Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Summer of Orange Julius Chapter 2: OJ takes to the Road

To read more of my Orange Julius adventures click here and for the infamous orange Julius recipe click here...

Today I decide to be the cool mom and surprise my kids with a run to dairy queen and their favorite library in a neighboring town. I also figured I'd throw in a stop to my favorite consignment shop- because after all I am thrifty mama too. I went to get the stroller out of the trunk of my car and was unepectedly greeted with gooey orange slimy nastiness filling the trunk of my car. What could this mystery liquid be? Well as I began removing other items from my trunk I found a totally disintegrated can o' orange juice. I began to piece together how this went down. Obviously an errant can of frozen orange juice strayed from it's highly quality walmart plastic shopping bag on the journey home from the store Friday. It hid steathily and undisturbed under the Arrow map of Metro Boston where it was subsequently smashed by a laundry basket full of supplies that I hauled to a baby shower Saturday. Due to this bodily trauma it began to leak it's precious contents all over the trunk of my van. Where it would remain permeating the crevices of the trunk bed until Tuesday morning when it was discovered in a parking lot by me unsuspected smart mama. I performed basic triage with the help of dry wipes and a box of Kleenex and a spare diaper somehow ( not a day to leave the wet wipes at home!). When I finished I had to perform triage on my own sticky self in the Homegoods bathroom!No I did not take pictures- some things are too graphic to be shared- we try to keep it family friendly here! Thankfully my van has a plastic bed liner and although this task clearly falls on my husbands side of the marital contract which is all things: dirty, heavy, sweaty, smelly, or generally gross but this was an emergent situation, it could not wait. So here is me power washing out the bed liner.
Fatality of the Day- One arrow street atlas of Metro Boston- RIP
Find of the Day: For our resident hornets-- a trash can full of sticky OJ concentrate coated paper towels!
Quote of the day- "No wonder it smelled funny in here!"ss#1
Lucky Winners of the Day: Our friends Chris and Laura who had previously reserved our van for an airport pickup run- Who recieve the complimentary OJ fresh scent- usually I charge extra for aromatherapy.
1. a hose to clean with
2. the smell of mint brownies (and my son suggesting we use them as an air freshener)
3. bargain finds

11 comments:

Suzie Soda said...

Some days just aren't good. Like last week when I lost the 2 carat diamond out of my mon's ring somewhere on all my errands. I wish I just had orange juice to deal with...I was undone for days. I am in the grief process......somewhere between anger and acceptance.
Mint brownies sound delightful for any kind of stress.

smart mama said...

oh suz- that is so sad and horrible- I would be dying-- yes I'll keep my OJ trauma- wish you were here for a consolation brownie!

bluestocking mama said...

lol! glad you are adept at OJ triage!

christy said...

I was just at that store too! Wish it was closer. Our Dr is near. Sorry about the car, mint brownies do smell wonderful.

LL said...

funny gal. we ARE the winners! sadly, we didn't smell it. all I could smell was the steam coming out of my ears because they LOST our box of fish.
good news is...it was found and returned to us around 1am last night.
I'm having a bit of a vaca-hang over...I'll get the car over to you soon. thanks again!!!

smart mama said...

Glad the prized alaskan catches were found- Thats why i told chris- don't bother returning it till tonight- seriously nothing is worse than getting home to unpacking and empty fridge etc and then having to get up and go somewhere- we're doing laundry all day - we are not going anywhere

Kris said...

You are funny!

I once 'lost' a package of RAW CHICKEN out of a shopping bag - in the back of my husband's car - for about 2 weeks... eewwww!!! I rarely drive that car and when he started to say his car smelled, I was like, no duh, your car always smells bad! this is what I've been telling you! One day I got in with him to go somewhere and about died from the fumes... we discovered the source... I have yet to live that one down. At least it wasn't sticky all over... still packaged and easily disposed of.

The Orton's said...

I've missed you in my absence! Hopefully I'll be back in full swing soon. Thanks for your positive words and friendship.

Andrea said...

you make me laugh. I would have driven straight to the dealership and traded my van in...:0)

I HATE it when I forget the wipes. I always, always need them. And how sweet are you to think of the hornets in all this? xoxoxo

Beth Nixon said...

oh what a mess!! You'll have me double checking under the seats whenever I go shopping now!

Jenny said...

Oh yes... the stray shopping item that rolls away from the bag! THAT was a great story. Too bad for you, fiction wasn't an option! I think you ought to submit that one to a woman's magazine and earn money while making the rest of us nod our heads in sad understanding. And doesn't that stuff always happen when you're trying to be some place NOW?! VERY sweet of you to treat the hornets. They'll be watching out for you on your next sticky adventure! They don't call you smart mama for nothing!