Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Speaking of Freaks


Oh my, y'all. I have a new Most Embarrassing Moment (we'll have to discuss the past winners in another entry). This one is really a doozy.

Becca and I left the house at 8:30 this morning to go run errands. I had been super productive, doing laundry, vacuuming, cleaning the kitchen, setting up the crockpot for dinner. We were out for a few hours. When we returned I opened the door to the house and was met with a horrid burning smell and some mild smoke. Canyon was sitting there looking up at me with big sad eyes as if to say, "You left me all alone in this fume-filled tomb?" I quickly ran around the house trying to see if I could see where the smoke and odors were coming from. Y'all, it smelled BAAAAAAD. I sniffed the dryer, the furnace.....I sniffed the crockpot. I opened the back door to air it out. I couldn't figure it out. I started to worry about inhaling dangerous fumes while pregnant. So, I got us all outside and in the car and then I calmly called 911 and said, "I really don't think this is an emergency, but I can't find the source of this burning smell and smoke and I'm not sure who I'm supposed to call."

They sent THREE fire trucks, with sirens blaring. About 10 firemen came rushing out with full hats, hatches and oxygen tanks...the whole shebang! Then, they came out with this.

A plastic plate burned on the dishwasher heating element.

Then, oh, then.....the best part happened. The fireman was showing me the plate and I happened to look up into the sky where I saw an A-10 flying towards us. "Oh no," I said to the fireman as I pointed up in the sky. "Here comes my husband." John FLEW OVER THE HOUSE while all three fire trucks were parked outside. Ummmmm, honey? I'm sorry, but you married a complete spazoid, as if you didn't already know.

20 comments:

joanna said...

I think I'm going to cry - that's so funny (although while you were waiting for all the firetrucks I bet it wasn't so funny!)! Did the firemen look at you funny when you got your camera?

Tracy said...

I LOVE that you have photographic evidence! How funny is that? Who was John flying with? Hopefully not the general or anything!

Vicki said...

You slay me. Had to share with the girls in the office. It made us feel like you never left!

Bevo said...

Finish the story - was John able to call you from the plane? Did he freak out, too?

You did the absolute right thing - it could have been something really serious! You need to keep your children safe!

Plus, it took your mind off Texas politics for a moment, I bet.

Joel and Angela said...

Katie, I just love you! That has happened to me before (the plastic plate in the dishwasher - not the firemen). But it is an awful smell and it took me forever to figure out what it was.
Was that really John?

Feener said...

glad all is ok, the plastic plate now looks like artwork. hope the rest of the day is non eventful

The Quinn Report said...

OH MY GOD KATIE!!!!!!!!

I swear THE MOST random shit happens to you!
I'm sure it wasn't very funny at the time, but you always give me a good laugh! THANKS for sharing!

Katie said...

John flew straight back to the base and called me right away. He said he wasn't too worried because he didn't see any smoke coming from our house!

I did feel kind of weird taking a photo of the truck while pointing at the sky and saying it was my husband. I was kind of worried they would haul me off somewhere for observation!

Anonymous said...

Now I don' care who y'are, thas funny! Glad all are safe and sound (if somewhat smelly). Man, if I had a nickel for every story I've heard about a Warthog flying over their own house while it's surrounded by fire trucks... well, I guess I'd have a nickel. -Mark Bachman :)

Jen said...

Too funny! Three firetrucks!?

John has great timing! Awesome story, Katie.

Laura said...

I love it, but you're in good company. I almost burned our house down after living in it for only a few weeks (or so I thought). My oven caught fire and I freaked out b/c I knew nothing about gas stoves so I blasted the fire extinguisher all over it and subsequently the entire kitchen. It was an absolute mess and embarassing since all I really had to do was shut the oven door and turn off the gas. Oh well. Better safe than sorry, right?

Dad said...

Don't use plastic dishes!

Swistle said...

I had to read practically this entire thing out loud to Paul. Highlight: firefighters thinking you're crazy when you point at your husband up in the sky.

Andrea & Ben said...

Hysterical! I, too wondered what the firemen were thinking when you pulled out the camera. I love it!!!

Angie said...

Very funny! Apparently John is well aware of your spazness or he wouldn't have waited to get back to base.

Lysandra said...

You have pregnancy brain!

MommyK said...

OMG OMG OMG OMG....

I was drinking a soda when I read this and I literally just shot Diet Dr. Pepper out my nose and all over my laptop.

Thanks for the laugh!

april said...

so funny!

ashley said...

Hilarious!

Amy Waring said...

OMG this is tooo funny. Reminds me of the time when we called 911 at the O'club when your purse was stolen by sticky fingers! SO funny. Congrats on the new baby. Hope you all are doing well. Keep in touch.