Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Weekend projects cancelled

I asked people over Twitter to weigh in on the project I should tackle this weekend. I was thinking of painting the front closet or the trim in the hallway outside the bathroom. Both projects are small jobs, which is perfect for this time of year. You see, this is my busy season at work. I could spend my weekends working, but I find that for my own happiness, I need to do something fun each weekend. So, a small project was perfect.

Unfortunately, I had a bit of an accident and didn't get any painting done.

On Sunday morning, I was cooking breakfast and was distracted by the smoke alarm going off. The smoke alarms in my place are highly sensitive, which is probably a good thing when living in a condo. When mine goes off, it's almost unbearable. Baxter shakes like a leaf and tries to run away while one of us waves a towel in front of the sensor. I'm sure you can imagine the scene.

There I was cooking a big breakfast with the alarm going off, Marc waving the towel, and Baxter in a quivering mess in the corner. I grabbed one of the snazzy, new All-Clad stainless steel pans my mother gave me for Christmas and immediately realized that the handles conduct heat far more easily than my old set of Analon pans did. I burned myself. Badly.

Long story short, I have something between a first and second degree burn across my palm and three fingers. Lucky for me, I have a tiny kitchen and had cool water running on my hand within seconds. Oddly, the pain came and went all day long...sometimes it was as intense as the original event.

I considered slapping some paint on something last night, but I was knee deep in work and didn't have a chance. What a lame few weeks it's been for projects, huh? I'm sorry!

Marc arrived with silicon handle covers last night. What great inventions those things are!
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  1. So sorry about your hand, hope it heals quickly. Project suggestion: upgrade the smoke detector.

  2. Oh no! I've been there, done that. It's really painful. Hope you heal quickly!!!

    PS: I do the same thing with the smoke alarm, and my dogs can't bear it. Just like Baxter.

  3. The problem is that the smoke detectors are hard wired...I'm not sure how to change them out.

  4. Oh my, I'm so sorry! Hand burns are particularly painful...maybe it wasn't your predominant hand? Take care of yourself, gal!

  5. Oh no! I hope you heal quickly, that's got to hurt :(

  6. Ouch!!!! That must hurt an awful lot. Hope you're stocked on pain killers.

  7. Owwwiee!! I'm sorry that happened to you. My pans are a mod-podge of ones collected throughout college (hoping for an awesome set as a wedding gift haha) so part of my brain is being taken up by remembering which ones have heat-conducting handles. I didn't even know those silicone thingies existed! Wishing you a speedy recovery...

  8. Been there feel your pain. It hurts bad. Ours go off easily and sometimes I feel like taking a bat to them. Hope you heal soon.

  9. OmiGOODNESS. I hope you start to recover soon. That is *such* a terrible feeling. I am so sorry you went through that!!!!!!

  10. I can imagine how much that must have hurt!! Here's to a speedy recovery!

  11. Ouch. I hope you heal quickly.

    Did you know that aloe vera is a super easy plant to grow and that it's great for burns?

  12. Ali freaks out from the smoke alarm too. I burned enough pieces of toast in the toaster oven at WS that Ali would run and hide in the bedroom closet whenever he heard the ticking of the toaster's timer!!

    You can get some Neosporin with an analgesic in it, if your hand is still bothering you. Hope it feels better soon.
    Where'd Marc get the silicon handle covers? I should probably buy a couple of those.

  13. Ouch! So sorry to hear about the burn!

    We keep lavender oil in the kitchen for this reason. If you can get some on the burn in the first few minutes, it miraculously takes away the "sting." Amazing stuff. And it smells divine.


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