Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I'm alive.

Really, I am. Just swamped with work and vacating. Well, on my vacations, I don't go anywhere. I've heard of these type of vacations being called "staycations." I think cutesy terms like that are stupid.

I'm on holiday. Not stupid, and doesn't need a cutesy term to define it.

I only have a few days left, though. I have to go back to work on August 13. Gack. I have been catching up on soap production, though, which is good. Sitting outside on the weekends in this heat is a bizarre existence, let me tell you.

Oh, and want to hear about bizarre? I set out to make a double-batch of liquid soap yesterday. Rule number one in soaping is to avoid aluminum tools. The pot I was using was aluminum, and I didn't know it.

Um. Now I know. For those of you who don't know, this means my batch of liquid soap reacted with the aluminum, and began crawling out of the pot at an enormous rate. I hollered at my husband to open the back door, and I trotted outside with it, placing it on the corner of the patio. There it sat, boiling and puffing of its own accord, fumes shooting 10 feet into the air.

I got the garden hose and diluted it. But damn. Talk about an adrenaline rush. I don't need that kind of excitement on my holiday.

So I took the rest of yesterday off. Today, I'll try to make soap and also go downtown to get some paperwork settled for my new business. If I manage that, then I can open my bank account tomorrow, and really get the ball rolling. Considering I've only got one week before school starts, now is my chance.

I think deadlines help me.


  1. Glad to hear you're making the liquid soap too. Have you decided what you'll put the soap in?

    Good luck with the business venture.

  2. That sounds more exciting than you really needed.
    Well, perhaps next week you can spend some time swimming with us, in the ritzy neighborhood. (It feels so odd to be staying in Wonderland Hill again. It is very nice, but too ritzy for me.)

    Will you try liquid soap again soon?