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Of Toilets and Toaster Strudel

September 29, 2008

This weekend my hubby had to work out of town. The kids and I were left to our own devices for the whole weekend. Since they were distraught that Dad wouldn’t be here for our usual Saturday frolics, I was a little indulgent with them. We had a junk food party. We went early to the grocery store and I let them choose the menu for the day. (probably not the wisest idea I have ever had) We ended up with Toaster Strudel for breakfast, tacos for lunch (at least there were some vegetables in there) and Pizza Rolls for supper. About a billion calories with practically no nutritional value (I am such a good mother!) but I suppose it won’t kill them for one day. Most of the day was spent with games or movies (while knitting). Preteena won Harry Potter Scene It which made her feel much better since she lost Uno. She also made up a game she called Mix, Match and Laugh, where you attempt to match a joke to its proper punchline. Jokes with random punchlines are quite interesting. For example:

Question:Why did the chicken cross the road?
Answer: What did you expect for 50 cents, a beetle? bah-dump bah

Question: Why did the banana go out with the prune?
Answer: The captain was standing on the deck.bah-dump bah

Where the fun really started was bedtime. SmallFry went to the upstairs bathroom to put on pajamas and brush his teeth. He started yelling “Mommy, come quick, it’s a leak.” These are never good words to come from the mouth of a 7 year old. When I got to the bathroom he was telling me that the toilet was “making funny sounds”. So being the idiot that I am, I removed the top from the tank to see what the problem might have been. Water shooting everywhere, kids screaming, general mayhem. Naturally, it took ages to get the water shut off so it wouldn’t spray the entire bathroom. This was followed by wiping and mopping up water, redressing of kids and beating my head against the wall for my stupidity. A smart person, which I am obviously not, would have turned the water off before removing the top from the tank. (Home repair information, even though the bowl refill tube is itty-bitty, it can dispense a huge volume of water in an incredibly, short amount of time.) It turned out to be a simple problem to repair but it sure made a huge mess. My kids were astounded that I repaired a toilet. I didn’t even use a wrench to do it. (told you it was a simple problem So water cleaned up, clothes changed and toilet repaired, we got back on track with putting the kids to bed.

Once the kids were in bed, I decided to play a mindless computer game (Chuzzle is amazingly addictive)to relax myself a bit before I tucked in. Hubby called to check in and we were chatting when I heard crying from SmallFry’s bedroom. He had been stung by a wasp that got into the house somehow. So I pulled out the Sting Stop and spent the next half hour calming the child and trying to find the wasp without waking up Preteena in the next room. No luck finding the wasp, I finally coaxed the little one to go back to bed.

One more time, I tried to unwind enough to go to sleep. Just about the point I got nice and sleepy, SmallFry is back to tell me that he found the wasp. So flash light in one hand, shoe in the other, I went wasp hunting. (always a pleasure at 11:30 at night) Killer wasp destroyed, it was time to coerce the little one to get back into his bed. Not an easy task since he had twice confronted a wasp there. Is it any wonder that I am sleep deprived today?

I did get a little knitting done in my hubby’s absence. I restarted this Express Lane sock.

Yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Summer Sock in Rose.
Note to self, Check Gauge before knitting the entire toe next time.

And I started this Baby Surprise Jacket.

Yes, I am probably the only person on the entire planet who hasn’t knitting one of these already. I haven’t knitted Jaywalker or Clapotis either.

Also worked on my second Special Olympics Scarf

and a few washcloths for the kids.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Darth Knitter permalink
    September 29, 2008 11:50 am

    I haven’t knitted a BSJ, either! (But I’ve got you on Clapotis and Jaywalkers. . .) :-)

  2. Aunt Kathy permalink
    September 29, 2008 5:43 pm

    Well Tabitha I haven’t made any of those so I am way behind, lol

    I love the pink socks though. What a surprise huh?

  3. Becky permalink
    September 30, 2008 2:37 pm

    I haven’t made a BSJ either. No babies, so no need. I have made Clapotis and Jaywalkers, though.

    I got stung by a wasp in bed once. Not fun.

  4. Lynne permalink
    October 9, 2008 7:10 pm

    I wouldn’t know how to fix the toilet so you are much smarter than I! And how do you know a wasp sting if you can’t see the wasp [obviously I’ve never been stung!]

    I have not knit the BSJ or Jaywalkers. I started and finished a Clapotis in October last year for a friend’s 50th birthday. But mine was DK pure wool – not the finer wool/silk blend in the original pattern!

    I’m knitting socks too – please pop into my blog for a look.

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