Guess where I’m jetting off to today?  I mean literally jetting off to – Benton Harbor, Michigan by way of Chicago.  I know, right?  I’ve been honored with an invitation to go on a “Real Whirled House” trip – to stay at The Real Whirled House in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Say what?

Yep, me and seven other amazing bloggers (many of whom I’ve wanted to meet in person forever) will get a deep dive into the entire line of Maytag brand home appliances, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the labs where the products are tested for their dependability. The trip will finish with a visit to Whirlpool Corporation’s new immersion facility – the World of Whirlpool in Chicago.

The ‘training facility’ is a house with 4 kitchens, 4 laundry rooms, 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms completely outfitted with Whirlpool / Maytag appliances.  Pretty sweet, no?  It’s going to be an experience of a lifetime.  I’ll definitely be writing about the experiences, so stay tuned for that. 

Of course that means that this morning I’ll be on a plane (provided Mother Nature isn’t cruel by sending the predicted 4-6 inches of snow to delay things) and won’t be home until late Thursday night.  I’ll be sure to post updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can follow the fun.

Remember how I mentioned last week that the furnace stopped working last Sunday?  You know, a week and two days ago?  Well, it wasn’t fixed last Tuesday like I thought it would be.  The dudes had to order a part that was supposed to come in yesterday, but they couldn’t ‘schedule’ a return visit until today.  It’s stinkin’ cold in the house.  The poor pellet stove is doing what it can, but only the living room stays warm where the rest of the house is annoying cold.

Well, OK it’s not that bad, but it sure feels like it.  I’m betting that’s why both Princess Nagger and I ended up catching colds – my ears are plugged, so I imagine flying is going to be horrendous with the pressure.  Here’s hoping I won’t be wandering around the Maytag facilities saying “Huh? What?” to everything that’s said to me.

Speaking of annoying…  One morning last week our claw-less cat Zelda had been meowing and scratching at the door before the alarm was scheduled to go off, so I decided to go ahead and get up, since once I’m awake, it’s hard to go back to sleep.  More so when the alarm would be waking me up in less than an hour anyway. 

When I exited our bedroom, I almost stepped on the body of a dead mouse laying right outside our door.  Ewwwwww is right.   Our claw-less cat Zelda was meowing in pride.

I took a picture of the mouse, but I thought I’d save you the ewwww factor.  As if that wasn’t enough, we haven’t had an infestation of stink bugs like we did a couple of years ago (knock on wood… that year was awful – stink bugs everywhere ).  They don’t have any natural predators, so that’s why they are cocky and persistent with trying to move into the house when it gets cold.

Any time I find one, I scoop it up with toilet paper and flush it down the toilet, hoping they don’t let off a stink bomb on their way down, because that smell is hard to get out of the air.  They really do live up to their name.

The other day I was getting dressed, and freshly washed clothes were still hanging on the shower rod – so I grabbed my bra, top and cardigan and quickly got dressed.  After I went downstairs and as I was putting my shoes and socks on, I kept getting a whiff of stink bug stink.

I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, but it seemed to keep following me everywhere I went.  I figured there had to be one stuck on my freshly washed clothes somewhere, since they do like the fabric softener smell – but he apparently didn’t like being taken for a ride.

Little did I know…  I went into the downstairs bathroom and started undressing one article of clothing at a time – shaking each piece of clothing out and inspecting every inch looking for the offending little bugger.  Since the smell seemed to be emanating from my cleavage, the bra was next… still no stink bug.

But the under-wire seemed to have that stink bug smell.  Then I found it.  When I ran my hands under my boobs – the stupid stink bug had apparently been on my bra, and stayed hanging on for dear life to the underside of my right boob.

Go ahead, you can all squeal “Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!” because that’s what I did, while dancing around and shaking my hands in disgust.  Then I flushed that stinker down the toilet.  The stink bug, not my boob.  Though I did have to wash that and change my bra because the Stink. Wouldn’t. Go. Away.

There, now don’t you feel better you haven’t had a morning like that?

These are the mornings of my life.

Let’s wrap this up with something positive, shall we?  Princess Nagger and I had fun shopping for Small Business Saturday – it was a cold and blustery day, so of course we decided to stop and get some hot chocolate to warm up.  Princess Nagger enjoyed pretending she was drinking coffee:

That’s a wrap for week – when I get back I’ll be sure to pay each and every one of you a visit over the weekend – I know I’ve been horrible at doing my visits the last couple of weeks, but I’m sure you understand how crazy this time of year is with all the birthdays and holidays – but rest assured you’re never far from my thoughts. 

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  1. I’ll want to hear about the Whirl House gig. I remember stink bugs from Indiana. They are nasty.

  2. Have a great trip… sounds like fun… Love the picture of the princess… sorry about the heat situation… but you are so not alone. seems like everyone whose heating system broke can’t get it fixed – either delays with parts or scheduling someone to actually do the work… at least you have the stove…
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  3. Sorry to hear about the critter visits but the Whirlpool trip sounds awesome. I’m also in the New York area – snow/rain for us…again! Good luck and safe, easy travels.

  4. Ew ew ew! I hate bugs in general, but finding one there! Full body shudders. EW!
    OK, now, how cool is your trip going to be? Have a great time!

  5. What a cool thing to be a part of, enjoy yourself!

    I’m sorry but the stink bug, of which I don’t think I’ve ever seen, is gross, gross, gross! But if it makes you feel any better I had a tick on my leg once. Apparently Rogue came to us with a few ticks and since he’s always up on me he shared. I was thoroughly disgusted, showered in scalding hot water and bombed the entire house!

  6. You go girl!!! I can’t wait to hear and see everything! Have a blast!

    I love the picture of Zelda with the little thought bubble. Between stink bugs in your bra and stepping on dead mice who needs coffee??!!

    Have a safe and wonderful trip!
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  7. I am soooooooooo jealous. You have fun girly girl & are you stopping over in Chicago? That’s where I live close too. Well, only 45 minutes away! Ewwwwwwww dead meese and stink bugs ewwwww What’s a sting bug besides a bug that stinks? Is it like a skunk of bugs? Whoa! TOTAL YUK! Have a fun safe trip & can’t wait to see/read about the perils of Missy Stacy! YOU GO GIRL!
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  8. Yeah, I would totally lose it with the stinky bug. The mouse would have freaked me out, but look at it this way–if the cat is earning its keep, they kill the mouse. If the cat thinks YOU need to learn to catch your own food, they bring it to you alive. Which would you rather have? Ewwwww!

    Have a great time at the Whirled house!
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  9. Sounds like an awesome trip! Michigan rocks.
    I love stink bugs, even though they are gross. I love pretty much all bugs. We had hilarity ensue when a stink bug landed on MacGyver in the car the other day. Stinky hilarity. Stinky grown man screaming like a little girl and JUMPING OUT OF THE CAR hilarity.
    Good times.

  10. I had fun reading the entire article. It’s funny, entertaining, engaging, and most of all, it’s a very unique experience. Thank you Stacey!

  11. I was actually looking forward to seeing a dead mouse. Just kidding. This is just a very fun and light read. Your cat is simply adorable. I’d love to have one, but thanks to my allergies I can’t. Good job on the post! Keep it up.

  12. Amusing story! A series of unfortunate events, but still amusing. By the way, your cat is simply adorable. I remember when my cat brought me his kill, I was grossed out of my wits! Turns out this is the way they show their ‘love’, so consider it a present.

  13. The title was so interesting, my brows met each other. 🙂 But the rest of the blog is so awesome! 🙂 I hope you and Princess Nagger are okay now. 🙂 Thanks!!

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