"Down the stairs two at a time, down to the kitchen to terrorize the stove, which heard her coming and was desperately trying to light itself before she came through the door." - Septimus Heap: Magyk by Annie Sage
I read this last night in bed and thought to myself, wouldn't it be nice if the kitchen heard ME coming in the morning? The coffee in the regular coffee maker already appears thanks to technology, but if I want to leave the house with a vanilla latte in hand, that requires ME doing the work. So what if the kitchen heard me get up? My husband says everyone and everything is terrified of me so I would think every appliance in that room would be as well. The oven turns on and makes my pumpkin muffins so they are fresh out of the oven while the espresso maker begins my vanilla latte - how wonderful that would be! Unfortunately, it doesn't happen that way so I pack my muffins the night before and make the extra time in the morning for that nonfat vanilla latte that gets me animated enough to capture the kid's attention (and keep it!) while I teach them about City Wildlife, Dog Bite Prevention and Responsible Pet Ownership.
If I could truly have one magical item in the house, I think it would be the vacuum cleaner! I could come home to clean floors EVERY DAY! Without having to plug it in and push it around myself. Rather than dusting, the vacuum cleaner would turn itself on and use one of the attachements to go over the furniture (coffee table, end tables, entertainment center, couch, chairs, etc.). Just having that one magical item in the house would save me so much time!
I am an Humane Education teacher & writer living in Burbank, California. I left television production almost a decade ago to pursue my passion - animals. Along the way, I snagged myself a super handsome, extremely patient and very supportive husband. We rescued three cats - Ol' One Eye Pip, Eowyn the Snow Leopard and Wednesday the Butt. We also ended up with an American Staffordshire Terrier pup, Lily. I co-founded my own non-profit (Paws and Learn Humane Education Center) and spend three days a week in the schools educating kids about kindess to animals, dog bite prevention, city wildlife, pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership. I love my job, but I also love to write. I spend my spare time writing and daydreaming. I love the outdoors and enjoy hikes with my hubby, friends and our dogs! Life is what we make of it and I am making the most of mine.