Journal: News & Comment

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
# 7:57:00 AM:

Let's start over

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Today was our first snow day in Vancouver this season, so the kids, of course, were up before the crack of dawn, dressed in their parkas and gloves even before I let them outside at 7 a.m.—some time after they first woke me up. That was fine. What wasn't fine was:

  1. While trying to keep an eye on them out the window, I turned on the wrong element on the stove to boil water, and burned one of our decorative metal element covers into unrecognizability. They're cheap to replace, but now the house has an acrid metallic smell throughout the top floor.

  2. When the girls came inside for oatmeal (boiling water, remember?), I put their damp jackets in the dryer. I didn't check the pockets. Fortunately, there is good advice on the Web about how to remove melted crayon from the inside of a dryer drum.

My daughters were upstairs, and were lucky not to hear what I said when I opened the dryer door.


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