Wednesday, December 31, 2008

CO detectors

To all of you who don't have a CO detector in your house: please get one!

Last night my husband and I were woken up by three sharp beeps. It was obviously not the fire alarm, but the sound was loud enough, and sharp enough, that we were immediately awake. We went out into the hall to discover that the CO (carbon monoxide) detector was registering high enough to be a danger, and we immediately started ventilating the downstairs. I then took it upstairs to make sure that there wasn't any CO upstairs and to check on the kids. I had taken the upstairs CO detector out of the outlet because my daughter (still a toddler) continued to take it out and play with it, thereby setting it off. No more! She will just have to learn to leave it alone.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is highly toxic. It is found in many places in the house including, but not limited to, properly adjusted gas stoves (5-15 ppm), wood burning chimneys (5,000 ppm), undiluted car exhaust without a catalytic converter (7,000 ppm), and undiluted cigarette smoke (30,000 ppm). Our CO detector usually registers when the truck is started in the garage, but doesn't usually go above 45 ppm. Last night it was high enough to set off the alarm, and was at 62 ppm before I opened the garage door. This gas kills people every year, and is now legally required in all houses in Anchorage. Yes, the price is higher than any of us want to pay, but isn't it worth it to save you, your family, and your pets? Please consider this piece of equipment just as important as your fire alarm, and remember to change the batteries regularly!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

More creativity

And here's a conversation (roughly) from tonight:

Q: "What are these?"
L: "I was feeling naughty today. It was a bad day."
Q: "They look like little turds, but I bet they don't taste like turds!"
L: (gives Q a dirty look)

Ok, what part of "it's been a bad day" did you not get?? And why, knowing it was a bad day, would you compare my chocolate oatmeal cookies to turds?? I called you at 11 this morning, threatening to run away to Hawaii and leave you with the kids, and you compare my cookies to TURDS??? Ah, my life is ever so interesting....

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The creativity of Q

This is part of an actual conversation I had with my husband. I am in awe. (Cut and pasted from the chat window, no editing the comments whatsoever!)

Lirri says:
where are all my plates???!!! That's right, next to your monitor! (Would you please start bringing them downstairs at night? Thanks!!)

Q says:
I can't bring the plates down at night, they're scared of the dark.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


I work all day on Mondays while Q stays home with the kids. This past Monday I came in, and Q started to stand up and asked if he could "go AF..." and then realized he was going to say "AFK." I just lost it, and couldn't stop laughing! Since when does a husband ask his wife if he can go "AFK" rather than "I need to leave the house for a bit because the kids are driving me insane and my friend has something I want to borrow"??

Hehe - I think Q plays too many computer games!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A good quote

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.

- Stephen Roberts

Thursday, May 15, 2008

No evil???

What the FUCK??!! We just picked up cell phones. We figured we'd pick up the cheap (!!) Net 10 phones until the new iPhones are released; this was Sat. It is now Thursday. I have been able to use my phone for maybe 5 calls, and have had battery power for MAYBE 3 hours. Customer service FINALLY got back to me, and told me to call a number. I did. It took 30 FUCKING MINUTES TO ORDER A BATTERY. She repeated everything AT LEAST 2 times. And the end result? It's going to take 5-10 days for the package to get here that contains an air bill for me to SEND THE FUCKING PHONE IN. 5-10 days for it to get to where ever it's being sent to, and an additional 5-10 days for it to be returned, NOT including the time it takes to fix the damn thing. What the hell is this for customer service??

I don't think I'll be staying with Net 10 after I use my minutes - will undoubtedly expire while the phone is being serviced. I was too pissed to ask for the minutes to be on hold while the phone is being serviced, but will have to remember to call them before sending the phone out. Did I mention that today has been a horrible day with whining and screaming children?

I kid you not, Net 10's logo is: No Bills * No Annual Contracts * No Evil

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Kiss what??

We've been watching a lot of "The Little Mermaid" recently; tonight Q was singing "Kiss the Girl", and changing the words, as he's wont to do. The boy was a bit disturbed that Q was singing "kiss the squirrel" instead of "kiss the girl," and finally said "I want to hear Dada say kiss the girl." Q asked which girl, and the boy raised up his middle finger and said "this one." Now, part of this is the finger game he plays with Q (have him explain it), and he was joking with us. However, when you have a mind that hovers a bare millimeter above the gutter, it's funny as anything. I'm quietly dying of laughter, Q is trying to maintain his dignity, and the boy is completely oblivious.