Monday, February 09, 2009

Lather, rinse. DON'T REPEAT!

With the price of running a household out of control, we have been trying to cut back on costs like everyone else in the world. All those phrases that i hated when i was a kid, those phrases that made me look at my mom like she was a wacko, I am using THoSe phrases now! "Close the refrigerator door" "turn off those lights" "lower the heat" and Mr. Petals famous one...
" don't take such long hot showers!" Our kids are really finding this hard to take, especially the showers! The other day my middle son had me hysterically laughing, giving me his account of our crazy household..
Let me explain first...a few months ago our bathroom exhaust fan broke. The kids kept flipping the switch to the on position out of habit, before they showered. ( keep in mind.. busy crazy people think about putting tape over the switch, but don't get around to it!!)
My husband kept yelling.. "WHO put the fan on? DON'T USE THE FAN! You are going to cause a fire!" It took a lot of yelling to remind them that it was broken. Finally one day, my husband decided to fix the darn thing. My middle son who is hardly ever home, has No idea it is fixed. So he keeps showering without the fan, so he DOESN'T cause a fire, which causes so much condensation in there. So he gets out of the shower one day and later hears his dad yelling.. WHose NOT using the fan? Put the fan ON when u shower!!
My son was so confused!! (busy crazy people assumed this kid knew it was fixed now!!) it took a while to get BACK in the habit of using the fan, so the 'reminder yelling' was a constant part of this crazy household. Hearing HIM tell this fan story was just priceless! If the fan confusion wasn't enough, He is SO used to being told to STOP taking SUch LONG showers that one day he gets home from work and we are all sleeping.... he goes into the bathroom to shower and sees this...

a TIMER on top of the shower doors! The kids thinks to himself .... "What the F@#*??? Am I suppose to be TIMING my shower now?? These people are CRAZZZZYY!! He comes into my room and whispers to me...
'Mom, Mom.. wake up... Is DAD expecting me to TIME my showers now?' I have NO idea what he is saying and WHy he is waking me. I am in a coma, I mumble something senseless to him and go back to sleep and don't remember this question until....Last night! When my son had me crying with laughter about this timer... He told me he was telling his friends... 'My dad is CRAZZY, there is a timer in the bathroom .. I think I am suppose to take a shower for like 9 minutes and 43 seconds or something!!!! But No ONe has YeLLEd at me to do this yet! Do I use the timer? do I not use the timer?'
When this son tells a story, it is like listening to a stand up comic... It took me so long due to my hysterical laughter to finally tell him.... 'The timer is there so your brother can time the medicine he is suppose to leave on for his psoriasis!' BUT when Mr. Petals caught the gist of what caused this laugher fit... I saw the expression he had on and KNEW that he was thinking the idea of timing their showers may be genius!

10 comments:

Queen-Size funny bone said...

I have the same problem at my house with showers. The answer was to get rid of the hair conditioner. It took longer to rinse it out after washing the hair. My dad was a good one for leaving notes everywhere.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

LOL I'm still in stitches.

When I was younger living at my grandparents my gramps did use the kitchen timer for just that as well as phone calls.

As for the fan, we finally had the electrician wire to the light so they couldn't forget!

Until recently we lived in southern California who was under one drought or another most the time so we installed an on/off valve and we turned the water off while we soaped up and then back on to rinse, off to lather hair or shave, etc... It worked really well and we saved a few bucks too.

Gill said...

Thanks for putting a grin on my face on a Monday morning!! I'm thinking a timer in the girls' shower might not be such a bad idea LOL.

Skittles said...

Hahaha! It may be crazy over there, but it also sounds FUN!

Maybe Mr. Petals could stop ironing his pants. ;)

Penny said...

Haha lucy great post! That is funny, love how you tell your stories! I tagged you in my blog for a photo challenge :)

Akelamalu said...

LOL kids always get the wrong end of the stick don't they - that's what makes them so funny! Mmmmm that's not a bad idea about the timer in the shower actually. ;)

Tammy said...

LMAO! I still think with a house full of young men they should get a little more than 9min. lol

Patois said...

I take such short showers -- shorter than the husband, shorter than the 12-year-old lad -- that I always double-dog dare them to cut to just double my shower's time.

Bone said...

Oh, that is priceless.

Remember when Kramer asked Jerry for tips on how to cut down on his time in the shower? lol

forgetfulone said...

That's hilarious!

And the timing of the showers IS a genius idea.

As for the exhaust fan, how about putting tape on the switch?