We were low on groceries for a dinner on Friday night and because I needed to get a paper good for donation (for a 5K I ran Saturday morning), I took Faith with me to the store. I was feeling uninspired to cook, so I picked up one of these:
|One of the few things that tastes as good as it smells|
We got home just in time for Faith's dinner time and she ate some of the chicken for her dinner. When she was done, I put the lid back on the chicken and needed to hide it from the dog before I went upstairs to give the kid a bath. The microwave already had butter softening in there (for cookie making), so I slid the chicken into the cool oven.
After the 20 minutes of giving Faith a bath and getting her into her pajamas, we came back downstairs. I had a cornbread mix that I was going to make to go with the chicken, so I pulled it out of the pantry. Step one: preheat oven to 400? Easy!
Guess what I forgot?
After about 7 minutes, I started hearing a strange sizzling out of the oven. Even at that point, I had no idea what could be making that noise. I cracked the oven open and got hit by a big cloud of burning plastic fumes. Did I mention the chicken was still in the plastic grocery bag?
To my husband's credit, he only laughed at me a little bit when I had to call him downstairs and explain what I did. The chicken juice was dripping through the melted plastic container, so I just put a pan underneath it and had to wait until everything cooled off to clean up. Our house smelled just awesome at this point.
|Oh, this is worse than a dog fart|
My husband should also get credit for knowing that the correct response in this situation is to ask: "Where do you want me to go get food?" A McFlurry always makes me feel better about being incredibly stupid. Public service announcement: the new chicken McBites from McDonald's aren't good. Don't waste your time. Wow, this is like a food blog or something.
|Yeah, a food blog for people who like horrible food|
Other than almost destroying my oven, I did run a bit over the weekend. On Saturday I met up with 2 of my neighbor friends to run at the ungodly hour of 6:20am. We all have little kids at home and it's just easier sometimes to get the run done earlier so you can be home for the bulk of the day. It was drizzly for our run, but we didn't get drenched and it was 50 degrees, so pretty good conditions for a run. We ran 6.25 miles before heading to a small 5K.
This 5K was organized by a local high school age Girl Scout to raise awareness about homelessness in Calvert County, MD and collect paper goods for the homeless shelter. Our plan was to run before the race, then run the race and then finish off with a little more to make it 12 miles for the day. Well, the race didn't exactly start on time. We had to laugh when it was 5 past the race time and we saw them struggling to take the stop watches out of the plastic packaging. They were still better organized than RAM Racing's Hot Chocolate 15K!
Once we started, the race was good and it was on the normal 5K course on Solomon's Island. It's a small island, so all 5Ks go the same way. I wasn't taking the race seriously and even stopped and used a public bathroom during the race, which is a first for me in a 5K. Also, I think this was the first time I've ever brought a dog into a public bathroom, but that seemed easier than tying her up outside the door. I picked up the pace for about a mile and caught back up with my friends and we finished the race. Well, we assume we finished. There was no finish line, so we just stopped running when it seemed like someone had noticed our presence with the stopwatch. All in all, not too shabby for a race organized and run by a high school girl. I don't think I could do that, even now!
After we finished the 5K, my friends decided they didn't want to finish the 12 for the day and I sure didn't argue. We went to Starbucks instead! A hot chocolate after running in the rain tastes amazing!
I spent some time on Saturday making Faith a new fleece blanket. The one she has now is getting pretty raggedy and I'm always afraid it's going to need an emergency washing in the middle of the night and we don't have a back up. I went to the fabric store and got the stuff to make her a new blanket and at first, she liked it a lot:
|Mommy, did you really make this? Don't lie to me.|
|I am SUPER BABY with a FLEECE CAPE!|
She liked the blanket a lot...until I put it in her crib. Oh man, the screaming! She threw it over the edge and screamed until I gave her ratty blanket back. I guess she's going to be one of those kids who drags around a nasty blanket? I'm not going to fight it, but I am I going to steal it and wash it tomorrow when she's not looking.
Today has been really laid back. We didn't go to church because Faith is still dripping from her nose, so we slept in until 7:30am, which was amazing. I ran 6.25 miles at an easy pace on the treadmill...well, for no other reason than I wanted to watch more Buffy. The dog was still exhausted from the run yesterday, so I didn't have to worry about her.
|What, you didn't think I'd want to run?|
|This is my sad lip|
Have you ever done anything as stupid as melting plastic in the oven?