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Clearly Winning at Life

Just when you think you’ve finally adjusted to your new routine. When you’re feeling pretty good about yourself because you just might have things together…and sometimes even manage to get everything done ahead of time instead of waiting until the last minute.

At the moment when you’re still riding out a runner’s high because you finally managed to run over 20 miles in one week for the first time since last fall. You’ve even had a few really good runs where you’ve been able to push and what do you know – despite the heat and the dead legs and the heaving lungs, you realize just how much you’ve missed this. How that deep, slightly twisted part of your brain that has formed over so many years of running is now rejoicing at the pain. Is brimming over with joy because your heart is pounding through your chest and you’re trying to hold on…just hold on for one more mile.

So when you’re feeling good about a strong week of running and that nice, productive weekend. When you’re excited that it’s Sunday night at 8:30, the baby is sleeping, most of your stuff is packed for the next day and you are ready to sit down on the couch and enjoy what is sure to be another exciting episode of Game of Thrones with your husband.

And right before that moment – when you’re patting yourself on the back for being so awesome at life, you realize that you need to sterilize your pump parts. So you put a pot on the stove to boil, dump in the parts, and once again congratulate yourself for thinking of doing this now…instead of at 6:00 Monday morning.

It’s just at that moment, the moment when you almost feel like superwoman, that the universe decides to throw you a fun little reminder that you’re not really as put-together as you’re pretending to be.

Because somehow, suddenly, it’s an hour later and you’re jolted out of your Game of Thrones-induced stupor by a weird sizzling sound. A sound that can only be made by plastic pump parts that have been sitting in a boiling hot pot for an hour…a pot that has finally run out of water.

And wouldn’t you know it – when plastic meets hot metal, it melts.

Yeah, so there’s that. Already winning at life this week.

In case you were wondering – it’s probably not a good idea to boil your pump parts for more than the recommended 20 minutes.

Also Game of Thrones and multitasking do not mix. Lesson learned.

17 Responses to Clearly Winning at Life

  1. Don’t beat yourself up! I’ve cooked several different meats and an egg dish for breakfast and lunches for the week on Sunday night and left EVERYTHING out on the counter when going to bed. I don’t even have kids as an excuse…

    • Ahh!! I’ve done stuff like that too. It’s the worst feeling when you wake up on Monday morning and realize what you’ve done.

  2. Oh I am so sorry! I audibly gasped. I never trust my forgetful self with the stovetop sterilizing. I got those microwave Medela sterilizer bags and they seem to do the trick. I hope you found some replacement parts quickly and didn’t beat yourself up over it!
    Christen´s last post ..Baby Boy is here!

    • I use those too but often just boil if I’m at home/not in a hurry. Will probably just stick to the idiot-proof bags from here on out!

  3. That would make me cry so much! Even though yes they are replaceable but on a Sunday late-ish night, in my small town I would not be able to find those before needing to go to work the next day.
    Jade´s last post ..F5

    • That’s how it is here too. I can laugh about it now, but I was definitely in a panic Sunday night (and ended up having to spend way too much money on a temporary solution while I’m waiting for new parts to ship).

  4. Get the microwave medela sterilizer bags. game changer!

    • I second this – the medela sterilizer bags are awesome!!!

    • Ugh…the dumb thing is I HAVE those bags (and love them). I just thought I’d put them in a pot since there were a lot of parts and I wasn’t in a hurry. Never again. Sticking to the idiot-proof method from now on! :)

  5. Oh my goodness, that is heart breaking! I would be totally panicking! I second the medela microwave sterilizer bags. 2 ounces of water, 3 minutes in the microwave, easy peasy! No worry about warped parts if you forget about them!

    • Thanks for the recommendation! I have those bags and use them all the time (so helpful to have at work!!)…of course it had to be the one time I boiled them in a pot that I totally zoned out and forgot about it.

  6. You just needed a REALLY big pot…like a lobster pot…that was totally full up with water. That’d last an hour 😉

    I’ve totally done this. And then when the kids got older, I melted the hairbrushes and hair clips and combs that needed to be sterilized when someone might have had lice.

    Maintaining a sense of humor about it all shows that you ARE clearly winning at life :)
    MILF Runner´s last post ..I have nothing to say but for some stupid reason feel an obligation to write something on this blog.

    • Seriously….next time I’ll just get a huge pot and let it go. Make sure they’re SUPER clean.

      Glad I’m not the only one who has done crap like this. And although I totally freaked out in the moment, I can’t help but laugh about it now.

  7. I just discovered your blog from Running Bun and you have already made me laugh. I’m so sorry to hear that happened, but you are not alone. Back in October I was getting ready to leave for a half Ironman and was boiling some eggs in the morning to take with me. While they were boiling, I went upstairs to continue packing. Well, needless to say, what happened to you, happened to me. An HOUR later I remembered them when I smelled burning. When I turned off the stove the lid from the pot flew off (all the water had completely been absorbed/evaporated) and the eggs exploded into a million pieces all over the kitchen, even getting on our high ceilings. Because we have time to clean up messes like that, right? Congrats on being a superhero even despite a few melted pump parts. xo
    Jesica @rUnladylike´s last post ..Bread and Sugar Detox

  8. Haha omg that story!! I’ve never seen eggs explode, but I can only imagine. I’m sure it was stressful in the moment but I’m laughing picturing it now! Thanks for reading/commenting :)

  9. OMG, i have been there! not exactly melting my parts, but the 6 am rush because i just remembered that my pump needs to come with me to work and have to get out of my car to gather all my supplies together….

    sigh. being a mom is hard.
    dawn @ running the dawn´s last post ..Echo Half Marathon 2014

  10. I haven’t done that with pump parts…but I’ve forgotten veggies in the steamer, sitting on the stove. Twice. And didn’t remember until I noticed the smell of burning something. Twice. It took a lot of soaking, steel wool, and some elbow grease but I’ve finally gotten 95% of the blackened yuck off the bottom of the steamer pot. Making your own baby food is only good until things start smoking…
    Lori´s last post ..10 months

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