We join the story as I am fumbling around the house with my fake nails making my hands feel like my normal fingers have been replaced with useless, painful nubs.
Sabotage #2 - Dalton and Belle
But according to my PLAN, I needed to get laundry done. And because all of my fingernails were achy (and my middle finger was downright painful since I'd accidentally glued the skin on the tip of my finger to the fake nail which was pulling the skin excruciatingly...) I solved my problem by recruiting help. I perched Dalton on top of the dryer, held up a laundry basket and he tossed his and Belle's clothes into the washer for me.
And that was how Dalton tried to help me but inadvertently sabotaged me. The laundry was started in record time and I smiled in blissful ignorance as we headed back up to do some school only an hour behind schedule.
(No, Dalton, I can't help you peel apart the papers you glued together wrong. I can't use my fingers.)
45 minutes later when we went down to change the load I discovered the problem. When I opened the washer every single item was covered in gooey gel.
Belle's contribution to the sabotage was that she had left a pull-up inside one of her pairs of tights which Dalton hadn't noticed. Do you know what happens when a disposable diaper is submersed in water? The gooey gel inside expands and expands and expands until it explodes out of the diaper and coats every surface it can find - clothes and washer.
- Googling "PULL-UP WENT THROUGH THE WASH!" (which returns a surprising number of hits...),
- stopping to feed Liam,
- brushing off every single small item of clothing that was in the very full washer,
- stopping to change Liam,
- cleaning as much goo as I could out of the washer then running a load of old towels in an attempt to clean it completely,
Yup, no school done, no laundry folded, no floor cleaned and a nap time looming when I KNOW it's going to take me ten times longer to make each necklace that it would have if I had the use of my fingertips.
And these are the times when I drop my head into my hands (ouch - stupid nails) and think longingly of the days of being a cubical drone in an office. That is until nap time is over and my sleepy girl wants to sit in my lap and read a book and her big brother shows up to help read and the baby wakes up and grins at me.
So I pack up the jewelry stuff, pull the now clean laundry out of the dryer, man up about the finger pain and count my blessings that I have so many interruptions in my day.