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Jun. 1st, 2004

The word of the week is clean. The day before yesterday I spent a couple of evening hours scrubbing the bathtub and the stall and the bathroom window, trying to get rid of all the mildew. You should have seen it - it was really yucky. I did everything but the sliding shower doors, which I'm letting stew right now in mildew cleaner. They will be clean soon. After that's done I'm going to pick Cory up from work for lunch, and we're going to look at BiMart for carpet steam-cleaners to rent. I think that's what's making me sick, but I'm not sure. I just know that I'm tired of having everything smell like basement when I walk in from being outside. Having the windows open doesn't help all that much. It has to be the nasty carpeting. I really don't think it's cost-effective for me to get it replaced, but it really is icky - in fact, I just went into the hall and peeled it back. The backing is all stained - looks like water marks or some other form of liquid - and then carpet padding that's all beaten down from years of being walked on, and nonexistant in some places - and then under that is concrete. No wonder my knees hurt when I did yoga last. Anyway, I doubt my landlord would reimburse me or pay to get the carpets replaced, and there's no way I'm doing it myself, so I guess I'll just have to suffer.

Unless it IS the carpeting that's making me sick. In which case I'm not sure what will happen next.

In the meantime, as far as the bathroom goes, I'm crocheting a couple of rugs to replace the current ones that aren't quite the right size. The door drags on one of them, so I need to find a way to make a rug that can stay clear of the door's arc. But right now I'm doing a 33" square loop rug that will go in front of the toilet and the shower. It takes up a TON of yarn. Luckily, I'm just using Red Heart, which doesn't have a dye lot, and I can find it almost anywhere.

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