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Some say my cousin's house will end in fire, some say ice… - Not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be
Some say my cousin's house will end in fire, some say ice…
In addition to setting my cousin's kitchen slightly on fire, I slightly flooded it a couple of days ago. Thorn went off to a PTA meeting at 9 a.m. on Friday, and then came back and napped til afternoon, so I wound up entertaining the kids. There was some Frisbee-playing, and running around outside, and making Angry Birds with Play-Doh, and making up stories on that Google collaborate-with-dead-authors thing, but eventually, I decided it was too nice to not be outside blowing bubbles. Except there weren't any bubbles in the house. So I looked up a recipe online and made a couple of cups of bubble fluid. Which worked fairly well, but not super.

So I came back in and put the bubble solution by the sink and started doing dishes, thinking I'd fill up the dishwasher, then run it using the bubble solution as detergent, so as not to waste so much soap. Except midway through doing dishes, I managed to knock the cup over, spilling bubble solution all over the sink, the floor, and the open dishwasher door. I cleaned up the counter and the floor, but didn't much think about the dishwasher until we got home from dinner that night and her husband informed us that it was broken. It wasn't until later in the evening that I overheard him talking about the specifics — it had welled up with bubbles that spilled out all over the floor. He wasn't actually sure whether it was broken, or he'd dropped in an extra detergent ball.


So I went in to check the kitchen, and there were wet towels all over the floor because there had been so much stray bubbling. So I sheepishly fessed up to that as well. I have learned two three four things from this experience:
  1. I should stick to commercial bubble fluid, which is cheap and works better… and comes in bottles with screw-on lids.
  2. I should not be trusted with other people's kitchens.
  3. Unsolicited foam parties are not the funnest foam parties.
  4. Having attacked their kitchen with fire and water, I need to figure out how to come at it with earth and air. The former will be easy enough, and might just involve obliviously tracking mud in everywhere. I have a good model in the kids, who tracked in tempura paint all over the rugs the first day I was here. I'm not sure about the latter. Maybe some sort of toxic aerosol spray made from equal parts shame and mortification? I have the base ingredients already.

I'm-a feelin': embarrassed embarrassed

3 people still haven't weakened / Isn't it a great life?
From: magdalene1 Date: March 18th, 2013 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like that your vacation is basically a montage from Mr. Mom. Rock on!
thefirethorn From: thefirethorn Date: March 23rd, 2013 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually Rollick kind of turned out to be the HERO WHO FIXED OUR DISHWASHER because, at that moment, we really couldn't emotionally handle a broken dishwasher.
ladycelia From: ladycelia Date: March 18th, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just a note--don't ever use shampoo in the dishwasher when you've run out of dish soap.
3 people still haven't weakened / Isn't it a great life?