Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cold showers, experimental fudge, illegal drugs, the evils of texting, and other random stuff.......

Apparently, my theory is true about our appliances signing a suicide pact earlier this year.

Today we came home from church to find that our water heater was leaking and had caused a small flood in the basement. (Fortunately, we caught it before the water got too far.......)

Here's the dead appliance list for this year.
Water heater

*I don't think I blogged about the refrigerator. It stopped working a few months ago, but it wasn't very eventful because it didn't cause a flood, just slushy popcicles.

When we first discovered the water leaking, we turned off the main water valve, and told the kids not to use any water until we turned off the water to the water heater then turned the main water back on.
Max has been freaking out all evening because he isn't sure whether or not he should flush.


We finally get him to actually start flushing the toilets, and now after not being able to flush for an hour, he's back to not flushing again.
No matter how many times we tell him it's OK to flush, he still won't and also when he turned on the bathroom faucet, it made a spitting sound, so..............


So now, we won't have hot water until we get the darn water heater replaced.

And the noisy fans are back.


I just made fudge, except instead of putting chocolate in it, I used vanilla and root beer extract. It was quite good! (and I say "was" because the teenager ate all of it)


Tonight I explained to my pre teen daughter that she is required to actually speak full words instead of text speak.
Yes, I will be insisting that she speak the words "I don't know" and "be right back" instead of IDK and BRB.

We thought that not having texting on our phones would avoid such nonsense, but alas, the teenagers are now so lazy that they can't speak full words, and must speak in texting shorthand.



This past week was red ribbon week at our elementary school. They had an assembly where they discussed the dangers of taking drugs.
All weekend, Max has been coming up to us at random times and saying "HEY! DON'T TAKE DRUGS!!"


I just checked on the homework that Max is doing (What? Doesn't your kindergartener work on their homework Sunday night??) (shut up)

He was doing a worksheet where there are pictures, and he is supposed to say what the picture is, then write down the first letter of the word.
For some reason, he had written numbers under all of the pictures instead of letters.

I took the paper and studied it closer. Under the ant, Max wrote a 6, under the octopus he wrote 8, the goat, table, dinosaur, cat and elephant, he wrote 4s.......

He was writing the number of legs on the object in the picture instead of the first letter of the word.
There were other pictures too, the dress had a 2 under it (someone wearing a dress would have two legs?) the house had one, the fish had 3, the ladder had 8.
I counted the steps on the ladder, and sure enough, there were 8.

I showed Max that he was doing the paper wrong, and he laughed and said "I guess my teacher probably won't like it like this!"

Then he flipped his pencil around and started erasing..........


LisAway said...

That Max. Writing first letters? Boring. I bet the three on the fish was for the tail and the two side fins.

At least none of those appliances have been the big expensive kind. Pheew! :S

Over here the kids have been saying LOL (not saying the letters, just pronouncing it like "loll") for a couple of years. In Polish. Do they say "lol" over there in America?

And really: Don't take drugs!

just call me jo said...

My kindergarten grandsons do HOURS of homework. What has the world come to! Max is a tribute to free thinkers every where. Go Max. I love that kid. There IS some kind of negative kharma field that rages through households. I thought you knew that...

Elizabeth said...

Ok you got me to chuckle already this morning!
Check on that water might not have died. My Dad is a plumber and he said that if you have too much stuff too close to the heater it can have a fit or something (obviously, I am paraphrasing)...just don't replace it unless you have to...

LOVE Max's sensibilities...I would have let him keep the numbers and just ADD the first letter...then He could explain to his teacher that he made it a math lesson as well as Language Arts!


Suburban Correspondent said...

You do realize, don't you, that saying the first letter of a one-syllable word is not in any way shorter than saying the entire word? Please enlighten your daughter as to this fact.

Kristina P. said...

Can it really be called fudge if it doesn't have chocolate in it?

brielle said...

lol! ur the best!

M-Cat said...

I think Max should have turned his paper in EXACTLY how he did it! : )

Annette Lyon said...

Had my Max fix. My day is complete.

I'm picturing him in the future, writing papers on symbolism and theme for an algebra class and doing theorems in English.

mommeeof10 said...

Recently we replaced the fridge, as it died and we had the master service plan from sears, so they paid 90% of the cost. I threw in the other $228 to get the one I really wanted.

The washer is acting up, throwing out f-11 codes and stopping in the middle of a cycle for no apparent reason. That means the printed circuit boards are not talking to each other properly all the time, per the website where I looked up the Kenmore front loading washer codes. We have a warrantee on it also. I wonder if it will die this year too, as it is 8 1/2 years old.

Jen said...

I think that Max is unusually bright.

I think it is an appliance manufacturer conspiracy so that they can sell new ones every so many years. Too bad you can't stagger the purchases this time.

Stacy Q said...

What a sweet boy you've got there! No tears when he found out his homework was wrong!

About the abbreviations- my 7 yr old was playing Club Penguin and she said "Lawl. Everyone is saying Lawl."
"Yeah, it's what they say when something's funny."

Bonnie the Boss said...

What a good kids Max is, mine would have melted down right there.
Hey at least you won't have to replace any appliances for a year or so.