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20 July 2014 @ 09:13 am
sunday morning floods  

So there was Young Indiana in the shower and there was me at the other end of the bathroom checking FB and stuff and suddenly I realize that although I’ve been telling him not to block the drain there’s water slopping over the edge of the shower and that the entire kitchen below is flooding.

Of course I start bellowing, “Ted! TED!” because I don’t even know why and I’m running downstairs and shouting, “TED!” and he leaps out of bed and I make Indy bring towels downstairs and show him what’s happened and he gasps, “This is a DISASTER!”

and now Ted’s standing in the kitchen looking horrified and like he’s going to puke from waking up to a sudden adreneline rush while I’m saying “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I don’t know why I shouted for you, it’s not like there was anything you could actually DO, I guess maybe I had the horrible idea a pipe had actually broken and I was going to need more hands” and there are towels all over the floor

and Indy says “I was just trying to float my triceratops!”

and Ted says “Of course you were,” to him, and, his sense of humor somewhat restored, says to me, “You just needed another adult brain to pick up the processing power to judge the level of emergency,” which was fairly accurate and

drip drip drip splat drip

and now I’m doing the Laundry of a Thousand Sodden Towels while poor Ted goes back to bed

and I never did get Indy’s hair washed.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on July 20th, 2014 08:51 am (UTC)
“I was just trying to float my triceratops!”

and this explains their extinction...
Alix (Tersa): Toast---silly tongue (tersa)tersa on July 21st, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
I need a Like button because this made me giggle to read. XD
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on July 20th, 2014 11:09 am (UTC)
Parenthood is about sharing. So of COURSE you wanted to make sure he shared in this important moment in your child's life. And to keep you from possibly ending said life.... *g*

(this was my parents' philosophy of parenting, anyway)

Edited at 2014-07-20 11:09 am (UTC)
pgwfolcpgwfolc on July 20th, 2014 12:13 pm (UTC)
That is adorable. And, you know, it does take quite a bit of water to float a triceratops.

Also, while you're scrambling around wishing you had a backup brain for this sort of thing, I'll mention that the stegosaurus had a neural cluster in its butt which functioned as a sort of secondary brain.

On a completely different subject: I've got an American friend currently touring Ireland with a small group. She's wanted to visit her whole life (she's in her early 30s now), and wants to make the most of it. But, while she's not fighting with anyone in the group, she's not really friends with any of them, either. She's not much of a drinker, so doesn't want to go pub hopping. And I'm trying to figure out what to tell her. She wants to be doing more. She wants to be getting more out of the trip. She wants to make some new friends (or at least meet friendly people). But she doesn't know how to go about it and I don't know what to suggest. Suddenly, it occurred to me that I know a friendly Irish person who might have a better idea. No pressure, but if you have any suggestions or advice, I'd be grateful.
kitmizkit on July 20th, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
oh! yeah, that can be hard in group tours. well, do you--maybe you should email me. Do you know where she is/going? Or can you have her email me? I could maybe come up with some suggestions if I knew their general itinerary, and whether she can escape the group and do stuff on her own...
debela on July 20th, 2014 01:35 pm (UTC)
I am never sharing that bit about the stegosaurus with my five year old because I would never hear the end of neural clusters in butts.

If it helps, I applaud your restraint in not plucking Indiana up and twirling him upside down in the fresh soapy water. Since it was there. I mean.
irishkateirishkate on July 20th, 2014 02:20 pm (UTC)
Oh dear..
Mary Annepers1stence on July 20th, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
Glad it wasnt actually burst pipes!
desperance: lukedesperance on July 20th, 2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
But did his triceratops float?*

*Please to imagine this in all-caps. Apparently I'm not capable actually of posting such a shout, but I did actually type it that way the first time, for it is a Very Important Question.
kitmizkit on July 20th, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
All four of them floated, in fact! :)
desperancedesperance on July 20th, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
Whoo-hoo! He did it for science!
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Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013: Libellula juliapameladean on July 21st, 2014 12:09 am (UTC)
That is SO what I would do in similar circumstances. Run about shouting for the other adult(s) and demanding towels, that is, not try to float my triceratops in the shower.

I promise I will only ever float my triceratops in the bathtub.

I just love, "This is a DISASTER!" though.

kitmizkit on July 21st, 2014 07:07 am (UTC)
I *heartily* recommend only floating triceratops...es... in the bathtub, yes. :)

Kid knows a disaster when he sees one. :)
Alix (Tersa): Arnold--SHOES! (tersa)tersa on July 21st, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
ARGH. I am so sorry you had to deal with that mess, but at the same time...Young Indy's scientific mind seems well developed *chortles*.

Glad Ted recovered his equilibrium so quickly and I hope there isn't a lot of long lasting damage from the second Great Flood.