Pizza Boxes will Catch Fire

Public Service Announcement: Pizza boxes will catch fire…….

Especially if you open the top of the box so that it is over a lit candle.  Mothering fail!  I think I am supposed to be the one to put out fires in the house – not start them!!

I love candles, but don’t often light them around the house, because of fear of the kids hitting them accidentally and starting a fire.  Long story as to why the candle was lit in the first place:

I walked in the house from work around 7:30 after picking up the kids.  I had a stressful day at work – 2 presentations at different sites.  One was 2 and 1/2 hours and the other 2 hours.  Needless to say – I was BEAT!

So as I walk in the house, all I want to do is sit down and rest for a few minutes before starting dinner, laundry, chores…..  However, the first thing I smell as I enter the house is Horrible!  Poop.  Yes Jack, our dog, had pooped in the house.  I immediately drop all my bags and armful of things I am carrying and start the clean up.  That’s when I lit the candle to get rid of the putrid smell invading every space of the house.

Finally, I get all that done and Kate wants to get a bath.  I usually don’t do bath time until after dinner, but I go with it because it will give me a chance to sit down for a few minutes beside the tub while she plays.  While in the tub, and while I lay on the floor beside the tub, Kate somehow reaches a full box of Q-tips and dumps them in the tub.  That was fun to clean up! Maybe 200 of them.  Do you know how fast Q-tips absorb water and “blow up?”  I do.

I eventually get her out of the tub and start to think about dinner.  My husband calls and luckily offers to bring home dinner.  As we start dinner, I am texting 3 different coworkers to try to troubleshoot an issue that came up during the day.  I am not fully engaged in any of the activities I am doing – trying to eat with the family, text 3 coworkers, feed the dog……

In my distracted state, I open the pizza box, grab a piece and sit down at the table with the fam.  I am about to start eating when one of the kids calmly says, “Mama, the pizza box is on fire.”  Funny thing is, I don’t even rush.  Its not actually flaming.  Just a small fire and smoking a lot.  I grabbed the box and walked outside to the deck, put the box on the floor and stomped out the fire.  Again, no rush.  I don’t know if I was just that calm, or just that tired.

To say my mind was a bit frazzled is a GIANT understatement.  Maybe from now on I should try to do one, maybe two things at a time – not 14!!  So today, I am my own least favorite.  Get it together!  You are the adult here!!  Put OUT fires.  Don’t start them!!!

Daily tally:

Avery +1/-2, Brooke +4/0,  Kate +8/-2, Me +1/-4, My Husband +2/0, New house +1/-1,   Jack +0/-1

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