Monday, January 29, 2007

ETC: Odds

How many times has this happened to you:

Your washer and dryer both die within minutes of each other for seemingly unrelated reasons. Each has wet laundry inside it.

And, within moments, your toddler has the Biggest Poop in the Universe.

I can see you cocking one eyebrow incredulously at this last point. You're thinking to yourself, The biggest poop in the universe? I've had some big poops in my day. I'm sure you're right, but have your poops ever necessitated throwing out a pair of socks as a complete write-off? And contemplate also throwing out your pants? I thought not.

And I know. Someone buy me a lottery ticket.

We spent last night taking turns schlepping sodden clothes to the laundromat and using the elephant hose on Sam. After that we needed strong drink and the kind of warm, nurturing embrace one only gets from watching BBC versions of Jane Austen novels. If you haven't seen Persuasion yet -- because I'm going to assume you've read it, right? -- I think you've got your Monday night mapped out for you. And this is my gift to you, in lieu of a proper post.

On the plus side, my neighbour waited till 8:30 this morning to start jackhammering, for a change. Things are looking up!

11 comments:

Dimestore Lipstick said...

Socks? Yes. Of course, there was the additional factor of running out of paper at the crucial time.

Jenn said...

We had a day that necessitated the death of an outfit, a rug and a piece of furniture. She also thought that in light of the circumstances, a poo-stache would be appropriate. Eek.

solaana said...

I can't compete in this poo-off y'all are having, but can I put it out there that Persuasion is awesome? Best adaptation of an Austen novel maybe ever, but it's definitely up there with Sense & Sensibility.

trophycase said...

Graduating from diapers, kids should where a cap and gown on that day. But that doesn't happen overnight

I wanted to make a comment to one of the comments way back when you posted about the young master's command of the alphabet. (There's a bit of a connection here) Someone wrote something like -- wow! He learned all 26 letters in 2 weeks? -- I imagine that you've been reading to your baby from birth. If he's almost two, I'd bet he's had the alphabet, in some form, in front of him for a good part of the day, each day for all of those two years. As a parent and a teacher, I know how much work goes into teaching those 26 letters. It doesn't happen over night(or a fortnight).

Have you cracked out the picture books where the little animals learn to use the potty yet?

Doppelsis said...

Were they nice socks?

Anne-Marie said...

That's some shitty, shitty luck.

Dearnah said...

See, I prefer the extreme length of Pride and Prejudice, myself.

But good luck with the poo.

poodlerat said...

Not both at once, but I have had the washer die while still full of water as well as clothes. I had to fish out each piece of laundry and wring it out by hand. It was a dark load so the water was very cold.

No poo involved, luckily, or I'd have been tempted to give up on the load.

Kailana said...

I can see the washer and dryer thing happening in my house very soon. They both are having "issues". Some settings work better than others and such. We know that we need new ones, but we just keep hoping that they will last a bit longer...

I can't relate on the "poo" stories, but my dog got sick on the floor over the weekend. No warning or anything and three cleaning supplies later, you can STILL see the stain in the rug. I think the next step is steam cleaning... But the dog just did it and then just laid there like nothing happened, and here's me sick myself... it was a REALLY bad start to my morning.

Impossible Jane said...

Persuasion is very good! One of my favorites. I just watched the newest BBC movie version of North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell) and it gave you that fuzzy, righteous feeling inside. It's a must see. I think I cried equally at both movies.

Beedoo said...

That Persuasion is the absolute best, for the simple fact of the Ciaran Hinds. Duder is fifty-something and I swoon every time. Ditto his Jane Eyre, which you must check out if you haven't done already.