an egg.

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    1. That would be funny to see every newscaster/entertainer stand up from behind their desk and show us what their wearing! It would go a long way in creating a sense of connection with them. Smidgey does like to have eggs and carrots, too, but she will do just about anything for a piece of cheese - even take medicine. :)

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  5. Anything that finds the bright side is the best thing for sure, Bridget, especially if it leads to a poem! Our state just got the order for everyone to wear masks --everywhere! I guess I'll be sewing the rest of the afternoon. I have fabric, etc., but do wonder what others will do if they do not or cannot. Best of wishes to you all, changing outfits less, enjoying sunshine more!

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    1. Good thing you know how to sew face masks and that they don't take up much room in the laundry basket, Linda. Every day brings something new with this thing, hopefully we can always find the bright side to the new world order. Your poems and comments always help. :)

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  6. This is so funny because just today I was sorting and thinking to myself how little laundry there was. Then duh...no work clothes! That is funny about the sale ratio to tops and bottoms! And yes, poems can be found anywhere...even in dirty laundry!

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    1. Thanks Leigh Anne for stopping by and commiserating on the bright side of less laundry. So far I have not bought any tops - I'm just looking forward to warmer weather when I can wear warm-weather tops more often. :)

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  7. Designer masks are just around the corner but take up little space in the laundry basket. Love you and your poems!

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    1. Thank you, Jeanette, love you, too, and look forward to seeing your designer mask! :)

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  8. I have been hanging laundry on the line. It's so satisfying to be able to do this now that the weather is warming up. And yes, we have less laundry than usual because nobody is looking at us anyway!

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    1. Yes, Cheriee, not encountering other humans on a regular basis makes clothes selection much easier! I wish our clotheslines were outside...our building has a drying room with a dehumidifier. The sun would be more efficient. :)

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  9. Your poem brought a smile! I am also trying to find the bright side in these days, but less laundry has not happened in my house--might be because we have two extra people!

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    1. Thank you, Kay, your comment brought me a smile. Yes, two extra people would change the balance of the laundry doing. Be well! :)

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  10. Yup. Poetry vs. Laundry? Easy choice! Smidgey probably can't imagine why clothes are necessary at all. He might like if you wear cheese though, right?

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    1. Yeah, clothes are optional with Smidge, but cheese is a necessity. Thanks for stopping by, Michelle. :)

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  11. You say bright side, I say flip side...but it's all good! Yes, the laundry has lessened, but also the JUNK MAIL! Huzzah!!!!

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    1. So true, Mary Lee, it IS the flip side! Junk mail is one thing that we don't have much of in Switzerland...hadn't really thought about until now. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  12. It's so true! Stay safe and well!

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    1. Thanks, Ruth, sending you best wishes to you and yours. :)

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  13. SO funny! Also funny that I've been doing MORE laundry - simply because I'm at home, and so keep looking for things to wash. I am sure the novelty will wear off soon.

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    1. Oh no, Sally, more laundry is never fun, but I understand your need to clean/control what we can - and laundry is one small thing we can take control of. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  14. Ha! I, too, have had ALL THE THOUGHTS about laundry. So funny about the sales of tops being up! :) I love your laundry poem. :) Stay safe, well, and clean! :D

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    1. Thank you, Karen! Amazing when we are forced to slow down how much we think about that we wouldn't ordinarily think about...like laundry. Be well, and remember pants! :)

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  15. Ha! I too have noticed how much the folks in my DC-inside-the-beltway microculture HATE GETTING DRESSED. People are in their pajamas (or pajama like clothes) at all hours! I personally have the need to get dressed and today I have worn 3 different outfits for three different purposes. Hang in there over in Switzerland!

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    1. So funny, Heidi, about people's preferences for how they approach their day at home. I, too, like to get dressed properly if I have stuff to get done - especially online meetings. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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