I have my own stories to share today about domestic bliss, but you should check out this story first. If you've ever moved a shared object only to be met by the sheer terror of your partner upon not returning it, this story is for you. If you're perfect and always return things after you've moved them, you can skip it.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
A few snippets into the day and life of the Pete Family....
Mr. Pete found an expired cookie mix in the pantry. I was cleaning out the pantry and rather than help me, he decided to maximize our time by making a sodium-laced-I'll-never-eat-that-crap prepackaged cookie mix instead of helping me with my insatiable desire to organize our entire house before baby bird arrives.
Mr. Pete: what's the best way to soften butter
Me: uhm, just leave it out and it will come to room temperature
Mr. Pete: uhm, isn't there a faster way to do it
Me: you can microwave it but then it melts and the cookies just aren't the same
The sound of silent baking fills our kitchen as I toss taco seasoning packages from 1998. I emerge from the pantry covered in a mysterious sticky substance to find Mr. Pete with a glass bowl ON THE STOVE TOP attempting to "soften" the cookie dough.
Me: Uhm, take that off the stove, stat!
Mr. Pete: Why? What's wrong?
Me: You are an engineer, do I have to tell you?
Mr. Pete: I guess
Me: Heating glass using a direct heat source causes the potential for the class to break.
Mr. Pete: Why?
Me: (fearing for my life remembering this kid keeps airplanes in the air) Becausesese when you heat part of the glass at a certain temperature and it contracts, the rest of th glass at the other temperature does not, and it could shatter. You can't even put Pyrex on direct heat.
Mr. Pete (obviously impressed) You should be an engineer.
Later in the day.....
Context: Mr. Pete has a wrinkly forehead. This is caused by his intensity. When he talks to you, he talks to you. His entire forehead gets in on the action. Nothing on his face is undisturbed. Seriously, watch him talk some time. In conversations where is intent on getting his point across, his eyebrows stay pressed against his hairline for long periods of time. It's kind of scary looking. I've encouraged him to moisturize citing that his skin may retain it's elasticity longer if he uses some moisturizing serum, but he doesn't really believe me. This conversation occurred while I was surfing the web and he was scrutinizing his boyish good looks.
Mr. Pete: Maybe I should get Botox for my forehead.
Me: Maybe you should try not talking with your forehead for a little while.