It’s Friday

It is the time of week where I begin to look forward to the weekend.  Ok, really I began to look forward to it Tuesday night, but I’m trying to not encourage the more ridiculous side of my nature.  But this particular moment is when I begin to daydream in a constant flow.  I want to just dive into some liquid-blue shimmer of relaxation.  Ah.  I’m ready for retirement.

Unfortunately the only liquid shimmer I will be experiencing this weekend is rain.  Gobs and gobs of it.  Though I don’t know what a gob of rain looks like, I have confidence that I will be able to tell you by Monday.   Thursday had me fooled – it started out miserable and cloudy, and I expected the weekend to be the same.  But then the sun came out, and dried up all the rain.  And Stacey was ready for a nice weekend again.  Alas.  Today is just as dismal as yesterday morning, and I have no hope of it changing this afternoon.

But there are good sides.  Something about rain causing flowers.  I can certainly say it’s doing something for them – the pollen is everywhere.   And the colors are wonderful.  The sky may be dull and cloudy without the stunning texture of storm, but everything else is vivid.  It’s like all-day afternoon light, with rich colors and deeper hues.  I’m sure some more scientific person could tell you why the sun at the angle past noon and the sun reflected and refracting through clouds causes some wavelength change that makes every color more intense.  For myself, I’m just going to delight in what beauty I can get on a damp and wretched day.

Aquaball!

While an Aquaball might sound like what Sebastian starts in “Under the Sea”, the reality is slightly less impressive.  It’s a laundry product.  Yay!  I love laundry!  It’s almost as fun as getting hit with two koosh balls at the same time!  Still, it does have redeeming factors.  It has a spiky, neon appearance, which is fun.  And I guess modern or ‘retro’.  It’s supposedly less harmful than other laundry detergents that use more abrasives and chemicals.  Still, I’m not entirely convinced I want to go out and buy one.  Or two.

Several of my issues come from not knowing about the product.  Does it really get your whites whiter?  What are the ionic compounds being released into my wash, and how do they work, exactly?  How does the whole process imbue my clothes with a lemon-fresh scent?  How much, exactly, is 14.95 British pounds, and how much will it cost to get shipped here?  Finally, I was able to find few reviews at all, and only one user review here.

But there are advantages too.  If you have severe laundry chemical allergies, as my neighbor does, this ball thing is probably even better than the dye-free products we currently use.  Also, I’m not polluting by keeping my clothes clean.  I couldn’t figure out the cost issue, but I’m guessing it’s going to work out to pretty much the same as what I already use.  So the change would have to be for other reasons but still.  I am intrigued.  Maybe when we get low on our current round, I’ll see if anyone is making this stuff in the US of A.