The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


June 20, 2012

BICKER: A job well done

CLINTON — When I’m on vacation, I’m very productive. My energy level compares to that of the Energizer Bunny.

My great-aunt, Elaine Bicker, once told me to make a list of all of my chores and check them off one by one so I don’t get too overwhelmed.

So, last week I made my list and checked my to-do items off one after the other. Without further adieu, let’s review my week.


I started off the week with the simple task of cleaning my house. When I clean, I really clean. Martha Stewart looks like an amateur after I’m done organizing my house.

I move furniture and dust in places no one else, except me, will ever see. While I was in my bedroom, I managed to clean out my dresser drawers and organized my clothes.

After that, I moved on to my bathroom. After 30 minutes in there, my sink was shining so bright that I had to put sunglasses on.

I got a little carried away when I moved into my computer room. While I was in there, I turned on my record player and decided to play some of my old 45s. Much to my old dog’s dismay, I started swinging to some of my dad’s records like the “Purple People Eater,” and “The Chipmunk Song.” Let me tell you, I was in the groove.

Before moving on to the front of the house, I ended my dancing escape with Dion’s “Donna the Prima Donna.” There might have been a couple of encores with that one. That song reminds me of my favorite TV mom, Donna Reed.

I ended my fun-filled day with scrubbing my kitchen floor on my hands and knees and finishing it off with a nice coat of wax.


On this auspicious day, I decided to work in my garden and mow my lawn. I spent the morning mounding 87 potato plants. Yes, I said 87. I love my homegrown taters if you couldn’t tell.

After lunch, I decided to get some help weeding my very large garden. I called my neighbor, Bernie Gabriel, to see if his nephew, Brandon, could help me out.

Brandon did a great job. I would have been weeding until dark if it wasn’t for him. As a reward, Brandon spent most of the evening on my go-kart scaring gophers out of my yard.

When I finally got back in the house, I could hardly wait to eat supper and go to bed. If a tornado blew threw, I don’t think I would have ever heard it.


On hump day, I decided to clean and organize my basement. My mom came over and was kind enough to lend a helping hand.

We stacked up containers of old toys and I reorganized old college textbooks and term papers that I had saved since 1998. I was ecstatic when I found my term paper from Communication Law. That paper was the hardest one I ever did during my college career. I felt even better when I saw the grade, an A-, which was a lot higher than I remembered it.

I ended my day with a facial; a girl has to pamper herself a little bit now and then.


As the week wound down, I decided to tackle the last two things on my list — cleaning the garage and sorting soda cans from my co-workers. These two things took longer than I had anticipated.

Since I was starting to feel ver overwhelmed, I pleaded with my parents, once again, for some help. My dad helped me sort the remaining soda cans and around 7 p.m. we had 518 bagged and sitting in the back of my truck.

After that, my mom and dad helped me reorganize the garage. When they left around 9:30 p.m., I thought I had a different garage. It’s amazing what a little organizing can do.


After a very busy week, I finally had one free day. I spent the morning with a high school friend, Niki Lasko, and her daughter, Emma, who were visiting from Oak Lawn, Ill.

The last time I saw Emma she was teeny tiny. I have never seen a more happy baby. I really enjoyed our visit. I can hardly wait for them to visit again.  

There is nothing better than looking back on a vacation and knowing that you’ve accomplished everything you’ve set out to do.

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