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25 June 2015 @ 03:47 pm
Adventures in Housecleaning  

So I was doing okay until I almost set the kitchen on fire.

Our stovetop dials turn very easily. Something got pushed against one and it turned on, which normally isn’t a problem because the power to the stovetop is controlled by a wall switch that we leave set to off. But I turned the wall switch on so I could cook something in the oven, and I didn’t notice that beneath the stuff on the stove a burner was on.

(yes, I know, NEVER PUT ANYTHING ON TOP OF THE STOVE. usually we don’t, but post-move housecleaning means stuff I’d piled everywhere. :p)

I went to work on cleaning the dining room and after a few minutes thought, that really doesn’t smell like pizza cooking, which turned out to be because it was a rubber cleaning glove cooking, and the whole kitchen was filled with acrid smoke.

I yanked the burning things off the stove and flung open doors and windows and got it cleaned up, but it was a perfectly awful few minutes and I stink of burned rubber and I was doing okay, for a value of okay that means tired, sore, emotionally and physically drained, nowhere near done with the work at hand, and generally sick of being an adult. Now I’m all of those things *and* feeling somewhat incompetent at adulting, and I wanna go hide under the covers and have somebody take care of me for at least a month.

Which isn’t going to happen, but when Ted got home and heard my tale of woe, he sent me out of the house to decompress, which is something. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Randomnessr_ness on June 25th, 2015 04:15 pm (UTC)
Eek! I'm sorry, but glad to hear everything's okay.

Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on June 25th, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
Hugs. That was scary.
Herefoxherefox on June 25th, 2015 04:42 pm (UTC)
Adulting sucks sometimes, doesn't it?

I've done similar things on a number of occasions because there's absolutely no counter space in my kitchen so things end up on the stove all the time even knowing it's a bad idea.

Hope the rest of the clean up and unpacking goes smoothly!
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013: Libellula juliapameladean on June 25th, 2015 05:10 pm (UTC)
So glad everyone is okay. Stress in a new place is bound to cause some difficulties.

Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on June 25th, 2015 05:25 pm (UTC)
It's not a move until there's a blood sacrifice.

I think this counts.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on June 25th, 2015 07:20 pm (UTC)
positive thing was that it wasnt an entire box of things on top of the stove, and you didnt set the entire house on fire! TOTAL WIN!

Or it was a reminder from the house brownines that you need to leave out that dish of milk for them.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on June 25th, 2015 07:23 pm (UTC)
I always do Teh Stupid when I am really tired.

(Sadly, I am really tired most of the time, but you see my point.)

I'm glad you're okay and you didn't *actually* burn down the house!
Karenklwilliams on June 26th, 2015 05:39 pm (UTC)
Good for Ted. The last time I moved, the day after the movers did their magic I was sitting in a house full of boxes, exhausted and drained, and one of my friends came over and unpacked all the boxes in the kitchen. I just had to point to where I wanted things to go. I will always be grateful to him for that (added to a long list of other things he's done for me in the past).
kitmizkit on June 26th, 2015 06:08 pm (UTC)
A couple moves ago a friend of mine did something similar, yeah. It's hugely helpful. <3
irishkateirishkate on June 26th, 2015 11:05 pm (UTC)
I will see if I can bring the makings of a blanket fort and steal you. It will be late and too short but might help let you stop adulting for a bit