The Cast of Characters in My Household:
Myself: Mrs. White. Lover of food and games. I can usually be found in the Kitchen, with a glass of wine in one hand and a smokin’ hot wooden spoon in the other (my favorite kitchen tool next to my hands). When I am not in the Kitchen creating culinary delights, I might be working out at the YWCA (negating all of those calories consumed by my other hobby), tending to my garden in season, puzzling over the latest crossword or Sudoku, or on the computer answering surveys to earn enough points to purchase the culinary tool I am most lusting after-a VITAMIX– but failing miserably. At the end of the day when I sit down at my computer I just can’t seem to stay awake.
Husband: Remember in high school when your guidance office gave you those interest inventories to help you decide what direction you might want to go for a career? When he took those tests, it said that he would make a good college professor. I can definitely see that. Here he will be known as Professor Plum. By day he hangs in the Study, creating drawings of grandiose mansions for wealthy clients and other things architecture related. You can see some of his work here. By night he becomes our dishwasher, cat box scooper outer and human toilet cleaner. He can often be found engaging in his favorite hobby, napping. He considers himself a jack of all trades and a master of none. I couldn’t make it without him.
Daughter: Miss Scarlet, definitely. What image comes to mind when you think of Miss Scarlet: fiery, assertive, strong personality, knows what she wants and pursues relentlessly, isn’t afraid to say what she thinks. That is definitely my teenager. When she isn’t sleeping, facebooking, or hanging out with her friends you would find her in the Library, with her nose in a book or doing homework. She definitely tries our patience every morning, leaving the house in the middle of winter to catch the bus about one minute before it is due, without a jacket and wearing slippers. Teenagers.
King and Queen: Our two cats that rule the condo. They are a constant source of frustration and entertainment. This is a typical morning: When I make cappuccinos for myself and the Professor, as soon as I turn on the water the King is on the counter trying to drink the water out of the faucet and generally being a nuisance. PP: “Smoky, get down.” Miss Scarlet: “Dad, you tell him that every morning and he never listens. It does not work. Insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. You need to try something different”. PP retrieves a squirt bottle and sprays water to get him down. Five minutes later he is back up. Repeat constantly throughout the day. For the other cat: “Rosebud threw up.” This is also another job PP has taken on, unless it is in a spot he can’t reach and then it falls to me. I can’t tell you how many paper towels we go through cleaning up after her, poor thing.