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February 04, 2007

Kung Fu Cleaning -- The Aftermath


And now, here is Krissy, showing off her cleaning handiwork. Despite the unfathomable mess of my office, Krissy was able to clean in just slightly over an hour, which is not so much an indication that my office was not actually all that dirty as it is an indication that she is just that good at chaos management. Reason #17,592 why I have the most awesome wife EVAR.

Posted by john at February 4, 2007 12:53 PM

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Nadai | February 4, 2007 01:13 PM

But...but...she took away the peanut butter!

Tim Walker | February 4, 2007 01:13 PM

Krissy rocks the Casbah . . . yet again.

Steve Buchheit | February 4, 2007 01:30 PM

Super Mom strikes again! Wow, I hope you're doing eveyrthing you can to make that woman happy, John. She's a keeper. And, yeah, Krissy Rocks!

Metal Fatigue | February 4, 2007 01:33 PM

I have office envy.

Eugene | February 4, 2007 01:48 PM

How long before it's a wreck again?

Steve Buchheit | February 4, 2007 01:49 PM

And look, there's a coaster for your drinks (or PB jar).

Amyzon the Oracle | February 4, 2007 02:21 PM

Have you gotten her flowers lately? For that she definately deserves flowers, or you could always get her some chocolate. I'm very impressed by the transformation.

Omaha Lisa | February 4, 2007 02:22 PM

WOW. clean and organized with no Peanut Butter!

ummm... does she free-lance?

holly Black | February 4, 2007 02:25 PM

I am jealous; the wood of your desk is visible.

Matt | February 4, 2007 02:31 PM

Did she do it sashaying to ABBA's music called "The Cleaning Queen"? Now here is proof that opposites attract - clean loves messy.

Next time let it go for months and enter the contest for a make-over of the messiest home office (just kidding).

Christian | February 4, 2007 02:47 PM

Hey, I want a mini-fridge in my office!

I gonna print out that picture to show the wife (ammo), and get my own!

PS - Good to see Fluffy has desktop room again for lounging near your elbow.

Jim Hall | February 4, 2007 02:59 PM

Brains, beauty, and the ability to kick ass and take names when it comes to cleaning. Wow John you are a lucky man.

Chang, father of pangolins | February 4, 2007 03:28 PM

Wow! Awesome.

If I showed this to Mrs. Chang as some sort of ammo, I'd get the isht kicked out of me.

You're a very lucky fellow, indeed.

Pablo Defendini | February 4, 2007 03:30 PM

Ah, the neat freak in me salutes Krissy. Lookin' good!

Alex S. | February 4, 2007 03:39 PM

Best lyrics ever:
"I -I don't believe it! There she goes again! She's tidied up, and I can't find anything!"
(Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science)

Alex Avriette | February 4, 2007 03:48 PM

The chair strikes me as uncomfortable. Do you spend more time out of the chair (moving about the house with a laptop for example) than in it? Do you just not have a problem with a chair that has lots of adjusties? When you say this is your office, is it different than the place you spend your time writing (such as having a comfortable "writing place" and then an "office" where stuff like taxes is taken care of)?

Dan | February 4, 2007 03:58 PM

Hmmm... Looks like someone is now required to spoil his wife absolutely rotten for the next month or so.

Martyn Taylor | February 4, 2007 05:23 PM

All I can hear is the laughter I'd get if I asked Cathie to tidy my 'office' (by my standards it is pretty damned tidy already - but we are trying to sell the house...)

Not that I'd ask. I have a Browning attitude towards filing (When asked what a peom meant, Browning replied that when he wrote it two people knew what it meant, himself and God. Now...)

CoolBlue | February 4, 2007 05:55 PM

This gives us great insight into you inner sanctum which I can analyze mathematically.

Given that ultimately the mess created by you is the entropy of the system, and that the disorder of any system is represented by

Disorder = CsubD/CsubI

where CsubD (or Disorder) is you and CsubI (or Information capacity) is Krissy.

AND the Order of a system is represented by

Order = 1 - CsubO/CsubI

where CsubO is the Order Capacity of a system (in this case your workroom) and CsubI is the Information capacity of the System

We notice that you (CsubD) don't even appear in the Order equation which explains fully why it is that you are not in the room after it's information capacity has been maximized by Krissy (who does appear in the picture).

Entropy will begin again once you enter the room.

Queenie | February 4, 2007 05:55 PM

Oh my god. Krissy is obviously:
a) a superbeing
b) a closet alien from the planet Mustbe in the solar system Fastidiously Kleen
c) an ABBA fanatic
d) bad news for Martha Stewart
e) an efficiency nut
or all five. That's totally amazing how she did that. I am inspired. I have a desk, but it has five laptops, a charging station organizer, an orderly rack of pens and pencils, and no chair because I like to work standing up. The file system is two-language alphabetical. Scary, I know. Hey, anal retentiveness is a fine lifestyle if you don't let it control you.

Martyn Taylor: Then you're a prose Browning, and so is Browning. 'Chaos, illuminated by flashes of lightning.'

Lee | February 4, 2007 06:51 PM

What about product placement? Was the peanut butter Jiffy or Skippy? Where was the Diet Coke? Have you considered wearing a muscle shirt and posing as "Mr. Clean"? There are endless commercial possibilities here.

wil | February 4, 2007 08:03 PM

WORD TO THE WISE: I don't care if it IS a ridiculous, manufactured holiday celebration of pure commercialism ... you have only 10 days to get something really awesome for that wife of yours for Valentine's Day. Get busy, boy!

Soni | February 4, 2007 08:15 PM

This must be catching. After yesterday's productivity marathon, I was back at it again today. Must be something in the air. I hope it goes away. Our fridge is almost full of goodies and I'm running out of things to clean. It could get ugly...

Ray | February 5, 2007 05:55 AM

I would like to start a betting pool to see how long before it is trashed again...;)
My guess, 2.4 weeks.

David Huff | February 8, 2007 10:56 AM

It's been said before (most frequently by our beloved host), but Krissy is a real cutie, and quite a keeper.

You a lucky boy, you know dat ?

John Scalzi | February 8, 2007 10:59 AM

Yeah, I do.

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