Let me start by saying, in order to alleviate any false hopes/fears about the topic of this post, that the mowing of the lawn referenced in the title refers to ACTUAL lawn mowing.
It's NOT a euphemism for anything else (although I'll probably tackle that topic in a future post titled something like, "Holy Fuck In A Truck, I'm Single Again").
(also, making up the word 'penilarily' was way more fun than it probably should be for someone over the age of 17)
But for now, I'm talking about the literal mowing of the lawn. Which is something that, in my thirty-coughcough*ahem*cough years, I've never actually done before.
I'm not sure how it is that I've never had to do this before. Maybe it's because I lived at home (yay, stepdad!), then lived in apartments (yay, landlords!), and then my house (yay, husband!) so it was just always...done.
However, now that I'm separated, it would appear that this job now falls to me.
Because there's all this grass in my yard. And, well...
It keeps growing.
I keep hoping it will stop, or that maybe one morning I'll wake up and it'll just be, I don't know, shorter or dead (seriously, it was like 900 degrees last week, how it's not burned to a Shredded-Wheat crisp is beyond me) or something like that where I won't have to actually DEAL with it.
This is generally my go-to method for coping with such things. I also use this for problems including (but not limited to): That Weird Noise My Car Is Making, That Weird Smell In the Basement, and My Mom.
It pretty much works about as well in those situations as it does with the Grass Growing Dilemma.
Lawn mowing is not the only formerly penilarily held job that now rests in my hands.
FOR INSTANCE: I'm now the primary bug killer in the house. I'm okay with this when it comes to things like tiny little ants (I'm talking about a few here. Like, less than 10. Any number higher than that makes me think of scary movies my stepdad used to watch involving thousands and thousands and thousands of bugs or other creepy-crawly things swarming on people's faces in places like the shower.)
Holy crap am I itchy now.
Also, I'm down with spiders of the itsy-bitsy variety.
But anything with a stinger, pincher, biter, more legs than I have dollars in my wallet right now (which would be about TEN, oh ye Muggers and Robbers of the world), or larger than a baby's fingernail, and we've got a problem.
We get mice.
It's not that my house isn't clean. It's simply that it's older and located outside, and so...
Perhaps, if I were a cat or an owl or a snake or anything else but a female human, I would enjoy this whole mouse-hunting business far more than I do. But the whole reason I live in a house as opposed to, say, a wigwam or a Swiss-Family-Robinsonesque Tree House, is to put a little distance between myself and all Creatures That Roam The Earth.
Really, the only mice I want to interact with are the ones who run around making pretty dresses at night singing "Cinderelly".
However, I've yet to wake in the morning to a new dress.
Mouse poop? Yes.
Fitted A-line ball gown? Not so much.
And then, finally there is the tra-
I FORGOT TO PUT OUT THE TRASH.
(Author's Note: Twenty bucks says that someone will land on this post because they Googled the words 'mice' and 'fuck'. People are MESSED. UP. YO.)