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Saturday Morning - cellophane
the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Saturday Morning
I had a dream last night in which I was writing a book. It was a book about a woman, and it was to be told from her viewpoint during her dreams, and from an omniscient storyteller's viewpoint when she was awake.

The color of her hands was different each dream. There was some deep metaphorical meaning in that, and she would muse significantly, "My hands... my hands are purple cotton."

I was writing in in my Treo because I wasn't at home, and then I remembered that I should use my portable keyboard to make the typing go more quickly. Fortunately I'd remembered to bring it along. I was at a camp-out or retreat of some sort, with lots of friends. Writing at a picnic table by a lake.

When I woke up this morning after the first good night's sleep in a couple of weeks, I wanted cereal. I've been enjoying cereal every morning this week. I poured the last of the box into a bowl, retrieved a spoon, then sniffed the milk. Sour.

I stood there, still holding my spoon near my mouth, staring mournfully at my alluring bowl of milkless cereal, sniffing the bottle repeatedly. Hoping the smell would change. Surely it's still okay, isn't it? For this one last bowl?

The date on the milk said 1/28, and I knew it couldn't possibly be the end of January already. I left the milk in the kitchen and went into the den to check the computer's date. 1/29. Where does the time go, and why does it take my milk along with it?

I poured the milk down the drain and put my spoon away. Pouting, I ate the cereal dry.
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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: January 29th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Been there, done that

Also hate the feeling.

I usually make oatmeal at this point as its less milk dependent.

Hmmmm oatmeal for breakfast sound good I'd better get moving before its lunch.
From: caneprints Date: January 30th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I've also started eating cereal again after giving it up for a while. Your story reminded me of a time where, having overslept and being in a huge hurry, I fixed myself a bowl of cereal only to realize with my first spoonful that I accidentally poured orange juice in the cereal instead of milk. The orange juice and the milk cartons feel the same, so I accidentally grabbed the orange juice and was horrified at the awful taste! But I guess orange juice is better than sour milk. LOL
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 30th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ohhh, yuck! That must have been an even worse shock for your taste buds, when you took that first bite expecting milk and got orange juice. Wow, that'll wake you up! I'm glad at least I thought to sniff it before eating it....
homeless_one From: homeless_one Date: January 31st, 2005 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Crying Over Milk...

> The date on the milk said 1/28
Most states require the date on the milk carton to give you five additional days of freshness. So the news form this point on kinda goes down hill.

If you are lucky, you just bought a bad carton of milk.

More likely, you want to check the coils in the back of your fridge. They clog with dust really easily. If you are lucky, they are clogged solid. If they are clogged, that would explain why your milk went sour. You might want to clean those coils before you burn out your compressor. Dirty coils can also double your electric bill.

If the coils are clean, make sure the coolness setting on hte fridge looks reasonable.

If you hear a kind of humming coming from your fridge -- especially if the hum has a kind of clack-clack mixed in, that is bad news because it might mean that your compressor is dead or dying. Cost of replacement exceeds cost of new fridge. And again, your electric bill goes supernova.

Good luck.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: January 31st, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Crying Over Milk...

As a new-ish homeowner, I'm very grateful you posted that. It's something I'll take a look at within the next value of "soon."
homeless_one From: homeless_one Date: February 1st, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Crying Over Milk...

You are very welcome!
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