Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Coffee and Smoke Alarms

In short, I forgot to drink my coffee and it got cold.  I put it in a small saucepan on the stove to reheat, then got distracted.  The next thing I knew I was getting scared out of my wits by my smoke alarm!  Apparently, the coffee reached a full boil and spilled onto the burner.

On the bright side:
1.  I know my smoke alarm is in good working order.
2.  My apartment smells like a coffee shop.
3.  I have learned that Jasper has good instincts in the case of a fire.  He immediately began barking, whimpering, and frantically trying to get out the door.

1.  My pulse is still racing and my ears are ringing.
2.  I get to clean the stove once it cools down.
3.  Jasper, though calmed down now, is definitely displeased.

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Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

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Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
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~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"