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About Cynthetics

Amateur blogger and intense observer of life through warped sunglasses. In an attempt to hone my writing skills, I am having fun bringing humor and entertainment through observations of everyday experiences. Nothing is sacred!

All I Wanted was to Clean the Microwave


All I Wanted to do was Clean the Microwave

Life is starting to normalize, or the way I see it, we are leaving their houses and getting back to their lives as they were BC (Before Covid). Traffic is back to sucking and our schedules are back to being full. What happened to our lives where we were trapped at home? When everyone was on “lock down” we were kinder, more creative, more productive, and maybe a little nuttier. But things changed – again – offices opened back up and we are leaving our homes for public spaces again. We are learning to live WC (With Covid) where we work from home, work in the office, work 24 hours a day and can’t hide within a lock down.

Like a lot of people, I still work from home a couple of days a week and then go into the office several days a week. The difference is I have less time and energy to clean, get house chores done, exercise, or even cook.

Now, I just want to come home from work – or leave my home-office – eat dinner and relax. Honestly, all I wanted to do when I got home from work the other day was warm up dinner and relax.  But when I opened the microwave, I saw two weeks of food bits and sauce splashes clinging for life to the sides of the microwave.  And it’s not even a freaking microwave, it is a speed oven, so it is stainless steel and a complete pain in the ass to clean.

All I wanted to do was clean the Microwave. I walked into the laundry room to get the step ladder (I’m really short and the microwave / speed oven is installed really high).  When I walked into the laundry room, I see cat litter all over the floor.  I keep the step ladder in the laundry room along with the litter box and cat food, all trapped behind a baby gate to keep the dogs out.  The dogs think of the laundry room as the “snack hut”.  So, I start sweeping up the cat litter when I realized my poor kitty had explosive diarrhea in his litter box.  Thankfully it is one of those kitty boxes with a lid, so “it” was contained.

Anyway, I’m in the laundry room to clean up after the cat, and as I am getting everything together to empty the litter box, I realize there are wet clothes in the washer that need to be put in the dryer.  Ah, you probably guessed by now, there are clothes in the dryer too.  Of course, there are!  So, I take the clothes out of the dryer, fold them, thankfully it was a load of towels and not socks, put the wet clothes in the dryer, and start my kitty box cleanup. 

Kitty box cleanup requires a new liner and litter and a large trash bag.  Once that is organized, I take the trash out, fortunately I have shoes on.  I get back in the house and start my grocery list with 1. Kitty litter, 2. Kitty litter box liners and 3. Floor cleaner.  Last, I make sure the cat is still alive.

Now that the laundry is done, the floor is cleaned, the litter box is cleaned, the cat is alive and the grocery list is started, I walk back to the microwave and realize I forgot the step ladder.  And really all I wanted to do was come home from work and relax, but I had to clean the microwave! Does this happen to you in our new WC era? 

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Carpe Diem


Heavy Metal Concerts-Earplugs or Face Mask?


So I’m a fan of heavy metal music, mostly music from the 70’s and 80’s.  Heavy metal just gets me revved up and is my go to music for working out!  I’m not a complete metal head where I can tell you the name of the song, the album the song appears on, the year the album came out, and the names of all the original band members, blah blah blah. I just like it.

Three years ago in 2019, 3 of us, who usually go to metal concerts together, purchased  tickets to the Judas Priest concert for the Spring of 2020. Saxon was to be the opening act. Most people would probably not recognize the band and honestly, I probably wouldn’t either, but I was ready to see Judas Priest again.

Well we all know what happened in Spring of 2020, the world virtually stopped. So the ageing Priest was rescheduled to Spring 2021. By Spring of 2021, as we all know, vaccinations were starting.  Spring 2021, some members of Judas Priest get COVID and have to reschedule again. At this point I have all but given up on going to this concert. But Fall 2021, the band is finally on the road and touring in the US and headed to Texas in October. September 2021, Judas Priest is playing in Kentucky when the lead guitarist, an amazing 42 year old guitar player that grew up dreaming of playing with Judas Priest and is fulfilling his dream, collapses on stage. You would think it was an overdose situation, but no, his aorta ruptured and blood was leaking into his chest cavity! Luck would have it, people acted quickly, and he was taken to a heart and lung specialty hospital only 4 miles away. Ten hours of open heart surgery and a few months to rest, and he is back on tour. Unbelievable.

So jump forward to Spring 2022, Omicron is chilled out, and the band has picked up where they left off. Now the opening band is not available, so Queensryche decides to open. What? Decisions decisions, am I that much of a metal fan to risk COVID with thousands of other people?

Yes, I am and we went. The lead singer of Judas Priest is 70 and the bass player is 73 for fuck sake, surely I can risk it and enjoy myself. In my pockets was a credit card, a face mask, lip gloss (that no one may see depending on the face mask choice) and ear plugs. Once we were at the venue, I note that not a single human had on a face mask. I succumb to social pressure and remove my mask. But I’ll be damned if I’m not going to use my ear plugs. As I’m looking around for face masks, I notice everyone, well almost everyone, is wearing ear plugs.

Even better the guitar player who survived the ruptured aorta, Richie Faulkner, was wearing a Fitbit. He had it on behind his old analog watch. Hmm, maybe a nod to grandpa. The Fitbit gave me some comfort in that if his heart rate jumped up considerably it would possibly send a warning or maybe a fall signal to his iPhone which would ping the EMTs for rescue. This is a great way to get help without wearing a Life Alert.  Good news there was no emergency incident. Bad news would have been that the venue is not close to a heart hospital.  Dallas is really big, and an incident like that would require a helicopter just to get across town.

Three years of a lock down and the ultimate decision comes down to ear plugs or a face mask. We live in a crazy world.

Carpe Diem!

Hard to see, but Fitbit in use