Part of Slice of Life by Two Writing Teachers March Slice a Day Challenge! I’m slicing every day this month. Thanks for stopping by.
“I’ll just empty the dishwasher and then go upstairs.” H explains to me the one chore he thinks he will do.
“Actually,” I tell him – with my Zoom mute on, and my hand covering the microphone of my earbuds, “We are out of dishwasher detergent. So we can’t do that load until we go to the store.”
He’s annoyed and walks away.
I go back to my Zoom. I like to say “I go back to my Zoom” even though I don’t have to “go” anywhere. I just turn my head so it’s back in the frame, and uncover the microphone.
A little later though, I hear some odd noises and phrases.
So the microphone gets covered again, mute is pushed again, my head tilts out of the frame, again.
“What are you guys doing?” I yell in my I’m serious but not mad because I don’t want to make it seem like I’m pre-mad voice.
“Oh. Just making some dishwashing detergent.” H says back.
“What?” I say.
L comes out of the kitchen. “He’s making some dishwashing detergent.”
“Oh, baking soda, vinegar, salt…” H is out of the kitchen explaining.
Hmmm, I think. What am I supposed to do here?
My Zoom meeting is still happening.
But is it a mess? What will actually happen if we try it?
And also, cool. If we don’t have to go to the store right now, that’s even better.
“Did you google how to do it?”
“Yep.” H says with confidence. “It’s all good.”
So I turn back to my computer, uncover my microphone and rejoin my Zoom.
Next up… I have to open the dishwasher… Wish me luck.