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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sticky Situation

At what point do I step back and evaluate what it is exactly that I do all day? Where do I spend my time? What energy do I put forth? At what level does a task reach insanity status?

For 2 hours today, I washed CapriSun pouches. Hold back your jealousy. Our school is collecting them. They must be empty and flat. They can then be sent to a recycle company and our school will receive $.02 per pouch. In concept, you would think this is just like collecting Box Tops. But in reality, it is so much grosser. I stand to testify.

Some of these pouches had been collected from the lunch room and had sat in a bag. Do you know what happens to ALL moisture in Houston? It grows mold. Oh, yes. Some of these drink containers had mold. So, as I washed each sticky wrapper, I also had to randomly scrape off the goo. With my bare, delicate fingernails.

I then brought all the pouches outside to lay on the sidewalk and dry. It was quite the scene in my backyard. It definitely made everything all sparkly. Everything looked bejeweled. I felt like Paris Hilton for a millisecond. Right up to the moment I remembered scrubbing off the mold. That's when I realized I should probably take a good look at myself and what lengths I am willing to go for my children's school.

My CapriSun head count was 275. Todd quickly tallied up my days effort. I made $5.50. Stunning isn't it. I bleached my sink and my fingernails. Then I let my mom take me to Target and buy me stuff.

Tomorrow I'm not even going to look at a juice drink. I'm going to try and be more productive. I think I'll go to lunch with my friends. No CapriSun allowed.

9 comments :

Rani said...

Looking forward to lunch. Diet Coke all the way!

Simpson Family said...

YUCK!!! The things we will do for our children...

Anonymous said...

That is dedication!!!! I would just write the school a check for 6 dollars and call it good!

Christy said...

GIRL! That's not even minimum wage... I would have looked at that mess and donate $10 cash to the school.

Joan said...

2 pennies per WASHED pouch? Honey I'll give you the 2 pennies next time!

Kerri said...

I'd pay DOUBLE just to not have to do that task. Eeeewwww

penny said...

Lisa, You never cease to amaze. Remember, " You're gonna miss this, You're gonna want this back"
O.K. maybe not, but it is going to be awesome that you documented it. And I wish my Mom would take me to Target and buy me stuff. See, it was worth it.

Kristin said...

I hope that's the 1st and last time you had to do that! Your PTO must LOVE you!!!

Anonymous said...

It probably would have been more worth your time to just donate the $5.50 to the school. :) It pays off for the kids I suppose (washing the pouches or donating the money :). You are a great mom!!!