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Remember when I posted on Wednesday that I wasn't able to post on Monday because it was full of craziness? Well, let me drag you along for a little ride...
I extracted myself from our little leech and carefully tiptoed past the suitcases and other travel items littering the floor that had been groggily dumped upon our return from Miami earlier that morning. Since we always try to eat up all the perishable food in the house before we go out of town, I headed from the bedroom to the garage in the hopes of scrounging up something to eat for breakfast from the spare fridge we keep out there.
As I peered into the open door, I noticed that the air circulating inside wasn't very cold. In fact, it was quite warm.
Not such a big deal, because the fridge side is just full of pantry items that we don't want bugs to get into (part of the fun of Florida living), but all of a sudden, I came to my senses and jerked open the freezer door...
Yup, warm there, too.
I panicked and began yanking things out of the freezer: 10 pounds of frozen salmon, vacuum-sealed bags full of 17 pounds of frozen blueberries, 8 pounds of mozzarella, various bags of frozen vegetables, and random containers of frozen beans, olives, and leftovers...
None of it still contained ice crystals. All of it was still (barely) cool.
Well, not warm, so that's still cool, right?
I shoved the cheese and olives into our other (already packed) freezer, hoping that they would be okay. As for the rest, I knew I'd have to cook it all immediately if there was any possibility of saving it from the compost pile.
Do you know what a house baking 10 pounds of salmon smells like?
Well, you can stop by anytime, because it still smells like a fish market five days later!
(Come to find out, we'd been hit by lightning - for the umpteenth time - and it zapped not only the freezer, but pretty much everything else electronic, as well. Guess there's a reason they call this area the lightning capital of the world...)
As I continued to cook all that food (I'm still working on all those blueberries, so you can be sure that the blueberry post I promised back in May is finally going to happen), Gv starts grunting...and we all know what THAT means...
I go change her and the poor little thing is crying now, because there was so much to clean up that it irritated her little tender parts...
Not to mention I'm practically crying, because not only did this little "gift" mean a diaper change, but also an outfit change for her and me and a complete scrub down of the changing table...the floor around the changing table...half the stuff on the changing table...
But my little sweetie is still crying. I've slathered her bum with coconut oil and I know it's helping things feel better, but she's got herself so worked up by this point that I sit down in the dining room chair to feed her, because these milk machines I'm walking around with are magic, I tell you and they can dry up almost any tears!
She finally calms down and I move to get up when suddenly she starts screaming as wild as all get-out and I realize
|Offending chair. Seriously, how in the world did she get that chunky little thigh wedged in there??|
So she's managed to recover from that trauma (although I hadn't fully gotten there yet) and she drifts off into a restorative sleep and I head back to the kitchen to continue my cook-a-thon of defrosted food...
Minutes later, the food processor breaks.
No, I wasn't jamming things into the feed tube - this time. It just busted while I was grating some cheese. You know that little lock in the handle, that has to be triggered when it's shut so that the thing will turn on?
PING! That was the sound of those little lock pieces flying all over the counter.
Now the food processor won't work, and since it's the only appliance I have that grates, I'm resigned to grating the rest by hand. Not that big of a deal, unless you're the only person on the planet who can't grate cheese without grating her hand at the same time.
Seriously, I have a fillet glove to wear when I use the hand grater, and I still managed to shred my thumb knuckle to smithereens.
The upside is, now I can get a replacement food processor, with a much larger work bowl...I've got my eye on this one , but am hoping more realistically for one like this .
Okay, so I've managed to bandage up my shredded thumb and dispose of all the shattered food processor pieces and I'm back to work, finally starting in on some baking with all those blueberries.
Gv comes toddling out from the bedroom after her nap and begins to busy herself with the spice drawers.
You know where this is going, don't you?
Of course you do.
Yes, folks, it's just moments later that I hear wild, uncontrolled giggling behind me and I turn to see Gv shake-shake-shaking the dill weed all over the place.
All of it.
The Whole. Giant. Sam's-sized container.
Which she then begins to play in, as in roll around and rub the powder all over herself and then run circles around the kitchen, leaving little green footprints in her wake.
At least it doesn't smell like salmon anymore...
|Our little pickled progeny|
But wait, the day finally begins to turn. It's 7:30 in the evening and it's been an insane twelve hours, but this is what catches my eye as I finish dumping the initial swept-up dill into the garbage can:
|Even though I've found a better way to clean my floors nowadays, I'm SO glad I held onto this Swiffer to modify & turn into a Gv-sized floor cleaner toy!|
|I must say, the girl is thorough - look at that floor now!|
I guess it was just an extreme case of the Mondays...
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