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2littlemonkeys

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Re: Don't eat the meatballs! AKA: Stupid stuff you've done.
« Reply #570 on: February 13, 2012, 10:52:55 AM »
Oh lord, that reminded me...

Women! If you're in the woods at night and need to go to the loo, take a torch and watch out for nettles. Eeeek.

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and poison ivy.   ::)

ETA: and I just realized I'm not the only one who has had this experience.   :P
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Re: Don't eat the meatballs! AKA: Stupid stuff you've done.
« Reply #571 on: February 13, 2012, 11:27:15 AM »
My friend and I were going camping for the weekend.  We arrived pretty close to dark so I set her up to make dinner while I pitched the tent.

The next morning, while we were exploring the campground, we discovered that it had a lot of poison ivy around.  So we were taking all sorts of pictures of the different poison ivys they had there because my friend's boyfriend had gotten into some while climbing and had such a bad case of it that he had to get steroids to get rid of it.  We were trying to help him out  ;) and then arriving back at our campsite, I discovered that I'd pitched the back of the tent in patch of it!

Fortunately, I'm (so far) immune but it meant that I had to pack the tent up pretty much on my own.

After cleaning out my Dad's house, I have this advice:  If you haven't used it in a year, throw it out!!!!.
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Re: Don't eat the meatballs! AKA: Stupid stuff you've done.
« Reply #572 on: February 13, 2012, 12:29:55 PM »
Not something I did, but something dumb that happened about 60 years ago.

In the Special Snowflake thread I mentioned that I knew the story of an airplane wing that went missing for 40 years.

Thanks for posting that!

That is funny, and I can totally see that happening, too.

Any chance your colleague managed to get & keep that memo his Dad had signed? That would be really neat to have.
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« Reply #573 on: February 17, 2012, 12:29:57 PM »
Note to self: You know better than to leave the lid only partially closed on jars.  Of course, the time you slack on this basic knowledge is the day you drop the mayo jar on its way back into the fridge.  (Good thing it was a plastic jar.)

Currently trying to figure out how to get mayo off the ceiling, since I am not tall enough to reach it while standing on a chair.

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« Reply #574 on: February 17, 2012, 12:46:30 PM »
Note to self: You know better than to leave the lid only partially closed on jars.  Of course, the time you slack on this basic knowledge is the day you drop the mayo jar on its way back into the fridge.  (Good thing it was a plastic jar.)

Currently trying to figure out how to get mayo off the ceiling, since I am not tall enough to reach it while standing on a chair.

Not recommended: using a Swiffer duster soaked with cleanser, which results in the mayo being cleaned off but a clean spot on the ceiling, which will result in having to clean the entire ceiling and having horrid streaks which means paint the ceiling. I do know, however, that if I use latex paint and mask and drape the cabinets well and diligently scrub other drips, I do not have to paint the entire kitchen. (My scenario was tomato sauce, by the way.)

Recommended: Just leave it. It will dry and just be another spot.

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« Reply #575 on: February 17, 2012, 02:55:27 PM »
Note to self: You know better than to leave the lid only partially closed on jars.  Of course, the time you slack on this basic knowledge is the day you drop the mayo jar on its way back into the fridge.  (Good thing it was a plastic jar.)

Currently trying to figure out how to get mayo off the ceiling, since I am not tall enough to reach it while standing on a chair.

Rubber band a big wet rag to the end of a broom handle, and try wiping that way?  You'll get drips, but those are reachable.  (says me, who dropped a two-liter of Orange Crush  ::))



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Re: Don't eat the meatballs! AKA: Stupid stuff you've done.
« Reply #576 on: February 17, 2012, 04:11:38 PM »
Not something stupid I've done at the moment (although there have been plenty of those!) but something stupid my husband did about thirteen years ago.  The "mayonnaise on the ceiling" just brought it all back. 

Just after our son was born, I was suffering from serious PPD, and my gem of a husband stepped up to the plate and offered to make his speciality, Spanish Rice-A-Roni.  (Hey, at the time, anyone besides me cooking was a wonderful thing!)  His version involved a can of tomatoes.  I was in the kitchen marching around trying to get the baby to calm down.  (Baby only was calm when whoever was holding him was on the move.  Exhausting.  He's an only child, needless to say...)  DH was working fast, trying to get everything assembled and into the microwave because he could sense that I was just about at my limit and he wanted to take over.  (Sweet guy!)  He opened the can of tomatoes at breakneck speed, grabbed the can and... dropped it.  It landed bottom down on the floor, and the contents rose straight upward and covered a two-foot area of our ceiling, which is as high as most ceilings are.  I have to admit, it was particularly impressive-looking, this geyser of canned tomatoes going SPLAT! above his head...

Keep in mind that I had PPD.  He was terrified that I was going to lose it completely.  I do remember thinking for one second, "Dear God, how should I react to this?"  And then... I burst out laughing.  There was a hysterical tinge to it, I must admit, but I laughed, and I hadn't done that at all since the baby was born. 

I never was able to get the tomato stains out of the ceiling until Mr. Clean came out with the Magic Eraser.  Thank you, Mr. Clean!

(I'll 'fess up about my own stupid stuff if I can ever think of a sufficiently entertaining way of phrasing it...)

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« Reply #577 on: February 17, 2012, 04:18:55 PM »
Poison ivy- well we don't have it in England. At the age of 16 I went to a Girl Scout camp in the US and walked right through a big patch of it. I had absolutely no idea what it was!

Amazing luck- I wasn't allergic to it! The evil New Hampshire mosquitoes were another story though...
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« Reply #578 on: February 17, 2012, 04:32:29 PM »
Poison ivy- well we don't have it in England. At the age of 16 I went to a Girl Scout camp in the US and walked right through a big patch of it. I had absolutely no idea what it was!

Amazing luck- I wasn't allergic to it! The evil New Hampshire mosquitoes were another story though...
:o  How to ID poison ivy should have been one of the very first things the US GS  leaders taught you.

I did just that at a quilter's retreat in Tennessee.  I noted a patch of it in a flower bed, asked if everybody knew how to ID it, and gave a lesson on it then and there.  LOTS of poison ivy in the area, but no one came down with it!
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Re: Don't eat the meatballs! AKA: Stupid stuff you've done.
« Reply #579 on: February 17, 2012, 07:24:20 PM »
Note to self: You know better than to leave the lid only partially closed on jars.  Of course, the time you slack on this basic knowledge is the day you drop the mayo jar on its way back into the fridge.  (Good thing it was a plastic jar.)

Currently trying to figure out how to get mayo off the ceiling, since I am not tall enough to reach it while standing on a chair.

Rubber band a big wet rag to the end of a broom handle, and try wiping that way?  You'll get drips, but those are reachable.  (says me, who dropped a two-liter of Orange Crush  ::))

This is actually pretty close to my solution.  I stood on a chair (and occasionally the counter) and used the dusting wand draped with a wet towel with dish soap to wipe it off.  Fortunately, my kitchen ceiling is covered in a textured, off-white wallpaper, so for now it seems to be clean.

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« Reply #580 on: February 17, 2012, 07:35:45 PM »
Poison ivy- well we don't have it in England. At the age of 16 I went to a Girl Scout camp in the US and walked right through a big patch of it. I had absolutely no idea what it was!

Amazing luck- I wasn't allergic to it! The evil New Hampshire mosquitoes were another story though...
:o  How to ID poison ivy should have been one of the very first things the US GS  leaders taught you.

I did just that at a quilter's retreat in Tennessee.  I noted a patch of it in a flower bed, asked if everybody knew how to ID it, and gave a lesson on it then and there.  LOTS of poison ivy in the area, but no one came down with it!

This reminds me of a Mythbuster's episode where they were testing Vodka as a cure for poison oak. Kari couldn't be a subject, as she was known to have had a Very Bad Reaction to it as a child, so they tried it on Grant and Tory. And Adam and Jamie. And on interns and any other crew member who was willing to be a guinea pig, before they finally found One Person who developed a rash. Nobody else had any reaction whatsoever.
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Re: Don't eat the meatballs! AKA: Stupid stuff you've done.
« Reply #581 on: February 18, 2012, 10:48:59 AM »
Poison ivy- well we don't have it in England. At the age of 16 I went to a Girl Scout camp in the US and walked right through a big patch of it. I had absolutely no idea what it was!

Amazing luck- I wasn't allergic to it! The evil New Hampshire mosquitoes were another story though...

Poison ivy is something a bit strange.  Repeated exposure will heighten the reaction.  On your first encounter you were probably safe.

However, the counselors should have told campers about the hazard. 


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« Reply #582 on: February 18, 2012, 10:57:05 AM »
Urushiol oil (the thing that makes poison ivy cause rashes) can be vicious stuff.  I read that in Japan, when a building was covered in a dome made of some type of precious metal, the builders painted the metal with lacquer made with urushiol oil to keep thieves from stealing the metal.  No word on how well it worked, though.

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« Reply #583 on: February 18, 2012, 04:23:33 PM »
Even though it is still officially summer here, we have had some chilly nights, so I thought I would clean the flue of the wood heater so I could light the fire.  Unfortunately some wee birdies had nested in the end of the flue last spring, so there is a lot of grass and straw up there.

Cue Jules with the 4 metre brush, trying valiantly to clear the blockage from below.  I pushed, and slipped...  And my forearm banged hard onto the top of the opening.  Very hard.  I am on aspirin.  I now have a bruise half the length of my forearm and nearly the full circumference, and it is pretty red and purple, swollen and tender.  Owies!

And the blockage is still there...

To add insult to injury I went blackberry picking yesterday.  The thorns are more than capable of piercing leather gloves. 

Sigh...

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« Reply #584 on: February 18, 2012, 04:29:52 PM »
BF adopted our dog, Pilsner, before we met. I wish I could have known Pilsner as a puppy, as he was both adorable and entertaining. He's still both, but I'm sure you get what I mean.

Apparently, when he was a puppy, he ate an entire big box of crayons. The whole thing.

Apparently, he poo'd rainbows for a few days after that.

Oh dear, our dog did something similar to this once.

My BFF's daughter did this once. Ate an entire 64 color box of crayons.
Clearly she had eaten the like colors together, because that's how they came out...